I’m not sure about how I feel about the holidays this year. Thanksgiving has never been that big for me, but it is a lovely time to spend with family and have dysfunctional moments with my teenagers. And I’ll have the opportunity to clean up pee from the puppies who’ve decided this week is the week to start marking territory. (Two weeks until the neutering. They’ve also started getting really aggressive with their puppy battles, to the point of hurting each other and going after the older dog. I wanted to wait until they were a year old, but I don’t think it can wait).
I’ve started cleaning the house. It’s one of those things I start doing randomly when things get too far out of hand and this time of year, I need clean areas for cooking, putting up the tree, and general decorating. Not that I do a lot of decorating. I tend to get behind very quickly.
I’m hoping to do some baking this year for the holidays. Fun baking with maybe decorating of cookies or some such. Oh! Tuesday I get the sutures out of my foot, which means I’ll be able to actually wear a shoe. And take a shower without a bag on my foot. That will be fun. Maybe I’ll be able to do some walking. I don’t get the pin out of my toe for another two weeks, which may be awkward. I’m determined to not kick any more furniture than I already have, which is what I am really good at, as demonstrated by the last couple of days where I kicked many things.
I’m also looking at the holidays as an opportunity to clear out the room where we usually put the tree so that after the new year, we can lay the floor we have been planning to lay for awhile. We’ve got all the materials, we just need to get on it.
I’m also hoping to do a little deep cleaning in some areas. Because it’s necessary.
As far as the holidays go, I’m hoping to spend some time with friends. I’m hoping to play some games with friends and family. I’m hoping to get out and walk without pain. I’m hoping to write and maybe see a movie or two. I really want to go to the coast or to the mountains. I’m also hoping to get a plan written down for next year’s publishing/writing schedule.
We don’t live near family, so it’s just the four of us and the puppies. I’m hoping for lots of games and laughter and joy. I’ve already got some puppy gifts ready . . .
How about you? How are you planning to spend your holidays? I love the solstice and the birth of the new year, the days growing longer. Is it weird I’m already planning my garden? This year I want to plant lentils. I never have before. Speaking of which, I harvested this blue squash that I now need to roast and make a pie out of. My mom says it’s delicious. And really exciting–my folks live where there are tangerine orchards and send me some every year. Word is they should be on their way any moment. I’m so excited!!!