Boxed and waiting.
Not long after writing about whether I was going to take down the decorations, I got up and got busy. Suddenly, I felt driven.
I grabbed my garden cart and headed for the storage building. I was able to bring three boxes at a time back to the house. When I had them all, I carried in the boxes for the decorations on the tree, and the more fragile items. I made my way around the tree removing the ornaments one at a time. Then the garland and the lights. Once that was boxed, I moved on. Area by area was wrapped and packed. The filled boxes were moved out onto the front porch and the next empty box brought inside. Finally I had everything done with the exception of the tree. I could not separate the trunk of the tree from the stand. This artificial tree is so large that it takes two overly large storage boxes. One was filled and closed and outside. The other had to wait until my son got home and did what I couldn’t.
I then cleaned out my fridge of left overs that wouldn’t be eaten. A little of this and a small amount of that was carried out and dumped at the edge of the woods for what ever critter comes along hungry. I then began washing and putting away. I wash my dishes by hand thanks to having a dishwasher that refuses to get anything clean no matter what detergent I use or how often I run cleaner through the machine. Rather than deal with the frustrations, I do all the dishes by hand.
After taking a break, I decided that I was going to go around to my walking circle and see how many steps I could get done. The amazing thing, it is one of the final days of December, it was amazingly warm. It was late Spring warm. I was out there in a tank top. I would have been wearing shorts but knowing I was going to be fighting boxes I was wearing jeans. I actually managed to get close to my ten thousand step goal, but I don’t think I’ll get another eight hundred steps today. As it is, I’m satisfied since it is a lot more than I’ve been getting done. Don’t judge, I admit to my laziness.
The weather prognosticators are saying we may have severe weather during the night. I stopped my laps when a light rain started falling. I made my way to the front of my house and made sure that all the run off areas for heavy rainfall was cleared. The drain under the house and the path to it is clear. I do hope that there are no storms, but if they must come, I hope to keep water from backing up in front of the house.
My son came in exhausted and hungry from work. Baked chicken was the quickest preparation. After eating a couple sandwiches, I haven’t seen nor heard from him in a while. A quick glance through the house shows no light showing around the edges of his door. If I were to bet that he has crashed, I do believe I’d win.
Here I now sit, we have eaten, the dogs have been fed, kitchen tidy and I have my hot tea. I’ve been battling insomnia since my husband died. Before his death, I had no problems with drinking coffee right up until bedtime. Within the last few weeks I have been cutting out the coffee around seven at night and drinking hot herbal tea. I have tea for stress, better breathing, digestion, sleep and a few more. I had bought some a while back but never got into the habit of drinking the stuff. Now I do and I do enjoy the tea, and it seems to be helping. As well as the fact that I have closed the curtains, cutting back on any light from any source coming inside the room. I still wake up in the night, but not the once an hour I was waking. The past few days I think part of the problem was getting too warm as I do have several blankets on my bed and here we are in pre-Spring temperatures.
Still, as I contemplate the day and the accomplishments, I am content. While a part of me didn’t want to see the decorations all put away, part of me knew it needed to be done. Just as the conversation in the earlier write, not only do the decorations need putting away and which ever time of the individual’s choosing, but so do all of those unnecessary emotions, thoughts and actions. In what I got done today, in the being honest in my thoughts, I feel accomplished and that I have taken steps in the right direction.