Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Ain't Over Til It's Over

Woke up this morning feeling refreshed and ready to go for the first time since I don’t know when.

Probably because, with Jim — The Most Interesting Man, having been determined to be the source of that sense of an impending death, rather than immediate family, and having not heard from THEM last few days, with no further disturbances in the Force, I was able to get the first all the way through until morning sleep since I can remember when.

Monday had been painless.

A break in the rainstorm enabled me to finish that morning’s workout and make it back to the complex ahead of the storm starting up again.

Heading out that morning, I made a point to drive the long way out of the driveway to check on patio decorations.

From what I could tell, all were still intact, except the one that was under wraps until judgment day — the day the Tyrant was supposedly to have made a decision.

We’d STILL not heard who won by then — who placed, who showed, but the resident of that patio had already removed the display, which led me to hope that patio did not win, place OR show, because it seemed kind of cheesy to decorate, keep under wraps with the intent of having a big reveal — to be seen on judgment day, then to immediately remove before we’d been notified of the winning patios/before the holiday was over.

I myself don’t want the lights to go out, don’t want the holiday to end, so my plan is to unplug on New Year’s Day, then take my time returning items to storage.

I so don’t want the holiday to end that, when last at the drugstore, I’d picked up an on-sale gingerbread kit.

It will give me an opportunity to try the sugar glue option, instead of royal icing, but I may not get around to working on it for months ... but no one ever said we can only build in December.

With the office closed on Friday — New Year’s Eve, that gives the Tyrant until tomorrow to post January’s Activity Calendar to our doors, which calendar should indicate who won what (I’m beginning to think the winner might be my neighbor around the corner — the one with the poinsettia on her patio). However, it wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t receive a calendar until Monday the 3rd — too late to walk around, check out the winners, capture a photo for you if it was a patio I’d missed.

Actually, with the Tyrant’s track record, I’d not be surprised if the info was not in the calendar at all, and we never learned who won.

Stopping into the market, after this morning’s workout, was boring without an elf to hunt for. When I exited the market, intent on heading to the drug store for electrical tape — to see if I can salvage the power cord on one of the laptops, it began sprinkling. So, I put that errand on the back burner and high tailed it back to the complex before the rainstorm started up again.

Stopping by the mail center, I spotted one of Jan’s creations I’d not seen before.

She must have used a stencil on this one, because it’s too perfect to be hand drawn.

So, anyway, I don’t have to head back out into the world tomorrow after all. No beastmode back-to-back workout, because Trainer decided to keep Friday’s schedule as is.

Works for me.


  1. The gingerbread house will be a nice winter project. Just think , you can do lots of white icing to make like a winter scene!!!!!

    I like the holiday too Shirley and agree. It's hard because right now it's back up in the high 50's for us again. That's warm for us this time of year.

  2. Winter and below freezing temps finally arrived in K.C. today. Bleh, it's winter. I'm staying in too. Linda in Kansas

    1. I don't EVEN want to see my heating bill this month, cause it's so cold that I've got it going 24/7.

  3. I can't believe the winner hasn't been announced yet! The suspense is killing me and I don't even live there!

  4. Happy New Year! Hope you're gonna post a photo of your finished gingerbread house, even if it's in July. We're keeping our tree up until January 6, because that's the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas. (Tree is artificial. No falling needles, needless to say.)

  5. Jan 6, the Twelfth Night, is supposedly the best time to take down the decorations, but I play it safe doing so on New Year's Day because, also supposedly, it you don't get 'er done on the 6th, it's bad luck thereafter. As for that gingerbread house, more than likely it will be Christmas in July :-) Be Safe and Healthy.

  6. Shirley, I have to laugh at you because I dread phone calls just like you do. I just want a nice quiet holiday sitting home in my chair.

    1. Except for calls/texts on my birthday and Mother's Day, I dread them because it's always some kind of drama. Just live your life. No need to call your mother/grandma when you're an adult and need to unload a worry, concern and then cause her to worry.