To all who celebrate this American national holiday, Happy Thanksgiving, woo woo!
I HATE the gloom and the sub-freezing temperatures this time of year, and we've really gotten wolloped in SE Wisconsin. Early snow, windchills to zero and below zero, eeeuuuuuwwww! What the Flying F? I've already pulled out my "light weight" (ahem) down walking coat. In the old days, I think they were called "car coats." They are constructed in such a way that if you get stuck overnight in a car you may lose your hands and feet to frostbite but you'll still be alive when the deputy sheriffs who patrol the roads here find you the next morning because your heart and lungs will still be pumping some blood to your brain.
On the first day of my four-day Thanksgiving Weekend, I got up at my usual time (around 6 a.m.) and after doing a pile-up of dishes accumulated during the past week I pulled out the slow cooker and put together a beef burgundy for myself. Target cooking time 6 hours. I then set to clearing out the autumnal decor in the house. Got everything packed away AND labeled, thanks to inspiration from Thrifty Decor Chick about getting organized and such. Well, I'm sorta organized. At least I should be able to remember that a cardboard box that reads FALL in black thick crayon writing means "Autumn" and not "Fall down the stairs, woman." Check back with me next year.
Then I shoved around the furniture trying for a suitable arrangement since the recliner, which used to reside in the family room, is now in the front room. It fits wells in here, it really does, and I love having it in here where I can catch a snooze across from the fireplace.
But this is causing a problem now, because in addition to the recliner (which ain't going back into the family room, I worked my butt off dragging, tugging, hauling, shoving, pushing, grunting, sweating, etc. etc. to get it into the front room) I put the beautiful Queen Anne style console table I bought from my sister Yvonne next to the fireplace.
Something's got to give. As you can see from this photo, the only logical place for the recliner is next to the fireplace. But that means I have to remove the Queene Anne console. Oh no! LOVE that table. Shoot-a-boot!
BTW, tons of stuff piled up on the coffee table from the mantle/mantel, top of the curio cabinet and the Queen Anne console table. I cannot believe I've go so much STUFF in this room.
December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan