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December 9, 2014

Two Hour Delay

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I had absolutely no idea this morning there was any weather in the works that could call for a two hour delay to the start of school. I got in the shower at 5:30 am like I always do, and apparently shortly after that, the phone calls came in: one for the district I work in and one for the district I live in – 2 hour delay for icy roads due to some freezing rain in the wee hours.

Too wide awake to go back to bed at this point, plus I was already showered (wet hair), dressed and had put make up on by the time I discovered the calls on my cell phone. What to do? Make a cup of coffee (darn it no half n half or almond milk in the house, have to go with regular milk) and sit down to write a blog post.

That crazy-busy time of year is in full swing. Did LOTS of shopping this past weekend plus Amazon will be making regular deliveries to this house over the next few days. The tree is up.
Tree '14

I missed having Meghan around so much last year when we did the tree that this year I used “FaceTime” on our iPhones so we could have a video call while we decorated. Sarah and I picked out some ornaments for Meghan to “hang”. Here’s a couple of them:
Snowman on the left has her name on it and the one on the right is in her birthstone color. There were various others that were considered “her” ornanments and we showed them to her one by one on the phone and then pointed the phone at the tree so she could choose where to put them. It wasn’t the same as having her here of course, but it was nicer than last year when I was really feeling her absence.

Christmas time also includes regular embarrassment of my dogs:
Yearly dog embarrassment
Daphne was a good sport about it long enough for me to get a photo. Teddy was less cooperative. He had the hat off before I could focus the camera.

Remember my post where I talked about changing traditions? Two of my Christmas traditions seem to be going by the wayside this year. I don’t know if they are permanent changes or just temporary. I don’t think I will be sending Christmas cards or putting up my Christmas Village this year. I usually make photo cards with cute pictures of my daughters and dogs on them in November. Time has gotten away from me. I know it isn’t too late to make them, address them and send them out before Christmas, but I feel like it is one added “pressure” to my time these days at this point. So to any family or friends who may be reading this who normally gets a card from me, don’t feel I’ve dropped you from the list! I feel the same way about the Christmas village. It is a huge labor to set up and to take down. Perhaps I will find some space here and there around the house to display a few favorite pieces.

How is your December going so far? Holiday hustle and bustle for you?


  1. No hustle and bustle for me, other than getting ready to leave to meet Gep and Kat in Vietnam for a few days. Each year my decorating diminishes, and since I’ll not be here this year, I won’t be doing any. I will just enjoy your tree vicariously.

    Comment by Carol — December 9, 2014 @ 11:18 am | Reply

    • Have a wonderful trip Carol!

      Comment by Karma — December 10, 2014 @ 4:16 pm | Reply

  2. I love your Christmas enthusiasm. The tree is looking fabulous. How wonderful that you have so much of cheer to celebrate and spread happiness.
    Well, you shower so early in the morning? I can’t imaging waking up that early like about 5:00 a.m
    I just had a glance at your christmas village – its so dreamy! magnificent! Do you also make special christmas sweets and savouries at home?

    Comment by sonali — December 11, 2014 @ 12:14 am | Reply

    • Thank you Sonali. Teachers have to be up early! The children arrive at my school at 7:25 am. I like to arrive with time to feel organized for the day before the kids come in, so I am usually at school around 7:00.
      I do like to do some baking around Christmas time. Not sure what I will cook up this year!

      Comment by Karma — December 11, 2014 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Karma, how are you? Love seeing your tree. We aren’t putting one up again this year (we were going to be gone, but now we’re not and we decided, oh forget it) but am enjoying seeing everyone else’s tree. So decorative! It’s hard when our babes aren’t around to help. I like that you used Facetime to share the tradition. Isn’t it weird when school is cancelled and you don’t have a clue? That’s happened to me before. Sounds like it provided something interesting in your usual week. Anyway, just stopping by to say Happy Holidays. Not sure I’m sending out many cards this year either. Take care!

    Comment by Kathy — December 13, 2014 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

    • So nice to hear from you Kathy. Hoping you get to play a round of checkers with the santas and snowmen with your daughter soon. Will the kids be back to your house for the holidays? I’m happy for the upcoming Christmas break of course, but sad that my days in this temporary teaching job are numbered.

      Comment by Karma — December 16, 2014 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

      • No kids home this year, Karma, darn. We will be visiting my daughter in NYC in the new year, though. I’ll be this is challenging for you–the ending of this temporary job. Hopefully it will lead to another teaching job, perhaps permanent this time?

        Comment by Kathy — December 16, 2014 @ 7:54 pm

  4. My hustle and bustle, what there was of it, are done. Nothing to do now but nap. I am a happy camper! Hope your holidays are going well and that you have a wonderful Christmas!!

    Comment by dawnkinster — December 20, 2014 @ 9:05 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Dawn. Trying my best to keep up with everything. Hoping also for the spark of creativity for something that has become a little tradition here on my blog for the past couple years. 😉

      Comment by Karma — December 21, 2014 @ 5:00 pm | Reply

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