I had a little meltdown the day after Christmas.
It was the overflowing basket of dirty clothes that
put me over the edge.
It all adds up.
The busyness of the season, the expectations,
the demands, trying to get it all done and make everyone happy.
By the end, I just felt drained.
Hubby was the lucky one who bore the brunt of my tears and frustration.
He asked me if I would like to have the next day to myself -
he knows me well enough to know just what I needed - time to recharge.

I happened upon the blog, Mrs. Kendall, today and read these words:
" . . .for me, having something to do every single day without a day to recharge is a strain on my sanity. Call me an introvert, a recluse, a hermit--the label you assign makes no difference to me. The truth is that the holidays drain me. From the onset of Thanksgiving until the end of the year, I'm an increasingly frazzled bundle of nerves."
I totally relate.
If you do too, I think you would enjoy her entire post so click HERE.

 As you can see, I wasn't the only one who needed to recharge : )

Now that kitty and I are feeling better, I would love to
show you a couple of the pretty things I received this year.
This tray is from the Etsy shop Jen's Closet.
Isn't it pretty?

 I also received this set of teacups and saucers.
 I'm not sure yet how I'm going to display them
but I will have fun figuring it out.

I would like to wish you all a very happy new year!
I'm looking forward to a wonderful year and hoping
it's wonderful for you too!


  1. all love and a happy new year !!!!! love greetings from angie from Germany

  2. Happy New Year to you. Thank you for sharing about your meltdown and the wonderful words from Mrs. Kendall's blog. I can't wait to go visit her and read more. I can totally relate - I had to push hard through the season to make things work for everyone, including my dear, little ninety-one year old mother. She has dementia but is still alert enough to want to do things her little body and mind can't handle anymore. It was a challenge but we had some wonderful times together. I'm hoping for a day away to myself soon. I think we all need it after the long holiday season that takes a lot of effort on our part to make it good for everyone else.

  3. Happy New Year, so glad you had some time to yourself....we all need that. Your teacups are beautiful.

  4. So glad that you had sometime to yourself. I think we all need it sometimes...I know I do too. Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  5. Dear lady, I totally know how you feel, and, I, too, went into a few teary moments several times in the past 10 days. I would never post about that...I'm just too closed mouthed. I did too much and felt little appreciation...at least in words. I'm going to read the post you linked. I'm feeling better now, I realize things can be worse.

    Your gifts are precious! Please send me the tray and tea set ASAP! :)

    Happy New Year, sweetie!

    Jane x

  6. Yes we all have those days. As moms we make the memories happen and while it appears magical for everyone else it can be stressful for the magicians. I sit here in bed with the rain pattering on my window thankful for finally a day of quiet.
    Wishing you and yours a joyously happy and healthy New Year!

  7. Hi JoAnne,
    This is an easy time of year to feel like a meltdown is in order. We do so much to make everything perfect and that can be very stressful. Glad you recognized this and were able to let your self feel that stuff to move on. I love the above comment that she says "what we make to appear to be magical for everyone can be stressful for the magicians"!!!! Love that! so true. Happy New Year.

  8. just love your site. the kitty cat is just i feel today. my two cats are hidden somewhere doing the same thing. i think we all feel this after all the work, cooking, shopping and clean up. Have a Happy New Year

  9. LOVE the teacups and saucers! I shall check this blog out.

  10. As women we take caring for our families very seriously, at times a hit to our physical being and our sanity. But there is another side to this coin. I have had a virus for about three weeks, so my daughter (52 yrs.) took over - preparing meals, decorating the house, taking care of me. And though I am grateful for all these things, I also experienced the feeling of loss - the loss of taking care of my family as I always have. Have I been replaced? Is this the first of her taking charge and me sitting in the background? I am blessed with a wonderful child. But I also felt a bit lost.

  11. I can definitely relate. I feel the same way every holiday season. I just get so stressed and my anxiety is terrible. I do however love this time after the holidays. I feel as though a ton of bricks has been lifted off my shoulders. Love this time to start organizing and making a fresh start. Happy new year and let's hope next Christmas we feel happy and relaxed.

  12. Hi JoAnne!

    Beautiful teacups. I would like to wish a wonderful year for you,



  13. Joanne,
    I know what you mean about trying to please everyone and get it all done. I am really exhausted when the New Year comes around. Every year I think it will be different but it never is. I do wish you a Happy New Year filled with many blessings. We can finally take a deep breath and relax somewhat!!

  14. Happy New Year Joanne. :)

    I understand about meltdowns and needing time to recoup. I'm not an introvert but I need things to be orderly and I need time in between events. Make sense? I felt so guilty because the day after Christmas we still had company and I was ready for them to go. Don't tell anyone I said that. :)

    Wishing you a wonderful new year.


  15. Happy New Year! I hope you'll find time to have a day to yourself every now and then in the new year ;)

  16. The holidays can be tough and I'm learning a little every year how to make it work best for me. I also need time to recharge, otherwise I can get rather cross! Your gifts are lovely and thoughtful! Hope you are enjoying a bright, shiny new year!

  17. Hi Joanne! I'm glad to hear you are feeling better. Three out of four of my family, including myself, got the flu over the holidays. It was the pits. I absolutely love your new treasures -they are both so sweet. Happy New Year!


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