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On Thanksgiving Day, I went over and again had lunch with Mama, who by that time didn't remember the luncheon on Tuesday. There are the usual family members who visit daily and, again, it was a warm, familial feeling. Later that evening, I attended a Thanksgivukkah celebration with friends from my synagogue days. It was special in several ways, the first being that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will not coincide again for 77,000 years!! I don't think I'll be around for that! Secondly, it was a welcoming, jovial evening. Everyone fit around an expended table and the conversation flowed easily. It was totally enjoyable and ended Thanksgiving in a very positive way.
As I drove on-island to Thanksgiving dinner, there was very little traffic; but as I drove home, the highway and mall parking lots were full! It made me very happy to be going straight home, avoiding all of the hubbub. I've never really been tempted my anything about "Black Friday." I can't think of anything I would want that would make me go through all of that.....and I really wish they wouldn't show all of the pushing, shoving and fighting on TV. That seems to encourage some. Anyway, I was happy to pass it all by and head home to my kitties, who seemed to miss me. By the time I went to bed, all four were there with me!
To put up the Christmas tree or not, that is the question!! I've always done it this weekend....the weekend after Thanksgiving. The lights are such a hassle that I want to get them up early to be able to enjoy them for a long time (first week in January). When Mama was here, it gave us something to do together....and something that usually turned out well. The truth is that I hate doing the lights!! So, I've decided to do them this year. I am then going to get rid of the artificial tree that I've had for a long time and get an artificial tree with lights. I love decorating with the ornaments, etc........but the lights are a pain. This plan seems like a logical solution. I'm even thinking of TWO trees since I have white ornaments that I've used only once. So, we shall see how the after Christmas tree sales go!
|I have to confess...this was my first idea!!|
One of my mother's hearing aids broke....and, as luck would have it, the insurance didn't cover the piece that actually fits into the ear, which just sheered as though it had been cut with a knife!! So, I took her to have another earpiece molded. We hope to have that back by the end of next week.
AND, I'm here to testify to the power for drugs! After only three days on my new blood pressure meds and an antidepressant, I began to feel better. By a week later, I was calmer and more relaxed. I'm sleeping better at night and feel more rested in the morning. I really hate the thought of relying on them, but I do like being without the anxiety and stress. I still hope to use them short term and eliminate them as things improve.
In other words, so far so good! If you celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope it was a good day and that you were able to find lots for which to be thankful. If you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you still found something in the day, and each day, for which to be thankful.