Christmas Comes Early to Austin Texas!

Today I woke up a little depressed. The U.S. Supreme Court heard the “Baker vs. Same-Sex Couple” wedding cake case this week. The analysis showed that Justice Kennedy could rule either way when making his decision on the case. We know it could be months before the court’s decision is announced and that if Kennedy were to rule in favor of the baker we might soon see signs in restaurants, bakeries, retail stores and hotels saying “LGBTQ Not Welcome Here”.

When I rolled out of bed this morning I must admit it was hard to not slide back under the covers and go back to sleep. It was 41 degrees outside and not supposed to get much warmer throughout the day.

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Even though my husband and I have already completed our Christmas shopping, mainly for our 3 and 7 year old granddaughters, we headed to the mall. The mall was bustling with people laughing and smiling with the joy of the Christmas spirit while my husband and I walked aimlessly through the mall hoping to get infected with just a small dose of the holiday spirit.

We meandered through the mall for about 2 hours listening to traditional carols being played through speakers throughout the mall by everyone from Frank Sinatra all the way to current celebrities like Jennifer Hudson sing “O Holy Night.” We did get our cardio in walking both levels of the mall, but that was the only good that seemed to come from our trip in search of “Christmas Present.”

We returned home to our rental we are living in while awaiting the finish of our new loft, again feeling a little depression brought on by the 2 month delay of its finish.


After napping for a few hours we got up to turn on the television and catch up on some of our favorite shows “On Demand” while we ate dinner. Post dinner my husband went to let our adorable little 12 year old Brussels Griffon “Jade” outside. “Come here, come here” my husband said as if he might have fallen outside or just seen Ru Paul walking up our sidewalk. “It’s snowing, it’s snowing!!” I couldn’t believe it. Then as we turned on our local 6 o’clock news, as if the “Universe” was trying to dampen our hard sought Christmas spirit, our local meteorologist said there would be no accumulation of snow, it would all melt before it touched the ground.

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I’m so glad our local weather men were all wrong!! My husband and I came back in the house, lit the fire, turned off the lights and wrapped up in a soft snuggly blanket with Jade (our dog) on our sofa and caught up on a few episodes of “Lucifer”. With one of the very rare snow falls in Austin, Texas we were now in the Christmas Spirit! Merry Christmas Everyone!