It’s a cold, chilly 42 degrees here in the Inland Empire this morning. A morning walk is out-of-the-question! Not just because it’s so chilly, because I could layer-up and take it, but because the plan today is to use the energy elsewhere.
Thanksgiving out of the way, it’s on to my second favorite
holiday ... Christmas, Halloween being my first. Thanksgiving I can do without.
The reason I enjoy Christmas so much is because of the
decorations. I’ve mentioned before in this blogging journey that my favorite
memory from childhood was mom piling all us kids up and taking us downtown to see
the store Christmas displays. As an adult, I’ve endeavored to recreate those
window displays on my patios.
So, having looked forward all year to this day after
thanksgiving, when I can officially deck the patio, today is about stringing
lights onto the railing, hauling out that Costco tree I’d lucked up on two
years ago, and lighted gift boxes I’ve accumulated.
I want more. I want to fill up the entire patio with lighted
gift boxes, keep seeing boxes I’d like to add to my collection, but the electrical outlets and
connectors can’t handle more.
Yesterday had been busy, as it was impossible to get laundry
done Thanksgiving Eve. Residents had all three laundry rooms going all day, but
Thanksgiving morning was a different story. I had the laundry room all to
While laundry was going, I began de-cluttering the outside
storage closet, so I’d be able to get to the Christmas decorations this morning.
With all the lifting of containers, bringing them indoors,
sorting contents into “keep” and “discard” and “not sure yet”, going up and
down the stairs to the dumpster, to the Laundry Room, I’d gotten a workout.
Good thing I’d opted out of
the morning’s Turkey Trot, thought I, or I’d not
have had energy enough.
Crafting materials and 5K costumes turned out to be my biggest
hoard. I did manage to clear three containers but, in the process, I’ve
cluttered up the living room.
It’s gonna get worse before it gets better.
In browsing through containers, I found a really nice quilt top
I’d made some years back that only needs filling and backing, notes the kids
had written to me when they were young, notes to each other, love letters from
old boyfriends, newspaper clippings relating to one of those boyfriends who
became quite famous as the attorney for one of the 9/11 defendants, a picture
of my favorite niece from 1980, et. al.
I will finish that quilt … eventually, and those notes and
clippings have sprouted a whole new scrapbook idea. Though the items don’t flow
in a connected manner, I'll scrap them and write something about
them from the standpoint of how things are now.
The Nosy Neighbor across the quad, downstairs to the left, says
she’s already gotten the inside decorated for Christmas and will soon get
started on her patio. The across-the-quad upstairs wife of the now out-of-a-job
maintenance man is also hauling out her decorations, but not to decorate the
patio, as they must vacant the unit by the 20th. She’s begun the process of
hauling out to package up.
After having watched her bling out that patio on a monthly basis
for years, it’s sad to see it now so bare.
All those squeaky wheels complaining to the Office and to
Corporate last month, about the November Calendar of Events not being issued
until the 6th, had an impact. December’s calendar was issued in a
timely manner … on the 25th before the office shut down for Thanksgiving
and the Day After.
We won’t be able to get into the Community Room until Monday.
I also see, on the calendar, that the office has given itself
quite a few days off this month, effectively locking us out – the 9th
due to staff training, the 10th because of Human Rights Day.
I didn’t realize there was such a day, let alone a holiday and, the fact Nurse Ratched is still here, tells us this management group doesn't give a darn about "Human Rights".
Then, of course, there’s Christmas Eve, Day after Christmas and
Also on the calendar is a December trip to the casino, a
Presentation on the 1st by the local bus company, which I’ve already
heard has been cancelled, and a December 22nd Annual Holiday Party.
Surprise, surprise, management is not making it a potluck.
But don’t get too excited for us, because management is instead charging
$5.00 for “Music, Treats, Food, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.”
I’m not the least bit interested -- and not because of the $5.00
charge, though I do think inasmuch as previous years were completely catered
that it is cheeky of management to throw us this year’s “Annual Holiday Party”
at our expense. I’m not interested because firing the maintenance man has resulted
in a dark cloud over the complex. There wasn’t much enthusiasm by residents in
attending management sponsored events to begin with. Now the air seems to have
been let out of the enthusiasm of those few who did participate, myself
I would much rather us residents blow management’s event off and
organize our own Christmas pot luck.
I have a feeling response will be so low that management cancels
the event altogether.
Works for me.