Dec. 8 ~ have a candlelight dinner
for this challenge. Eating by candlelight doesn't feel more hyggeligt to me, but more like remembering an assignment. Chatting with a friend is what I enjoyed.
Dec. 9 ~ have a tech-free evening
How about simply "have fun opening a small gift bag" I was given? The leaders of our two "Life Transitions" groups got us together this week to talk about whether (and how) we should continue as support for each other. At the end of our session, we received gifts from young people at a local synagogue. I say "young people" because I don't know if they are seven or seventeen. Each gift bag included:Dec. 10 ~ add some greenery
My note says: "Hope you have a warm winter! — Lauren."
- warm knit gloves (mine are purple),
- a pocket-sized packet of tissues,
- five cough drops,
- lip balm (mine is watermelon flavored),
- two Newman's Own tea bags that say on one side "keep calm and brew tea."
- a folded half-page-sized note, each one different.
Thank you, Lauren! She didn't know about my Hygge Challenge,
but how's that for a cozy hygge gift?
Okay, but first I'll add to my gratitude list. I'm grateful for friends, old and new, and that includes my furry friend, Clawdia. This photo shows her inspecting the crinkly white paper on Tiny's door and sniffing those peppermint candy canes. When Tiny's phone quit working, she came to our door just down the hall to borrow my phone to call her daughter. When she left, Clawdia hurried along with her because Tiny is one of Clawdia's best friends. I told Tiny I needed to shower to take a neighbor shopping and didn't have time for visiting, but she let Clawdia go home with her for a visit anyway. I was still getting ready when my hall door opened and Tiny announced, "She's home!" Not just every cat has her very own friends.
posted before, and she really loves it. So that's my added greenery for December, which will go back on the floor in the kitchen, once some sprouts get a few inches tall.
Dec. 11 ~ invest in a cozy sweater
I'm retired with enough cozy sweaters to last the rest of my life, so instead I invested in some soft, fuzzy, warm, and cozy socks. These are on sale right now, which makes me even happier.
Dec. 12 ~ go for a 30-minute walk
I'm behind in the walking and exercising I intended to do this month, but I've been doing some of both. One of my neighbors goes to an indoor gym for walking and promised to take me next time she goes. It's too windy and cold to do a lot of walking in St. Louis weather right now, and the fitness center in our building has machines, but no place indoors for serious, intentional walking. Going with that friend means another opportunity to socialize.Dec. 13 ~ go on a coffee date in real life
This is the day library books are delivered to the Crown Center, and I got Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin. Click the link to read what I wrote about the book. I started reading it today, curled up in my recliner.The challenge
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