Although Christmas was great, I really lost steam the week after and by the time New Year's Eve and New Year's Day came, as far as I was concerned, the holiday mood had done left the building.
Today we're kinda sorta getting back into our regular routine.
I hauled up all the boxes that hold the Christmas decorations in preparations for my big project tomorrow which will be denuding the house of all its colorful and festive finery. Then I'll clean the ashes out of the wood stove in both the kitchen and living room, do a quick job of housecleaning and put up the January/winter decorations.
This morning I finished simmering a big pot of bean soup I had started yesterday. We certainly didn't lack for good food over the holidays and some ham was left over that I wanted to use. Bean Soup with Ham . . . one of my favorites. We each had a bowl for lunch today before I packaged it for the freezer. Dessert was a slice of rhubarb pie. Not exactly a kind of pie one might expect to have in January, but this past summer I made up and froze five or six containers of rhubarb pie mix, one of which I made into a pie last night. You know what? It tastes like summer time! Admittedly, a little strange this time of year, but so good! If you like rhubarb. And I really do.
I keep getting dunning notices (from a company which shall remain nameless) for a book which I neither ordered nor kept. I have proof of returning the book to the company which I've made copies of and sent back with previous invoices I've received. The same invoices I refuse to pay. So what's the problem here? Is the billing office not in communication with the return office? Did they not receive the returned book? If so, shouldn't that be communicated to me? Maybe it's a case of no flesh and blood person being employed by this company and the computers (or robots) are incapable of handling the situation. In any case, it makes me hesitant to do any future business with this particular company.
Papa Pea and I just had a good laugh. (Touching on the hysterical though it might have been.) He planned to spend the whole day working at his desk getting it cleared off and his paperwork brought up to date. I planned to spend the whole day in my quilt room. At three o'clock we met in our entry room to get dressed to go out for late afternoon chorres. Neither of us had spent more than a couple of hours (probably less than that) doing what we planned for the day. And nothing kept us from it other than the simple, everyday tasks and chores and happenings that make up a regular day. Sometime instead of making a list for the day and crossing off items when they are completed, I'm going to write down all the mundane things I do every day that seem to eat up the hours as if they were mere minutes. Hmmm, that might be an eye-opener. In one way or the other.
Lots of flu going around our community. Our daughter has it now after caring for the 2 year old twins who both had it last week. I'm happy to say Papa Pea and I both are staying fit as fiddles. I guess we're tougher (and maybe ornerier) than the ol' flu bugs.
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