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Happy Winter Solstice.

Saturday marks the Winter Solstice, the official beginning of winter in America. It’s also the last weekend prior to Christmas. So with apologies to those who were spinning the dredel around Thanksgiving, and others who don’t celebrate the upcoming holiday, here are a few photos from our December in Baltimore.

Every year our neighborhood lights a giant tree, and Santa pulls the switch.  Then the fire dept. rides him around on a truck.

Every year our neighborhood lights a giant tree, and Santa pulls the switch. Then the fire dept. rides him around on a truck.

These next two are along my walk to work in the morning.

These next two are along my walk to work in the morning.

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The Great Spousal Unit, The Live-In Niece, and myself at our holiday open house.

The Great Spousal Unit, The Live-In Niece, and myself at our holiday open house.

Max the Cat sleeping on a Christmas pillow.

Max the Cat sleeping on a Christmas pillow.

This year's Christmas tree.

This year’s Christmas tree.

Finally, some photos from the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore.  Every time I'm bummed out in the winter, I go here.

Finally, some photos from the Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore. Every time I’m bummed out in the winter, I go here for a pick-me-up.

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Enjoy the weekend!
 
 
 

Happy Holidays 2012.

I’ve never been sick around the holidays, but I guess there’s a first time for everything. I was flat on my back all of Saturday and Sunday. I’m working today from home, but still closer to 50 percent than 100 percent.

But why post about being sick? It’s almost Christmas! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season.

I must admit that I still buy into all of the “The World is better at Christmastime” stuff. For me, it’s definitely a time of reflection. I think about the year past, and I try to remember what the day is really all about for us Christians. And I try to give, more than I receive. That’s important for me in December.

So let me give out some thank-yous:

– To everyone who visits this page every now and then. I still get giddy when I see a few page views and a couple of comments, the same way I did when I started this blog. Thanks for your support.

– To the DOC, the Diabetes Online Community. I keep waiting to be disappointed in some way by someone’s mean comment or selfish behavior, but I haven’t seen it yet. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see (okay, that’s from The Great Pumpkin– different holiday, but you know what I mean). I think this is also the season to unburden ourselves from our fears and our strange hang-ups, so I’m going to do that here and stop waiting for the other shoe to drop. I’m just going to enjoy it while it lasts.

– Thanks also to my fellow D-bloggers who show me how to do it every day. You’re smart, you’re fearless, you’re inspirational all at the same time. Thank you.

– Thanks to the Live-In Niece and the former Live-In Nephew. My nephew Brian has been remarkable, kind, and accommodating over the past (almost) 9 years that he’s been here. My niece Rachel has always been engaging and funny, and curiously curious about my diabetes, which warms my heart.

– Thanks most of all to The Great Spousal Unit. Maureen has been especially patient and kind, and I have been a less than ideal husband this year. Work always takes much of my time every year, and I always throw in training for a few athletic events that I drag her to. Plus, this year, I added the blog and duties as President of my community association to the list. All this has left me less available to her physically, and at times, emotionally too. Maureen, I tried to remember everything you asked me to get you this year, and I think I covered it all. I hope you like the bracelet. I love having you.

I hope this season brings a renewed sense of purpose this year, whatever your passions. I hope it brings a heightened awareness of the suffering and hurt of others, and the ability to do something about it. And I hope you have an opportunity to share the holidays with the ones closest to you. It’s okay to buy into the good feelings at this time of year. It’s certainly better than the alternative.

Happy Holidays!
 
 
 

A Non-D Post. The Christmas Tree Process.

Fact is, I’m feeling pretty awful today. I’m still working, but I don’t really have the energy for much else. So I’m going to leave you with photos from our weekend, where The Great Spousal Unit, The Live-In Niece, and I made our annual excursion to cut down our Christmas tree, bring it home, string the lights, and hang the ornaments.

If you play Jingle Bells or O Christmas Tree in the background, you’ll almost have a Hallmark Channel movie. Photos courtesy of Maureen and myself. Enjoy your Monday.

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