2022 Life Logs, Day 03: Back to Normal on the Tenth Day of Christmas
Date: Monday, January 3, 2022
Weather: Dreary, Cold, Some Snow Flurries; High Temp 32, Low Temp 17 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

It’s beginning to feel like winter outside. And inside, it is beginning to feel like the holiday season is coming to an end. At least that is the case here at the cottage. Things are heading back to winter ‘normal’. The holiday vacation I gave myself, the freedom to do nothing, is coming to an end. By Thursday, All Kings Day or Epiphany, now sadly known as January 6, the Christmas tree will be down, all physical evidence of the holiday season will be put away, everyday life will resume. I started in that direction today by getting a little work done. I cleaned and changed the water in the fish aquarium and started my 2021 photo organization project. I did watch the last available episode of Outlander and will start spending more time reading. I will continue working on my jigsaw puzzles throughout the winter, but I won’t obsess over them. I’ll just do a few pieces each day. I never stopped my daily walks with Shadow and those will continue, but tonight was my first night back on my exercise bike since sometime before Christmas.

My car also decided to declare that the ‘party’ is over. When I went out to start the car this afternoon. it would not turn over. Thankfully, Peter Baranowski came over to jump start the car. I think maybe a door wasn’t closed completely and a light must have been on. At least I hope that is all it was. After charging, it started up like normal. A little later, I went to pick Sam and Jonah up to take them to their Monday evening music lessons. A package I ordered from Amazon had arrived. I told Heather to open it as I knew it was KN95 masks for all of us. When she opened them, she declared that they were in colors—red, green, blue, purple, gray, and black. Sam took one look and was as exited as he would have been over a huge Christmas present. He immediately put on a red mask. A sure sign of our times when a teenager is excited over rainbow colored face masks. The small pleasures in life.

Another reminder that the holiday ‘party’ is over came tonight when Heather sent a text saying that a light in the kitchen ceiling was dripping with water from their upstairs shower. With a little sleuth work, they discovered that the drain had disconnected from the drainpipe. Easy enough to fix, but it will require cutting a hole in the kitchen ceiling to get access. Happy 2022!

2022 Life Logs, Day 04: Glorious Sunshine on the Eleventh Day of Christmas
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