Saturday, January 07, 2012

Christmas tree as memorabilia cache?

It's a snowy evening. Christmas was two weeks ago. I should take down the Christmas decorations.

But like most of you, I hate doing this. Really, it was hard enough to get all the trimmings up. I think I spent the better part of two weeks to get this accomplished and I'm beginning to suspect it may take me that long to put it all away.

I like looking at all the "stuff" on the tree. I treat my tree just as much as a memory box as I do an ornament holder. I have lots of things on there that I like. Here's an old pair of baby stockings made in the late 1800's that a grandparent wore as an infant.
I found these in a box of old family stuff hidden away in a closet where no one ever saw them. So I put them on the tree each Christmas. I've attached a tag to them citing their provenance so my kids won't wonder "where those came from."

I also use keepsakes from important events as ornaments. These are from Sweet Son and Darling Daughter-in-law's wedding 11 years ago. The bird's nest with eggs were on each table, and the bubbles were in a tulle-wrapped bottle with an angel motif.

I also like to remember my awesome brother who died just before Christmas two years ago. I have his photo in a tiny Christmas frame and I like to look at it.  

There are lots of regular ornaments too, some whimsical, a lot shiny, and just plain pretty. The seashell reminds me of all the Mexican beach vacations we've taken over the years.
 I seem to have a thing for flamingos too. Here's a miniature of the big lighted one that lives on my back porch.
I also like to pick up these glass ornaments that are so breakable but so pretty. Here's one of them.
Okay, enough reminiscing. Time to put it all away and be surprised next year when I unpack it all over again! Oh, before it started snowing today I did take down the outdoor lights and reindeer and lighted willow twigs and the wreath and the rope light encircling the porch post...gosh I think I'm too tired and will postpone all this till tomorrow.


Thursday, January 05, 2012

Flowering haystacks?

Try to imagine these blue flowers sticking out all over from this haystack. Wouldn't that be odd? I just watched Red Riding Hood which is a movie that got really bad reviews but the cinematography looked pretty so I watched it. One of the first scenes showed these funny conical haystacks jammed all together in a field. What I couldn't get past were all the blue flowers sticking out of the hay. Really? I've seen a lot of haystacks but granted mostly going by at 70 mph but I still think I might have noticed if they grew blue flowers.

I could hardly concentrate on the movie (good thing) worrying about this and I even watched the deleted scenes and got an even better view of the haystack flowers. Now that I think about it it would be nice if these were real and not part of a fairy tale movie. I'd slow down to at least 55 mph to look at those.

And imagine how Claude Monet's famous painting could be a lot more colorful.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year

I'm not taking my Christmas decorations down yet. The Magi haven't arrived. The Stock Show hasn't even started. In Denver we get a free pass for leaving our lights up through the Stock Show but probably even I won't wait that long. Last year my daughter never got around to taking her tree down at all. Merry Maids dusted it occasionally. These trees will stay up all year and I'll just remove the golden magpie and his gold-dusted nest and call it Summer in the Rockies. Happy New Year!