|Clock and Christmas Elf
So many of us these days feel that we have nothing interesting to post about... and since we're not getting out and about much, this is probably true. Those of you that have wonderful areas to walk or hike or those who have acreage with blooming plants or wildlife that can be shared seem to have an advantage.
But... even though I love to read these posts and see the pictures (where I can virtually share the experience) to be honest, I also love hearing what goes on in your daily life even if it is only what you do from dawn to dusk... or what your cat/dog is doing.
I had to laugh when I read that someone was worried about Joanne (Cup on the Bus) recently since she couldn't be contacted. I had a similar experience this week with a friend that I play Animal Crossings with. She texted me one day this week and said that I hadn't been on the game all day. Was I alright? It made DH and I laugh... as yes, I generally get on the game often, but it had been an especially busy day.
And we are also putting up Christmas decorations early this year. Usually we wait until the day after Thanksgiving (which would be this Friday anyway) when we go out and purchase a 8-10 foot Douglas fir.
We've been doing this ever since we got rid of the small artificial tree that we purchased in 1969 when the doctor told us that we couldn't fly home to New Orleans that year as I was in danger of losing the baby. It was right before Christmas and we had a 14 month old. This was supposed to be his first Christmas with his grandparents. Since we hadn't planned to be at our house in Florida for Christmas, we didn't have a tree.
So we quickly ran out and bought an artificial one from Sears. That tree lasted for many many years (even went off to college with my daughter - who was that endangered baby in 1969) before it was discarded.
But once we were settled here in Texas, we started buying 'real'... to the delight of our kids and the cats. The smell of a real tree is wonderful... and covered with all the decorations that the kids made over the years or tiny critters we bought in an old bookstore in Wales, etc. make it special. Nowadays we even put New Orleans Mardi Gras beads on it.
Since we retired and the kids no longer live close enough to help with the large Douglas Fir, we considered going smaller... and have. Now we get one only 6-7 feet - but we couldn't go artificial, tried, but returned it. I'm sure that one day it will be necessary to bite the bullet, but not yet.
This post (as many before) seems to have taken on a life of it's own. I was planning to talk about daily activities in a sheltering at home house. Oh well, sometimes the story tells itself.
A few pics of Christmas past...
Happy Thanksgiving! The holidays will be different this year, but we have our memories and the hope that things will be better next year. Sending all of you my prayer that your holidays will be healthy and safe. (Please don't let down your guard!)