This morning I awoke to a world of white. Snow covered everything, and the temperature was in the teens, though with the blowing wind, it felt more like zero or below. This is our first real snowfall of December. Likely it will be the last snowfall of December as well since it is now clear and sunny and the ball drops in Times Square in about 9 hours. Right now we are ranking this as the third least snowy December in history for our area. This is in stark contrast to November, when Mother Nature dumped close to 2 feet on our heads. It seems that even our weather world has become one of extremes.
Before I embark on my bucket list for 2015-2016, I need to get my office purged and organized. I’ve done a good bit in the last week, but I know I still have a long way to go. This is evidenced by this morning’s find on my work table of a small brown paper bag containing a piggy bank and a Christmas ornament personalized with “Olivia” for the baby daughter of an old friend. Olivia is now 12.
I am also determined to unearth some special Christmas ornaments I know I purchased at “Art in the Park” a few years back. I was disappointed that they were not hiding on my office utility shelf, which is the one thing I have managed to completely purge and organize. I did some paperwork reduction by taking the 9 months of paid bill receipts that were spilling out of a small gift bag, throwing out whatever was unnecessary, such as return envelopes and inserts, and stuffing it all into a Saucony shoebox. It’s not sorted, but it is now manageable.
I may or may not return to the computer before the bell tolls midnight, but if I don’t, then I wish you all a very happy, and healthy, and prosperous New Year, filled with only the challenges that make you grow in wisdom and in love.
Remember, the joy is in the journey!