December is going to be a complicated month. It usually is. It’s not that we have a lot of holiday stuff going on here. Other than putting up our little tree and a few other decorations … and generally cooking something interesting on Christmas Eve for whatever family drops by … mostly, we watch old movies. Especially “It’s A Wonderful Life” which I never can see enough.

And yet, it still gets complicated. A visit for a couple of days. Two Christmas parties, invitations accepted. Doctor appointments. His. Mine. Ours. And then … there’s the email.

I’m really good about answering email, but we were out most of the day. Garry had two long appointments, the first with an audiologist and the next with an otolaryngologist, a title that means “a doctor specializing in ears,” and which I cannot pronounce. I keep trying, though. It won’t come out of my mouth. It just sits there like a giant, verbal lump. There will be more about this subject pretty soon, I’m sure.

Regardless, by the time we got home, it was dinner time for the dogs. It was also dinner time for us and we’d missed lunch, so dinner was no small thing. And, of course, there was mail (the snail kind), bags and packages and unpacking and by the time I was done, it was no longer afternoon. Or early evening. Full night, which I grant you comes earlier this time of year than it ought.

I’m tired. I opened the computer and the mail I hadn’t had time to answer this morning? There was triple that amount. I gave up and deleted almost all of it. If I couldn’t do it today, there would be twice as much of it tomorrow. By Sunday, I’d be virtually buried. To one and all, sorry. I was uber-whelmed.

I believe we have more outside-the-house stuff to do this month than we typically do during a multi-month interval.

It always happens like this, doesn’t it?  You’ve got weeks … sometimes months. Nothing much going on. But don’t worry. Life arrives in waves. A little dull right now? Next month, you’ll be buried. I guarantee it.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

15 thoughts on “FLYING TIME, FLYING BY”

  1. Sometimes you do get overwhelmed wth things in daily life. My mails are usually WP notifications, which I cancel. I see what I want to acknowledge is the reader. My correspondence happens in the Facebook messenger. My iPad is a great help,for dealing with stuff straight away and I don’t have to fire up the computer. Otherwise I also dislike stuff that interrupts my routine.


    1. I get more email than I can handle. I don’t like Reader much because I don’t feel like I’ve really “been” anywhere when I use it. But, on days like today, there’s no way I can handle this amount of stuff — with or without the reader. It is simply too much and we’ve to a lot of appointments and stuff to do this month. I’m just going to have to let some stuff go by. I’m stretched a little thin, I think.

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    1. I know … This time of year is usually a bit too much and January might be worse because that’s my time to judge books … which means a lot more time reading and less time writing. I sort of made the decision that when I need to take time to be elsewhere, I have to just do it and not agonize over it. I still agonize.


        1. It will have to be. I don’t really have a choice. Between now and February, I’ve got an awful lot of stuff to do and every year, this comes up … and I go through the same process. But this year, I think it’s going to be even more complicated because there’s medical stuff to take care of and that can’t be hurried.


  2. I have been feeling overwhelmed too. As much as I would like to keep up with things, there simply is not time. It bothers me too. December is always busy for us. I rarely even open my e-mail. I can go or months without opening it. I use my reader, but visit the site.


    1. I try to fit it all in and I sort of almost kind of maybe get close. I can’t remember when I really got ALL the way through my email. I take on too much and then I try to keep up with it. But I don’t, not really.

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