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Sharing My World in December

Monday Monday… Time for Melanie’s Share Your World. Go over to her site and see what others have to say about the questions. It’s fun. 🙂 Last week was the end of November, which makes this week the beginning of December. Time just works that way. I woke up last Friday with a sore throat and no voice. I got my voice back but my throat is still sore. I’ve got a bit of a cough and I’m having trouble breathing. Worry not, dear reader. I’m still pretty sure that it’s not the plague. My cough is not a dry cough (sign of the plague) and I don’t have a fever. Plus I’m sneezing like crazy, which is a sure sign of allergies, not the the scourge. Of course, it’s entirely possible for someone to have both, but I honestly don’t go anywhere or interact with many people, so the chances of me getting it are pretty slim. Doug’s more likely to get it than me because he’s the one that does the shopping and so on. All I do is get the mail. Better safe than sorry though so I’m not going anywhere — not that I was anyway. I had these exact symptoms this time last year so it’s almost a sure bet that my body just doesn’t like New Mexico in the winter. I really need to get used to it. Still, we live in interesting times, so better safe than sorry I guess. I’m keeping an eye on things. If I get a fever or if my symptoms get worse, I’ll call my doctor. Ain’t no way I’m going to the hospital unless I’m close to death. Way too many sick people in the hospitals right now. Anyway, on to the questions:

Hot coffee and honey for my throat. Photo by Marta Wave on

Do you enjoy skiing or ice skating or if it’s warm where you are, hiking or enjoying outdoor sports? None of the above. I’ve never been skiing or ice skating, and never had the inclination to learn either. I’ve never hiked in the traditional sense, though I’ve walked on hiking trails — which is different. And I’m totally not a “sports” person. Now, I will walk for miles, well I used to. I hope to again someday, but let’s not go down that path again right now. I love to do it, but I’ve never made a sport out of it. The only special equipment I’ve ever bought for walking was a good pair of shoes, and I totally have never made a lifestyle out of my love of walking, though I’ve had friends who have. You know, like walking clubs and walking groups and stuff like that. I’m not the type to go walking or hiking with a backpack, a water pouch, dried fruits, or much of anything really. Like, I’m not going that far, and whenever I do walk, I walk where there are places I can buy stuff. I’m totally never gonna go on a survival expedition. Nope, not for me, y’all. I mean if someone wants to do that, more power to them, one less casual (me) on the trail for them. I’m just gonna stroll and enjoy myself in my own way and leave those kinds of sports to the people who enjoy them.

vaguely connected, slightly funny picture

Do you give to charities or homeless that you might encounter, during this time of year, more than you do otherwise? No, if I give as often in the winter time as I do all year around.

What is the most enjoyable activity you engage in during December?  Is it a tradition for you and your family? I’m gonna answer the second question first because it kind of answers the first. Most of the traditions in my family revolved around big feasts and cooking. I used to love to bake and I baked a lot, especially around this time of year. I baked cookies, fruitcakes — good ones — pies, &c… I liked to attempt gingerbread houses, first with my siblings then with my kids. I used to make like… dozens of cookies and bring them to work, send them to my kids’ schools or give them to my neighbors. I honestly just loved to bake. It was something I did for stress relief, and it brought a smile to a lot of faces. It was also something I could do with my siblings and later with my kids. The baking thing was a tradition in my family. I used my mom’s recipes when I first started and moved on to other recipes. I learned to cook when I was in my tweens and had an affinity for it. And that was all fine and dandy with four siblings and four kids… but now it’s just me and Doug. Doug is not a cook. He has his famous spaghetti sauce, but that’s about it. And there is no way, dear reader, that I’m making dozens of cookies for just me and him. I’m already fighting the good fight when it comes to my weight. I’m not gonna have ten dozen cookies just sitting about the house because I went on a baking spree. So, while the other holiday things are nice… decorating, &c… they don’t hold the same joy as all of the holiday cooking I used to do. And that’s okay, dear reader. Things change. One simply has to find pleasure in other things.

We got our tree up last night.

What changes will C-19 bring to your festive celebrations this year?  Not a whole lot from previous years. Doug and I are pretty private people and we like our peaceful holidays. We don’t go out and about much so being quarantined won’t changed that much.


GRATITUDE SECTION (Optional of course):

Please share a good will wish for the world!

One day (hopefully soon), the world will wake up, pour their respective cup of morning beverage, turn on the news — and there will be no mention at all of the current leader of the United States of America. And it will be a glorious day!

Also, you know…:

And all that good stuff.

Remember to go over to Melanie’s blog to see other people’s answers to the questions and to show Melanie some love for making this happen every Monday.