These trees are beautiful. But boy do they provide a lot of labor in the fall and winter. I took this picture back in early November, and I'm still raking bags and bags of leaves that are still dropping. But I do love them.
Besides raking leaves, I've been getting through Christmas, having wonderful visits with family, have taken two day trips to Kansas, have gone to the doctor a couple times, and have been helping Addison pick up the pieces after a difficult and unexpected break-up.
I've also received a really good job lead, but was expecting a call by now. Kind of a dream job without dream pay. But we'll see.
And tonight I'm going out to dinner with my neighbor. She's probably 15-20 years my senior, and I love that. I like having "mother figures" in my life. I have a friend like that in Midland that I really miss. How dumb that I haven't picked up the phone and called her. I think I'll add that to my week.
So I don't make resolutions or expect big changes for the new year. I find that life tends to slap me around a little when I do that, so when changes come I just try to be ready. I am (sort of, half-heartedly) training for a half marathon. Three couples in Alan's family have COMMITTED to meeting up March 18th in Memphis for a race. I will absolutely not be capable of running the whole thing, but am determined to finish it regardless of whether or not my hips are still attached at the end. Send some good vibes my way.
I am happy to be starting my year in Tulsa. There are still times when it's hard to be away from the girls. I stepped out of the room a couple times at Christmas when I felt tears in my eyes because Bailey wasn't here. Or wished I could have taken her chicken soup and meds and gotten her a cold damp wash cloth when she was sick over the weekend. And I've wanted so badly to run over to Addison's and give her a big hug and hang out for a while to fill some empty moments.
But I can only do what I can from a distance, and in a way I think that's good for them.
And now I'm off to my shopping and dinner with my neighbor, which is good for me. Hope you do things that are good for you, too, in the coming year. Cheers!