JMJ *For me, a big part of feeling the Christmas spirit, comes from listening to inspirational, jazzy, fun holiday music. And music can follow you practically wherever you are: while driving, doing housework, completing tedious paperwork, eating meals, and enjoying festive holiday gatherings.
Every day for 16 days, you will find little things which are inexpensive, involve little to no preparation, for family and close friends to enjoy together. Although a few ideas might be added to your Christmas bucket list, these are mostly traditional ideas that have a timeless quality to them.
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Ways to Savor the Season 8/16
For me, a big part of feeling the Christmas spirit, comes from listening to inspirational, jazzy, fun holiday music. And music can follow you practically wherever you are: while driving, doing housework, completing doing paperwork, eating meals, and enjoying festive holiday gatherings.
So today, I am suggesting to get out those dusty Christmas CDs, if you haven’t beat me to it, or making a new playlist on-line, through sites such as Pandora or Spotify, for free!
I am embarrassed to admit that I am rather technology-challenged when it gets to things around the household. Why? The same reason why my husband doesn’t know how to run the washing machine. He doesn’t need to. However, as my kids get older, and are away from the house much more (they are/were homeschooled), I am reluctantly learning how to use such things as the remote control for the television. I know, how embarrassing to actually admit this.
And the same goes for music playlists. They beat me to it. My kids have awesome playlists for all kinds of occasions, holidays, birthdays, Halloween, you name it. Being a big fan of instrumental music, though, since it doesn’t interfere with my thoughts, such as when I need to concentrate on writing, I did learn to create my own radio station on Pandora. It is free unless you are willing to pay a little to avoid occasional advertising.
If you haven’t done so already, it is super easy. All you need to do is set up an account, click on create station, enter an artist or song or composer you like, and then it will create a station with tunes related to the genre of your selection. The entire process should take less than 5 minutes. I just added a Josh Groban Holiday playlist. With Spotify, another on-line music playlist provider, you can actually choose your own songs to compile a playlist, if you are willing to put in the time to do that.
On the Homefront… Ring the School Bell 69/180 Days
Holy cow, I overdid it yesterday with my overzealous shoveling of dirt in the backyard, as I am painfully reminded of that today. The foot which I used to kick the shovel into the ground, time after time, is basically non-operational and I could only hobble, with my best efforts.
Poor Sabrina was having her own issues. She was ultra-feverish with the flu, but insisted on working on her English 101 essay due the next day. As much as I told her to go rest for a few hours, she reluctantly refused and huddled over the laptop (my laptop) in a sea of tissues.
A little salt water to gargle was requested by her, and I dutifully brought her some. What happened next was quite horrifying. The entire cup was accidentally tipped onto the computer keyboard. The laptop fizzed, hissed and sizzled, and warned us it was “crash dumping files”, I am sure that was bad news whatever it meant. And her essay, due the next day, was stuck inside! We turned it off, then began the slow process of blow-drying it, with no luck. She would have to restart her essay on the main computer in the den.
Our van was sick also. It was literally making loud moaning noises that were a bit terrifying, and embarrassing, as we drove it around town the last few weeks. Nothing that $1500 couldn’t fix, we were assured. What! Even with the cheery holiday music in the background, this was a mood-damper for sure. The alternator, water pump, and belts needed to be replaced. We are kind of stuck, though, with not enough in the bank for a new car. So here we go again, repairing the old green wagon, the one with 166,000 miles on it and counting.
Sabrina and I, after this long day of trials, skipped her evening class, and drove to John’s chiropractic office. I hobbled to the office door, with Sabrina close behind wrapped in a big blankie, coughing and exhausted. We were a sight to behold, I am sure, and were coming for some desperate relief and healing from our favorite and only chiropractor, my husband. He did make us feel better, and put us back on the road to health. The next day, my foot was good to go, although I was careful not to abuse it with the shovel anymore!
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** Note to the Reader- Today’s narrative is part of our family’s school journey from a few years ago, during my eldest daughter’s senior year in high school, a rather emotional year, with its many ups and downs. Every day’s blog entry coincides with a day from that special year. It can be read from the beginning by selecting the “Ring the School Bell 180” category on the side bar. Commence with the narrative, “The School Bell- What comes to mind when ‘you’ hear that bell?”
Start here to get the story from the very beginning:
Follow along with us day-by-day through the school year. Hope you will join us!
May God shower blessings on your family as he has on mine. Annette