Saturday, January 4, 2014

Holidays Over.....Now What?!


Now, I know I'm a bit biased, but is this a face, or is this a face?!?!??!

The expression of "What In Thee Heck Is Going On?!" is pretty priceless.

To be fair, in our house, at Christmas, there is enough stimuli to bring back a coma patient. A 21/2 month old baby is pretty much in a state of overload during every waking moment. She was a trooper, though. She was handed from Auntie to Auntie, Grandpa to Uncle, to Grandma to Mommy and back all day. Thank goodness she is a pretty easy-going baby!

With the holidays officially behind us, it's back to life as usual. All the wreaths are stowed,, the tree is back in the basement, and every one of my snowmen are back in their containers until next time. 

The house always seems a bit quiet after a big family get-together.

For a couple of days, anyway, the empty nest seems deafening. It takes a little bit for the quiet to become our "normal" again. But, then it does, and it's pretty nice too.

So, in the past week..............

Well, needless to say we rang the New Year! We did so with some neighbours, and had a pretty dang good time. It was kind of nice not hauling and setting up equipment in the bitter cold. Kind of nice, indeed.

Also on New Year's Day, our 3rd daughter turned 24. This, according to her baby sister, one year and 15 days her junior, makes her "old". She is now officially in her "mid-twenties".  Too funny!

Things at the shop are off to a good start for 2014. Plenty of projects, and more coming in. We are so grateful, and are looking forward to any new challenges this year might bring.

I've been able to put a bit of time into my next book, and should hopefully be able to have it done in time to have it on store shelves before the end of the school year.  To make that happen, I need to have it in the illustrator's hands by the beginning of March. I hope I can pull it off.

For the upcoming week?.........

Bunker down for tonight and tomorrow, as it's supposed to hit -47degrees with windchill. Luckily, we should be pretty much half way through winter. The light of Spring is faintly beginning to glow at the end of the tunnel. This kind of cold shouldn't hit more than a few more times before Jack Frost takes a vacation.

We'll have a busy week at the shop....paint protection, awnings, skylights, fenders, a fridge, another skylight, an antenna, and more!

I should be able to sneak in a few baby snuggles, and toddler tickles, as well.

Well that about does it for this time around....

Until next time......

May your week come and go, filled with good days, good news, and happy faces.
May every challenge be met with clarity and definitive decision, no need for hair tugs or floor paces.

May you, as you load your plate with "to do's", make sure to leave some room for dessert.
May you not fill up on seriousness, and work, and talks about the kids, make some time to flirt.

May, in the midst of your "day to day" be sure to throw in some fun.
May you simply keep in mind that life is short, and we only get one.

Until next time!


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