Week In Review~December 9

Time for another Week In Review as sponsored by the spritely Meghan at Clean Eats, Fast Feets.  I have to say that I really enjoy playing along with WIR even when I don’t feel as if anything has happened.  I think this is one of those weeks.

As I sit here in the wee hours of Sunday morning trying to review the past week, I’m thinking about the weeks ahead.  I think I’m going to pause things for a while.  Not blogging, Not Week In Reviewing.  Projects.  Sorting and Packing…all of this unearthing of my life around here.

I don’t have a lot of Christmas spirit.  That’s nothing new.  I haven’t had much in recent years. Not really sure why.  I seem to pull it out in the end each year but not with a lot of enthusiasm and I would almost let it pass by without much fanfare.  I do hope that some year soon I’ll get it back.  I try each year, but…The season will show up with or without me so I do try.

My week should probably have been filled with shopping and decorating and general Jingle Belling.  It was not.  I’m trying to rev myself up and I probably will get there.

I spent a lot of the week with my best friend, Gail trying to be helpful while she has a broken arm.  I must say that she is a very good patient and only occasionally pushy (“I think it’s Snack Time!)  We watched lots of Law and Order: SVU (our favorite) and generally enjoyed spending time together, solving the problems of the world (well at least Our problems.)

I had a pleasant weigh-in at Weight Watchers on Saturday.  I lost 1.2 pounds so I’m feeling better in that regard.  I’m getting back to my pre-vacation weight which I’m happy about.  Saturday afternoon, my sister Ele had a Christmas Tea for some ladies we know.  This was the table.

Christmas Tea


I’m proud to say that the only thing I had was the cup of tea you see in the foreground.  I did indulge a bit at home later in the evening with the goodie box that I brought home for Ralph.  But I savored everything at home when I could really enjoy it.  It was a lovely afternoon.

I’ll be going out this afternoon with Ele again and seeing some of the same ladies.  I’m looking forward to it.

I will be  working to get some more spirit in the coming week.  To prove that I’m not a complete Humbug, I offer this photo.

Tiny Tree


This is our tiny Christmas Tree.  Not a great photo, but I wanted the lights to show.   It makes me happy.  The tree skirt is a treasure that my Mom crocheted for me many years ago.  I will be working on the whole Christmas Spirit thing in the coming week.  I think I can do it!

Be sure to check out Clean Eats, Fast Feets and see what all of the other Reviewers have to share.

Happy Monday!

10 responses to “Week In Review~December 9

  1. losing Pop, then Cheryl, then Mom, then Mary and then Wade in rapid succession really took the wind out of our sails. I force myself every year to be happy at Christmas. That is why this year I decided that I would make a concerted effort to be “jolly”. I put up the little tree that I have with Michael, was organized with purchasing and wrapping gifts, had the party, even put up lights in the front window. When I get really sad, I think of Mrs. Quillen who has an unshaking faith and joyful attitude and how the loss of her beloved dauther this year has shaken her to her core…and Mrs. Schneider who lost her middle daughter this year after losing her youngest child two years ago…and Lourayne who’s son over came a life of drug abuse to only to get sick, end up in the hospital and be gone in less than a day…the Buddha says that if you are sad or depressed to go help someone. That is what I am trying to do. Being there with a hug, or a card or just being there because they know that you know what they are going for…so much saddness for such an early hour…I know where you are and how you feel…it is also intensified because we are getting older, have unfulfilled dreams and also remember the perfection of our childhood Christmases…not so much the gifts but the joy of us being together with Mom, Dad, Gram and Grandpop…we were the luckiest children…And as always I am the luckiest sister to have you.

  2. Aw, you’re such a sweet friend for helping out your friend with a broken arm! (And I love SVU) Your little tree is so cute!

    • Thanks, Liz! Gail and I are HUGE Law and Order fans. It drives Ralph crazy (being a former police detective he’s always saying that “those” things don’t happen!) I love our little tree, too. Have a great day!!

  3. I wish I had something really profound to say to help kickstart the lagging Christmas spirit in you. But I don’t. All I have is my take on it.

    I’ve always gotten a little too stressed out at this tme of the year and I’ve forgotten just what we are celebrating. That’s been me most of my adult life. I’ve tried to immulate those happier, childhood Christmas’s without much luck. Not until the last several years as I renew my relationship with God have I found a much greater reason to find the spirit and joy of this season. After all, it is the birth of Christ that we celebrate.

    For me, Christmas had become a season filled with good intentions and then suffering the consequences of failing to act on a good number of them.
    Now, I try to adjust my priorities in this hectic time as I make my list of things to do, seeing to it that at the top of the list are the things I can do to honor God. I also find time to rest so I can spend time with Christ each day.

    You honor God by helping your friend as she mends. Seeing others doing things like that rekindles my soul and restores my heart with the true meaning and spirit of Christmas. My hope is that it will work for you as well.

    Tomorrow, we head out to Ohio to spend Christmas with my brothers and sisters and a huge extented family. When it comes down to it. I am most happy at this tme of the year when I’m around them.

    And so ends today’s sermon, Amen. (LOL)

    Now I just need to find the end of this big tangled mess of Christmas lights!! They weren’t all tangled up when I put them away last year.

    Merry Christmas to you, Ralph and your family.

    • Thank you, Tom. You can’t know how much this means to me. I have always admired people with such strong Faith and you are one of them. I’m glad you’ll be traveling back to Ohio, it does mean a lot to be within the circle of those you know and love. We wish you and Jan a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. Travel Safe…I know there will be a story coming about the trip…Adventures with Tom and Jan!

  4. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    That tree is lovely! And congrats on your weigh in
    Stumbled by your post and thought maybe this would help with the holiday cheer 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Kmim63E5ac

  5. I remember your Christmas woes from last year. Not the specific reason why, but the general atmosphere of it. I wish I could help you reclaim the spirit you remember and maybe time will help heal that wound or maybe you need to forge new memories and new Christmas traditions which will give you some Christmas joy to look forward to; maybe helping someone else. I know that’s always a wonderfully spiritual thing for me.
    Are you still meditating? If not, that might help too.
    In any event, I think if you need a bit of a break from blogging, WIR, and life in general, then you should take one. Sometimes we need to hibernate and do a little mental recovery. It sounds like this might be your time. I’ll be thinking of you, and wishing you the best.

    • Meghan, you are so kind and such a great support. I truly appreciate that. I’m plugging through and will come out better at the end. There are a myriad of reasons for this and I think it will get better. I’m doing my best. Thank you so much for your many kindnesses.

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