Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Earth shattering, borrowed ornament and tree trimmed

You may have heard a piercing scream last night that caused tsunamis and the Earth to spin in reverse.  That would've been the Mr and I screaming at the DVR cutting off the final minutes of the Sleepy Hollow winter finale.  Twas not a good moment of the day.

My aunt got her tree up thanks to my suggestion last year.  I told her how I put it up the weekend before Thanksgiving and it was less stressful than trying to cram it in anytime after that.  She said she was going to do that this year and I'll be danged if she didn't and then messaged me to thank me because it took a load of stress off.  She's the one that hosts the holidays so she's got a lot on her plate and I was glad my suggestion helped her because if anyone needs to destress, it's her.  But then I felt like a sloth.

Sunday night when I mentioned at 10pm how upset I was that we didn't get the tree up, the Mr said we still had time so down he went to get the tree and proper accouterments.   We got the tree up and after losing a strand of lights, we got an acceptable five strands on.  It was 11:30pm and I told him we could call it a night and I would finish up yesterday.  As I was decorating, I came across our glass icicles.  The year our dog died, we couldn't find one of them.  We looked everywhere for it and it was never to be found.  We came to the conclusion that she wanted to take one with her to decorate her dog house until we pick her up one day.


So take care of it for us little one.

It was nice to have the Christmas music on and put the special ornaments on the tree.  We have so many from our travels, I had to add some to another little tree in the corner.  

But when the lights went out, it was a perfect warm, fuzzy moment.


Well, at least where the tree is.  The rest of the house?  Don't look.

Matter of fact, I need to do SOOOO much between today and tomorrow with no real plan of action.  It's not a good situation to be in so that's how I'll be spending my day...trying not to go clinically insane.

When do you put up your Christmas tree?

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16 comments:

  1. Ugh. Nothing worse than our DVR! I hate that thing!

    I am glad the tree is all up and everything but yeah, plenty of work to do. And the more I think about that missing ornament, the more I firmly believe that it is missing for a good reason!

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    1. That DVR is a piece of DUNG! Even when we trade it in for another one, it still doesn't work right. I don't know that I have it in me to cut the cord just yet but that things pushes me closer every day.

      Me too! ;-)

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    2. We often miss the little "epilogs" (as they used to call them on the original Fugitive), at the ends of shows because the DVR quits recording early. I hate that. You'd think they could perfect that little quirk.

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  2. Seeing your tree makes me smile. There's something about the first real snow and Christmas trees that just make me happy! Good luck with your projects today.

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  3. I haven't watched the finale yet, but if my DVR cuts it off too there may be another scream heard 'round the world. I'm addicted to the series record feature, and it's such an improvement over the VHS tapes I always used before, but it infuriates me when it cuts off the beginning or end of a show. With the old VHS you could always add a few minutes at the beginning and end, with the DVR you'd think the coding would get it right but nooooo. Sorry. Last week mine failed to record a show altogether and I'm still a little grumpy. I think the station changed the coding because it's not the first time, but it's always the same channel. Ok..,. off my little rant now.

    If it were up to me I'd wait until the week of Christmas and then take it down right after. If it were up to my son it would already be up and would stay up until March. So we compromise - I'll put it up this weekend and we'll take it down right after the first of the year. I like my tree, but I always feel weird putting it up when it's nothing like Christmas outside, and many years at Thanksgiving it is pretty warm (the last two years it was dry, sunny, and like 65 degrees Thanksgiving weekend.) This year we've already had snow so maybe I'll feel better about it.

    Random though - I'm trying to find the recipe you posted quite a while back, the mini pumpkin pies with ginger snap crust but I can't remember the name to search your recipes, also the stuffing recipe you posted with the two different kinds of bread. Could you me out? I promise to actually print them this time.

    I love the idea that your dog is keeping that ornament for you. That makes me happy to think about.

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    1. Luckily FOX had it online so we watched it this morning and believe me, we missed the BEST part of the episode so thank God for that! Honestly it was good enough to be the winter finale so I can't imagine what they have up their sleeve for next week!

      We had the A/C on putting up the tree and yeah it doesn't feel like you'd get in the mood but nothing a little Christmas music won't help along! ;-)

      Here's the pumpkin pie cups: http://successalongtheweigh.blogspot.com/2011/11/light-pumpkin-pie-cups.html

      Here's the stuffing: http://successalongtheweigh.blogspot.com/2012/11/my-favorite-thanksgiving-stuffing.html

      If you want a whole round up: http://successalongtheweigh.blogspot.com/2012/11/recipe-round-up-for-procrastinators.html

      Me too!

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    2. No idea why it spaced all weird above like that! LOL

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  4. Isn't it a two episode finale for Sleepy Hollow? So maybe those few minutes you missed will be on the "previously on". I know a lot of shows have crazy long "previously on" before they fire up the new episode.

    As for christmas trees, I don't put one up. I just can't be bothered to do all the work when I'm not home much to look at it. My cats don't need me to set up a tree just so they can mess with it while I'm not home. That, and my spouse and I disagree about trees. He likes fresh, I like fake. So we have NONE!

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    1. Tis. Thankfully we caught it online this morning and it was more than they'll likely show in the 'previously on.' I can't wait for next weeks finale! Since they have an 18 episode season this time around, they can do a lot with it.

      Oh man, that makes me sad. You get a fake one, let him get a small 4' real one that he must tend to and water. Boom...compromise and dual cat toys!

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  5. What a beautiful tree Anele! I too got my (two) trees up and decorated before our early Thanksgiving two days ago. I have so many memories associated with all my ornaments, it's like an early Christmas when I open up that box and pull them out one by one and remember where I got each and every one. I have Maltese ornaments from the three dogs that are waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge, as well as a couple of older Bulldog ornaments. I know they were bought for Lola, our dog that was tragically run over a little over a year ago, and a couple new Bulldog ornaments to celebrate our beautiful Bulldog Juno, who has been with us almost since the day we lost Lola and really helped ease our grief. I have ornaments that my Mother made, and this is my 25th Christmas since losing her, so you know how old they are. Some of them are faded and kind of falling apart, but UP on the tree they go anyhow. I try to tell my son, who lives at home still (he's 28), and this year was on vacation, so helped tremendously with the decorating, where the ornaments are from, especially if they were from my Mom, so when I'm gone, he has those memories too. He's got a tremendous memory, and I passed on my love for all things Christmas to him, so I'm hoping they will be as special to him, even though since he was only 4 when Mom passed, his memories of her are very sparse. This is what Christmas is all about to me, memories and family and the beautiful decorations and music of the season. I LOVE it. Almost makes enduring the horrible cold worth it!

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    1. Thanks! I love looking at all of the ornaments too. We've had most of our ornaments since we bought the tree 18 years ago. Then I would grab some on vacation and any that aren't along with the color scheme go on the small tree. I'm particular about my tree. LOL I'm sure your son will cherish those ornaments as much as you do. You could even consider keeping the story of the ornament in your handwriting with each ornament. They could be passed down for generations and it would be great to see your handwriting for future generations to be able to connect with you!

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  6. In the past, I always put the tree up on the 1st Sunday of Advent, which is 4 Sundays before Christmas and usually the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I am not religious anymore but that has stuck with me over the years. I always do it after Thanksgiving. I grew up in NY watching "Miracle on 34th Street". There was a big Macy's near us and there was always something magical about the way everything was plain before Thanksgiving and then all decorated after Santa arrived with the parade.

    This year is different, though. My son and his wife just had their second baby and I am in Florida right now with them. I'll be here until December 7th, so the tree won't be going up before then, at least at home. I imagine we will be decorating here before I leave. :)

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    1. Oh wow, I can only imagine how beautiful NYC is at Christmas time! I hope to one day see it!

      Congrats on the new grandbaby!

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  7. The hubs always gives me the best gift of putting up the tree the day after Thanksgiving when I'm at work. He always gets a nice long holiday weekend and I always have to work (and this year I work Saturday until noon too--both days by myself!) so when I come walking through the door Friday night the tree is up and he has all our favorite ornaments up (we buy a new one together every year) including all the dog ones from years ago on up to this year. Brings me genuine joy every year. I take care of taking it all down in increments when the holidays are over because he doesn't have the patience to put all the ornaments back in the small boxes! LOL!

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    1. Aww, that's sweet of him! That really stinks you have to work on the holiday weekend. It's always a little sad when it's all time to come down. Unless of course it's Valentine's Day, then it might be time. You laugh...it almost happened last year.

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