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Still Crossing Off My List

2016-out-and-2017-inBy this time each year I can hyperventilate a bit, worrying about all the things still on my current year’s list. And hubby’s no help. He just came in half-telling me about a tech sale he thinks I might want to check out, but he can’t remember exactly which store or what’s on sale except, “It’s supposed to be good.” I couldn’t help but laugh.

Instead, for the last couple of days I’ve gone through the house gathering up the last of the “giveaways” that hadn’t yet made it to the library or the local domestic shelter donation center. Those all go, no more delays. And what money is left in our bank account will go to pay our property taxes tomorrow too. Yes, I’ll be one of the many in line to pay my taxes the last day, which doesn’t sound very organized but it’s a great way to see a bunch of my neighbors and friends once a year. I could mail in my tax payment, but then I’d have to wait for a receipt, and I wouldn’t get to talk to everyone in the hall standing outside the overflow to the county treasurer’s office. There was a time when that would have driven me crazy, but now I see it as a benefit of being acquainted with a lot of people–and having the prospect of meeting even more.

Finally, I need to stock up on groceries tomorrow.

Since Christmas I’ve tried hard to stay out of stores, but the grocery store and I willblackeyed-peas-cornbread become best buds again. My dad always made us eat black-eyed peas at New Year’s, and though he’s gone now, I’ll keep up the tradition (but truthfully, I’m not a fan and would prefer to eat black beans). Just one more thing to help mentally close off one year and usher in the next.

The dog and I might be up for New Year’s–well, I’ll likely be awake and writing or editing, because I have a Jan. 10th deadline–and Honey will be closeby and snoozing on her rug because I’ve been working near the fireplace.

Long story short, I have to finish my assorted lists tomorrow, then plan for a homey means of ringing in 2017. A quiet one since hubby will be sound asleep. πŸ™‚

And that tech sale he mentioned? I’m waiting to see if he learns any more details and how far I’d have to drive. So far, the “maybe-sale” is staying off my list.

Happy New Year Everyone! What plans do you have for the weekend?





10 Replies to “Still Crossing Off My List”

  1. I will be clearing out the final detritus of the holidays, mostly left overs. One the 31st will snuggle with the furbabies as they seem to be reacting to fireworks more than usual. The one who was so terrified is safe on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge but have 4 tremblers to hide with under the covers. Glad my Kindle has a light! πŸ™‚

    1. We had some fireworks, but Honey curled up on the rug by the fireplace and slept through everything. If she’d been outside, however, she would have been anything but calm πŸ™‚

  2. I’ll be spending New Year’s Eve with my sister who got to babysit her two grandchildren this year. Oh, the joy of being a grandparent. She wanted an adult with her to keep her sane. LOL!

  3. Oh my gosh, thank you for the laugh! Your hubs sounds like a hoot. I’m planning on the rest I was gonna have LAST weekend and plan to stick close to home. Tomorrow is errand day for me as well, with the grocery store on my list as well, and Yeah, I’ll take down my tree, too. Happy New Year and may all our hopes and wishes come true for 2017.

    1. Got the errands completed and been editing like a really good author–until hubby decided I needed a casino break New Years Day. But we walked away with a bit more than we arrived with, so I’m seeing that as a good thing. We didn’t win one of the hourly drawings for $2017, but I only let him hang out there about two hours. LOL! As wonderful as a Christmas tree is, doesn’t it feel like kind of a relief moment when it’s taken down and put away–not because it’s down, but the job is done πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!

  4. OH works in tech and is on call tomorrow – so a quiet one for us – we are doing the laundry and shopping this afternoon and then relaxing with a large mug of tea! Here’s to a great 2017 for all of us πŸ˜€

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