...John and I stayed in pajamas all the day Saturday and it was lovely. He'd noted the presents under the tree Friday. "Whose are those?" he asked. "Yours, of course," I'd answered. Well he wanted to open them Saturday morning and I had no troubles with that. After all, I'd had several of my gifts for weeks now and have worn or used them happily. It bothers me not at all that there are no gifts under the tree for Christmas morning.
I haven't made huge big plans for the coming week. Partly because there was a dinner to attend today after church at Mama's and then John off almost all the week. It doesn't pay to make big plans when John is off, lol. He does tend to be spontaneous and has a way of wanting me to come along with him or come to see what he's been up to, etc. His being off today was a surprise, but not an unpleasant one.
I am determined each day to grasp hold of something lovely about this fleeting season. Another showing of "A Christmas Carol"(George C. Scott version this time) and another special dinner out with John courtesy of a small Christmas bonus were two such things this past week. I made John's favorite Christmas cookies one afternoon this past week. I shall make a batch of sugar cookies for myself next week though I can't eat more than one each day. Then we shall most certainly need no more cookies for a long while. We had a very pleasant afternoon at my brother's for today with little children to watch open gifts.
I am feeling the urge to begin the annual New Year house cleaning, but I'm going to hold off until after Christmas when I'm putting away the Christmas things anyway. That is a good time to freshen and renew and prepare for the New Year and a good time, too, to think of ways to freshen the look for winter, though admittedly our current look is still pretty fresh and new.
...I plan my work:
Plant bulbs. I did get all the pansies planted but I still need to plant bulbs. And prune roses and move iris. Provided it doesn't rain.
Finish my lists planning the coming New Year.
Harvest day. Pay day, bills, groceries.
Make sugar cookies.
Plan 8 days of Chanukah surprises and do what those surprises require in order to execute them. If I wait until the last minute I'll do nothing at all.
Hem my new jeans.
Piece together several fresh outfits. I have worn the current lot several times over.
...I plan meals:
dinner with Mama
Chicken Tortilla Casserole, Salad, Mexican Corn, Chocolate Pudding
Black Beans and Yellow Rice, Pico de Gallo, Green Salad, Mexican Corn Bread
Lazy Day Beef Stew, Slaw, Crusty Bread
on my own
Spaghetti with Bolognese Sauce, Garlic Bread, Green Beans
...I plan leisure:
Take an evening ride to look at Christmas Lights in town.
Watch Christmas specials and movies.
Sit and gaze at the tree lights.