Please go and visit DotBlogger and read a post that made me cry. You won't be sorry.
We are in the midst of what the media types are calling an Arctic Blast! It has been highly unusual weather for our normally mild climes. We have nearly a foot of snow on the ground with freezing rain on top of that with daily temperatures hovering in the mid 20s. It is being hailed as the storm of the century. I know you Mid-westerners scoff and laugh but it pretty much paralyzes us because we aren't used to it. We here in the Pacific NW don't plan to shovel our driveways, stock our pantries and wear 3 layers of clothing. So it's fun for the first few days when it happens. The kids miss school and chains go on the cars and everyone complains about how the other guy doesn't know how to drive in the snow.
But the bad weather has severely put a dent in the Christmas shopping here. I did most of my shopping online but even package delivery has been delayed. I got the majority of it done and what I didn't get I guess we'll just do without.
Except that I think my mother in law will be spending the night with us on Christmas Eve (weather permitting) and I didn't get her gifts bought nor anything for an extra stocking. Since it's only been 2 months since dad died, we don't want mom to be alone and lonely on Christmas morning. I can't imagine what it would be like to spend every holiday for 50 years with the man that I love and then suddenly have every remaining holiday without him.
We'll see. Things have a way of working themselves out.
I don't want to tempt the fates but we have been remarkably healthy this season. Until I realized tonight that I kept rubbing the side of my face and tugging on my ear and finally had to admit, I have an earache. I am ignoring it, except for telling you guys, in the hopes that it is nothing and tomorrow it'll be gone. The ache, not the ear. :P
Here is a little Christmas treat for you.