Good Morning, Everyone.
A frigid dawn is breaking as I sip coffee with you. No snow forecasted.
Pour yourself a warm brew. Pull up a chair. Let’s catch up.
If we were having coffee together this morning, I would tell you that my house is decked out in festive decor both inside and out. The lawn service finally completed the autumn clean up. They are new to us and were not as efficient as we had hoped. What crew stops to talk with each other for 10 to 15 minutes with the noisy leaf blowers howling on their backs? They forgot their ride-on mower in my backyard and had to return in the dark to retrieve it. It was a fair job. I’m just glad it’s done, and I didn’t have to do it.
If we were having coffee together, I would say that there are scattered lists on the kitchen table and counters and in various pockets. There are more repeating in my head. I’ve been to a grocery store every day and anticipate more trips. My kids start arriving on Sunday. The week is jam-packed with visiting, being visited, events, and local excursions. My house will be filled with activity, noise, and savory aromas. Flour dust and crunchy sugar will coat all horizontal surfaces. My cat, Hershey, will probably spend most of his time in the basement away from everyone, but Matt and I are looking forward to the chaos. It is how we build memories.
If we were having coffee together, I would admit that writing and ticking off items on lists have taken up most of my attention all week. I did, however, post a Back in The Day story, Playing With Invisible Men. My niece, who has been working toward Digital Marketing and Analytics Certification, has taken on improving my blogging presence as part of her portfolio. There are so many backstage components to coordinate. She had some great advice and, more importantly, patience and know-how. She is a gem. Stay tuned for a few tweaks as I compile another list.
The sun is up. It promises to be a very cold but dry day. I need to freshen my coffee and start tackling the lists. Thanks for the chat.
Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas. Wishing all a blessed holiday filled with love and cheer.
Have a good weekend and upcoming week, Everyone.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.