I would like to say that I am ready for the big day; or at least some percentage done, but the truth is that I have yet to buy the first present, and no idea what I will get when I finally shop. Last year I did everything on-line, but I don't have a clue for that either. Hopefully the children (now in their 30s) will give us a list soon. They both say they don't want anything.
The main distraction from Christmas tasks is that we have been feeling less than festive, what with the funerals these last 10 weeks. I haven't even managed to update my new Mac Air, and I had planned to take it to my uncle's house the next time we visited, (to look through the genealogy file) too late now. The only thing I did right is that the last time we visited I took (candid) photos of both of them, almost the only pictures of my uncle, who had an aversion to being photographed. I love them both, there is a hollow space in my heart from their loss.
We rented a storage site, to help with sorting our possessions into "keep" ("donate" and "pitch"). The pitch ones are in the garage right now, they will go into the truck for a trip (or trips) to the landfill. I feel bad, but there is so much that is far outdated. All the computers and peripherals will go to a reclamation site for recycling, but the rest will just be pitched. When we stripped out the old barn when the new barn was finished, we rented a dumpster for a month. When they came to pick it up, the contents were above the top and had to be-positioned before they would take it away. Where does this all come from??!! Of course, we buy it, and then don't throw out the earlier version.
Thought for the day : "I can't be over the hill, I'm too tired to climb up."