There’s a saying that the best motivator for cleaning one’s house is having company. I think that’s true for most people. Places like cleaning services are probably getting calls to come clean the carpets in homes where people are planning to host holiday celebrations. And some people are probably hire a house cleaner to come in during this time of year to clean their house when maybe they do it themselves the rest of the year. There’s so much to do during the holidays that it really helps relieve some of the stress to have extra help. I believe it’s worth the extra cost to have more time to enjoy being with family and friends!
How many of our traditions during the holidays are meaningful to the majority of the family? I remember reading about a mom who worked hard to make this certain complicated dessert for Christmas dinner. She had read an article about taking family polls about traditions so she did that with her family. It turns out no one in her family cared whether she made that dessert or not. It had been a tradition that had served its purpose in the past, but now could be replaced by having more quality time with the family.
If you answered “zoo,” you’re correct. The Fort Worth Zoo is a beautiful place to visit. Definitely worth coming to if you’re anywhere in the area. It has won awards and is included in the top museums of the U.S., depending on which list you’re reading.
Most people have their favorite animals they enjoy watching. At this zoo, the giraffes, zebras, lions and elephants are amazing to me. What awesome creatures! But they are not the only ones I enjoy. Just about every exhibit is interesting and fascinating.
I do have one word of warning! If you go in the wire-enclosed area where birds fly around and above you, beware! I went with my family, and my grand kids were enjoying looking around, that is until one of them pooped down the back of my grandson’s head and neck. He was terrified and it really was so gross. It wasn’t just a little bit of poop. It was massive! Needless to say, Mom and Dad cleaned him up and had to throw away his shirt. The gift shop saved the day by selling T-shirts and then everything was OK.
Now, I must add for those of you that answered, “Rain Forest,” that the Fort Worth Zoo does have a rain forest in their atrium area. And I forget to mention that the atrium is another one of my favorite things about this zoo. So if you’re thinking about visiting, I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed. I’ve never known anyone who was.
Don’t forget to change your clocks this weekend or you might get to church an hour early on Sunday. I’m looking forward to the time change so much because it’s dark in the morning when I get up. The sun is just rising on the way to work, and the bright sunlight hits me right in the eyes. It’s hard to block out because the sun is low on the horizon. With that said, remember to turn your clocks backward one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.
It’s going to get really cold here in the Metroplex tonight, so get out your coats if you live in the area. We’ll definitely need more than a lightweight jacket. I do know someone who will think it feels great and will probably have on a lightweight jacket, but I know someone else who will probably have on long johns under her clothes. I’ve learned from experience and am planning on wearing several layers because it’s supposed to warm up in the afternoon. You gotta love Texas weather! It’s no surprise to have multiple seasons in one week!
There are many tools in my husband’s tool box. I don’t know how many different kinds are in there, but I do know there’s quite a variety. My husband’s tools are something that our family wants to keep. They bring back many memories of him either working on his car, replacing a faucet when remodeling, or installing an InSinkerator. He could do many different things and was a man of many talents. He truly was! So his tools remind us of him and bring back many different memories. Treasured memories!
Hug those you love every morning before you/they leave. It might be the last time you get to hug them. Make sure that your life is right with God. We have no guarantee of tomorrow.
Here is a song that I love: