Monday, December 13, 2010


When the boys were young, we used a Countdown to Christmas calendar. It had a pocket for each day that held a strip of paper with an activity that would help us get ready for Christmas. Even though I haven't used that calendar for many years, I still like the concept of spreading out the holiday activities, and try to do one or two things every day to make the season less hectic.
Over the weekend a rock hit my windshield while I was driving and made a smile-shaped crack about an inch long.  I wasn't sure if it could be repaired, or if it meant a new windshield, but I figured I'd call the insurance company today after work and find out what they thought.

However, halfway to work this morning I heard a pop, and watched as the crack spread out to the right, then the left.  By time I pulled into the parking lot I had a two foot long horizontal imperfection across the middle of the windshield.  Now it would DEFINITELY need replacement!

I know from past experience that if you use the insurance company's "preferred" providers the price is usually less, so after I got into the building I dialed the claims number, and was soon talking to the third-party glass company they use.  The representative was very nice, and it didn't take him long to set up an appointment for a mobile replacement at my house this afternoon.  However, the technician could arrive any time within a four-hour window, so I came straight home after work and cleared my calendar for the rest of the day.

I might have been stuck at home, but there was plenty to do.  I started dinner, did a craft activity, a bit of house cleaning, and some computer stuff.  Instead of turning on the radio for background music while I worked, I loaded up the CD player with Christmas disks, including one of my favorites, Holiday Sing Along With Mitch. Since I listened (and sang along to) to this record every year while I was growing up, the season just doesn't seem right without at least one playing.

Won't you sing along with me?


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  2. Oh how fun! Sometimes being stuck at home for an afternoon turns into the most enjoyable and productive time!

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