It seems cliche to say it yet again, but “Where Has The Time Gone?” How is it possibly December 21st already. December has been a low energy month for me. Maybe the time went by while I was hibernating on the couch. Anyway, it’s time for the last Link Party of 2019 with Sheryl at “A Chronic Voice!”
This month’s prompts are: Travelling, Bonding, Warming, Coping, and Ending.
This month I immersed myself in the world of Narnia. I recently finished the last book in the 7 book series called The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I got the idea to re-read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe from one of the early prompts in Kasia’s Advent Art Calendar Challenge.
These seven books are the only children’s books written by C. S. Lewis, and I have loved them since college. One summer break, my brain was fried from reading nursing, and science textbooks. I wanted something enjoyable, and light to read. I wandered into my favorite public library’s Children’s Department thinking I would re-read some treasure from my childhood.
Somehow I spotted these books and was hooked from the beginning. If you love adventurous fantasy stories where good prevails, then you won’t be disappointed with these books.
I’m trying to be more intentional in spending time with my parents this month. My dad had a scary health problem last month, and has chosen not to treat the 90% blockage in his carotid artery in his neck. I just feel that time may be short with him, so I’m trying to make the most of it.
I’ve been volunteering for seven years now at a local program that helps kids who qualify for free school lunches. We hand out a bag of non-perishable food to each kid to take home Friday afternoon. We also do a once a month food pantry during the three summer break months, and provide both Thanksgiving, and Christmas food pantries as well for those families who qualify.
Last Thursday, I helped with our Christmas Food and Gift Pantry. It warms my heart to help kids have a Christmas celebration in spite of difficult finances. It also warms my heart to see all the generous hearts in our community who donate of their resources to help the less fortunate among us.
Volunteering helps me feel like I can still contribute to my community even though I can no longer work. I’m very grateful for my friends who make this program happen, and who allow me to help in a way that doesn’t make my health worse.
I learned from Thanksgiving that I needed to reduce the amount of food prep for Christmas. My hands and fingers are really painful this winter. I’ve also learned that I need to swallow my pride and actually ask for help with food prep and clean-up.
I’ve broken up my remaining tasks into daily tasks starting today. Today is my laundry. Tomorrow is church and grocery shopping. Monday I will start to cut up fresh veggies, and hard-boil eggs. Tuesday I will cook my potatoes, and combine everything for my potato salad. Hopefully my son will be home that day to help me mix everything.
I’m picking up my mom for a Christmas Eve Church service later that evening. I’ve invited my children to my apartment for dinner at 4 pm on Christmas Day. Since I’ll have the potato salad already done and I’m using bagged Kale salad mix for my vegetables; all I’ll have to do is put in the ham to heat. Dessert will be store bought.
I’m using paper plates too. Makes clean-up more manageable as I don’t have a dish washer.
Now that I’ve listed all of this stuff, I’m tired just thinking about it.
As we draw closer to the end of 2019, I’ve started thinking about wrapping up lose ends on projects I wanted to complete by the end of the year. I’m still working on the first draft of my memoir. I figure I have nine more days to work on it. Even if I don’t get the rough draft finished, I still have way more words written on it than I did last summer when I made the goal to finish it by the end of the year. I’ll take any progress I can get.
That brings me to the end of this post. I hope you all have a great holiday season! Check out all of the other link party posts here.
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