Weekending in Santa’s Season

Weekending.
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It began with the middle girl and her middle ear infection,
tearfully sweetened with
a warm onion cheesecloth-compress
a new pony chapter book; a big sister read aloud
a real dinner.
Yup.  We rose out of a dinner rut,
broke free from random quesadillas, supper pancakes
baked a chicken, chopped goodies for stuffing, oven roasted broccoli, winter garden salad
french dill loaf, gluten-free dill loaf
: and that was it, and that was about five hours in an apron,
dancing with little ladies into a wooden spoon of laughter.
So long since I’d made a proper meal
lost track of time, ate at eight o’clock.
In flannel pajamas with a full tummy
the middle lady said, I think I’ll be just fine.
Friends came to drink coffee
way past the time drinking coffee is acceptable in most places,
with friends like these,
we’ll
:turn on the porch light, grind the coffee beans
no matter the time
for good, hearty-laughing conversations.
Saturday morning’s sunup
frozen fog
I left Daddy with the ladies, the pancakes, the spatula
and got a mocha, a few yard sales in
returned before ten, all smiles and patience,
arms full of treasures [oh my, even a vintage Lite Brite].
Hours filled with naps, Barbies
photo editing
slices and slices of day old bread jumping in the toaster.
Sunset found us at island’s north
Santa’s block party,
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candy canes, hot chocolate
lighted boat parades
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and that one picture I tried so hard to get:

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Again, porch light turned on
for those same wonderful friends
drank black coffee past eleven o’clock
: so many good laughs.
Early morning ferry
my family held fort in minivan’s impromptu early morning theater,
as I
read top deck at sunrise
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Washington’s educational budget and other School Board business.
I’m learning how to sift through pie charts, graphs, educational policy
while holding a highlighter
it’s been a while
it’s always easy with a view like this
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Did I tell you I got elected to School Board?
I certainly did.  Pretty exciting stuff.
and now,
more paperwork,
amongst friends
sitting here by a familiar tree
on a familiar, neighboring island
at the home of friends-like-family.
Wishing you a happy week, and don’t forget to keep it real.
:::
linking with Amanda.

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