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January 13, 2022


loss
posted by soe 3:43 am

Rudi’s mom died tonight. We were with her when she went, and we had some good days with her before the end, but it’s still a crushing blow for our family. I’ll be going dark here for a bit while we figure out how to move forward with her loss.

Hugs to you, my dear readers, and hugs to your loved ones, as well.

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January 8, 2022


epitaph
posted by soe 7:28 am

Someday, someone’s going to write on my gravestone, “Really liked sleeping on couches.”

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January 3, 2022


shelf
posted by soe 1:48 am

I bought a shelf today.

Rudi has been saying for a while that he wants a tall shelf for the living room. We have too much stuff for the space we live in, which means the apartment is always a hot mess. Yes, we could purge things — and that would be how many people would handle it. But we are not those people.

A local shop is shuttering its business tomorrow and I stopped in today to see if they had any deals. Mostly they did not, but they were selling off some of their furniture, including a shelf that’s a little over six feet tall.

The shop disassembled it for me (it’s three boxes on four poles) and I walked it home in four trips (exercise plus furniture!). I have yet to reassemble it, but that’s a tomorrow problem, rather than a today problem.

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January 1, 2022


final flower of 2021
posted by soe 1:30 am

Final Flower of 2021

An azalea blooming on the way back from the eye doctor this afternoon.

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December 3, 2021


confectioneries, reviving a tradition, and extra day
posted by soe 1:12 am

Chocolates

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. My supervisor sent us all these lovely boxes of local-to-her chocolates for the holidays.

2. My dad cleared off the pool table this fall, so we got to play for the first time in several years. I lost every game.

3. Staying in Connecticut until Monday evening meant that our drive home was drama-free. Plus, I got to spend that much more time with my folks!

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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November 29, 2021


thanksgiving weekending
posted by soe 1:42 am

It’s been a lovely weekend, and I still have about 12 hours until I head back south. While I’m hoping to cram in a few hours of sleep and some last activities, like getting lights on the bottom quarter of my parents’ tree (we had to sort out why the tree was shorting out before I kept going) and helping them bring ornament boxes downstairs, we’re definitely in the home stretch of my time off.

I’ve seen my BFF, Karen.

My dad and I played pool. (I lost every game to him or Rudi.) We laughed a lot.

I’ve knit and read and watched Christmas movies in front of the fire.

I’ve cooked with Mum.

We’ve eaten a ton of food and danced to Christmas music.

And I’ve loved being with my family.

I’ve got the Virtual Advent Tour signups up.

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