Soon, Emily P Freeman will open her linkup “What I Learned in December” and I thought I’d get a jump start today on the 29th, as I write this. I think if one doesn’t learn something in December, one might not be “learnable” – yes, I know that is not a word but it fits! So there, you just learned something – a new made up word! LEARNABLE!
I believe I learned quite a few things this past month, I will list them in my usual fashion and please be thinking about what YOU learned because it is mandatory you comment with something! Well, maybe not MANDATORY but it does make for some fun reading…here I go.
- December arrived WET. We had a little tease of cold air on the 3rd and 4th but overall, this has been an insanely warm month. I actually mowed the grass on the 13th because I had to not because I wanted to – it was long and super green. What did I learn? One doesn’t feel real Christmasy when it is 70 degrees out.
- My daughter and I made a road trip to South Florida on December 4th. No kids. No dogs. It was like heavenly. Easy. Quiet. We drove until we were tired and checked into a cheap, clean hotel – $49 for 5 hours sleep. Not bad! I learned a lot on this trip:
- Weddings are special – my sister got married. She & he said, “I do” in a lovely church wedding while the Righteous Brothers sang “Forever My Love” in the background.
- It’s never too late to learn something new. I went sharktooth hunting with my youngest son. We were on the beach at The Breakers, Palm Beach. I found my first shark’s tooth and a myriad of pretty shells. The best part? You can guess!
- One can feel very, very sad learning someone you knew 40 years ago had suddenly passed away. The man was my ex-husband’s best friend and it brought sorrow to my heart.
- It is possible, and even pleasant, to sit around a table with the father of my three children, and our kids and enjoy fellowship. The best part? The youngest (now 38) saying, “This is the first time I remember being with my ‘original’ family with no other people around.” We all laughed! Selah.
- Our dog, Sam, suffered depression and loneliness while I was gone – he sat in a chair glued to the window, for five days awaiting my return.
- It is always good to get home!
The “best part” mentioned in #2
- Anne of Green Gables is still a great series and especially when your granddaughter comes to watch it with you. What did I learn? VHS is really awful quality and I need to invest in the dvd’s!
- I learned I love writing Haiku poetry. Thank you, Wendy Speake!
- Small, cozy dinner parties are awesome. My hubs always gets to create the invite list for these small occasions and he totally rocked it! Had a fabulous time with D & A and D & J! Good food. Good fun. Good fellowship. And, even the political convo was bearable!
- Church Christmas programs are entertaining…and the “story” never gets old!
- I adore Christmas Eve candlelight service. Our daughter’s family church, The Cove, does a beautiful service.
- Christmas Day. What did I learn? Ms Lillet and I can have only one encounter. (You don’t have to know what this means.)
- I realized my oneword2015, which was WONDER, should have been BRAVE. Living life these past 12 months, for me, was brave. And, living BRAVE is rather WONDERful!
- As I sit here on December 29th, preparing my new planner and notebook, I realize I’m looking forward to a new year. I love Monday’s and a new year is like a whole bunch of them rolled out over 366 days (2016 is a Leap Year), crazy, huh?
What did YOU learn in December?