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Random Fall Five ~ Benefits, Passages and Christmas Trees

Here we are – we’ve set our clocks back (blah) and turned the page to November.  Time for 5 random thoughts:

Benefits:  In comes November and along with it 2020 Benefits enrollment & Holiday planning, just like that.   For the first time we’ll only have hubbs & I on our insurance ~ feels weird and suddenly I feel old.  Or maybe it’s that Daylight “Savings” experience!

2    Home: The later the season, the more I want to be home.  Yesterday the weather brought us a rainy/snow mix, it was cold, windy and dark, most of the day.   A “good day for a house,” Mom used to say.  After errands and leftovers I settled in with a good book and read till I couldn’t anymore; I woke still thinking about the story and the characters in it, eager and happy for another day to finish it.  I have to pace myself because I read quickly and this story is one worth savoring:

engrossing!

Passages: When we got the news of our friend’s Dad’s passing 2 weeks ago, I started cooking.  Soup on the stove, placed an order for deli sandwiches, and baked up a fruit cobbler.  Later, I texted his wife and asked if we could drop off food for them ~ she gave me an affirmative and a plan was set.   See I’ve been that friend who’s offered to help saying, “just let me know what you need,” and then never heard anything further.   And I’ve learned that you don’t wait to be asked to help by someone in shock and grieving – you just do it.

Christmas trees – Yesterday Hubbs and I spent 2 hours in our local Hardware/Home goods store ~ he had a list as long as his arm and we ping-ponged from one side of the store to another to find all items: Rock Salt, Bungee Cords, WD-40, Tub Caulking, you name it.   We found ourselves among the Christmas Trees and shared a look:  our tree is beautiful but takes up too much room in the smaller home we down-sized to.   We left the store with 2 trees ~ a tall slim tree for the family/game room and a small “frosted” tree for the living room.    Our big tree will be gifted to one of the boys – or Goodwill – and we’ll enjoy putting up our smaller ones in a month or so.

Holiday plans – Work teams are busy putting in for vacation time off but I’m holding back and trying to stay nimble ~ why? We have a grandbaby due in early December!  I could be hosting/cooking for Thanksgiving or loving on the new baby & his parents with a dish-to-pass.  We just don’t know ~ so we’re staying flexible.   And for this life-long planner, that’s hard to do … maybe I’ll prepare a batch of TLC Chicken Spaghetti now & freeze it, just in case!

chicken spaghetti; google.images.com

 

  • How about you?
    • What passages are you experiencing?
    • Does Fall make you want to be home even more?
    • Do your Holiday decorations fit your space?

 

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6 thoughts on “Random Fall Five ~ Benefits, Passages and Christmas Trees

  1. When a friend’s mother died, we took a platter of subs (relatives were gathering at her place). When we got there we found that others had also gifted her with tons of food. If I had to do it again, I would give something freeze-able like soup. That’s a really great idea as is a desert (Hey, who doesn’t like desert no matter how many you already have?).

    • yes – I have learned to make something that could be frozen, like soup, stew or chili. Live & Learn! And always a dessert – grieving people need soothing and chocolate can come to the rescue! Thanks for your comments, Kate. MJ

  2. I so admire your easy ways of transition – season to season, house to house. And your planning and preparation to help those in need. You are truly an inspiration.

    • … what a kind thing to say, thank you! It is not always easy but getting easier with age 🙂 And on the helping part, just taking a page from Mom’s book – and all the ladies I grew up around. It’s just what they did.

      Bests!
      MJ

  3. I’ll be 62 next Birthday…accountant suggested I might want to start drawing..that is so sureal. If so, I’m hoping to bank all of it and keep working..(makes sense on paper, but good old uncle sam has rules in place that won’t allow for such a common sense idea..I am too young to even think about drawing anything like that.fortunately for me, I love my job, and I had a good role model in my father..he was fond of saying “the word retirement is not in my vocabulary” end quote. so we shall see. trying to get an appointment with our tax guy to see what my (legal) options are 🙂 fall stirs within me the desire to buy bulk and freeze, yada, yada. think I’ll try something new this season, instead of canning, the tomatoes, onions and peppers into my famous mixture, going to freeze it after it’s ready. and yes our decorations do fit our space 😉 You would die if you saw our Christmas tree. that’s all I’m going to say about that 🙂

    • … check out ssa.gov and use their worksheets to predict your income by XX age. The challenge, from what I’ve learned, about SSA is that whenever you start drawing it, that’s your monthly payment for life. So the longer you wait, even by a year, the better $$ you will have, typically. I’m like you, I won’t draw until much later and will work for a while yet. I remember your sharing that quote of your Dad’s 🙂

      Yes, something about Fall makes us want to “stock the larder” as you describe above ……. yummy.

      I would love to see your Christmas tree, future post? Cheers! MJ

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