As I write this week’s Dimples Diary, a giant fly buzzes around my head. Since it’s cold outside, I’m certain he’s doing his best to extend his life, but when a fly doesn’t leave you alone, do you ever wonder, “Did I brush my teeth? Do I smell like a big ol’ pile of manure?”
If it’s these are the kind of thoughts that plague your mind, too; you are my kind of person!
But if yours don’t, not to worry, my thoughts run the gamut from adolescent to soul-shattering deep, and in this week’s newsletter, we’re going from one end of the spectrum to the other and a few places in between.
I hope by the end, you’ll leave here inspired.
WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO
I came home from my mom’s and lost a week! But let’s just chalk that up to the holiday week and move on because I have some fun things to talk about this week.
As of right now, we’re still on baby watch over here. My daughter-in-law is expecting our seventh grandson any day, so my bag is packed as I’m on call for the other three boys. They don’t have a name for him yet, so we’ve all called him Baby Larry.
Please, Dear Lord, don’t let them name him Larry. 😉
I got a shingles vax a couple of months ago at the behest of my mother, and I had my second one the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. The first one made my entire arm ache for a couple of days, but this one knocked me out on Wednesday with flu-like symptoms. It’s better than having shingles, but still, I was glad we didn’t have kids here for Thanksgiving.
WHAT I ATE
The mister and I were ready for a low-key day with just us and no major food prep, so our Thanksgiving meal consisted of a favorite gourmet frozen pizza from Kroger’s, Simply Select line, and a bagged salad kit. We are simple people and were in couch potato heaven! However, we did get a little seasonal and bought a pumpkin pie.
Later in the day, we warmed up a bowl of my Instant Pot vegetable soup, and the binge-watching continued until he wanted to watch a football game. I do NOT watch football, but…
WHAT I WATCHED
We are British TV series junkies in the Dimples household, mostly British crime dramas. The writing is superb, and we love that the actors look like real people, not cosmetically augmented plastic people, unlike so many American TV actors.
We are subscribers to Britbox, Acorn, and PBS Masterpiece channels. Although neither of these is a crime drama, we are currently watching the final season of Doc Martin, and we’re watching the new season of The Crown on Netflix.
Would you be interested in a list of streamable series we have loved?
WHAT I STRESSED ABOUT
As I said, I’ve been home from Tennessee for a whole week, and I’ve been catching up on things here. Mostly, I’ve been going through packages and trying on clothes, and I have to tell you, I’ve sent almost everything back!
It stresses me out so badly to have mountains of packages to go through, and each time I scold myself for it. You might be wondering why I continue to do it then. And to tell you the truth, I ask myself this same question, but if you are a plus-size woman or even a very curvy woman, you will understand the answer.
We can’t always find a decent selection of clothes in our sizes in brick-and-mortar stores, so online shopping is like our “shopping trip,” and our bedrooms are dressing rooms. But, come January, I plan on doing another No-Buy Shopping season. It might be one month or two; we’ll see. I look at it like a cleanse.
But we’re not there yet so…
WHAT I BOUGHT
Did you do any Black Friday shopping?
I took advantage of a couple of sales on Black Friday weekend to pick up some holiday jammies for the adult kids, and I bought this sweater for myself in a size XL. It’s lovely, but size down. Also available in plus size.
I also got this shawl collar sweatshirt, and all I can say is, GET ONE; I’ve worn it for three days in a row! Very cozy and a little more upscale than a regular sweatshirt. I got the XXL but have ordered the other color in XL because I wanted it and that’s the only size they had left in that one.
Probably my favorite thing I bought was the photo books for the grandkids. You can read about them here. Or, if you want to jump in, use this referral link to get $10 off your order and use the code HOHOHO to get 20% off your order while it lasts. (You may want to open this link on your smartphone to download the app and start creating.)
WHAT I DIDN’T DO
I did get my tree up, but I did NOT get it decorated. Had I gotten a flocked tree this year, I intended to leave it bare or go super minimal. But I’m not spending nearly 1000 bucks for a new tree when mine is only 2 years old, so I’m going simple on the one I have. I usually love going all out for Christmas, as I showed you in this holiday home tour, but this year that just feels too chaotic and exhausting to me.
But before I left Tennessee, my sister and I got my mom’s house decorated and put a little tree up in her living room. It’s a tree she usually puts on her deck in front of the sliding door so she can look at it, but this year we put it inside on a table, so Mom enjoys it up close.
Hopefully, I can show you my decorated tree next week. 😉
WHAT TICKLED ME
Sometimes we all need a little laugh, and this meme struck me funny. It also proves my point that accessories can, indeed, age you!
WHAT INSPIRED ME
A couple of months ago, someone close to us asked us to help them pray for direction and discernment for a situation they are facing. I’m not at liberty to discuss this yet, but I can tell you that the outcome could impact our family. Couple that with all that happened with my mom’s cancer, and the Holloway family has been on our knees – literally and figuratively.
I’ve cried more than a few tears and am having to lay down my desires and my visions of what I think God should do or how I feel God should answer certain prayers.
One morning my son sent me this song – such powerful lyrics like:
“Give us clean hands; give us pure hearts.”
“Beyond what I want, beyond what I see.”
“You can have it all, God, you can have it all.”
Are you weary of trying to orchestrate all the situations in your life or your kids’ lives? It’s exhausting, I know, because that’s my nature too. But I cannot be The Fixer of all things (nor does anyone want me to be), but I know who is!
Friends, I know it’s hard, but if we are willing to surrender our hopes and our dreams, and our frail human ideas to God, He will take them and do greater things than we can imagine.