So, I wondered what I was going to write about in December with regards to “Turning 60?” As with most of us, December is filled with doing things for others, and that’s as it should be. My job provides me with the knowledge and the opportunity to help those in need, even if I don’t do it myself, I am involved in the process; be it the paperwork, or follow-up.
Not unusually, I have been shopping, wrapping and getting all the things done that need to be done. I didn't send out cards. My plan is to make a “Happy New Year” card with a wedding picture and send it out in January. I did do a Christmas Letter via blog and it is found here. Last year’s letter is here. These are busy times.
I did make the decision to forgo exercise the first week of the month. I had a slight sprain in my knee and I wasn't doing ANYTHING that would keep me from enjoying my son’s wedding on New Year’s Eve. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am perfectly capable of tripping over my own feet and hurting myself, but I am simply not taking chances.
By not going to the gym six days a week, that gave me six or seven hours a week to do something else. Sometimes that was for other people, and sometimes it was just time for me. I read some books. I am working on a women’s Bible study that I downloaded from the Internet. I made wedding favors. And by watching what I ate, I found that it was OK to take this break. I shall return and I know that.
I had lunch with three friends, and had another over to our house for dinner. I gave a party. I attended two parties. I did eat, but I kept track, and incorporated those splurges into the rest of that day or week. Other than that, I really didn't “cook” much.
I got my nails done—twice! I got my hair done once.
While doing for others, I did for me too!
I think the biggest thing that I did for myself only, was take a day off on the day that I gave my Class of 1971 Christmas party. I had cleaned some over the weekend; so all that really needed done was spot-cleaning (bathrooms!) and fixing two dishes, as well as getting things together.
Then, I sat down and just listened to the nothing. It was fabulous! I read some, but did not turn on the television or even the music. Both of the men I live with were out of the house, and I had time for just me. This is really unusual and does not happen often. I work a 9-3 day and my husband is retired, volunteers and substitute teaches. All of those activities pretty much take place within the time frame that I work, so I don’t sit and listen to the quiet very often.
I thought, as I was raising children, that I would have time to myself when this stage of life got here; but I find that I don’t.
So therefore, in 2013, one of my goals is to develop a “Woman Cave” in the basement where my son lives right now. I think that process may spawn at least ONE blog; although I am by no means special when it comes to decorating! The idea is to have a place where I can watch the History Channel or HGTV while someone else is watching March Madness. Perhaps for the first time in thirty six years, I won’t be MAD! (Disclaimer: I always love watching our Ohio teams in the NCAA tournament or Wright State in its tournament. And, I also like Michigan State; and we follow our son-in-law’s team, North Carolina)
Re-doing the basement will be a BIG thing “for me.” Of course, we will use it for family purposes, but it’s going to be my cave, make no mistake about it. Grandma will have a “play corner” for her grandchild(ren).
So that’s really about it for December. There really wasn't anything of great note. I am just another wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend and employee doing what we do during the Christmas season. I made it a priority to read a good Advent book, to keep my focus on why I do all of this!
Next up? The Twelve Days of a Wedding!