Monday, December 26, 2011

After Christmas Reflections

The day after Christmas I am sitting on my couch relaxing, surfing the net and thinking random thoughts ...

Something I never blogged about this season, and I meant to do so, was the fact that I really appreciate living and working in a small town during the Christmas season.  I actually work in a town that has something you don't see so much anymore - a town square.  Although, I don't know why they call it a square because you drive around it in a circle!  Anyway, our town has a little park with a fountain in the center of the square.  It also has an old fashioned red phone booth in the park. No phone ...just the booth!

But I digress, the reason I mentioned our town square is because they also do something that is unique - they play Christmas music every day in the square over loud speakers.  When you are waiting in line at the drive-thru at the bank, you can hear it clearly.  I often wonder if  the merchants in the businesses facing the square go bonkers hearing the music all day long?

I also wonder if some atheist will decide that their rights are being violated by songs in the air and will try to do something about it.  It is so sad how a few can make a big deal about something and the majority will go along with it.  Anything is accepted in the name of tolerance ...

Another random thought - I noticed in my blog side bar that as the years go by it seems I post less ... In 2009, over 200 posts.  2010 shows over 100 posts, and in 2011 under 100.  Am I running out of things to say? (No, that can't be the reason!)  More likely, it's just the fact I am getting busier as the years roll by.

In an effort to corral some of these random thoughts, I'm going to do the rest of this post in a daybook theme:


Outside my window...a gray dreary day.  We are supposed to get rain tonight that will supposedly change into a wintry mix of snow, freezing rain, sleet, etc. by tomorrow morning.  Ugh.

I am cozy I am wearing my jammies and sitting in the living room with candlelight gleaming. I have declared it "lazy Monday."  I'm going to wear jammies all day and just do what I want to do.  Returning to the workaday world starts tomorrow: for today, I am extending Holiday time off!

I am thankful have a warm snug home.  I'm also thankful for the insulating, new roof and new windows we had done when remodeling.  Our utility bills are less this year, yet we are warmer. No more cold drafts in this house!

In the kitchen... not much going on, but I am going to try out a new recipe, "Cheddar Baked Chicken," later today.

I am red and black checked pajama pants, red long pajama top and warm gray socks.  So comfy!

I am creating
...a new menu plan.  Our old one needs some tweaking.

I am going...NOWHERE!

I am wondering...what the new year will bring.

I am reading...nothing right now.  I just finished reading Jodi Picoult's book about a teenager with Asperger's, "House Rules."  It was really riveting and I learned a lot about Asperger's.

I am hoping...for a great year with no problems... what everyone hopes for, right?

I am looking forward to...Friday evening. We are having friends over and are going to play Apples to Apples.  I found a bible edition of the game, so I am excited to try it.

I am hearing... my favorite winter time song, "Walking in a Winter Wonderland."  I can't help it - I hum this song around the house a lot.

In fact, I am one of those annoying people that hum and sing around the house all the time!  Am I the only one that does that?  I told my daughter that I think people are happier if they sing all the time.  Do you think I'm right?

Around the house...candlelight, Christmas music and some Christmas clutter that has not been put up yet ....  (Now the radio is playing "The Hallelujah Chorus."  I love it!)

I am pondering... what I want the focus of 2012 to be.

One of my favorite things... no-bake cookies.  I'm about to have one.

A few plans for the rest of the week: organizing at the office.  Everyone is going to be on vacation this week except me.  I'm planning on getting my 2012 files ready to go.

Here are pictures for thought I am sharing... some more Christmas decor pictures ...

You can see the reflection of my bulb tree in the mirror.

Here are 3 bulb trees together.  I like the middle one best

The daybook concept was created by Peggy Hostetler at The Simple Woman's Daybook.  Visit her blog if you'd like to link up.


Greg and Donna said...

The Bible edition of Apples to Apples is so much fun ~ I like it much better than the "generic" version!

Tänia said...

How wonderful to live in a town with the town square playing Christmas music! What a blessing!

Tänia of
Simply God's Girl

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I've been thinking about reading that Jodi Piccoult book - glad to hear it was good.

Karyn said...

I think you are right about people who sing all the time.

A week at work all by yourself to get yourself organized for the year to come sounds like a great way to end the year!

Melanie said...

So nice to live in a small town. The town near me always had a nativity scene on the Chamber of Commerce lawn. Last year there was some talk of it not going up. I forgot to check this year to see if it was there. I'm glad your small town has Christmas music playing.

David and Donna said...

I went "home" to visit my parents and I loved the town Square, within a square. I had forgotten how much fun it is to shop in downtown where everyone knows everyone. I so want to move back home, but it looks to be a few years away.

Karen Greenberg said...

I spent the first 10 years of my life in a small town in Illinois. Some of my best memories are of the town square and the events that happened there! I miss that about the small town.

I also read "House Rules" a couple months ago. Jodi Picoult is my favorite author, and I think this was one of her best. Have you read "Handle With Care?"