|Julious, Mama & Laney|
Once Christmas was over, it was really over. The day after we collected all of the house decorations and boxed them up for another year. The following day it was the Christmas tree. It gave us something to do in lieu of talking to one another! Never before have we packed things up so early. Both in and out of her state of delirium, it has become evident that my mother holds a great deal of resentment for my being away most of my life. There isn't much I can do or say that is right or pleasing, so my best bet is to keep my mouth shut. It's a very strange and sad thing that has happened to us, and I have no idea how to correct or improve it.
While December has been a real bummer, the remainder of 2011 was exceptional, made so by connecting with many friends throughout the year. So, I can't let the joys of the year be overshadowed with the difficulties of its final month. It really was a good year and I'm hoping 2012 will be even better for us all.
Not everything is dismal. The weather has been absolutely fantastic, ranging from the high 60s to the mid-70s........just incredible for this time of year (though a 4 day cold snap arrives tomorrow). My walks have been my salvation and it's been easy to enjoy them. In fact, our local gator has been toying with me......when I have my camera, he isn't to be seen. If I forget my camera, he's there as big as life. Well, on Saturday I out-foxed him. I was surprised to see him out on January 1, 2011 and happy to see him out on the last day of the year as well.
I've missed my PAL volunteering for the last month and finally let them know that I would have to give up the desk duty. My plan is to go out whenever I have a couple of hours and socialize the cats, play with the dogs, fold towels, clean feeding plates, or whatever else is needed. I hated the feeling of letting them down for my assigned duty but will really prefer working directly with the animals. It will also allow me to go when the time presents itself, so I should be able to do it weekly as long as things say stable. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is a Living Liberally meeting and I hope to toast the New Year with my liberal friends. Keep your fingers crossed.
Denise, my neighbor (who loaned the Susan Boyle CD), has also provided some relief. We got together some time ago and hit it off well but, for various reasons, have not been able to follow up. I talked to her over the fence a week ago and briefly explained the situation. This week she called and invited me over for an afternoon break. I wound up staying much longer than intended, but it was lots of fun. She's very easy to talk with and we seem to have lots in common.....so I hope we can get together again soon.
Other than that, every day is a new adventure!! I hope you got your New Year off to a good start and that it only improves from there.
Happy New Year!!