It’s a tad after 9am on Christmas Eve in San Antonio, TX, 43° ;[get that degree symbol by holding down your Alt key on your keyboard & type in 0176 – waala, you get °] and raining/misting with a brisk North wind. At least it ain’t WHITE stuff. And to think, I’ve always liked cold & snow. Is this part of getting older? I’ve got contemporary Christmas music playing on my little Citrus Droid dialed to Slacker Radio. Got a fresh pot of coffee and Jeff, Kira, the cats, & I are tucked in cozy & warm inside the Casita. What more could I ask for?
We sold our last two little trees Thursday by 2pm & have just been vegging ever since. We still have more things in the tree tent to take apart. . .but taking it easy seems to be the only thing we want for now. Jeff’s had some very emotional bouts coming to terms with his father’s death (why’d it happen a week before Christmas?), but he’s working thru his grief.
This seems to be more of a thanksgiving time for us than last month was. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving just because it’s more sincere & genuine & much less commercial. We’ve had such a year of changes though that this seems to be a good time for reflection. I’m so happy to be out from under the stress of trying to hold onto a house & all the expenses & physical demands associated with it. We’re living much simpler & easier – on much less material things– but enjoying life a whole lot more. Go figure out THAT equation!
One of my joys in life is reading email & keeping up with all the blogs by full-timers, snowbirds, & Casita owners. I’m always looking for more tips & tricks for getting the most out of our small space & mobile environment. But there’s the question: to Follow, or NOT to FOLLOW.
I’m thinking about the bloggers who enthusiastically track how many followers they have on their blog, & rightfully so, acknowledge all new comers. Many continue to add new blogs to their Blog Roll continuously.
My problem is 1) my blog roll would be overwhelming for anyone to follow, and 2) I refuse to consider my blogging efforts as a personality contest. I SOOOO appreciate my followers, but unless you leave a comment, I don’t feel too much of a connection. It’s still a little disconcerting to receive an email from a total stranger. . .BUT. . .I’ve made some great new friends, received fantastic advice & suggestions, and enjoyed knowing that my meager lifestyle is helpful to others.
Bottom line is that I follow very few blogs officially. I however subscribe to many, many blogs thru Google Reader & have instant access to any new postings from them. I initially would go to each blog website I followed to see if anything new was posted. PA – LEEEESE. I can loose entire days futzing around on a computer, so I’m always looking for time-saving programs & processes. That’s why Google Reader is my best [computer] friend. For some unknown reason, as talkative as I am in general, I just don’t seem to be able to come up with meaningful comments to leave on all the great blogs I follow though. I’ve never left a negative comment, but when I’ve felt so inclined, I just unsubscribe from that blog thru Google Reader. Easy, peesy.
Tomorrow, we have a season-end manager’s meeting with the owners, staff, & all the other tree-lot managers, followed by a holiday buffet. Could be some interesting comparing of notes! Then it’s the Packer’s game. I don’t even LIKE football – but the games seem to be a perfect time for a nap. I do like the Packers tho simply because the team is OWNED by the fans, not some rich mucky-muck who only thinks in terms of dollars, or ego.
We’re wishing everyone in blogland has their perfect Christmas Day, enjoyed in whatever way works for you, & that you all start the New Year safe & sound. Also hoping to cross paths with lots of you next year.