I got my Christmas Cards put in the mail yesterday. I put a lot of time and effort every year into a nice newsletter with lots of pictures. Some people complain about those "awful Christmas newsletters," but I love them. I also love any kind of written note, but if it's a mass-produced newsletter, it sure has a lot more information about what everybody was up to last year and I love catching up. I have heard from other people how much they like my Christmas letter, so I just keep putting it out, hoping they're not lying to me. I also wonder, as with everything I do, what next year and Christmas 2014 will be like for us. I hope everything is the same, but that is probably being too optimistic, isn't it?
Today, I got a lot of shopping done from the comfort of my kitchen. In recent years, I have really used Amazon.com extensively for Christmas shopping and since my daughter-in-law buys a Prime membership and adds me to her membership, I get free 2-day shipping on Amazon Prime items, which is very nice. Everyone in the family makes me nice lists so I know what they all want. Still don't have lists from my two youngest sons, and with Duane, I always try to pay attention to hints he drops, but it's hard to find just the right thing sometimes. This year he told me exactly what he wanted, so I got it ordered and it's hiding in the basement. But then I have to think of other things for Du, to tell the kids so that they know what to buy forhim. That's the tough part. I do my best.
The house is all decorated. We had most of that done before Thanksgiving. I did discover a few more boxes when Du got out the "outside decoration" boxes, that were actually "inside" decorations, so added them to what I already had out on display.
It has turned cold here, after a high of 63 on Monday. June, Chris & I took a nice long walk Monday. Juno did great, a lot of times she can't go that far, but we went about a mile and a half and she did fine. She did sleep all evening, however. Now it is to be really cold, I think we are to get the temps they are having out in Colorado, I just hope we don't get their snow. I used to like snow before Christmas, now I could do without. It just makes getting around so difficult. Even this morning, Du e-mailed me from work to be careful if I went out, he saw several cars in the ditch, it was slick. He had to work late last night and hit a skunk on the way home. GREAT! Then he almost hit two deer. I told him he needs to be sure to get home before dark from now on. The wildlife come out after dusk.
Got the stitches out of my hand yesterday, from the surgery I had two weeks ago for my trigger thumb and finger. It's sure nice to be able to get my hands wet again without covering my right hand with a plastic bag. Showering was tough, washing my hair was tougher, and washing dishes? Well, let's just say it's nice to be able to get my hands wet again. Fixing Thanksgiving dinner and trying not to get my right hand wet was a challenge. And I went through it last year too....I had surgery a year ago on the thumb on my left hand. I think I'm done with trigger fingers and thumbs now, at least I hope so.
Du had a shot of cortisone in his hip at the doctor a few weeks ago, it has helped with his soreness, and the antibiotic he got for his UTI has made the fevers he runs periodically less severe and less often. He's also taking a new water pill because he had such swelling in his legs, and his ankles/legs have shrunk! I'm glad to know there are things they can do to make him feel better.
I'm really getting into the Christmas spirit. Can't wait for the gifts I ordered this morning to arrive, so I can get them wrapped and under the tree. I'm going to wrap big paper boxes (the kind reams of paper are shipped in) in Christmas paper, and put little stockings with people's names on top of them to serve as our stockings this year. Our regular stockings never held all the stuff we all buy to stuff into them anyway, so those big boxes should work better.
This is the sheet of pictures I put in with my cards and letters I sent out yesterday.