December 2019:

Hola!

Winter has arrived. We had early snow Halloween weekend (3-4 inches) and about a week later we got another 3-4 inches on top of that, and cold weather. The snow melted (thank goodness!) but winter caught autumn unprepared - a surprise ambush!

The house is now decorated for Christmas season and I snuggle underneath a thick throw blanket on the sofa at night admiring the Christmas tree. It's cold enough now to fire up the fireplace, brrrrr!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed holiday season. May we all be jolly and bright and happy.

Jan

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Deconstructing the Christmas Tree

Hola everybody and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all, whoop whoop!!!

Over the past few days I've been taking my "good natured time" as my mom used to say, slowly deconstructing the Christmas tree.  The decor in the kitchen was the easiest to put away, so I did that first.  And then I removed some of the decorations in the living room, and took down the large wreath on the front door because it was starting to dry out and was beginning to shed needles.

I still have the cardinal prints up in both the kitchen, dining area and living room - they will stay until it definitely turns to spring, we'll see when that happens this year. 

I need to rearrange the top of the fireplace mantel, not sure what I'm going to do up there yet, so the candles are still in place.  Meanwhile, I finally decided that as much as I don't want to do it, it makes sense for me to remove the lights from the tree since I picked up two long strings of LED warm white mini-lights on clearance at the Pick 'n Save and want to add them to the tree next year.  I figured it would be easier to just start over from the bottom and re-hang all of the lights so they're properly spaced rather than trying to add 240 more lights helter-skelter next Christmas.  Not looking forward, that's why I've been dragging my feet.  The only other decoration remaining on the tree is the strung pearl garland.

Here are pictures of all the other ornaments and decorations I removed from the tree and am now in the process of re-boxing for storage:


Above, seven of my hand-blown crystal and gold Egyptian Store ornaments toward the left side, and slightly above them are two new ornaments I got from two of my sisters for Christmas:  one is a gold toned and white doggy (actually, it was from one sister's dog, Duke, to me) and barely visible behind him is a much smaller white doggy with a red scarf wrapped around his neck.  On the right side of the chair are a set of four golden "partridges" with long tail feathers and three crowned composite birds in tones of silver and champagne.

Below, more ornaments, including small gold ornaments in varying shades that were used to fill in crevasses where there wasn't enough space for ornaments to hang (they just get snuggled in and rest there), assorted glass finials and some larger ornaments I pulled out of my stash to fill in some blank spaces on the tree, plus one (missing his mate) acrylic reindeer with gold colored horns.


The biggest assortment of ornaments were the various pearl adornments, lots of crystal snowflakes, a couple of hearts, all sorts of goodies in silver, glass, pearls and gold (below):


More ornaments below (almost to the finish line, pant pant pant...).


And, last but not least, more ornaments below!


The tree toppers (five pearl beaded branches) were boxed separately.

I'm sure you're wondering how on earth I got all of those ornaments on a 5 1/2' tall tree that I stood on a table in order to be seen through my front picture window, LOL.  I'm wondering that myself...

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