No blizzards, but whirlwhind of activity in January

What is happening to the month of January? Where are the blizzards? Where are the “weather is too bad, I’m staying home” days? How come I am gone every day and not taking care of my normal winter projects?

First of all, my family Christmas gathering did not take place until Jan. 7, but now that is the past, and I still have Christmas things up and not put away. In fact, my outside Christmas lights are still coming on every day at dusk. I will have to forge my way through the slushy snow and unplug those light strings one of these days.

Second of all is appointments. A senior citizen has lived long enough to see a few specialist once a year, and for some reason, most of them are seen in January. Then there is physical therapy, for my neck and shoulders that needed attention way back in December. If things go as planned, I should be finishing up very soon.

Because of the knuckles of my hands were also sore, I am getting the paraffin wax treatment at physical therapy. Not only has that eased that pain, but the paraffin also softens my skin, making it feel moist and healthy.

My January plans included cleaning the clutter in my house, well, OK, at least get started. My main problem is that I do start, get a corner done, and then have to do something else. Then, by the time I want to get back and finish cleaning it, I discover that somehow it got filled up again. I am not sure how this happens, because I do live here alone.

However, one exciting thing happened in the village of Tigerton, they changed the company doing garbage pickup. This new company gave us not only a garbage container, but a recycling container of the same size, and with a cover. I love that, I can fill a small container in the house of recyclables, and then take it and dump it in the large container. Not only that, but they also take a lot more numbered plastic containers, so now the recycle container gets fuller than the garbage one, I really like that.

So, once I get serious about decluttering counters, and drawers, and closets, I will have a place to put things that are recyclable.

Another January job that did not even get done last January, is clipping out my columns and putting them into a three ring binder. I have multiple binders already full, but it is fun to look back now and then.

Somehow, being busy helps the time go faster. I try not to dwell on how cold it is out, but rather just keep moving on as best I can. A little workout time at Total Fitness, a volunteer day or two at the LCFS Thrift Store, Bible study, church and activities there, plus playing cards with friends now and then, and the days and weeks pass by fast.

Proverbs 3:5-6 states we should “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your path.”