Sunday, December 31, 2006

A Little Behind

To all of my dear fellow bloggers,

Just a note to let you know that I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.

This has been a whirlwind of a week, and I have barely had time to catch a breath, let alone have some quiet time to sit and write the post that's been in my head for several weeks.

I usually go through a very mild "depression" after Christmas is over...I am one of those people who gets a real kick out of decorating, visiting, driving around looking at Christmas lights, listening to Christmas music 24/7...well, you get the idea. I do go a little overboard. I am fortunate enough to still have the ability to feel that "Christmas spirit" the way I did as a child. No, not all day, every day...but every once in a while, it sneaks up on me, and I feel such joy. It's almost addicting.

So here I am, on New Year's Eve, feeling the "blues" once again. It's as though one of my very dearest friends has come to visit for a month, and warmed my heart during their whole stay. This friend brought light into my life, gave me moments of peaceful pleasure, and brought melancholy tears to my face as well. But now my dear friend has to pack up and leave, not to be seen again until after Thanksgiving, 2007. And I will miss this friend dearly. Tomorrow I will help my friend start packing, and I will remind them how very much their visit has meant to me, this year and every year.

I will be back tomorrow with a post about another very dear person who touched my life...my dad.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lisa,
I think a lot of us feel that way, you just say it a lot better. Christmas is a lot of work, a lot of cleaning and cooking and shopping and decorating, but isn't it worth it? Yes, I'm sorry to see it go,,but every now and then as I looked out at the lights, I would break out in song with the kids, and feel for a minute, such joy!
'City sidewalks, busy sidewalks,dressed in holiday style, in the air there's a feeling of Christmas'., thats one of our favorites.
And Christmas Eve, we were watching Santa on Norad on the computer, and I got so excited, I was yelling to the kids, Oh my god, he's in Newfoundland, now he's in New Brunswick, and I swear for a minute there I got so excited,,I really believed he was getting closer and closer,,and he was just a blip on the screen, but what fun! For a second, I was a kid again filled with excitement.
And at night when the kids were in bed,,I would look at the tree in the living room all lit up in gold, (gold year, everything gold)and the Christmas spirit comes over me and I feel joy. Or I would stand on my deck at night and look at all the lights in my little town, just like a picture postcard, and up at the stars twinkling in the sky, and make my wishes., and you want that moment to last forever, but it can't.
Yes, I'm feeling 'the blues' as well.,I packed up the tree and lights carefully and hope to use them next year, and replaced it with the treadmill once again.,have to lose those extra lbs.
This year I thought it would be cute to set out Santa's special plate with the usual carrots, and cookies and instead of hot chocolate, I put a glass of chilled Chardonnay there, and quick as a wink, my granddaughter grabbed the glass and threw it down the sink as she said, 'Nanny, you know darn well Santa doesn't drive and drink'!
Kids! She didn't have to throw it out.

Anonymous said...

Lisa,
This is how I put pics in.
When you're in post mode, you will see a little 'pic' icon, you click on that and it brings you to a box, with 'Add an Image from your computer',,,,,also a browse button, and if you click on that you go to my pictures, or my documents,,,,,if you see a pic you like, you click on it, then another box opens, you will see an orange box thats says 'upload image', click on that, click done,,,,et voila!
Thats all I know.
Maybe someone can explain it better, but it works for me.
I look forward to tomorrow's post.
Happy New Year.

Lisa said...

Matty,

Your granddaughter is a gem!! How funny is that? Worrying about Santa drinking and driving is precious. Someone has taught her well! Ah, but that we could all look at Christmas through the eyes of those innocent children! You sound like you enjoy Christmas just as much as I do.

As for the picture posting, I seem to be able to upload pictures, but I have no idea what happens to them after that! It's the strangest thing! It asks me where I want to insert them (right, left, center, etc) but then nothing happens!? I'll figure it out one of these days, but thanks so much for the advice! Obviously, it works very well for you! ;)

Take good care,
Lisa

Anonymous said...

You said it beautifully, Lisa. The work and rush of the Christmas season is over, but we'll all miss it. We're back to plain old winter.
I mentioned to Matty that I had given myself away by letting my family know that I blog a bit. So, today I made myself another blog and I hope I can give it to my blogger friends, but not my people who are most likely to end up in a blog. I hope this works --- I'll let you know when I start using it. I said I needed a Blankity Blog and that's what I have!

Lisa said...

Kacey,

I "PS-ed" you in a comment I posted on Matty's blog--that "Blankity Blog" thing cracked me up! I, too, have some fine material here in my own family, but I'm faced with the same challenge as you...how not to insult anyone, although I can't imagine either one of us doing anything like that! But some people can be sensitive...;)

...Let me know when the Blankity Blog goes through! You know I'll be there.

Take good care,
Lisa

Lisa said...

Kacey,

By the way, I can not seem to comment on your posts anymore. It is saying that I'm not a "team member", or something to that effect? It's asking me to log in under my Google account, but I'm not really sure how to do that...it didn't give me the option!

Anonymous said...

I can totally relate I often get very happy during the holiday season and then after when its all over I feel sad. Sad to see it go and sad because of the financial strain it unfortunately brings along with it. Still I truly love the Season while it's here!

Happy New Year! Wishing much peace, love and happiness for 2007!

Lisa said...

Desiree,

Yes, those Visa bills are always a charm to receive in January!!

May you have a wonderful year in 2007! Peace to you and yours.

Take good care,
Lisa

Kacey said...

Can you get in with this?

http://blankityblog.blogspot.com/

Summer said...

where was i during the past week!! i have not been checking blogs everywhere!! so busy..
reading this post and knowing that you will be writing about your father next, i already have tears in my eyes..i get emotional for no reason when i read about loved ones and leaving!!! will read your last post and weep i think!! hope not!

Lisa said...

Summer,

You're so sweet...yes, the post is a little sad, but I will be posting others about my dad in the future that will be more uplifting!
I'm just reflecting my melancholy mood at this time of year. But I'm pretty much back to my old self as I write this!

Take good care,
Lisa