((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~
The season of shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping gifts, cooking special dinners, and gathering with loved ones, is upon us. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
I have started shopping (on line), and boxes are being delivered at all times of the day now. After our robbery, I'm all over it. I hear a truck, I'm at the door. Now the boxes are stacking up, and I'm determined to start sorting out gifts this weekend. I buy gift bags, tissue, ribbon, etc. in bulk from Paper Mart. I avoid wrapping. Gift bags are the way to go!
Through the years, I've learned to streamline as much as possible, because I just don't have the energy to do what I once did. I once made bracelets and earrings (beading), elaborate candles (melted the wax, used molds, and decorated the candles), and numerous holiday floral arrangements. I entertained friends, cooked and baked, and decorated the house like the Christmas Store had exploded in every room. And I did all of that in addition to caring for my boys. I do not know how I did it.
Now, I've lost dexterity in my hands from RA, and beads would be flying everywhere, if I attempted to make any jewelry. Making candles requires a lot of time on my feet, standing next to the stove waiting for the bags of wax to melt, then pouring, then detailing.
And even though I am only caring for Jon now, his needs are so intense that I have no time for creative outlets. And I'm older now, of course, and worn out. I'm grateful for those years, when those creative outlets provided me with therapy and my loved ones with gifts from my hands and my heart.
I pray for peaceful, healthy holidays for all. May you be filled with the joys of the season and find ways to destress and maintain balance.
Please stop by and keep us updated, if you can in the midst of the holiday happenings.
Love & Light,