Race to the finish line

Lighting the darkness

I am doing NaBloPoMo this month. 30 blog posts in 30 days. You can read more about it on San’s blog the in between is mine. #nablopomo2022

Honestly, I am not doing much racing these days. I am still really tired. I managed to fold the laundry today (alone in the basement, after I adorned my mask and put on new clothes and sanitizing my hands), but afterwards I collapsed in my solo room again with a big cup of hot tea. Tea is my friend right now (even though I can’t taste much of it today – man, I really hope that changes soon again – fingers crossed, please).

But really, can you believe it is the almost last day of NaBloPoMo? I can’t believe I made it this far and really uploaded a post EVERY SINGLE DAY. But it’s there, right in my history.

Can I tell you how much I enjoyed the last month? True, it was a lot of work and I definitely felt the exhaustion in between, because, lets face it: November is not the quietest of month in the year with Thanksgiving and the holidays looming ahead. It was so much fun to read all of the new to me blogs this past month and get to know their owners a little bit! I appreciated every single comment that you left. This made it all worthwhile and so much easier to get into blogging and pulling through.

I did not do much these past few days. The house is still not Christmassy. Now that the laundry is out of the way, maybe I pull out the box with the decorations tomorrow when everyone else is gone (assuming that I continue to feel better). The only Christmas spirit here so far lights up our front yard. My husband has a little competition going on with our neighbor (our sugar canes are bigger than his) and since he already had the lights up when we got home he could not wait – now we do, too. My brother-in-law was joking that the US apparently does not have an energy crisis.

Do you have lights outside your house? Do you like it or hate it? I kind of like driving through the neighborhood with all the colors up. When I can get outside again I have to check out our local map.


16 thoughts on “Race to the finish line”

  1. I hope you start feeling better soon. The fatigue is real!

    But can I tell you how amazed and proud I am of you – and all the other NaBloPoMo warriors – for seeing this thing through to the end? Can you believe that tomorrow is the last day?
    I am a little sad, but do hope that people will continue to write, if not daily, and connect with each other… ❤

    We don't have outdoor lights but I really do love the decorations in our neighborhood and I will take many walks/runs to enjoy them!

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  2. I’m so proud of you for posting daily! It has been so lovely to read along. And you’ve had a very intense month with work, travel to Las Vegas and now (*sob!*) COVID.
    I was really tired, too, and two months later still have a lingering dry cough (and had to take steroids for hearing issues). One family tested negative but lost their sense of taste for over a month so I can only assume they also had COVID back in October. I hope you’re in the upward swing of feeling better.

    We don’t put up any outside decorations other than a wreath (our tree goes in front of a main living room window so that shows up outside and is lovely). Honestly – if I didn’t think it would cost a fortune, my dream someday is to hire someone to bring in lights and decor for the outside and do it all for me.

    When we bought our house we had to excavate all around it for drainage issues so we don’t have any bushes or shrubs back in place yet that make for easy places to put outside lights. I LOVE going to look at Christmas lights and always feel a bit lame we don’t have more on display, but I do think our house looks festive with our outside pot lights on, the wreath on our door and the Christmas tree showing through the front window?!

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    1. A tree through the window sounds great and a wreath on the door, too. You can’t really see our door from the street but the tree will go in the big window once we get it. I think our friends’ HMO pays for the outside decorations to be put up at their complex and I don’t even want to imagine.It’s the one thing my husband enjoys during the holidays so who am I to take it away from him 😉
      Covid seems to slowly get better, hurray!


  3. Yay! Congrats on making it. I hope the fatigue starts to ease soon and you’re able to resume your regular activities.

    We do minimal lights outside. Just a few strands on the front porch, wrapping around the pillars. You can also see our Christmas tree from the outside because it’s sandwiched in between a couple of big windows.

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  4. I have done nothing Christmassy yet either — still have fall decorations up. Lots of our neighbors had lights up the day after Thanksgiving. We never do outdoor lights, but I think they are so pretty!

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  5. We do a bit of lights outside, just a string around the top of our fence. We live in a townhouse, and there are fences around our little patio, so a lot of folks put lights up. Oh, and I bought a wreath last weekend from some boy scouts in front of the grocery store. 🙂

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  6. I’m commenting a little late- I hope you’re feeling better by now! We put up lights outside the house, but I haven’t done it yet. My husband doesn’t really care and wouldn’t do it on his own, so the job falls to me. i have to at least get started on it this weekend!

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  7. If I lived in a house, I would definitely put up outside lights! I just love seeing houses decorated in lights. It’s so cheery! I’m hoping when I move to a new apartment next year, I’ll be in a more open area where I can decorate my patio and bring a little holiday cheer to the neighborhood. My patio is tucked behind a big tree, so nobody can see my lights when I put them up. Such a bummer.

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  8. I did not decorate this year, other than putting out one candle (still out, even though it’s now 1/1) and an ornament that a friend gave me this year. Sigh. I think I’m a Grinch, officially.


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