December 1, 2008

A Look Ahead - December

December, already?!  Yikes!
We have returned home from our Thanksgiving jaunt to middle Kentucky! I’ll be sharing some pictures and information about our trip in the days ahead. We had a relaxing time visiting some new places and revisiting some favorite places. I know I have a lot of catching up to do with my blogging friends! I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving celebration.

The calendar page got turned again today, and I am wondering how last month zipped by so quickly. Christmas is just around the corner, so time will get compressed further this month. Our weather this morning greeted the new month with sleet and then a topping of snow flurries. The white dusting on the ground soon disappeared, but the cold temperatures remained throughout the day.

I made some handmade Christmas cards this year to supplement some store-bought ones leftover from last year. I addressed most of the cards before our trip and mailed those today. There are just a few more that will be sent off this week. We got some Christmas shopping done during our trip, taking advantage of the availability of beautiful handmade Kentucky crafts. The remainder of my shopping list will get attended to this week. Then there will be some wrapping and more mailing duties to perform!

We will be doing minimal decorating this year, since the homestead is still for sale. The big trees and ornament collections will remain packed up. This week, I will be putting out a few tabletop trees and scatter an assortment of decorations. I recently bought a lovely hand-painted skate with a winter scene from a talented artist in Missouri. It got hung up on one of my office doors as soon as it came out of the box, LOL. I’ll have to take a picture of it and share it with all of you.

Can you believe that we still have straggler leaves clinging to the trees? Thankfully, the recent rain and wind storms blew down a great deal. Further leaf cleanup chores await us as soon as we get some drier weather.

The couple with the contingency contract on our home has not yet sold their house, so we are expecting another contract extension. We had several showings of our property during November, but none of them panned out. So we continue to wait, and wait, and wait some more.

My left knee has not magically improved and now my right one is starting to smart from the excess wear and tear on it. Pain is a constant companion, and I am doing my best to ignore it. I will be consulting with the orthopedic doctor again next week to see what can be done short of surgery (since we are waiting, and waiting, and waiting some more for the house to sell). I fully expect another lecture from him about knee replacement surgery, but I will be countering back with my “waiting” story.

We plan to get together with friends this month and have some good times and laughs. We won’t be traveling northward to visit relatives, and they don’t ever travel southward to see us. No matter. We’ll be going up that way sometime next year when the weather is more predictably pleasant and safer.

Enough of my silly ramblings! I have a backlog of bloggy stuff to attend to, and I need to start working on some new posts this week!

Cheers, everyone! I hope that the magical Christmas season is kind for you, your families, and your friends!


  1. Welcome Home Donna...
    Christmas is sure upon us now that's for sure.
    I am normally sooo organised but this year I am not!
    I find being Rural out's the idea of dashing to the shops when Hubby is actually home...
    Which ain't often.
    I need to sort what I have bought and see what still needs buying and then wrapping.
    I actually hate that part!
    You rest those weary knees as best you can and keep your spirits high sweet friend.
    Thinking of you.

  2. It's great that you had a good time on your travels. It's nice to have you back too!

    I'm almost done with the shopping, now it's on to the wrapping. :-(

  3. Well aside from your knees hurting it sounds like a fun month. And I think you should still deck your house out with lights. It will impress the people that come to look at it lol. Who can resist a beautiful house decorated so tastefully. They may want it all lock stock and barrel.

  4. Glad you had a nice trip. We still have straggler leaves too. I think we had weird weather this summer. Hope you can enjoy the holidays without too much knee discomfort!

  5. Glad you're home sweetie! Sorry about the house "waiting"!! How awful for you and Hubby and Marty!! I Know He's ready to get this show on the road!!hahaa...

    Just sit alot...hire a maid and "man"....those knees should improve Quickly!!! 'ya!hughugs

  6. I'm glad you had a good trip, and are safely home. That's a bummer though about your knees. I've had several relatives with that problem and it ain't good. I hope the doctor can do something short of surgery to give you some relief.

    No decorating here yet, and probably won't be as we'll be at my granddaughter's house on Christmas Eve instead of them coming here. I just know that whatever you do, it will be absolutely gorgeous!

    Take care. ((HUGS))

  7. Hi Donna,

    Good to see you back. Can't wait to see some photos of your trip. I agree that November just flew by and can't believe Christmas is just a few weeks away. I think I'll pretend I'm Scarlett Ohara and worry about that tomorrow. LOL I hope your knee feels better soon. I think knees and back problems are about the worse. I have back issues and when it acts up well....... So I feel your pain and I'll keep you in my prayers.


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