It’s been super cold here in the Midwest (high of ten degrees today, low of 12 below last night) but we’re expecting warm ups by this weekend and maybe even 40 degrees one or two days next week! Hallelujah! We have some snow, but only three or four inches. And the sun is shining brightly, hence the really, really cold temps. When it hits above freezing I may attempt to clear the driveway, but really, if I can drive over the snow, does it matter?
But the East Coast was hit with a “bomb cyclone” recently, with more than a foot of snow in many places and now dropping temps. Is that even a real term or just something the weather people made up? (Okay, I looked it up and yes, it’s a real meteorological term so if you want to know what brings the snow and cold, you can look it up online, too, 😉 ) To all my East Coast friends and family, please stay safe and warm! Hopefully we will get through January and February here in the States and on to better weather…
My New Year’s Eve hair, still crazy after all this year:
I’m feeling very optimistic lately. I’m not exactly sure why, but I think it’s for a variety of reasons. I’ve given it some thought, because I haven’t always been a really upbeat person. I can have a somewhat sarcastic, self-deprecating view of life. In fact, many people in my family use humor as a defense mechanism.
But last year on January 1 I was bald (pretty much everywhere), I had a sinus infection and one more chemo treatment to face. We had a big trip planned with three of our children for hubby’s birthday at the end of January and if they couldn’t/wouldn’t do my treatment the first week of the year because of infection, it might have pushed everything back. And, tired as I was, I didn’t want to ruin all the plans we’d made and miss the trip. It all worked out. I got on the plane with my fake boob and my fake hair and it was fine. More than fine, really.
This year I feel pretty great. I’m not bald anymore and I got through the holidays. I had a wonderful time. I’m grateful to have my energy back and be able to do whatever I want. I’m mostly just grateful to be cancer free and alive. Does that sound overly dramatic? Maybe…
Yes, I know our country is in a mess and my state in particular (Illinois) has more than its share of problems. It’s winter and for my neck of the woods that means cold and snow. Today our expected high temperature was three. Yes, three degrees F. with wind chills that make it feel like minus 20 degrees.
But looking ahead is still exciting to me. 2018 brings another 365 chances to live life to the fullest, make a difference, make some changes. I don’t have any really lofty goals. I want to remain positive, roll with whatever life throws my way and be grateful I have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, enough food to eat and more opportunities available to me than so many people in this world. I want to keep exercising, use my creativity and volunteer some of my time. And I think I have my bout with breast cancer to thank for that perspective.
I guess dealing with a serious disease will do that to you. As will living more years than I want to admit! I’ve learned that sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes they seem worse the more we dwell on them. I’ve learned that when I look around, there is always someone carrying a heavier load than mine and that always makes my problems easier to bear.
And I will always have hope that things will get better. Life is good. Happy New Year, my friends!
Nothing says Christmas like dragons, especially from Game of Thrones, right? Well, it is red after all!
My very talented friend sonofabeach and his wife (she’s the artist, he’s the metal worker) create one of a kind artwork like this and I commissioned them to do this as a surprise for my son and his wife for Christmas. If you are interested in having something made, you can go to his website and look around. He’s also a very talented photographer and if you drop him a line in the comments section, he will get back to you quickly!
As you can see from the picture, my son already has some pint glass sets and they love the Game of Thrones show. Those are bottle caps that form the scales on the dragon and they really do look like scales! My son was so surprised and I know he will put it up in his rec room in the bar area, although it might make a pretty cool table covered in glass and with legs attached. Just sayin’.
Last year, T and his wife made these adorable seahorses for my sunroom wall. You can request colors or bottle cap brands and they will do their best to accommodate you!
If you celebrate Christmas, do you open gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? We’ve always done our big celebration on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is sometimes eating out or going to the movies or just relaxing at home and enjoying family. Hope you have a wonderful Monday and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all my dear friends and family!