Phew!  This “picking” for Amazon is hard work!  Not mental, but physical.  The last two weeks have been fifty hour weeks, five ten hour days, and an average of 8-10 miles a day.  My greatest number of miles was thirteen in one day.  My feet may never be the same!  There is one saving grace:  only ten more working days…..or 11 if I decide to try the 60 hour week for a special bonus.  We should wrap everything up on the 23rd, just in time to make a mad dash on Christmas Eve into Kmoxville to spend the holy day with my sister and her family.

Why would anyone put themselves through a job like the one at Amazon?  My answer is twofold:  I am amazed at a company like Amazon.  The magnitude of what they accomplish and how they can guarantee two day deliveries to prime members is nothing less than astonishing.  I’m glad I gave it a go this year… year is still a question.

Habitat changes lives!

The second part of my answer is the real reason behind this insanity.  Last spring, as you may recall, I began volunteering for Habitat for Humanity (HFH) in Georgia and Florida.  Spring is on its way, and Amazon’s salary permits me to volunteer my time for HFH.  It supplements my Social Security so I don’t have to produce income for a couple of months.  I am scheduled to participate on builds in Thibodaux, (Louisiana), Covington, (Louisiana), Leland, (Mississippi) and Beaumont, (Texas).  I am so excited to participate again!  I have been asked to serve as the team leader in Thibodaux, so I have some prep work to do.  Thibodaux starts January 31.  Each location is a two-week build.  I have a couple of weeks between Leland and Beaumont, so my hope is to do some birding on the gulf coast, weather-permitting.

Next, I have accepted a position at Turtle Rock Resort in Gold Beach, Oregon for next summer.   It looks like a wonderful place, somewhat smaller than the resort in Massachusetts I was just at.  I will primarily be doing office work with registrations.  Closer to California, and hopefully some visitors in the form of grandbabies!  My oldest grand baby is six feet tall, but who’s counting?  I have always loved the western coast and look forward to being on the beach for the summer.  Come on up and visit!

Amazon work schedules have left little time for exploration, but I did manage to ride over to Cumberland Falls State Park with Mojo and do some more walking!  The falls are pretty impressive, misty rainbows and all.  Have you heard of a moonbow?  Cumberland Falls is the only location in the western hemisphere where this unique phenomenon occurs. It requires a clear night and a full moon and magic happens in the mist!

Cumberland Falls are the largest waterfalls in Kentucky and are located in the Daniel Boone National Forest.  As the brochure states, Cumberland Falls is known as “Niagara of the South.”  It forms a 125 foot wide curtain that plunges and crashes 60 feet into a gorge below, filled with boulders.  Mojo and I really enjoyed wandering along the trails, listening to the tumbling water.

Moments of grace:  to all my followers, dear friends and family, thank you for your continued support and love.  It means the world to me!  My wish for each of you is that you find yourselves surrounded by love and contentment at this holy Christmastime.  Stay healthy, and welcome the new year with open hearts and hands.  You are loved by Jesus, unconditionally, and nothing is better!  Merry Christmas, dear ones!