Monday, December 20, 2010

Deck the halls...

For the first time in about 9 years, I put up a tree.

It’s not that I’m opposed to them, it’s just that it never seemed important, or I was not going to be home, or I was (frankly) just not in the mood.

My cousin, Glenna, is coming up to spend Christmas weekend at my house. She’s the nearest female cousin in age to me (my sister and I are the youngest of our generation). Over the years, particularly as adults, we’ve become the dishwashers after family parties. I’m not sure how that happened, frankly, since I really hate doing dishes. However, with a glass of wine and Glenna, it became really fun. We got to catch up on all the gossip, avoid the crush of the rest of the family, and sometimes, got well and truly toasted (like after our grandmother died and we had the first Christmas ever somewhere other than her house).

Glenna’s parents (my aunt and uncle) both passed away within 3 weeks of each other this spring. This will be a very difficult holiday for her (and me…). My uncle was my dad’s last remaining brother, and my aunt was the last remaining wife of the original 4 couples. My dad is now the patriarch of the family. So, she’s been feeling the need to escape San Diego. When I heard about this, I immediately invited her up. She flies in Thursday am. To say I’m excited is an understatement!

I apologize in advance about the picture quality - these were taken with my new iPhone! I finally got tired of having no signal at home, unless I was standing mid-pasture by the pumphouse. I broke down and joined (partially) the new world order. I've downloaded 2 apps, and have figured out how to transfer photos, music (purchased Mannheim Steamroller's 25th anniversary set). I know there's lots more it can do, but I'm kind of a luddite, and refuse to do texting.

So, in putting up the tree, I found ornaments that I had either a) never used them, or b) used only once. To take the picture, I had to leave the new led lights off – they are really, really bright!

Some of the cooler ornaments:

 Spike, the devil dog (thanks, Amy!!)
Beaver (thanks, Mary)

Because some of my ornaments are small fruit, and Lyra loves apples, the dogs have been banished to dog jail. Last night I had to discourage her from “trying” one out numerous times! I know they don’t smell like fruit, but her search image for apples is finely honed.

Harry’s tail is also hard on ornaments. That, coupled with his obsession with balls, prompted me to leave the red balls off of the tree. He would have spent every waking hour staring at the tree saying, “Throw the ball, throw the ball, throw the ball…”

To my knowledge, the three mouseketeers have not seen the tree yet – I’m hoping it is still upright when I get home…

I also rearranged my living room with the added benefit of having room for the tree. The configuration makes my small room seem much, much larger. I live in an 840 sq. ft., 14 x 60 mobile home with no weather tight outbuildings, to which I moved from a 1436 sq. ft. 1.5 story antique house with a large attached pantry and covered storage. To say I have no room for all my stuff is an understatement. My power tools are all scrunched into a small cupboard – more a testament to my puzzle solving ability than a comment on the number of tools I own. In the previous post (here), I mentioned the involuntary stash reorganization – it was really a blessing in disguise. Now if I could just do that with the rest of the house!!


Michelle said...

Sounds like you will have a wonderful time! My dad and his wife come tomorrow for two days, but it will be just us for Christmas weekend.

Valerie said...

You know, I've come to the conclusion that Christmas decorating is over rated. That gives me the latitude to slack off a bit in my own decorating efforts.

Your tree is lovely, and all the more so because you were ready for a tree, not because the idea of a tree was thrust upon you.

Have a wonderful time with your cousin. What a great gift you are giving to her in a very tough year.

Mim said...

Great tree have a wonderful Christmas too!

Leigh said...

You have some very cool ornaments! Love your tree. I find it hard to be enthusiastic about putting up a tree too, unless there's someone to share it with. It's great your cousin is coming for a visit this year.

Sharon said...

I am rubbing my eyes. Did I just see a tree in Laura's living room?! It's lovely and you will get addicted to the memories that come with hanging each ornament, such as the rooster I hung from you. We don't have room for a tree either and only wooden ones are low since Sammie's tail bats homeruns as she walks by. I have an ornaments from Linda, Allison, Amy and Mim (though the pets demolished Mim's this year). Do you have one from me????

Mim said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I was having trouble signing in to blogger so sorry this is late.

~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

I wish I could figure out why your posts dont come up on my list.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hope it was a memorable holiday for you :)