I Count My Blessings And They Are Endless

What do they sing at a snowman’s birthday party? Freeze a jolly good fellow!

Mary got her call from the VA saying “OK to come in” but check-in through Occupational Therapy.  Tuesday and Wednesday are her last two days at the VA after almost thirty-three years!  December 31st she is officially retired!  However, we already have a “to-do” list which will keep us busy through 2021 at least!  Mary headed in to work at 8:00 AM.

After the call, we took Scout for his morning walk (or should I say he took us for the morning drag)

Mary did not have a Zoom meeting this morning and that is a good thing! Dilbery will be glad to explain!

IColleen and I talked for a while this morning.  She is getting the holiday treatment from her kids and I explained what I did in those cases.  She felt a little better I think.  Like Mary says, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”

I was full of wee wee and vinegar this morning and pounced on my endless chores list like a June bug on a football.  I got my Christmas presents organized and amazingly enough found some Christmas paper and ribbons and bows!  I found the Scotch and also some tape.  I followed the instructions, take a drink of Scotch, and tape something.  By the end of the first hour, I had used forty rolls of tape and nothing in the house was moving.  We will not talk about the second hour but it involved a passing seagull and a rubber mallott plus some rubber bands.

I wrapped the presents for Mary and determined I should NOT give up my day job! None of the paper was very big, so I improvised!

Thank goodness Mary is so very understanding!

I did the wash, and then I was a naughty boy.  I made onion dip and sat there and had that for lunch!  Oh boy, it was so good, but the calorimeter went bonkers!  I lost a notch on my belt and gained two pounds.  After Christmas, I am going back to eating properly (after all the candy is gone of course!).

The garden got a good watering today, and it is coming along quite well.  I could start harvesting salad this week.  The peas are growing nicely, and this weekend I shall give them some veggie fertilizer.

Mary worked late, until almost 6:00 PM, so I departed for her place early so I could have the dog watered, house warm, wood chopped, ironing completed, fireplace on, and wine poured (plus I snuck in her Christmas presents inside, which she will probably not see).  I am a little devil; I am!

Mary shared her card with me from the staff at work.

Her staff sent her home with a beautiful carnation and rose bouquet.

She was happy and sad, very understandable! Everyone signed her card!

We popped over to Jan’s house to have a glass of wine and visit for a bit.  Jan was “down” as she has been couped up in the house for months now. We laughed and giggled for an hour and returned her to normal.

We laughed and giggled and tried to figure out when Mary joined Starlighters.

Returning home, Mary changed out of her work clothes and I fixed “dinner”.  OK, it was Mac and Cheese plus a nice salad.  The important thing is that it was fast and good!

We watched a Christmas movie before crashing.  Tomorrow is a long day for both of us.  I have to be in a dentist’s chair for three hours, and it is Mary’s very last day at the VA.  I plan to meet her in her office and walk her out the door so she is not alone at this critical time.

Around 4:00 AM my iPhone went off indicating there was someone at my house.  Mr. Possum was visiting the front yard.  I switched on the yard lights and scared to possum out of him!

My ten security cameras catch everything!

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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