Monday, November 18, 2019

Hello, again

For Today . . . November 18, 2019


Looking out my window . . . it's a clear, sunny day and the wind is kicking up. A storm is brewing for later in the week, but today the temperatures are quite mild. I have the front door open and Lilly is catching some sunshine.

I am thinking . . . about the Neil Diamond song from The Jazz Singer. "Hello, Again."  I loved that movie! I've been watching lots of movies lately. Mostly the Hallmark holiday movies, but also some oldies on Turner. Including my first Bette Davis movie - Now, Voyager. (That's right, I've never seen a Bette Davis movie. Where have I been?) I've set up the DVR to record several more.
  
I am thankful . . . Just a week ago, my aunt had a little medical situation arise. She is fine:) In ten days we went to five doctor appointments! It's given me plenty of opportunity to observe how different practices operate, and I've picked up some tips for my own workplace where I'm the office manager for a group of family therapists.  Number one: go to W@lmart and get a little fan to put on my desk that recharges on my computer. Isn't that the best? I'm also so appreciative of the people who checked us in and made us feel like we were the best part of their day. I wonder how often I've been on automatic and failed to do that with our patients? Probably more than I'd like to admit.

One of my favorite things . . . having supper around our fire pit in the backyard. It was perfect last week -- a little bit chilly, but nice enough to be out there with a bowl of chili and glasses of wine.

I am creating . . . a home to accommodate the Wisconsin crew when they arrive at the end of the week. They'll be here for the whole week! Luke, Miranda, Siefer, Sawyer and Ivy. It's been a while since I've had a baby crawling on my floors, so I'm cleaning up a storm. 😣

I am wearing . . . jeans, long sleeve tee and slippers. And, some new makeup:) 
 
I just finished reading . . . A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza, and Snow in August by Pete Hamill. They were both excellent and I couldn't choose which one was better.

I am watching . . .  a variety of movies on television (see above) and looking forward to watching Season 3 of The Crown now that it's out on Netflix.

I am listening to . . . Christmas music. Already. I'm one of those people.

I am hoping . . . for good news on the job front for someone near and dear; for healing for another person near and dear.

I am learning . . . to hold everything - everything - lightly.

In my kitchen . . . pumpkin bread just came out of the oven, lots of new soup recipes, and a broken dishwasher! :( 

In my garden . . . a new compost bin (how I acquired it is a story for another day).

From the Board room . . . Adding lots of pins to my Christmas Pinterest board. I am so not a baker, but I'm drooling over cupcake ideas like this one:

From iambaker.net (here's the link)

Shared Quote
"It's impossible," said pride. 
"It's risky," said experience. 
"It's pointless," said reason.
"Give it a try," whispered the heart. 

A moment from my day . . . the sunset this evening.


Closing notes . . .  I am thinking about my friend Claudia, who passed away one year ago today. We met when our eldest kids were in kindergarten and we were the room mothers. Through the years our friendship grew strong. We co-chaired a young mother's group at our church together, did numerous Bible studies together over the years, carpooled each other's kids to school, and we were so thrilled to eventually become neighbors when she and her husband moved into a house around the corner from Dan and I. Our eldest kids remained best friends, and our younger ones formed a little gang of their own. Claudia taught me so many things about parenting and life and friendship.
 I miss her.
💓

Hope you all have a good week.

Karen

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3 comments:

Anita said...

Another good week for you! I'm glad things worked out for your aunt.
My condolences to you on the passing of Claudia. I lost a dear friend 10 years ago. She was 48. I often wonder what it would be like if she were still here, but smile, because she WAS here.

Melanie said...

Loved reading your daybook, Karen! Supper around the fire pit sounds magical. We had a fire in our fire pit last month, but then the pit was put away for the winter.

I hope you have a wonderful time with your family. I know you'll be exhausted from having three small children in your house, but I hope it will be a happy-exhausted.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Of course you miss her. I've lost a few friends and I still think about them from time to time and miss them a lot.

No Christmas movies or music here for me yet - ugh! In fact, I usually don't even listen to Christmas music until maybe a few days before Christmas. It's just not a music genre I enjoy very much (obviously). Honestly, I haven't even begun to think about Christmas. Still have to make it through Thanksgiving first!

Dewena said...

Karen, another love we share--Now, Voyager! It's my very favorite Bette Davis movie. And I've kept the TV on TCM today during all day Bette Davis movies, watching when I was working in the room, catching bits and pieces as I worked. She was such an amazing actress, and that distinctive walk of hers!

And I've been lapping up season 3 of The Crown, even though a little disappointed that the Queen is portrayed as being something of a sourpuss, which I've never felt she was. Oh, well.

I started listening to Christmas music on November 1st! And will probably listen to it halfway through January.

You do have an exciting week ahead with your Wisconsin family visiting. That will be so much fun! We have family and grandchildren coming in on Friday for the weekend. I can't wait!

That picture of your sunset? Takes my breath away!

Happy Thanksgiving, Karen,
Dewena