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Trash Day

Author’s Note: I’ve been meaning to write a post about Trash Day for sometime and since I had a mini-meltdown tonight (due in part to my left sinus), it seemed like the right time.

They Mean Business

When Joe and I moved in, we got a notice that all trashed must be out by 7 a.m. Friday morning. Well our first Friday we found out the trash people mean business because at 7 a.m., they were driving down our street.

So the trash gets put out Thursday night, because I do not want to get up at 6 a.m. on Friday mornings.

My Responsibility

I worked 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. so I was the last one home and therefore it was my responsibility to put the trash out. Except for those few times when Joe would decide to put it out for me.  It is those few times that I miss.  Especially after a long day of interviewing, networking, house cleaning or not feeling well.

Just when I think I can relax on sofa and read a book or toss balls to Rommie, I remember it’s Thursday – so much for today’s to do list being finished.

The Joy

The joy in the situation is:

  • I have trash to take out
  • I have bags to put the trash in
  • I am physically able to take out the trash

Thank you God for the physical ability to take out the trash even on days when I am tired and weak.

May you find joy this holiday season and through out the coming year in the most mundane household chores. 

A Quote From Zig Ziglar

I am at a loss for something to say today.  Maybe it’s because Advent has not started yet and it just does not feel like Christmas.

So I decided to leave you with a quote from Zig Ziglar who moved to heaven yesterday.   Zig and his wife Jean appear in several of the GriefShare videos.

“When you’re grieving that’s not the time to be brave or strong. You need to let it show.”

Zig Ziglar

GriefShare video #1

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one this holiday season, don’t be afraid to get the nasty negative emotions out.  Keeping them inside will only make your grief worse.

40 + 2 Days of Joy

Well it was 60 or 70+ degrees this weekend.  Not really sure because the indoor/outdoor thermometer is busted.  It measures the temp inside but not outside.

So I did some yard work yesterday, did some dusting and sweeping today, aired out the house and put the Christmas decorations up.


Yes, I put up the manger set Joe’s friend and former boss made for Joe’s mother.  It has not been up since 2006 or 2007.  Don’t remember if I put it up for our last Christmas.  The set has become even more special because Joe’s friend passed away in June 2010.  So if something breaks no call to Beth for a replacement figurine.

This will be the last Christmas it is up at my house.

Next year it will go to Joe’s nieces and nephew.  That is where it belongs and they can rotate it between their houses from year to year.


Now the reason, this got put up is I am finally starting on this year’s Christmas series.  I better bust my butt and get it put to bed since it is right around the corner.  The only thing I know about the series is on weekends there will be my favorite Christmas songs, instead of recipes like last year.  The series is survival tips and thoughts about how a first year widow can survive the holiday season, but the tips are general enough that they can be applied to anyone stressed out from all the season’s chaos.

The series will run from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year’s Day is called 40 + 2 Days of Joy (last year’s was 40 Days of Joy).

So I’d better quit writing this and get to work on the series, launch date is right around the corner.

Have a blessed week everyone.

“Manger Set”


“Joy to the World, the Lord has come.”