Monday, December 04, 2006

It's Beginning to Look (and Feel) a Lot Like Christmas

Brrrr, it's freezing out this AM and no sign of any warmth coming soon!

Busy weekend-all the inside decorations are up:

My grandmother made this tree in 1975 or so. She went blind from diabetes shortly thereafter. She's been gone now for almost 17 years and yes, I miss her everyday. The table it's on is an antique sewing machine stand that someone converted into a table-it still has the wrought treadle on the bottom.

In lieu of a fireplace mantle, we must use the stair rail to hang stockings.

Last year we bought a fake tree because I had so many problems and it was easier. We prefer real trees, but this will do for a few years. Elena did most of the decorating this year.

The outside ones have been up about a week-fortunately, this is where it helps NOT to take some down from the year before-errrrrrr

I finished Elena's shrug yesterday-pics will soon follow if I can get her to model it with a matching shirt sometime in the next few days.

The skating party Elena attended on Saturday was fun, but since she doesn't know how to skate, tiring for me. We then decided to put up the tree and stuff afterwards-always a mistake to cram everything in one day, but we did.

Christmas shopping was being done also. I bought Mike a couple suits for Christmas, so he had to get fitted for those Sunday. I'll pick up a few more things for him and he'll be set. We did hit Toys R Us on the way and picked up some stuff for Elena. The one thing she really wanted was that damn Barbie "Big Pimping" bus thing with the hot tub attached. Her list includes that with explicit instruction about the hot tub one. We found it, but is that Barbie stuff expensive or what?

I can't figure out what to get my mother-she has jewelry out the wazoo and her birthday is the 23rd too. She needs nothing, yet wants and expects something nice. Oy.

I am finally going clothes shopping for myself today. Yes, I get my first paycheck and some other money and blow it immediately. It's been 4 1/2 months since the weight came off, my shirts are all way too big and the pants I bought in the smaller size back in August are falling down when I walk-I don't even have to unbutton them to go to the bathroom (perhaps TMI) and I am desperate. Another 4 lbs has come off too, so total weight loss from discontinuing steroids and eating the same is 40 lbs. How can one little pill cause so much havoc?


Jessica said...

Pretty decorations!

And it's nice that you're buying yourself some nice stuff, even if you don't like clothes shopping. :)

Vik said...

Hi Deneen! How nice to start the decoration! It´ll look cozy!
Enjoy the shopping today!!!

Wendy said...

Yay for weightloss! Yay for new clothes! You have a very nice tree! I am behind on getting our tree up.

Jaye said...

Christmas decor looks great! Very festive. You are so very, very far ahead of me ;)

Anonymous said...

I love the ceramic tree. I haven't seen one of those in years. That so takes me back to some Christmas' past when things were much simpler.

Faye said...

It all looks great!

KnitXcorE said...

is that rik-rak on the bottom of the tree? love it!!!!

Madelyn said...

Very nice. I'm waaay late this year. I haven't felt like going in the garage to drag out Xmas stuff.

Have fun shopping, you deserve it!

Kimberly said...

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....everywhere you go!

I just love seeing other peoples decorations!

Yay for the weight loss and yay for the clothes shopping trip!

Stacy said...

I remember those ceramic trees! As a child we had a green one and now I'm wondering where the heck it is.

And I love the stockings hung from the stair rail. Christmas at my Grandmother's always included the stockings of her 13 children hanging from the bannister ('cause who has a mantle big enough to hold 13 stockings right? lol)

Your whole post made me nostalgic and happy. Thanks!

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