Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Brain Fog

Dear Readers,

The tree is up, the cards in the mail, and Mario is a happy kitty to be the added decoration under the tree - his favorite hangout place during Christmas season.  All the kudos go to Don for decorating the tree, and doing such a great job.  Other years, the job was usually mine after the tree was carried up from the basement and set in place.   It's amazing how things change in a year.

Getting the cards and letters out was a big job this year.   I've always relied on address labels and keep a current list ready to go in the computer.   This year Avery changed their template numbers - at least for the 8160 that I've always used.  Of course I had bought a new package of labels.  I can't tell you how many times I printed the same set of labels trying to get them to line up correctly.   I fiddled with the margins, changed settings, stood on my head, said a few choice words, called Avery, stood on my head some more, and said more choice words.  The air was turning blue, and even Mario didn't want to be in my office.  After Day 1 out of the 5 I worked on cards, brain fog was setting in, and I really didn't know what I was doing for the remaining 4 days.    

The long and short of the story is that some friends might get 2 cards and some may have been omitted by mistake.  I clearly didn't know what i was doing anymore.  Today Don confirmed one error after talking to his sister, who mentioned she had received our card and letter.   When Don was talking to her he was holding the envelope and card in his hand that we were going to mail out later today.    YIKES!  That's one we know about - how many others were duplicated and how many have been missed!

I hate living with this brain fog and feeling like I don't know what I'm doing.    Yes, it's probably the meds, but I still don't like it.  There are so many days where I feel like i'm mentally losing it.  A Twitter friend once told me 'Getting old "ain't" for the faint of heart.'    How right she is!!

ha ha- so if you are a friend who received two cards, count yourself lucky and save one for next year in case you are missed at that time.  If you were missed this year - well, what can I say...............maybe next year you will get one!



  1. Mary
    The tree is beautiful! Don did a great job. Don't feel bad about tech glitches I think they happen to all of us. I have a hard time understanding mail merge so I just hand write my envelopes.
    You do things better than you know.

  2. The tree is truly lovely. He did a super job on it. And it is more beautiful than mine have been in the past. I don't have the patience I need.

    Abby said it well..and I have said it too. Yu are far and away up on things as you have always just feel bad and don't realize what the rest of us see. A fine person with all cylinders firing.


  3. Everyone before us got it right. The tree is lovely and you do a wonderful job with the many hats you wear on Twitter. TW doesn't know how you do it. She panics and I just do a couple of DJ shifts a month. Thanks for the card. It was so precious with Mario on it. You may do some things slower but you do them well.

  4. The brain fog knows no age! I was actually trying to remember if I had sent out a card to someone because basically my cards are finished, although I keep adding people on :-).

  5. The tree is just gorgeous. Don did a great job.

    Hey, I think they change things just to get us confused. It's the naughty streak in them.

  6. I applaud you Mary for all that you do. Brain fog is a daily state; just laugh and stand there or back up long enough and see if you remember what it was you wanted to do - otherwise - forget about it!

    Make lots of lists and get to them when you can. Don't fret or worry. You are an inspiration to us all. Your tree is perfect. I bought a 2 ft pre lit one this year.

    Mario is so sweet on the card and thank you I did get a card and it was lovely! Thank you dear Mary, Mario and Don.

    We love you and wish you well!


  7. The tree looks marvelous, the best touch is Mario beneath it. Mom and I send lots of coonhound hugs and love to all of you!


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