Mon. Jan. 17, 2022 – some kind of holiday. More time for me to work.

Cold. Windy. It was pretty dang chilly yesterday but not as bad as Saturday. I brought the citrus in and it was 35F when I went to bed. So I expect today to be cold too.

I did get the back yard grass cut. Sat too long on Saturday and my back was hurting Sunday so that limited me somewhat.

There’s been a lot going on in my life and I kinda let the world go by without as much attention as I usually spend on it. That can be good in some ways but in others, losing that situational awareness can suck.

And I need to pay attention at home. I was wondering when/if oldest daughter would get around to asking for some one on one time to be scheduled, like I’ve been doing with youngest. I was HOPING she’d be interested. Yesterday she asked, so I’ll add that to my schedule. Growing up, my dad didn’t have much time to spend with us kids during the week, and if we were at home, family (lots of cousins and relations with family parties to attend) obligations came first. Most of our time was shared during family vacations, game nights, or other shared activities (like remodeling projects.) I got to spend time with him splitting wood and occasionally felling trees for neighbors without younger siblings around, but we weren’t out doing things like hobbies together. So I don’t know that it’s any sort of condemnation of the times that I feel like I have to schedule time with my kids, it’s just the way it works for me. Even with the time on the calendar, it doesn’t always happen.

Families, friends, groups, teams, whatever humans call themselves when they are together… it takes time and effort to build the bonds that pay off later, when times are tough. Stack up some of that too.

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