At the Moment

Waiting to Gather

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!

What are you doing today?

Me? Just activating my Instagram account. I haven’t posted on it for about … five-ish (more?) years. Now that I have a decent phone with a pretty great camera, I’m thinking of starting it up again. I’ll post a link to it once I get some pictures up.

In addition, I printed off a January 2021 calendar and filled it with blog posts that I want to publish.

I also wrote down some video ideas.

Oh yeah, I’m going there. There won’t be a lot of videos, but I thought it would be fun to shake things up once in a while with a video. I’d like to take you on a tour of my office at work, vlogs, writing and reading videos as well.

And let’s not forget that I have a podcast and Kevin and I both have a podcast.

Yep. One of my goals for this upcoming year is to become more involved in social media. I’m not quite sure why I feel compelled to do this, but feel compelled I do. I think I’m just focused on leaving a bit of me behind before I disappear. Not that I plan on disappearing any time soon, (like decades!) but now is a good time to start. Quite frankly, I should have been doing this for the past decades … but there’s no sense in crying over laziness. (Because that’s what it boiled down to, let’s be honest).

I’m also making it a goal to try and post three pieces of fiction on my blog a month, too. Maybe more, but let’s start small and see where it goes. I’m thinking of maybe posting a weekly writing prompt, too. I did that way back when and maybe it will be helpful to you and your writing, whether that’s blogging, fiction, etc.

I’ve enabled comments, if you wish to throw in your two cents. They will be moderated though, so be nice. 🙂

I have a few more ideas for my blog this year, too.

But enough with the planning, let’s stop and enjoy the moment.


Unfortunately, we’re not spending it with our families this year. For obvious reasons. I’m sure many people are in the same boat and I’m trying very hard not to be depressed about it. I know this has been hard on my mom as well. It’s been hard on Kevin’s folks, too. We went over to my parent’s house the other night to pick up some gifts and goodies and we were both close to tears and trying to be brave about our change of plans this year. I plan on calling mom though and Facetiming her – it’s not the same, but it’s something at least.

I’m scheduled to pick up a sandwich tray from Jimmie Johns today. We plan on having soup/sandwiches for lunch on Christmas day. Our boys are coming over tonight after Blake gets off work. They plan on spending the night which tickles me that they WANT to do that. I’ll take it. If, by some miracle, they get girlfriends/wives some day I’m sure that desire will change. (Or maybe it won’t!) We plan on having chicken bacon ranch sandwiches tonight, Jimmy Johns tomorrow and spicy broccoli chicken and rice for dinner Christmas night. We bought $20 worth of chicken and Kevin plans on grilling all of it later this afternoon when it gets warmer. (It’s currently 27 degrees right now).

I’m sure we’ll play games tonight. Our favorite games are Settlers of Catan and Lords of Waterdeep. HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you’re looking for fun family games. I think Kevin wants to get on the Playstation and race cars as we have about four steering wheels now. lol LeRoy will come over as well.

Tomorrow will be more of the same. Games and food.

I still can’t believe this is our Christmas this year. I was thoroughly convinced that this damn virus would be a thing of the past by now and we would all be sitting around laughing about it. But alas, that is not the case, is it.

I pray that 2021 is better. I pray that we can get past COVID and get back to normal and stop wearing masks everywhere. But I don’t know. If you listen to Biden, who may, or may not, be our next president depending on what Trump has up his sleeve, our darkest days are still ahead. But let’s not make this post about politics, there is PLENTY of time to talk politics in the coming months. Right now, we need God more than ever. We need to pray and have faith. We need to stop being sheeple and have the courage to stand up and say no to this madness.

I realize it’s easy to say and much harder to actually do anything about it.

At any rate. Let’s focus on the here and now. Right this moment. Don’t forget to reach out to your loved ones, especially your elders. This is especially hard on them and I’m sure they are feeling very isolated and alone.

From the bottom of my heart, from our family to yours, Merry Christmas and let’s pray for a happier new year.