January, Summarized

January was – January. Cold, snowy, mostly gray with occasional sunshine. January is a month made for hibernation, I think. Kat told me, and I think she was right, that we are both part bear – we need our hibernation time.

Jan 2016 web

There were, of course, enough good times in January. Dinner out with friends, brunch with friends at our local Potbelly Cafe, a trip or two to the movies followed by a late lunch/early dinner out. Quiet times at home with my furry girls. Books to read, meals to prepare using new recipes Google finds for me, grumping about January in all its wintery bluster, sharing lives with virtual friends, thinking about spring and working in the flower beds, maybe taming them a little, and hiring someone to do the drudgery of raking pine needles and pine cones so my energy could be expended on those flower beds.

There are other good things, more personal good things. Knowing my son is safe in South America, planning his future in Ecuador (however long he may stay there) and looking forward to his visit here, whenever that may happen. Knowing my daughter is looking forward to her move to Thailand after this school year ends, a fresh start and new experiences and adventures. Appreciating the love of my friends, and my love for those friends. Appreciating the warmth, safety and privacy of my home.

Having enough. It all comes down to having enough. That is not to say I wouldn’t want more, but it is acknowledging that what I have really is enough.

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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7 Responses to January, Summarized

  1. Heather says:

    I think the secret to happiness often lies in recognizing when we have enough. It’s easy to want more, but enough is enough (not shouted in an angry parent voice, of course).

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  2. loisajay says:

    This is such a cozy summary. “Having enough.” Well said, Carol.

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  3. Dawn says:

    And now we are one month closer to spring.

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  4. Carol — I love your verbal summary and the gorgeous collage!

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  5. Lisa says:

    Please forgive my absence. I’m so behind on your posts! I love the quote you found for January, and think it’s very true. I really longed for your snow (although not during our travel days) just so I might be able to set aside some of the busyness and spend a little “me” time….whatever that is. 🙂

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  6. It’s nice to know Kat and Gep are continuing their adventures on new shores! I’m sure you’re happy spring is around the corner. 🙂

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