Tuesday, December 27, 2011
What a season it has been! Christmas is over and it was truly a family event (and without huge dysfunctional issues), for the first time in years. New Years, and my dad's birthday, are both a few days away. Soon, a whole new year starts up over again. I look back on this last year and smile. It's amazing..a year of growth and more happiness than I've ever known before. Seriously. Putting my foot down on family abuse has been beneficial to the family. I can see it and it feels good. We still have our differences but I see progress and this makes me feel proud.
As for my stores, I have been adding products, organizing and making sure everything runs ok. Their growth spurs me on to do even more, expand it all and get more efficient on how I do everything for it. I'm passionate about doing it right, and see a lot of new improvements that must be made in the coming year. I handle it all bit by bit, so not to overwhelm myself with the big picture of all that needs to be done. It's all doable.
Then there's my teeth. Tests have been done and my next appointment will enlighten me on the cosmetic dentist's plan of attack. It will take some time to do the work, but that's ok because the man is an artist, making teeth look beautiful. I've seen "before/after" books of his work and it is all stunning. He even gives me big price breaks on procedures since I have no dental insurance. I am forever grateful. It means a lot to say goodbye to broken teeth hurting my gums, having trouble chewing, etc. Not to mention it will benefit my health by losing the infected teeth. They are a drain on my energy. It's such a big deal to do this work right, and retain the bone structure in my mouth. Posts will be drilled, teeth will be sculpted, it's a big job. I welcome all of it. Just load me up with Nitrous Oxide or put me out (he's a surgeon)..that's ok with me.
The cats have had a really fun holiday. This has been Matisse's first Christmas here with us and he has been having a blast! He plays with his toys under the tree, snoozes with Beau among the new toys, and loves the box the new toys came in. Beau is in kitty bliss with the new toys, and loves to act like a sprightly little spring-loaded kitten when nobody's looking. I've caught him spazzing out with a toy or two in his paws, and it's hysterical to watch this big white furrball just throwing caution to the wind and letting it all hang out.
This is our first holiday season in this lovely home, too. I thank God we found it and are here, it is wonderful and looks so beautiful all decorated up and given some love. I have big plans for this place, adding gardens and putting in more curtains to start. The upstairs bedrooms will be better outfitted later, my office needs better chairs and more shelving. I'm in no hurry and plan it out in time, to make it the way I want it to be.
Having a peaceful home is very important to me, far from the excruciatingly painful and stupid Queen Bee histrionic tirades I endured in childhood. I used to hide at the horse barn or in my room to stay away from her temper, and keep a low profile since anything could set off tantrums, anger or hysteria. As a middle-aged adult, I still relish the glorious feeling of peace at home. Total peace. No drama, insanity or cruelty. Just love. My pets have never known fear here with me. And they never will. Being alone feels wonderful. No complications or worry. I can work on my business, which is my true love, and not feel guilty, too.
In the new year I hope to have some time to take a course or two at the local university. It would be helpful to learn more business techniques and computer programs. In order to grow the business, I have to know exactly how to do that. A big puzzle to figure out, but a fun one, once it makes sense.
To all who read this, I wish you a very Happy New Year from my house to yours. Here's to a happy and healthy new year ahead!
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