The 2014 version of our investment club's Christmas get-together came and went successfully! I'm happy to say that, despite my anxiety over being able to bring a decent-looking tree together yesterday, the Christmas tree was a big hit with young and young at heart. We had a wonderful breakfast out and then our gift exchange back at my place, seated around the tree.
Gayle's granddaughters got a tour of this new Maison Newton and gave me their seal of approval. Ahhhhh, vindication! The older granddaughter, Josie, pronounced "I like it" in a very decided fashion. I said well, it's not as big as my former house, but it's okay for me. Josie said "It's bigger than my house." That took me aback for a second, I have to tell you. Yes, things must be tight in a 3-bedroom rancher that is less than 1,000 square feet for a family of four with two growing girls. Dad must feel way outnumbered, too. I've got an abundance of space by comparison with my 1,073 square feet plus the wreck room and all the extra storage in the garage and covered storage behind the garage, and truly, the former Maison Newton with its two stories and huge yard was getting to be more than I wanted to handle at this stage of my life. A few years from now, maybe I wouldn't be able to handle it at all! So, I said to myself, "Self, stop bitching and moaning about your lack of space here, and just deal with it." Message to Self received.
Without further ado - the GREAT CHRISTMAS TREE REVEAL! Lots of pictures. I'm not the best photographer, and my camera is "old" (2005) - probably considered an antique by now; I've never learned how to use it properly despite reading the directions many times, and my hands shake sometimes, too.
THE TREE - TA DA!