Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Tis the Season

I sit here with a few measly days left to prepare for the upcoming holidays. This is our tree this year with the bountiful offerings spread below it. Actually, the whole house is our gift this year, but I don't suppose the kids will see it that way.

Speaking of the house, the kitchen and bathroom counters arrived today and look way cool. Tomorrow the appliances are supposed to make an appearance and the plumbing parts are supposed to show up as well. The painter is busy staining doors and trim. The carpenters are trying to finish the trim. The carpet is on order and scheduled to hit town on Tuesday. The inspectors are invited in about the same time so it should be quite a zoo.

I head south tomorrow to rendezvous with my daughter, water the plants, visit with some friends, and hang for a day or two. My son will be coming down Friday afternoon so that he and his sister can go to the in-law Christmas party. He and I will head back north on Sunday for more fun and games in the construction zone.

As hard as I try, this part of the year is a difficult one. Christmas was never my cup of tea due to the heavy commercial overlay on what might otherwise be a warm and personal season. Somewhere along the line I picked up the label of Grinch which has proven stubbornly persistent regardless of what I do or say. Now it falls to me to lead the way through the holidays without the guiding light that used to accompany me. I am a sorry second for her efforts, but we don't always get to choose our roles, so I will do my best with our little tree (at least it is a living thing that may go on to live its life out with us for some time yet).

I am in the process of changing my email address and as luck would have it, I managed to send a bunch of my contacts into the either the other day, so those of you who have my email on file, drop me a line and I will send you back the new one.

Best of luck, one and all, during these last few hectic days.




Blogger lime said...

sounds like things are really coming along nicely even if it is a zoo.

i never was a grinch but i am developing a decidedly grinchlike attitude this year. although since today is a snow day i do plan to engage in my annual cookie blitz...even grinches like cookies.

8:12 AM, December 19, 2008  
Blogger Coffee_lover said...

It's hard to be upbeat at this time of year. I can see why so many get depressed in December.

But you're doing what you can to carry on the Xmas torch, so to speak.

12:40 PM, December 19, 2008  
Blogger Sandi said...

Don't worry - the tree looks beautiful, Charlie Brown. It looks to me like you're doing a fabulous job to do what you can during the holidays. Make YOUR holiday special regardless of the common commercialism, and be well.

12:43 PM, December 19, 2008  
Blogger Cheesy said...

What a lovely wee tree! Got me beat... I haven't gotten one yet... if I do at all. I too have a hard time this time of year. It's getting better now that I have the grand babies but the kids and I lost a lot of our Christmas spark years back. It is getting easier to be joyful again...I just gather my clan around me and feel blessed to have them in my breathing the same air as me!

10:10 PM, December 19, 2008  
Blogger Cheesy said...

btw... Are we litter box training the tree?

7:56 AM, December 20, 2008  
Blogger Phaedrous said...

Ho, ho, ho. Litter box training indeed.

Hollow hippiedays to all of you and thanks for being there for me. You guys are great.


8:04 AM, December 20, 2008  

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