Pretty Christmas Floral …


So every year my company has a big Christmas party, and there’s always a huge raffle of TVs, ipads, Apple TVs, etc. I mean, like, five or six gifts per year. That’s a lot for a small company like ours. And I’ve been there for YEARS and have NEVER won! I’m just not lucky with those things. (Either that or they’re not putting my name in the Santa hat. I might not be on the “nice” list. …)

Anyway, I HAVE managed to walk out with a centerpiece “win” a couple of years, though, and this was one of those years. I thought this one was so pretty. I put it on my buffet, and then realized it needed some “height,” so I put it on top of my mother’s cake stand she gave me from her 1965 wedding gifts. (I love that cake stand!)

I really like how this livens up my dining room this week! Isn’t it purty? What are those crazy red flowers, anyway? Does anyone know? They look sort of tropical. …


The Stockings Are Hung by the Chimney with … Caution Tape???

Yep, the stockings are hung by the chimney with … er … uh … caution tape. Or right next to the caution tape, anyway. And the pretty exposed cement.


I realized I wasn’t going to get around my house of destruction this year, so I just decorated around it!

What do you think? Does it work anyway?


Now the tree is another matter. We haven’t put that up yet. We’re still trying to figure out what to do there. Too much furniture is now stuffed into the living room, and the den is still complete chaos. So my gifts, as I wrap them, are still sitting in my upstairs hallway waiting for a location:


I just keep piling them in the hallway for now!

This may be a “crowded” Christmas this year — and may involve lots of exposed drywall and beams and sawdusty-smell and exposed cement — but I’m decorating, dang it! It’s my favorite time of year!

How is your decorating going? Am I the last person to get a tree up? Does anyone still put their tree up on Christmas Eve????

The Crazy Holidays of 2013

I hope everyone’s having a lovely holiday season! I sure am. It’s not documented very well – since my computer crashed for awhile and my camera’s been giving me grief – but it’s truly been a wonderful (albeit kind of crazy) December!

I’ve managed to have a lot of fun visiting friends and family on the weekends, even though I’m also being strict with myself on my 4,000 words a week (which rose to 5,600 words a week when I let some November weekends slip by! Eek!). But I tend to write in the mornings and into the afternoons (just past lunch), then spend the late afternoons and evenings doing some running around and visiting with family and friends.

Of course, Ricky’s home, so we’ve hit quite a few of our favorite restaurants already with him and are filling him up with decent food. (He’s also thawing out, as he left negative-six-degree weather for 78-degree-weather.) We also did a “Family Movie Night” and all five of us managed to coordinate a night together and saw “Inside Llewelyn Davis” at the University Center.

I had a great book club party with my book club friends … Continue reading

So Did the Pumpkins Come Out Early This Year?

My lovely Golden Spoon pumpkin-flavored yogurt — from a previous year!

So is it just me, or did pumpkin-flavored-everything arrive a little early this year?

I imagine it’s sorta like Christmas decorations, getting earlier and earlier. Marketers probably thought, “Hey, we make a ton of money on this stuff! Why start in October? Let’s start in September, people!”

Still, it’s technically summer on Sept 1, and real-live pumpkins probably aren’t even ripe yet, but there we have it: Pumpkin Spice Lattes in Starbucks, Pumpkin-flavored yogurt at Golden Spoon, Pumpkin-Spice Eggo waffles in your local freezer section. … All available since Sept 1 this year.

Not that I’m complaining, exactly. …  Continue reading

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