Taken last night at twilight.
First, a little business to take care of: I woke up this morning with my blog plastered with "EXCEEDED BANDWIDTH" all over the side bar where my custom design once appeared. I know I have not exceeded my bandwidth. It's the problem with my blog designer, who has disappeared off the face of the earth: Shabbee Chick Designs did a lovely job making this my home, and now it's nothing like it used to be, and I have NO WAY to reach her. So please bear with me while I find a new design/designer...I'm very disappointed in this change and don't like it one bit. For instance, my header is off center, and I can find no way to fix that. If anyone has a blog designer they might suggest, I'd be happy to know about them. Please let me know in the comments section. (Or, if you prefer, tell me to chuck the whole custom design thing and stay with the plain-Jane generic look!)
I still have Christmas-hangover.
(We all know how much work it is for mom to get ready to leave the state on a normal day, then add Christmas into it? Beyond stressful!!)
I'll 'explain....we spent a blissful, relaxing, snuggly time with the babies in Alabama Christmas week. It's a whirlwind getting ready to go and getting there, but it was perfect to be able to de-compress.
We got back from Alabama Friday night.
Saturday, I unpacked, went to de-board the dogs at the kennel, dropped $255 for that. Later on Saturday afternoon, our dogs had a tiff amongst each other--that got too carried away, and the holiday weekend vet bill went over $700 for the damage caused--husband spent five hours at the clinic waiting and for the surgery.
Sunday we went to church, came home and I made an awesome fried chicken dinner, a treat for us to enjoy--slowly. Then I made several batches of jam for gift-giving.
Monday, I packed up and went north to see my brother and his wife--they had flown in from out of the country to spend Christmas and the New Year in the states.
Last night's sunset.
It was a quick trip and I stayed up WAY, way, WAY too late--laughing and talking with siblings...you know how that is! TOo much fUN!
And then I think I slept a couple hours, got up and visited with my sister, Mary for a little bit, then drove home again this afternoon...
Just in time to leave again!
I ran my son to his basketball game, which ends up being a four-hour trip, after sitting through two complete games and a half hour of waiting for it to start.
Came home, straightened up the house, and ate some supper.
White barn -- love 'em!
Today we found that the septic tank is acting up....so, as busy as I have been, I am SO GLAD it waited until this week. THANK GOODNESS!
I'm pretty darn tired.
Back to the school routine for today, and I am going back to walking my miles this morning. I'm looking forward to a routine again and the good that walking does me ;-).
I think the tree is going to stay up the rest of the week so I can actually enjoy it!!
How about you? Is the tree down? Up? Lights still hanging on the house?
I totally understand those who have Christmas up for half of January. I really do!