We Stayed Between the Lines

I apologize for the long absence from blogging. I could blame the holidays, but really, there was lots of sitting-on-my-ass time. Like all day yesterday. I’ve been feeling under the weather a bit and haven’t had a lot of energy to do much, other than fret over what disease I might have. When you write about medical conditions all day long, I suppose that’s natural. Something is going on, and I’ve got lab tests this week to figure out what. I’ve got suspicions, but my doctor admonished me for self-diagnosing last week, so I’ll be cool about it until I can say “told ya so!”

Enough about that for now.

I am happy to report that Christmas was a resounding success. Thanks largely to this:

Wrapping Lines

That’s the wrapping paper I used. You’ll note it’s got guidelines on the back. I suck at wrapping, but using these lines as points of reference enabled me to perfectly wrap gifts this year. Score!

As a matter of fact, staying in the lines was a holiday theme this year.

Tara Beer

Christmas treated me well this year, to be honest. At least if you’re the type of person who considers National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation-inspired Moose Mugs and a new recliner good gifts.

I am that person.

Tara’s Christmas was merry, too. Audrey couldn’t resist

Sock Monkey.Even the cat got in on the action.

Cat in Tree

Hope your Christmas was merry, too!


Published by Mark Petruska

I'm a professional writer and editor living my best life in south central Wisconsin.

8 thoughts on “We Stayed Between the Lines

  1. Sounds like you had a AWESOME Christmas, Mark! That recliner chair looks soooooo comfortable! Almost like two first-class seats on a luxury plane!

    And I died laughing over the photograph of Tara holding the monkey! What a great shot!

    Your apartment looks so festively decorate too! Love the stockings hanging on the mantel.

    Hope you’re feeling better and that all goes well with the tests this week, buddy!


    1. I’m just thrilled to actually have a mantle upon which to hang stockings. I’ve never had one before. The recliners are exxxtremely comfortable, by the way. Hope you have a happy new year, Ron!


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