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~~~Today is a repeat from last year. Mostly because I'm lazy, but I also like it. Happy Holidays to everyone, see you soon!!
Every year when we dig the tree out of the basement, we face the daunting task of putting the tree together and putting the lights on. This part doesn’t thrill me too much but open the boxes of ornaments and I’m all there.
Memories you haven’t thought about all year come rushing back. Every ornament has a story.
A box of cheapo ornaments my husband and I bought when we were just starting out. They were mostly Victorian style and the entire set was $2.99 at Payless Drug Store. We still use them though because they are a part of our history.
Then when our daughter came along we got many ‘Baby’s 1st Christmas’, ‘Baby’s 2nd Christmas’ and so on. Those will go with her when she leaves us.
The most precious ones to me are the carousels that my grandma made. She used to tat, something you don’t hear of much anymore. She tatted two small pieces and then attached them together with pipe cleaners and filled them with small animals, angels, or trees and adorned the tops so they look just small carousels. I have 7 of them and I will pass those on to my daughter too.
I have made some too. Years ago I bought some plaster molds with 5 different patterns. They were easy to make; fill the mold, let dry, paint each one and then add an antique finish to them. They were time consuming but are some of my favorites.
I also love the ones that have a little hole in the bottom to slip over a bulb to it glows inside. The one that looks like a fireplace is one of those. I put those on the front of tree so the glow is always visible.
Other ornaments I made were origami lanterns made from squares of colored papers. Once they’re folded up, you blow in the hole to inflate and then slip it over a bulb. They are so pretty at night and I have been able to use them year after year by just folding them back up. The holes are getting a little worn so I may have to make more someday. Once I gave them to girls I worked with as a gift and even though I explained what they were, I know they were never used. No people, they won’t catch fire, I tried to explain. I had put them in tiny boxes that I made from Christmas cards. Sometimes homemade gifts are wasted on those that don’t appreciate the hard work involved.
And once I made picture frames out of plastic coffee lids and old puzzle pieces. Cut out the center of the lid, leaving a ring to glue on the puzzle pieces upside down. Paint the entire thing Christmas tree green and place red dots of paint on some pieces. Place a picture in the back with tape and add a string by melting holes in the top ridge. They’re a little big to be put on the tree but I do anyway.
My mom made some real pretty balls by taking clear ones and put shimmery paint inside. Roll them around until the paint totally covers the entire inside and then let the excess drain out. They’re especially nice when you use more than one color.
Oh, we can't forget the multitude of ornaments that were made in day care and grade school. She will get all those too, except for maybe the tiny little hand print one we made at home with cinnamon dough.
I always try to find ornaments with my daughter’s name on it. It’s not a common name so when I find one, I’m thrilled. We have several now and yes, she will inherit those too.
We always buy an ornament when we go on a trip. The latest one is one from Leavenworth. It’s a beautiful and fragile chandelier. Another one we bought there was a small resin black lab that looks like our dog, adorned with tiny plastic lights. On one of our beach vacations we got a cute little starfish painted as a Santa.
My daughter and I have also picked some up at different craft fairs we have been to.
The rest were gifts from family and friends over many years. The ones that aren’t our favorites go on the back of the tree. Well, something has to go on the back, right?
Each and every ornament has a story, some may be sad, some happy. But nonetheless they are a part of us. I hope that when you decorated your tree this year, memories of years gone by came flooding back to you too.
This little guy was supposed to be our first guest but his family had to cancel their trip. He's a 13 year old Whippet who mostly sleeps. It's the first time I've ever seen a Whippet. He is one skinny boy, which is what he's supposed to look like. Because of his age though, his spine and hip bones are very noticeable. He reminded me of a 2x4 with legs. Then when he was outside one day, you could see right through his legs and just see the bones! When he's lying in bed, you can actually see his heart beating. I personally like a good sized dog you can give a hearty pat to. I was afraid I was going to break him.
When they first arrived, he was wandering around the house, went into the kitchen where the back door is, then proceeded to come into the living room to pee on the carpet. I guess he was trying to tell us all something but we were busy talking. His family was mortified. I felt worse for them. During the night he woke us up barking and running from door to do…
It's that time of year again when we plan our August vacation. You would think six months in advance could assure you of at least a choice of a few places to stay at a reasonable place. The Oregon coast is a given, no swaying from that destination.
We started at a motel that we have stayed at a few times in Manzanita. Nothing? Nothing. As much as we didn't really want to stay in Cannon Beach, I spent a lot of time looking up availability and prices. So much of their lodging is owned by large companies so when you do a search for availability, you are searching through several properties at once. Prices ranged anywhere from 200 to 600 a night; and we wanted to stay six. No can do said I, the tightwad. It's just never been this hard before. They have totally outpriced the average family in that town.
I headed back toward Manzanita and further south. As towns gets smaller, there are less places to stay, but they are cheaper. I looked at Rockaway Beach, where we have stayed be…
.......our first house guest, Gracie. She's a 5 year old Shih Tzu and is as sweet as can be. She's pretty mellow, more of a couch potato but does have some playful moments. She's used to sleeping with her people and since I am a basement dweller, The Kid took on that task. Not used to sharing her bed, she didn't sleep well and ended up on the couch with Gracie in tow. I'm not sure what tonight will bring but it's been real fun having her around.
At first I think Hubby was not too keen on the idea of pet sitting, but as Gracie sat on his lap last night I could see his resolve melting. This was just my solution to missing Nellie so much. And it's because she was such a good dog, it made this decision easier to follow through with.
My appointment calendar is filling up too. Next weekend I will start a 10 day job (in owner's home) watching over a dog and two cats. It's only about 20 minutes from home and 10 minutes from my Mom's so I'll be able t…