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Its Christmas all ready???
Boy where has 2014 gone. It was just yesterday that I was patting myself on the back… feeling good about my Christmas shopping and how well things were going. Of course, any time I get that feeling, it’s just a matter of time before reality sets in. That’s exactly what happened this week.
It has been a whirlwind of activity at the Given household. In addition to getting ready for the biggest day of the year, we also needed to celebrate Ava’s birthday. She will be 4 year old on Wednesday. Since the actual day doesn’t fit well into working schedules we had the “big” party on Sunday afternoon.
After a hard week at the office, Jeanine insisted that we go get a Christmas tree on Saturday. I had other ideas; I wanted to work on my motorcycle. I guess you know who won… We stopped and picked up Carlie and Reese on our way to the tree farm. They were eager to help and that made it worth the trip. As usual we looked at several hundred trees then returned to the first one Jeanine spotted.
I cut the tree down and Carlie and Reese said it was their job to drag it out the woods. That was lots of fun. Their determination was something to behold.
We took the tree home and I put it in the stand. Jeanine put the lights on it and the kids all came to our house after Ava’s birthday party to help Nana decorate. The tree takes on a little Charlie Brown flavor… most of the ornaments are low and in one area, but the tree is perfect and now we have no choice but to push forward with just a few days before Santa arrives.
I guess I was pretty lucky. I did manage a little bit of time to finish up the project on my motorcycle that I was working on, Saturday evening while Jeanine was putting electric lights on the tree. This time or the year… that’s pretty good. I can only hope I will be as lucky in the next couple of weeks?
Of course we know what follows Christmas… a new year. I have had some time recently to think about 2014 and it’s been a strange year in a lot of ways. Many thinks have changed… some for the better… others, I not so sure about. It seems like there has been more change than we experience in most years. Next year certainly promises to hold more of the same. With the Republican Party taking control of both the state and federal legislative scenes, everyone is certainly anticipating those changes, though it is obvious, few if any really know what they will be. I am going to approach these next weeks and months much as I have most in 2014. I will not worry about what is going to happen as I have little if any real power to change it. I will adapt to whatever life throws at me… or at least I hope I will. But for now, I still have a few presents to buy and two more issues of the paper to send to press.
I’m sure that will keep me busy till 2015 rolls around.
Will return soon...