Okay, I'm going to try to do a short update with not a lot of words. Bullet points. Think I can do this and keep it short?
Have you gotten any Christmas cards yet in the mail? I was just thinking about this the other day. Does anyone even send cards any more? We haven't gotten any, I'm not expecting a lot. I think maybe I sent five cards last year and got about the same back.
Koda turned eight years old December 1st. Can you believe it?
Son slept walked last night. He's done it a few times, just not recently that I have seen the evidence of it. I walked down the hall this morning and saw the front door open. I closed it, thinking maybe he had gone outside to get something from his car and forgot to close the door on his way in. Then turned the coffee pot on and looked and saw the door to the back yard was open. Which is really weird because we never leave that door open. We'll leave the front door open in hot weather (all the doors have those security type of bars on them so we live in "Fort Knox" so to speak so we were safe). Then I looked and saw the sliding glass door to the other side of the back yard was opened a bit. I knew something was up, but then figured it had to be him sleep walking since I had heard him at about 2:30 a.m. and heard him in the kitchen/back part of the house.
We went downtown to feed the homeless last night again. We partnered with another group and brought pizzas plus some other snacks. I had gone through all our coats/jackets we didn't use any more and took them with us. Hubby's brother and sister-in-law came with us. I think it was a rewarding experience for all. Again, it was very humbling. You can tell that some on the streets are used to getting help from other organizations (and I'm not knocking these organizations) in that they are only allowed perhaps one of this or one of that because when we had all the goodies out on the table and told them to help themselves, so many said "if I get a water, can I also get a juice" (yes, take as much as you want). Or the mom who was with one of her children and said "can I take something for my other children who are over there?" (yes, take as much as you want). Again, everyone was so very polite; they do not take unless you offer and they are almost shy to take more than one or two or something. I have definitely found my new ministry.
I'm off on Christmas!! I'm so excited. With the company I work for, their policy is you can't ask for a holiday off until it is 60 days before it (which makes sense because people could ask for a holiday a year in advance). Then you are supposed to hear if you get the holiday off within 35 days of the holiday. It was way past the deadline and I hadn't heard. I was really thinking I wouldn't get the time off, but yesterday when I clocked in and double checked my leave request, it was granted. I had even made plans around not having it off to get together with family on other days, etc. But I'm off Saturday before Christmas, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Thanks for all the well wishes/prayers for son and his cold. He's all better, as luck would have it, I got sick a few days later but am better except for a cough at times, and hubby is now fighting it. I guess the family who shares germs stays together????
We have a string of lights up outside!! No tree yet and not sure if we are going to put up one; that's for son to do if he wants one. But I do have a bit more Christmas spirit than I have had in previous years. A lot of you know my struggles this time of year, but this year I am pretty excited about it.
Especially the rum cake we'll be making (any one remember that?) We have a new stove coming Monday. Ours quite hasn't worked really well since we moved in here. I think it had to do with the time my MIL had put a bag of chips in the oven and put the oven on (poor lady, she suffered from dementia) and it caused a fire that had to be put out with a fire extinguisher. Anyway, it was always hit and miss to get the oven to work. So we finally took the plunge to get a new stove which is coming Monday. The sacrifices we do to make a holiday tradition (rum cake).
Okay, I didn't do well. This is way too long..........
Kudos to anyone who read it all!!