Saturday, December 3, 2022

The Trees

 We finished decorating today. We put up the Travel Tree two days ago. This tree holds ornaments we have collected on European and domestic trips. Fun memories. 

On Friday, after a wonderful brunch with friends at Becky's lovely home, we started on the big tree. Tom got it up and plugged in and we saw that one strand of lights on our pre-lit tree was out. What to do? Google it. YouTube has answers for just about everything. A trip to the hardware store for a volt meter/voltage detector Friday evening afforded us the opportunity to eat out at Red Robin. I was feeling very lazy and did not want to cook. Back home Tom tried to fix the light problem but gave up because he needed more light in the house and more time to problem solve.

Saturday morning we were up early to watch the USA play Netherlands in the World Cup. While our boys lost, they represented the USA very well.

Then we tackled the tree. Well, Tom did all of the work, while I added advice and held the flashlight. After checking about 10 bulbs, we found the bad one, and Yay!, the string was fixed!

Much of the rest of the day was spent loading the tree with the many ornaments we have collected over the years. You have seen similar photos before.

Krampus is back.
So is Lucia.
There are Santas and birds and fruit and vegetables. I see cauliflower. 
Some of our kid's preschool ornaments survived. 
You can find horses and pigs and birds and bees and bugs and garden stuff. 

A bakers apron and one of the felt ornaments I made 40 years or more ago,
Cabbage, peanut, and avocado.

Then Tom got a well-earned nap. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

It Snowed and the Santas Came

 It wasn't a lot of snow, just enough to make those who drive on hills or freeways nervous, which is just about all of us. Mostly it has been "slushing", snow mixed with rain, cold and wet and nasty. But we'll take it, because after our summer into fall drought, we need the rain, and the snow in the mountains.

Today the Santa collection came out of the storage tubs and occupied the shelves that had been cleared of the pottery collection. Those got stored away yesterday, along with making turkey soup. The house was filled with yummy fragrance. 

We also emptied a few other Christmas tubs. The garlands are up in the kitchen. I've started in the dining room. Now it's time to rest. I have to give myself a break emotionally because it's easy to be discouraged at how much less I can do now than I used to. I'm falling apart fast. Thank goodness for Tom. 

Yesterday morning we spent the late morning watching the USA play Iran in the World Cup. It was  an intense soccer match, which the our boys managed to win 1-0, and will move on to the round of 16. 

Now it's nearing 4:00, it's snowing/slushing lightly, and we're on the edge of dark. 

There will be turkey soup and salad for dinner, not much work for today, since I did the work yesterday. Easy is good. 

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Messy, and Moving On

 It's that time of the year when you can clean it up but it doesn't stay that way. A wind and rain storm overnight can undo your leaf blowing and mower mulching.

The mulched leaves will be deposited on this bed.
The next layer is forming. It might have to wait until after some snow we might get this week. 

This morning I made fruitcake.

It was out of the oven and cooling before I moved on to my next task. The fruitcake will be wrapped in brandy soaked cheesecloth, then wrapped in plastic bags to age. 

Then Irene arrived to make her wreath. They got back home from Colorado Saturday afternoon and already have their Christmas tree up and decorated. 

After a few instructions she was off and running. She has never made a wreath before, but she is artistic, knows what she likes, and is quite skilled in designing. 
Selecting materials for size, color, and texture. 
When the garage door got left open, Charlie came bounding in. We hadn't seen him for a long time and I was so happy to have him visit. He loved the attention.
The greens finished, Irene added cones and a bow. 

And there it is, all natural except for a simple bow, and a beautiful job well done. Irene is definitely my star wreath pupil. 

We just watched the Seahawks lose a close one in overtime. Now I'll hit publish, and move on to finish my fruitcake and start some leftovers dinner. 

Tomorrow we clean house and empty shelves. Decorating for Christmas will start soon. 

Friday, November 25, 2022

The Day After


The lights are turned on on the house. I didn't go outside to take a photo because it's raining and I had just come in from getting the mail. Then it got dark. I did find another package on the front porch when I opened it to take this photo. Packages have been arriving regularly since I "went shopping" at Amazon on Wednesday. I had nearly $500 worth of points from my Amazon credit card, so I used most of them up. A total of $0.00 is fun!

I am tired today, but I have also been busy, so I am late at posting. Jan, Tom's sister, stayed over and went to Friday breakfast with us. Then back home Jake arrived from staying at Jill's empty house to eat left overs for lunch, sort of watch the USA play England in the World Cup, and make another wreath, this one for his office in Friday Harbor. I helped with the wreath and then sat to watch the last 20 minutes of the soccer match. 

I had a light lunch of non-left overs - I'll have those for dinner - and then did a bit of work. I took down the dining room, put things away, then sat down to make my grocery shopping list for Christmas baking. I think I'll get the fruitcake done this weekend.

We had a good Thanksgiving Day. I didn't take a lot of photos. Keeping myself going was hard work, but I asked for and got help and everything turned out great.

Turkey dinner with all of the trimmings. 

The table conversation was lively and ranged from Volcanos and plate tectonics to black holes colliding to Grand Prix auto racing and lots of stuff in between. We do science here. 

Then we went to the garage to make wreaths. Last year some of our group weren't to sure about this project, but more really got into it this year.

Cousin Kris and Charlie.
Cousin Dan

Son Jake and Tom giving advice,
Jake and Tom's sister Jan. 


Jake. He likes all natural. "Bows don't grow on trees". 
Dan. Last to finish, but very pleased with his accomplishment. 

Then we had pie. And talked some more. 

It was a very good day.