Thanksgiving was a winner, though sadly my sister and her family couldn't make it. My brother-in-law become flu-ish and though it best they stay home. Juli's mom joined us, as she does every year. In the past she would sit and read while the family chaos [the good kind] rumbled around her. She would love every minute of it. This year was even better. She has been working on her genealogy for the past year or so and has been having a great time with it. She had a great deal to talk about as my Aunt is also doing research, and my mother has been along for the ride. So they had their heads together in conversation off and on throughout the night.
My father has been painting. OH HAPPY DAY!!!! He hasn't been doing much since the business closed in 2006, but there it is! He has had my brother's fishing boat, the Thelma C., in mind as a subject for a number of years. The museum in Kodiak is owns the Thelma C. now and they are planning on mounting it in front of their building. My father is painting it as a fishing boat under way. Dear God, that feels so good to see!
Food was consumed. Cousin in Sweden was talked to. Two jigsaw puzzles were assembled [though one fresh out of the box was missing a piece] All in all a great holiday.
I turned on the outdoor Christmas lights for the first time so that they would be on when we got home. I started hanging them last weekend. I'm starting the shift over to LED lights, and I do like them much better. Though the ones I bought from Wallyworld have failed me twice now. I have some from Freddies that even feel much more durable.
Today was spent up on the roof replacing those dead Wallyworld strands.
Thanksgiving had one drawback.... I've lost 10 pounds in the past two weeks. I've been watching my intake. Yesterday I gained four pounds back.
...and here is where the "Lesson Learned Again" comes into play. With the loss of weight has come increase energy, increased creativity, increased alertness...
I know all this. We all know all this, that good health etcetera, effects energy and mental well-being. It's well advertised. It always surprises me when it happens though, when I demonstrate it to myself. It's like I have to prove it to myself over and over. If anything, that i have discovered it over and over is somewhat discouraging, but it always feels good when I do. ...kinda like that proverbial hammer.