Thursday, December 09, 2021
Good Days and Better Days
We are having good days and better days. Last night I was about to lament about how it had been a bad day, but then I had to admit that even with the genuinely bad parts of the day, there was still a lot that was good, worthwhile. So, without denying that some days are the worst, and some moments are wretched, I am here to share some highlights from the week, so far. And if you will indulge me, I might throw myself a brief, but well deserved pity party.
Saturday was kind of brilliant, because it was full of normal stuff... normal, pre-pandemic kind of stuff! We had a project going in the shop, some mentoring-tutoring activity, as Geoff helped Leo figure out laser engraving oak, for part II of Leo's Eagle Scout project. Leo is making signs to identify individual native plants along a park trail. Practice and fine tuning yielded terrific results! Simon was over to work on math with Max. Bex and Leslie hung out and we played with the doll house, art supplies, and tried one of the Adagio Advent calendar teas. Have I mentioned? We have an Advent calendar that holds a new tea, one for each day until the 24th? Then Bex, Maria and Bambi worked on the fairy puzzle, and Simon hung out with Leo, and Geoff in the shop. And I started a big pot of tamale chicken. It may or may not become tamales, but it's already made delicious burritos!
Sunday, Max came with me to pick up our tree. It arrived at the school very late, because the poor driver got a flat. They were so apologetic about the delay, but it all worked out fine, for us. Leo and Michael were back in the shop with Geoff, and they finished a whole stack of signs. Alex, Bambi, and William were busy in the kitchen fixing good eats for our family day and Thanksgiving sequel. Maria finished up physics homework, and some writing. Besides holiday fun, she's trying to keep focused on end of semester work, readying for finals... the school has never ended the semester before winter break. There's a lot going on, and I am feeling good about the navigating and juggling! And cats! I can't not say something about Cats and holidays, cats and ribbons and boxes, and the tree, and lights... the cats add so much fun and mischief, and joy!
Sakamoto in the box, with the Nativity figures, is a favorite moment. He looks like he is auditioning for a part. Were there landseals in Bethlehem? My order from High Hog Farm, arrived, and I couldn't wait to feel the wool, and smell the... nevermind! I must be careful not to let Christmas secrets spill! I have lots more shopping to do, and I am happy to visit artists, small businesses, and local vendors, as well as the second-hand shops, and doing some of our own making! This kind of shopping feels like a three way gift... good for vendors, good for recipients, and I feel good, too. We had a bit of rain, and lots and lots of fog... about as close as can come to a white Christmas! And a neighbor was out walking her 8 week old puppy, and lucky me, I can confirm the puppy feels as soft and darling as he looks! We've had good family dinners, and cozy nights together. I feel thankful and uplifted by each happy moment, by days that begin, or end, on a bright note, that feel productive or inspiring.
In spite of a horrible earache, and running around trying to get help, and hours and hours doing nothing but trying to cope, yesterday was good. Alex drove me to the doctor, and picked me up, and brought me to the pharmacist, both of them. Janece was happy to bring Maria home from school (we have the best friends!) and Geoff was able to meet his brother Paul for lunch and a visit to the surplus shop (that was my idea, and it went as planned!) Gina was texting me pictures of my Mom and Dad. She was visiting them. I want to go to there, I miss them, and I am glad she could hug them for me, and I could see how lovely and well they are looking. William made us a comforting, hot, vegan stew, and since the ibuprofen had kicked in, I was able to eat. Our advent tea was another delicious one. One of the most anticipated and appreciated holiday packages arrived from the Northwoods, and everyone was exclaiming over Aunt Laura's and Uncle Gary's beautiful cookies. Even the kitties know it's a special arrival, and they took turns enjoying the new box. Alex told me about the visit at the surplus shop, with Paul and Geoff, and he described his Dad and Uncle as kids in a candy shop! I got the best seat on the couch, a perfect spot for watching the tree get decorated, then we watched A Christmas Story, a movie we know so well we were laughing, even in anticipation of every funny scene! And then I decided I couldn't go to bed without taking a walk in the fresh air. I covered both of my ears under a cozy hat, Geoff and I held hands, and my favorite tree was lit up, which always makes me feel sentimental and thankful. When we moved to the Bird House, their's was the only house on the street with holiday lights. A lot has changed, and some places go all out now, but this tree will always be most dear.
The ear is improving, just enough to make me feel the medicine is working. I am trying not to feel let down about all the ways yesterday was hard, or about the things that fell apart, or backfired (hiding Christmas gifts in the back of the van, the van that went to the surplus store... that was a backfire, and I feel like Failure Elf about that.) I am about to go to bed, to put more drops in that ear. And hopefully, very soon, I will be back on a better course, with more good and better days ahead.