Although "normal" might not be the correct word, at least the house is back to its pre-holiday state.
The Christmas decorations are all packed away, the house cleaning is done, and in the family room the pottery collection is back on the shelves.
This morning we did a little shopping and I bought two new house plants to put in a sunny spot in the family room, a fresh touch and a way to use my sunny yellow pottery.
The dining room is back to it usual state, although we will be opening up that table again on Sunday to celebrate Isaac's birthday.
Outside these windows the lower back yard is still full of frozen snow. It's supposed to begin to warm up over the weekend, and then we'll go from cold sunshine to slightly warmer but still cold rain.
With street shoulders and sidewalks still icy I have dusted off my stationary bike for exercising. I have done ten miles each of the last three days. The bike is in the garage where the temperature is between 50 and 55 most of the time, good for a work out without so much sweat.
January is always "Project Me" time. I had an appointment with my primary care doctor yesterday. All of my lab results are good. I got a referral to see an orthopedic doctor to assess my arthritis. The x-ray I had yesterday shows progression of deterioration in my right hip. While there's no stopping osteoarthritis, I want to know that I am doing the right things to hold it off as long as I can.
And yes, Doctor, my weight is up. That's my really big project! But there is still too damn much candy in the house, and I really want to eat it! Smaller servings, Linda, smaller portions, including chocolate!
But chocolate is my drug of choice, and I feel the need of its comfort as Inauguration Day draws nigh.