I’m not doing much holiday decorating this year. Now don’t go feeling all sorry for me or anything. Believe me, there’s no direct correlation between my self-esteem and how pimped up my house is this time of year.
When we moved in April, I got rid of pretty much all our holiday stuff except our ornaments. This will be the third year in a row we don’t have a tree. In December 2012, we sold our home and moved just days before Christmas. Last year, we were in a rental that I never quite warmed up to and I didn’t feel like decorating. This year, we won’t be here for Christmas, so that’s that.
The last time we had a tree it looked like this:
I like my men lean but my trees fat. Fat, and decorated in white, silver or gold. Or all three. I think it makes everything stand out more against the dark green of the tree. That year, I used very few ornaments, and now that I’m looking at the picture, I see the lights look like the cat had at it…except we didn’t have a cat.
Now back to feeling sorry for me. Don’t. I’m still getting my holiday fix.
Case in point: a few weeks ago I went to a holiday display celebration at a nursery with a friend. So there. If I was wallowing in self-pity, would I venture out to such an event?
This nursery always has such cute things, so I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos to share.
I think if we had a tree at the cabin, these would be just about perfect for it…
and so would this!
In my last post I mentioned I would be putting together some wreaths with a couple of friends this past Monday for a fundraiser. It was held at the Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge and they supplied all the materials, which were primarily nature inspired.
On Friday they will have their ‘preview’ fundraiser. The tickets are $150 each, and I’ve been told that most of the wreaths sell for more than $100! Well, it’s good to know our time will be put to good use. How many tickets do you want?
In other news…
The drama never ends. The night that we went to the nursery event, I purchased a cloche to send to our daughter in Singapore. (She needs something to display the brooch bouquet.) I liked that the bottom on this one is clear. They’re pretty hard to find in the size that she needs (a height of at least 18″ and a width of at least 10″) so I was thrilled after searching on line for weeks to find this one for $140 which was a pretty decent priced compared to many others I’ve seen.
So I go to UPS to send it and they wanted nearly $400! Seriously??! I was sending a 13 lb cloche, not the Titanic. I ended up sending it via the Post Office, which was around $170.00. Surprisingly it reached her in a few days, but unfortunately, this happened:
In case you’re wondering, I did insure it, but it’s difficult to ever get reimbursed, especially when you’re dealing with an overseas government. They want her to bring it to the post office, but that’s not happening. The box needed to be brought to her via a hand truck, and she’s in a city without a car. They’re just trying to make it difficult in the hopes we’ll forget about it. Guess they haven’t met me.
Now aren’t I just a little ray of sunshine today??!
And how was YOUR day??