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.
Lovely post, Mary. Happy New year to you all.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Liz. And to you too.Delete
Happy New Year to the Moons!!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jennifer! I hope your evening was sweet and festive.Delete
I'll join you in those wonderful wishes for the new year. Cheers, WilmaReplyDelete
another "sit down with Mary, comfortably "post. Love this and love the gorgeous pair of folks who love one another so dearly and tenderly. You guys are the shit! (that is top flight, in case you did not know) Happy new year, they say...I say , yeah , well, I'll be the judge of that...Pollyanna is not my spirit animal.ReplyDelete
Pollyanna is not my spirit animal either (as you may know) but she IS my darling Lis's who often invokes her. And honestly, Lis is as accurate in her assessments as I am with my cranky outlook if not more so.Delete
But we are who we are, aren't we?
your post brought me to tears. Yes.....a year gone by....and a new one awaits with much love, as always..for everyone we know. I raise my glass to everyone tonight (I'll be in bed by 9pm LOL)ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to all!
PS pics of you and Mr Moon are divine. So divine. But....still can't fathom that you had AC on today. We had a *high* of 50 and have fire blazing in wood stove (our only source of heat) and I'm just now thawing out after watching the last sunset of the year out on the high hill above us, with the dog, and some of our neighbors joining in. It's wine time!Delete
Oh, you are tender-hearted, dear Susan! Me too, as you know.Delete
We turned the AC on for the dehumidifying as much as for the cooling. It's just ridiculously humid. Sticky. Muggy. Yucky.
You, meanwhile, stay cozy!
Happy New Year to you and Mr. Moon and your lovely bunch. May everyone stay healthy.ReplyDelete
May everyone stay healthy, indeed! Including you!Delete
What a lovely photo of you......you look as if you are about to do something very naughty!!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year and love to all your family.
We stayed up to welcome the New Year....watching Jools Holland's traditional " hootenanny" music show, and then the amazing fireworks in London at midnight.( Greenwich) Didn't go to bed any earlier as there were inevitably fireworks going on around us all evening and wanted to keep the dog company for any later ones! He isn't too bothered actually but he is my baby and I needed to be with him!
I was probably thinking about doing something naughty. Cozumel does bring that out in a girl. Or an old woman.Delete
Happy New Year to you and sounds like you had a fine NYE. We had a lot of fireworks here too but they did not stop me from sleeping! And my cats couldn't be bothered to care either.
That last paragraphy, thank you and I wish you all the same.ReplyDelete
You were being held in my heart when I wrote that.Delete
Another paper calendar gal here...actually, more than one. :)ReplyDelete
May the new year bring hope, contentment, good health.
I do love a good calendar!Delete
Wishes for all good things back to you.
Happy New Year Moons!ReplyDelete
P.S. paper calendars here too!
At the very least, they are an ever-changing small bit of art.Delete
Wishing you the best in 2022! Here's to good health, happy adventures, and lots of love! Peace and Joy too!ReplyDelete
I could certainly do with some happy adventures! Couldn't we all?Delete
What celebrating we do is today with mimosas and brunch and lazy day. Though not too lazy as I have several very big heavy pots that need to be brought into the garage.ReplyDelete
We have refused to turn on the AC here...in December! Any other season and it would be on.Delete
I hear you. If it had just been me, I would not have turned it on but Mr. Moon gets testy when he's hot and muggy. So...Delete
Hope you had a good day and got those pots in the garage!
It's good that you are able to recognize when your husband is starting to become unwell (that's a long marriage for you). And like you I kinda miss the "Cozumel" (or my version of it too), although I won't be going anywhere for quite some time I reckon. Happy new year Ms Moon!ReplyDelete
Oh! I can tell when he's having to keep a lid on it. There was a lot going on and he sure did not need to be so hot at the same time!Delete
Happy new year, sweet woman!
I ordered myself an Audubon birds calendar in Sept/October last year as I always seem to loose out on the nice wall calendars ,they sell out fast in South Africa - and then I weakened and got a mini one- zen cats- for the kitchen as well.I can't do without my wall calendar no matter how many devices I have.I hope your new year is happy and healthy for your whole family!ReplyDelete
I know that the Audubon calendar is beautiful. Maybe next year I'll switch it up and get one of those. Zen cats sounds okay, too.Delete
Happy New Year!
I have long abandoned paper calendars, to the extent that I ever used them. (I hung them up but I don't think I ever wrote much in them.) I used to have a calendar desk blotter in my office in New York and I LOVED that, but since I left that job I've given up and trusted things to memory. I remember the important stuff. (Others may disagree -- LOL!)ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you and all the extended Moon clan!
How do you remember birthdays? I mean, like friend birthdays? I can't do it without a reminder. And now that I've got five grandchildren- forget it! I'm doing well to remember what their birth MONTH is.Delete
Happy New Year to you and Dave, Steve! Be well and be safe and perhaps we'll see each other in 2022.
Happy New year dear Mary! Here's to another one in which we virtually hold hands. I adore you.ReplyDelete