Saturday, December 19, 2015

Twas the Week Before Christmas

And LA Quilter hasn't gotten the first present wrapped -- nor purchased.  Today's the day.  I'm going to make it as simple as possible this year, but I still have to go to a mall in a strange town that I've only been to once before.

If you don't hear from me in a couple of days, send out Search and Rescue!

I did get a tree up this year, the first in probably 12 years.  I wanted a live tree but had no way to get one here.  My cleaning lady was coming last Friday and her boyfriend was also coming to do some yard work, so they picked one up for me.  I had purchased what I thought was a Vicky-proof tree stand and then couldn't figure out how to get it together.  They rescued me and installed it in the stand and in the den, hauled down boxes and boxes of decorations from the "holiday closet" upstairs, and the rest was up to me.

I had gotten four new strings of lights as mine were so old.  Penny and I managed to get those on last weekend, and whatever ornaments were in the first two boxes I opened were what ended up on the tree.  There was a box of little red bows and those filled in the gaps.  Didn't do so great getting those lights on that blasted tree!

Don't laugh!  I am SO not a decorator!

I plugged it in for about an hour or two last weekend, and then didn't plug it in until Wednesday this week.  The lights died on the top half of the tree.  I was so disgusted and was ready to just take the whole thing down.  Then it got funny.  And the more I looked at that ugly tree, the funnier it got!  I didn't take a nighttime picture but even in this daytime shot I think you can see the problem!  Hilarious!

Oh, well, at least it smells good!  I did manage to put a little Christmas cheer on the front porch.  I wanted to get lights up outside but, again, no way I could do that myself.  Maybe next year I should just concentrate on that and forget about a tree!

Work is going great.  One week into it, I'm so glad I made the decision to work again.  It's busy and  interesting - and I'm happy.  I make the five-minute commute home every day to let Penny out and grab a bite.  I've been appliqueing a little on a basket block every day while I'm home for lunch, and am happy to report that 230 blocks are done out of 291.

I probably won't be posting again before the 25th, so I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas.  May the joy of the season fill your hearts!


Karen said...

The front entryway is very pretty. At least your Christmas tree is not Charlie Brown style. So hard to do Christmas decorating without some help. I gave up on live trees once we moved to Texas and could not find a tree to buy. And the stores had sold out of artificial trees. I purchased an artificial tree from a catalog the next year.

JudyT said...

Your tree looks much better than mine, Vicky, Mine is sitting in a box in the garage. I bought two decorations at Target, a Joy sign and some bells and put them on the entry wall and coat closet door as i came in the house with them. That is my Christmas decorating this year. Guess I should pull the price tags off of them.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love your entry! And your tree looks great~ we had a 'fickle' tree one year and the lights came on or went off as they pleased, we never could figure out why. The next year all the lights worked. Go figure. I love having a tree up, lights or not. Have a very merry Christmas!

Angie said...

Your entryway looks beautiful! And the tree is like ours, has lots of character. LOL I put both colored and clear lights on our tree every year. The tree looked so pretty---until I noticed yesterday that every one of the colored lights was out. So that is how it will stay for the rest of this Holiday. :) Merry Christmas to you and Penny. :)

Linda Enneking said...

We bought a prelit artificial tree several years ago. It looks good and is so easy to decorate since we don't have to mess with putting on the lights. A scented candle makes the room smell almost as nice as if we had a real tree.

badlandsquilts said...

Merry Christmas Vicky! Hope you have a great holiday.

mascanlon said...

I can just feel the happiness coming from your tree! It's amazing how that spirit spreads!

Laura said...

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!