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Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas Eve's Eve 

December 23rd already.     Does anyone remember the old 1960 version of The Time Machine, based on the H.G. Wells novel, starring Rod Taylor (The Birds, Falcon Crest)?     When Taylor (George (H. G. Wells)) would travel in his "time machine," the clock would fast-forward and the window of the women's clothing store across the street would change, reflecting the changes in styles indicative of the changes in time.     That's what this year has felt like -- like time is zooming past -- like I should be watching the fashions peel on and off of a mannequin in the store window as quickly as they did through the cellar window as Rod Taylor watched when he was traveling through time.

Did I accomplish all that I had planned for 2005?     Of course not.     Did I plan to fall down a flight of stairs and be in a cast -- immobile for three and a half months?     Of course not.     That very act alone sidelined, detoured, and ended so many plans this year.     Do I have big plans for 2006?     Of course I do.     Will I be making New Year's Resolutions?     I'm not so sure yet.     Those always seem to fall by the wayside as something that feels more like a chore, or a punishment, than a goal.     I really need to find a different approach to those things that usually get relegated to the "resolution" category so that they will not feel so much like a burden and more like something attainable (manageable and with less negative connotations).

Am I ready for Christmas?     My shopping is finished.     My wrapping isn't yet.     I have several things that still need wrapping, and I have four stockings that have to be stuffed -- two which will be done on Christmas Eve (for my Mom and Dad who are coming to spend Christmas Eve with me).     Christmas Eve will be an absolute joy with my Mom & Dad here for a quiet evening, and early Christmas morning with a good 'ol big country breakfast and opening gifts under the tree.     But, all in all, I'll really be glad when December 26th arrives.     No, I'm not a Scrooge!     I just get a little overwhelmed by all of the rushing here, rushing there on Christmas Day -- trying to please everyone -- listening to everyone (complain) . . . and no one taking the time to celebrate the true Reason for the Season.     (just a little f.y.i. - extended families can be a royal pain-in-the-pa-toot)     Take a deep breath, Kitty, and smile . . .

To all of my readers, I want to wish each and every one of you a Very Merry Christmas!     Please be safe during this holiday weekend, and may you find peace, happiness and joy during this feastive holiday season.

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