Bring on the Solstice/Christmas season, I’m ready! All four of our trees are up. The “fancy” tree, the small family ornament tree, and the two older kids’ mini trees. I’ve got the stockings hung, the wreath on the door, the windows decorated, etc, etc, etc. I started making a Christmas village. I’ve been baking, and I’m even doing holiday knitting. BUT, I really need to get my house in order. Having the kids home for about a week threw off my housework and so the laundry pile is probably Bebe’s height. Yea, I should get on that. But before I go, pictures!
That’s my favorite ornament – the Honeywell HFD-010 Quietclean. It’s a pop-up paper snowflake ornament by Robert Sabuda for MoMA and was given to me by my stepbrother a few years ago. It was the second snowflake ornament I was ever gifted, and so I decided to start collecting unique ones.
This is my ninth winter in Texas, and without fail, I am sure the city will be ill prepared for the sleet that’s already fallen a bit today. I didn’t mind so much in the past that the roads were never really cleared or prepared, but that was when I had really little kids who didn’t go to school (and my husband used to most widely traveled road to get to work). This was also before my husband skidded off a road while driving, slid down an incline and ended up in a ditch about 60 feet from the road about this time last year. He had to kick out the back window and crawl out. It was pure luck that someone saw the accident and called 911, b/c the wreck was otherwise not visible from the road. Our truck was totaled, and everyone who has seen the site, including me, think it’s a miracle that he survived. So now when I hear wintry weather in our forecast, I cringe. And I wish I prayed. Because I would certainly be praying for everyone to make it safely to their destination today.
I’m surprised how excited I am for Thanksgiving to arrive. The four years past, I cooked a huge meal and the last two years, I even had my mother and brother visiting. This year, it’s just us, and I’m making a smaller meal, but I’m looking forward to it! The kiddos have already decided what they want to help make (they’ve been helping a lot in the kitchen lately) and Girlie even told me she wants to make all my recipes with her kids when she grows up. Awww. Anyway, photos:
Bebe with his itty bitty Hot (warm) Chocolate from Starbucks
The door in the wall
We went thrifting in a small town not too far from here that day we were looking for a Concept rower. It had a tiny one street downtown and this was the side of one of the buildings. There was a door about 15 feet in the air, but no way to access it. There was also an adorably painted library that I didn’t get photos of. Another time.