Quite possibly, for the very first time in my life I have managed to get my new calendar up before the second week of the new year with the important dates transferred to it from last year's calendar. I always get a Virgin of Guadalupe calendar so they all pretty much look alike but you know how much I love my best girl goddess. I know a lot of people don't even use paper calendars anymore but I probably will until I die.
Now if I could just remember to look at them...
Ellen's roses. Yes. I need to trim them. I would if they would stop blooming.
It's been another gray, muggy day here and I did something else today that I've never done in my life, which was to turn the air conditioning on in December. I should have turned it on last night before we went to bed but did not. This morning Lily's kids were all here and I had made us a very late pancake breakfast and I do believe that my husband's blood sugar had dropped to a perilously low level because he was getting agitato as we say around here and I said, "Okay, it's time. AC on."
The relief was immediate.
Owen's day and night with us was a joy. I signed off here last night when he and Bop were building the fire for the steaks and damn if it didn't start raining right after they got it going. Mr. Moon just put a dome lid over it on the grill and they came in, convinced that was that but somehow the fire managed to burn. Eventually it stopped raining and there were coals and the meat was cooked. The air-fried onion rings were very fine and so were the artichokes. It was a feast of a supper and we watched a movie that Owen wanted to see with us, Luka. It was an animated movie set on the Italian coast about a little sea monster who was lured to land. Problems did ensue but kindness and love overcame all.
It's so different having the children over when they're older. I can just go about my business while they shower and kiss them goodnight when they go to bed. I think Owen liked sleeping in the middle bedroom. I know for sure that he slept until ten so I suppose he felt comfortable there.
Lauren brought Maggie and Gibson over this morning and they stayed until Lily got off work about 2:30. They did the virtual reality thing for awhile and then we shut it down for the rest of the day. I played Go Fish with them and that was a lot of fun. Maggie finally caught on and the boys were very patient with her as she figured it out. Gibson was so funny. Once, when he asked Owen for a particular card and Owen had it and gave it to him he said, "Thank you for your donation!" which cracked me up. Things got pretty loud so I suggested we all try whispering for awhile and we did and that was funny too.
So all-in-all it was a good day. They were excited to go home with their mama as they have a New Year's Eve party all planned out.
Purple cows will be involved.
Mr. Moon and I have no plans for our New Year's Eve beyond our usual Friday night martinis. You could hold a gun to my head and I would not go out tonight. Not only does everyone seem to have covid around here (boy- they weren't lying about the contagiousness of Omicron, were they?) but we haven't been out on NYE in...three years. I know this because we were in Cozumel and we did indeed go out for supper although we were probably well in bed before midnight. I came across this picture the other day.
My beautiful, beautiful handsome husband in a restaurant that was so very pretty with plants everywhere and lights creating a jungle fairyland. This was not from New Year's Eve but was from that trip and oh, how I miss that little island. That little sacred spot of beauty in the Mexican Caribbean. And oh, how I miss the people we are when we're there.
Not mommy or daddy or MerMer or Boppy but Glen and Mary, two people still in love after so, so many years.
And here we are tonight, with a new calendar on the wall, a new year before us, cold martinis, clean sheets, so very many memories, and still- a few dreams.
Best to all of you this New Year's Eve. I would wish for all of us the light, the love, the sweetness, the saltiness, the hand that reaches out to hold yours when things are hard.