Christmas is taken down and my house feels lonely, boring, without it. There is nothing like a Christmas tree to bring joy to a room.
My mother wrote an excellent post (http://grandmere.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/01/january-3-christmas-cards.html) on Christmas cards. The one stamped Christmas card I received I am going to frame for my collection since it is unique and I feel somewhat responsible for encouraging the card maker, Virginia, to delve into the art of stamping. (As a side note, I cannot honestly believe that I handmade my Valentine cards when I had toddlers. WHAT WAS I THINKING???). All of my photo cards are now on a bulletin board, a trick I learned from Rose City Princess’ mother, in my office so I can see my friends and family every day. I could look at them on Facebook but I cannot Facebook and blog consistently, or not, at the same time. I choose blogging.
Princess Ai Lin moved into my neighborhood, the Jewel Box, yesterday and we celebrated with dinner at my house. This is going to be fun.
Half of my garage is in my living room. When we moved last year during Chinese New Year, during the snow storm, the movers, understandably, just threw boxes onto shelves in the garage. I did not know where half of my decorations were during Christmas so we emptied the garage storage shelves and began reorganizing, pitching and labeling. Which brings me to the 2009 closet colonic: What to do with the collection of rubber stamps and card making paraphernalia? How about the Easter card to “granddaughter” without a year and name noted??? Those beads from my Brazilian beading bonanza?
I have one resolution this year: to start and finish Thing 3’s needlepoint stocking. I am just not that ambitious.
I completed my resolution for 2007 and finished reading the Bible – before the end of 2008. To quote the Chinese, “the ox is slow, but the earth is patient.”
Speaking of plowing, we are gearing up for Chinese New Year, the Year of the Ox, and all hell has broken loose at the supermarket with people buying dried offal and whatnot. I am not going back until February and that is a promise.
What to do in 2009? I am still pondering this issue two weeks into the year. Time, and the use of it, is a big issue. It is a limited commodity. Do I continue with my on-line essay classes? Start learning Mandarin, finally? What about Bible study classes to offset the lack of religion in my life? Do I emulate my friend Lisa (click here: http://staircasewitblog.wordpress.com/december31) and write about scary or politically incorrect things, such as confessing that I voted for John McCain, risking friendships and other relationships globally, or do I keep my mouth shut? I still owe Clarence Thomas an Open Letter of Apology, after all.
The answer is: not if I am moving in June.
But am I?