A Quiet Christmas Morning

Call me silly, but I have absolutely no good reason to get up early this morning and I did anyway. I could have slept until 10:00 am but knowing that this is Christmas still gets me giddy and excited, even with no little kids around. I woke up and my first thought was, “It’s Christmas!” and I walked out to look at my beautiful Christmas tree and it just made me get shivers. I love this time of year.

Merry Christmas – I hope Santa was good to you last night!

Wish I Could Get a Puppy for Christmas

I really do wish that I could get a puppy for Christmas. I was never allowed to have any pets when I was growing up. My mom hates animals and says that animals for outdoors – not in the house. So what’s the point in getting a cat or a dog if you can never bring them into the house to snuggle with you and play?

I have a friend who’s German Shepherd just had puppies. They are black and a couple have brown markings on them. They are adorable! I really wish I could get one of her puppies. But my landlord would have a shit fit if I brought a dog home – he made it very clear that no pets are allowed in the apartments. That just sucks. I think my mom and my landlord grew up together or something. Surely its a generational thing to hate animals in the house.

I’ll have to wait until I can get my own house with a yard before I can get a dog. I will have a dog soon, though. I am saving up for my first house and if everything works out I will have my house later next year. Then I can seriously look for a new puppy for next Christmas!

Still Have Turkey Leftover

Thanksgiving was really nice but not as many people showed up as we were expecting, so I have a lot of turkey leftover. The side dishes are left over, too, but they are easier to deal with than the big chunks of turkey meat. I can make soup and get rid of most of the vegetables. But there are only so many turkey sandwiches that I can stand before the thought of more turkey just makes me ill.

On today’s sandwich, which I hope will be the last turkey sandwich in a very long time for me, I just put a slice of Swiss cheese and some thin slices of Vidalia onion and a nice spread of mayonnaise on the bread with the sliced turkey. I considered grilling the sandwich so the cheese would melt, but the bread was so fresh and soft that I didn’t want to ruin the bread by grilling it.

Yesterday’s sandwich was totally different. I didn’t use cheese at all, and I put a layer of leftover stuffing on the meat, then I smeared a thin coat of jellied cranberry sauce on the bread instead of mayonnaise. It turned out really tasty, but I have had plenty of turkey to last me a long while.

Gathering Empty Boxes

Thinking about moving soon – this place is too small and I am sick of the clutter with no place to put it. My problem is not the clutter itself – it is stuff I want to keep and have access to. The problem is there is no room for any more furniture and no more storage, either. I just need a bigger place.

These next couple of weeks I will be looking around for a new house and collecting empty cardboard boxes to use when I have to pack and move. There are some things that I can pack now and won’t need for a few weeks, and there are some seasonal things, like beach towels and picnic baskets, that I won’t need for a long time. So I can pack a little at a time and get organized while doing it – instead of just tossing everything into a box so it can be hauled out of the door and loaded onto a truck.

There are packing supplies sold at the office supply stores and at most of the self storage unit offices. I need about 40 medium sized boxes, a roll of packing tape, some box labels and a couple of Sharpie markers. If I can get two boxes packed, sealed and labelled each night, it won’t take long to get the last minute things, like kitchen stuff, thrown into boxes and moved.

Dead Batteries Always Disappoint

Last night I needed a flashlight, but the one in my kitchen drawer had dead batteries in it so it didn’t work. What a disappointment and annoyance. I probably only used that flashlight two or three times, so the batteries ran down not from overuse but from gradually discharge while not being used.

I found two fresh batteries in the garage, but damn I can’t believe how fast the batteries went dead in that flashlight without even being used. Maybe I need to stock up on some rechargeable batteries and making sure they get charged every couple of months so that when I have an emergency and need a flashlight that the dead batteries won’t be a disappointment again.