Oh my goodness. Christmas. Just a little over one week away. No baking done. Tree is not up. Shopping barely started.
This is the story of my life.

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
Oh my goodness. Christmas. Just a little over one week away. No baking done. Tree is not up. Shopping barely started.
This is the story of my life.
For all of you who start getting ready for Christmas months and months out...KUDOS! I have friends who shopped and wrapped and had everything finished two months ago. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE, Joyce McIntyre???
I'm still trying to recuperate from the last year of four grandchildren, four theatre productions (what was I THINKING?!), four cats and umpteen community events! My body has been telling me for some time that it is time to slow down...rest a while...RELAX. I suppose I will have to learn some hard lessons...maybe even study up on the meaning of RELAX.
Oh certainly, I really do know the meaning of the word; I just don't partake. I just don't relax often enough...not at all, really. It's not in my mindset. If I'm not physically doing anything at the moment, my brain is at work...planning, writing, reading, thinking of what to do next.
The time for New Year's resolutions is just ahead, and mine will be just one word, just one little (HA!) thing for 2018: RELAX. It's a tall order, a nearly impossible one for someone who has to be involved in everything! Or, so she thinks.
Even now, when stressing about being late again with this column to Liz, I can't seem to turn my brain off from thinking about adding to that New Year's resolutions list LOL. There are so many things I want to do in 2018; places I want to go. And, as some of my friends know, I must get these final two chapters of my book written so that I can get it off to my editor.
For those of you who are not aware, I have been writing a book for about four years. My book will include original poetry, notes of personal journeys, some of my published newspaper and magazine features, and stories about the simple life. The book will also include photographs from two of my favorite photographers - Bree Pye and Teena Strickler Bowers - and illustrations and favorite quotes. This winter...I promise.
But for now, to get ready for Christmas, I'm just trying to get through day by day. I refuse to make a to-do list, for doing so will give me a headache to remember! So for today, I am grateful for online shopping, my dishwasher, wrapping paper left over from last year's over-zealous purchase, a cabinet full of baking supplies, and my soft, cuddly kitty cats - who don't mind snuggling up with this last-minute Grinch.
Here's to the magic of Christmas...may we all share in its splendor, its message, and the love all around us. Merry Christmas, neighbors - God bless us one and all.