Perfect Imperfection

CookiesI’m so sorry I’m late! I’ve been trying to get to the party all week. I brought cookies!  We have Spritz butter trees, peanut butter balls and cream cheese wreaths.  I hope you enjoy them.

But you see, there are seven more types of cookies I haven’t made.  Yes, I’ve made two batches of trees, one batch of peanut butter balls, and four batches of wreaths, but none of the seven other types.  However, I was thinking this morning that maybe three types of cookies is perfect for this year.  I do need to make some with margarine as we have lactose intolerant friends coming over next week, but that’s doable.

The last of our Christmas cards are going in the mail today and the packages that had to be shipped have all arrived at their destinations.  I made a picture card, but I didn’t write a letter with the card, or even write a note on the cards.  The only person who received any type of letter with their card lives in Australia, but I did mail her card last week, so hopefully it will arrive before the holidays.  It’s perfect that the cards are done.  We’ve received a dozen or so cards so far this year and not one has a letter.

The tree is up.  Yeah!  It’s artificial and pre-lit, so the lights are on.  There are very few ornaments on the tree because we haven’t had the time to hang them.  Someone has had something going on each night this week. Our son is facing a potentially rough day today so I think it will end up being perfect that we can all decorate the tree and be silly tonight.

My family was helpful and got down our eight boxes of Christmas decorations while I was out Monday night.  They dusted the boxes first, then deposited all eight in the middle of the living room.  We have a large window on the front of our house that looks into the living room.  Hopefully the pillows on the window seat and the tree in front of the window have disguised the eight boxes.  For a couple of years I’ve been asking Steve if we can move the Christmas boxes from the platform in the garage to the shelving unit.  I would like to do this because I am not tall and have a hard time getting from the tallest ladder to the platform and then getting myself and the box safely back down the ladder.  I decided this year was the perfect time to make the change.  Yesterday, while questioning my sanity about cleaning the garage in mid-December while there are so many other things to do, I cleared a space on the shelves to start putting the boxes.  Steve said that his plan was to rebuild the existing shelf unit and add more shelves, but I told him the new arrangement I set up is perfect.

Almost all the gifts have been bought although a few gift cards are still needed.  Unfortunately, only the gifts that have been given out are wrapped.  There is still time to wrap the other gifts, and with the cards done, that’s one less thing I have to do.  I have cancelled one day of volunteer activities for next week, freeing up a day on the calendar.  Steve and I may go to the museum that morning so I’ll have the rest of the day to watch a holiday movie I recorded and wrap.  Perfect!

I’ve decided to look a this year’s holidays as Perfect Imperfection.  I think when you take one husband with Mild Cognitive Impairment, a teenager with three Advanced Placement classes and teenaged issues, a mom trying to do it all and then some (I admit it!), doctor’s appointments for Steve today and Monday (neurologist), plus the holidays, rather than a recipe for disaster, I’ll view this as the perfect recipe for Perfect Imperfection!  And the icing on this recipe is that our cat, Sagwa, “helped” me type this by blocking the computer screen, so you may see a couple of imperfections that I didn’t catch.

Enjoy the cookies!

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About G-J

I am a caregiver for my 59-year-old husband, Steve, who was diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment in December 2009. His employer put him on disability and he had to retire one year later when he couldn't return to work. I am also the mother to our son who is now a high school senior. We have a cat, Sagwa, who rounds out our family. In addition to blogging here, I volunteer at my son's high school in the scholarship office, teach a class I created called, "Keep Your Brain Buff" at our city's Senior Center, lead a writing group at the Alzheimer's Association, and advocate for people with all types of dementia. In November, I will be participating in my third Walk to End Alzheimer's.

4 thoughts on “Perfect Imperfection

  1. Avatar of DeniseDenise

    Hi G-J–The cookies look great. And, I will take you up on your offer to share the recipes. I have a tentative date with my niece for baking on 12/22. I’d love to try your recipes!

    I’m so glad you found the space you want for your holiday decorations. I remember that this has been a wish of yours for these past few holidays. I’m glad you made it a priority. :)

    (I’m eating a cookie and drinking coffee as I write to you so thank you for giving me a chance to party with you.)


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