I just had the striking realization that it's Christmas Eve, and that means I have to clean off the kitchen table. People might need to actually - you know- "eat" off of it tomorrow.
Now, I don't know
about you, but my kitchen table is the center of activity in my house,
and as such, it is rather a microcosm of my life. Things that I need to
either put away or find another temporary home for today and tomorrow
-My laptop - upon which I compose these posts, and surf
the web, while still being able to watch a TV show going on in the
-Noise cancelling earphones - for when I want to
listen to something on the laptop without distraction, or when - like
yesterday - I want to drink my coffee and check stuff online at 630 AM
without disturbing the sleeping teenagers on the floor in my living room
who had a sleepover the previous night and were awake until 2.
-Various bills, statements and the like.
for the fabric store's next sale. Although, I've already got a backlog
of projects to finish first - like the quilt for Soldiers' Angels, the
microwave rice bag for a friend, and the shooting vest for my brother
that I've been promising all fall.
-Christmas lights still in the
box, along with glue gun and empty shotgun shells. These were moved to
the table from the living room floor when the previously mentioned
teenagers came to sleep over. I used all that a few weeks ago to make
these, and was going to make another string.
-Folder that holds the papers for my gun memberships, so I can keep track of it all.
-Pamphlet from Antietam National Battlefield that I visited back on Memorial Day ( yeah, I don't clean off the table that often)
-Three DVD's on practical shooting - lent to me by a friend.
phone book that I used over the past few weeks trying to find SOMEone
who would replace a couple pieces of siding that blew off my house in
the last wind storm.
-Large purple binder that holds all my
quartet music. Did I mention that
I sing in a women's acapella quartet? That's the "singing" part of my
"Singing, Sewing, and Shooting" hobbies. It's a blast. We've done a few
performances for Christmas, and are making plans for Singing Valentines.
stacks of requests for holiday charitable donations. I enjoy doing
this, but once you are on a mailing list, the requests seem to come
every week. You'd think the postage would become cost prohibitive after
-8x10 photos of the Babes With Bullets Camps I've
attended. Been meaning to frame or put them in an album and haven't
gotten around to it.
- A scope mount that is likewise waiting for a "round tuit".
- Compact camera that I bought that has a better zoom than my phone - maybe to take to SHOT? I still haven't opened it.
of toothbrushes and sugarless gum leftover from Halloween. I suppose I
should give it to the homeless shelter or something...
omnipresent pens, notepads and reminder stickies. My brain goes fifty
different ways sometimes, so I need visual cues to remind me to do
things (like call someone about the durn siding).
-Biometric gun vault for my bedroom. This is another installation project that is waiting for a "round tuit".
-Pretty much everything "but" A Partridge in a Pear Tree.
There you have it - my "Wonderful Life" in microcosm on the kitchen
table. I'd like to think that it just means that I have a fun and busy
life - not that I'm a slob. But I embrace my mess as an expression of "me" - LOL
seeing my mess will make you a little less hard on yourself about your
own hobbies and messes, and let you relax and enjoy the holidays. :-)
From my kitchen table to yours -- Merry Christmas!