Saturday, December 19, 2009

Saturday morning before Christmas

Here's a report on the Thanksgiving sweet potatoes -

YUMMY! Even my picky SIL2B liked. Since then, I thought I'd add two things next time
1 - more brown sugar
2 - can't remember, and I'm honestly admitting it to you, my friends! Who cares?! Next time, I might try one of my Aunt Harriett's 3 recipes she sent me after reading my blog. Thanks, Harriett!

This morning, reading from Simple Abundance, "A Daybook of Comfort and Joy" by Sarah Ban Breathnach, I made the following notes. I've come to relish my Saturday Sabbath mornings...not strict about a certain day, it's just that I DON'T HAVE TO GET UP AND GO TO WORK!! WOO HOO!! Michael's off to get a haircut, and I'm still in bed with coffee and my "Christmas With Angels" CD Featuring vocals by Voice Trek, winter streams, night sounds, songbirds and ocean waves (from the CD cover). I picked it up at Big Lots a at least 5 or 6 years ago. Amazingly soothing sounds to slowly awaken to, and it includes "Sanctus" and "In Paradisum" from the Faure Requiem. I was never so proud as when Alysson sang it with the Albuquerque Girl Choir. This was not just some cute little kids' stuff, but extremely difficult, serious and legit. She was what? 10 I think. It was my pleasure to assist the director in section rehearsals with the girls.

Notes, impressions and plans -
How do I cope?
How do I change?
"We turn, not older with years, but newer every day." Emily Dickinson
Plan for special birthday celebration.

Coping with Michael leaving the laundry room door open and letting in the cold - Just get up and close it. 2nd time - ask him firmly, "Please close the door next time." He's preoccupied because he can't find something.
Yesterday the tears came while I was giving him a bear hug. Last year I had to be oh, so careful because he had a stomach feeding tube in place. The tears came, and I let them. Sadness for what he had to go through, me too. Gratitude that he's still with me and so much stronger now.

I got myself an amaryllis bulb yesterday. I'm excited to take care of it and watch it grow.

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