It’s the middle of December and I just got our Christmas tree. You know inflation is out of control when Christmas trees are over the top expensive. Me and the kids were already at the Christmas tree place, so it would have been hard to say let’s go to Walmart and buy a fake tree instead. I still got a nice tree for us, but next year will definitely be buying a fake tree.

I haven’t even put the lights up on the house yet. A little bit of lazy mixed in with a little procrastination. You could probably sprinkle in a little bit of don’t feel like climbing the ladder this year into that. I will get everything done this week at some point. Most of the presents have been bought already. I start buying my son’s Christmas presents in the September/October time frame. I just get one present for him during my Walmart grocery shopping trips. It saves a lot of time, a lot of worry, and spreads out the cost of that most expensive holiday.

My daughter informed me this evening that her and my fiancĂ© have changed the tree placement inside the house. No one tells me anything. I just work here, I’m not management. It’s not really that big of a deal I guess. Now I just have to remember where I put the tree stand in the garage. I need to make a map of where everything is in my garage. There is a tendency by someone who shall remain nameless that has a habit of not putting things back in the right place.

Some somber family news

Today I found out that my stepdad’s stepdad passed away at the age of 95. Bill has been battling some health issues and has been fading over the last couple of months. My mom and stepdad have been working very hard the last couple months to take care of him. I hadn’t seen Bill in 2 or 3 years at least. I have a big family and he didn’t really like being around a lot of people, so he didn’t come to many family parties. Bill was a great person and had a lot of stories to tell. My stepdad’s mother passed away some years ago and Bill has been on his own. They were both story tellers. Bill isn’t suffering anymore. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.

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Published by Michael Foglietta

I will be 51 years old in August of 2022, I will also graduate from The University of Arizona with my first Bachelor's degree in Political Science/International Relations. It was a long road to get to this point. In December of 2003 I had a blood clot burst in the back of my head which sidelined my career as a Test Engineer. I was not expected to survive, have meaningful employment, or go back to college. I accomplished all 3 despite my learning disability and other side effects. I spend many years in recovery. I decided to return to college and then enter the workforce once again. I am currently finishing my last few classes and then I will have my diploma in August of 2022. Extremely happy and proud of what I've accomplished. Now I just need to find a job here in Tucson. Hopefully a career opportunity. I started this website with the intention of blogging about my long journey to this point and showcase my writing ability with the hopes of breaking into freelance writing. I hope that my story can be an inspiration to others who have had similar life changing events and share thoughts in this forum, which I am new to and still learning.

3 thoughts on “Christmas

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. He sounds like he was a very interesting person and it’s really nice of your mom and stepdad to take care of him in his final days.

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