I'm pretty sure I can't account for all of my time since my last post, but I know I've been busy.
There were walks every day, and some work in the yard when weather permitted. We made another wreath, for Jill this time. I got a good start on my Christmas shopping, much of it on line, and some in actual stores!
Tom put out more lights in the front yard. Since we live back off the street, we decorate for our own view out of the family room window.
And we did some more decorating inside.
Yesterday I did the dining room.
We both have a lot of Scandinavian ancestry, so that is my theme in this room, with hearts and straw ornaments.
The Dala horses are from our travels in Sweden and the wooden shoes are from Amsterdam. The compote belonged to Tom's grandmother.
The buffet and the wooden mirror frame are also from Tom's grandparents.
The sheaf of wheat and the straw pig and goat are Scandinavian traditions. Tom's mother made the fabric trees a long time ago. The old pressed glass pieces are things we collected over the years.
Tom helped me get the garland up on the beam in the dining room. It is decorated with hearts and vintage ornaments we got from our former neighbor. We found them when we were helping to clean out her home when she moved into assisted living. Connie, of Far Side of Fifty, you'll be interested to know that many of them are Shiny Brites, and I even have a Shiny Brite box that some of them originally came in. It is marked 99 cents.
These three Santas stand on the table separating the dining room from the living room.
Today, after breakfast with friends and shopping at IKEA, we got the kitchen decorated. Tom is much better on the step stool than I am, so I pretty much just direct and hand him things for the garlands.
The details. I made the felt gingerbread boys and the calico ornaments shortly after we moved into this house, 38 years ago. We have used them this way ever since. Only the garlands have been refreshed. I guess you could say we are "traditional" around here.
There are other decorations scattered here and there around the house, like this cone wreath that Tom made.
Little elves abound. (Don't tell anyone but that is a fake poinsettia. Real ones die here)
And Sunday we will tackle the Christmas tree. It is an all day project.