Category: holidays (Page 2 of 4)

Christmas Week, part one

I just took the tree down, so that must mean that Christmas is over with. Actually, I usually leave the tree up until at least New Year’s Day, but this tree was so dry that I was really worried about it being a fire hazard, to say nothing of all the needles all over. This is the first year we have bought an already-cut tree and I do not think we will do that again. It will be worth paying a bit more for one we cut ourselves. Either that or I am going back to my artificial tree.

Anyway, so the tree is down and we survived Christmas week. And a busy one it was, at least the first half of it. After David opened his presents last Friday …

David's Twentieth Birthday
… we headed for the Japanese Steakhouse. We had a delicious and entertaining meal. The boys had the opportunity to catch (in their mouth) shrimp tossed to them by the chef, which was doubling amusing because Charles does not like shrimp and realized that about the time he opened his mouth to “catch.”

We told our waitress that it was David’s birthday, so they sang Happy Birthday to him (which thrilled him to no end, of course) and also brought him a pineapple boat for dessert. It was made totally of pineapple and maraschino cherries and was big enough for him to share with us all. And then they took this picture:

Dinner Out
It’s a little blurry because it was a Polaroid picture that I scanned. Don’t we all look totally thrilled at the prospect of having our pictures taken?!

Crazy Weather

The phrase “The air that you wear” usually refers to humidity here in the South. But every morning last week it meant fog. It would roll in sometime after midnight and hang around till 9 or later, until the sun burnt it off. Friday the fog was so low that I could feel it hitting my face while I was walking Penny.

These pictures were taken around 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

Looking south … foggy pond
… and looking north foggy pond
foggy spider web A spider web

bird close up
A birdie, just for Miss Munchkin

Today, though, I wish we had fog! It is cold! Forty degrees and a north wind blowing. Penny and I did not linger outside on our morning walk. I brought all my plants in off the balcony yesterday and since it is forecast to go back below freezing again for the next two nights, I will have to leave them inside for a few days. Hopefully by the end of the week they can go back outside. But hey, I am definitely not complaining, because at least there is no snow!!!I took a better picture of our Christmas tree. The previous ones did not show up very well.
Christmas tree

Holiday Decorations

We put our Christmas tree up over the weekend. I had intended to go back to Alabama last week and retrieve our decorations, but due to car issues, that did not happen. Instead we went and bought new decorations, which was probably actually cheaper than the cost of the gas driving to AL and back. Charles decided he was in charge of the tree, which he has done the last couple of years. I think he enjoys decorating it. But also, both he and Kat long ago decided that I was decorating-challenged. I suppose that is possibly true, as I never really have a clear idea of the look I would like for a particular room. I am more the thrift-store, hand-me-down, I-am-happy-with-my-cluttered-look person.

So Charles chose all the ornaments, not allowing me to buy even one that was outside his color theme. He then did all the decorating. This one shows the lights better, although they still do not show up well.
Lit Christmas Tree
I was allowed to do the fireplace mantle!
Tree and Fireplace
This picture includes our new audio pier, which replaced the old wooden kitchen table. I love it! It took three evenings to get everything put together, the components all in place and the wiring all tucked away. The open bottom shelf is for my stereo receiver, which is on order. Of course, I do not have any of my records here, but I will be bringing some back with me the next time I travel to Alabama.
Fireplace and Audo Pier
Don’t you just love that we have a fireplace in Florida? We have yet to use it; it has just been too warm. It would seem pretty silly to light a fire when the air conditioner is running! I saw a picture one time of candles lit in a fireplace, which gave the appearance of a fire, so maybe I will try that soon.Miss Munchkin obviously missed Penny. Here she is giving Penny a hug after we got home Monday from shopping.
Penny and Miss Munchkin
And one last picture. It is not often that I get a picture of one of my children. They all hide when the camera comes out. But here is Kat and Miss Munchkin.
Mommy and Miss Munchkin
Oh, and I have Penelope home, again! Five times she has been to the dealership due to a check engine light. Five times in the last three weeks. It has been crazy. The driver of their shuttle van and I are becoming fast friends. Hopefully, maybe, they have it figured out this time. The latest diagnosis was that the pump that was installed on visit two had the hoses hooked up wrong, intake and outtake had been switched!

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