Wednesday, December 24, 2014
It's almost here!
I dug out the little four-foot tree from the storage and set it up on the coffee table, then added the lights.
Leia opened the boxes of ornaments and decorated the tree. This year she was able to reach almost to the top so there was much less for grandma to do.
This year the only other decoration I took from the storage was a wreath to hang on the front door. ... and of course a runner for the table and quilted tree skirt.
My daughter was very skillful when taking these two pictures to avoid the stacks of boxes waiting to be sorted.
The other activity was our cookie factory. I put my cookies into a container to take to our Scout event yesterday and they were quickly consumed.
This is what my hanging laundry gets to enjoy.
I have not been able to keep African violets because of extreme temperatures in summer and winter but the cacti don't seem to mind ... and can even take being neglected during times I am out with the scouts or travelling to visit kids.
There are a number of Christmas cacti, these being first to open and others still in bud. This is the view facing south.
The little poinsettia came to me as a gift.
The flowers are hard to see but every winter it develops tiny little figs.
It must be happy in this corner under the stained glass window decoration and the dream-catcher.
Even outside the window there are orchids and prickly pear cacti, Jade trees, and Easter cacti filling the tiny space on top and behind the air conditioning unit.
And, to the north, under the roof over my futon and the stairs.....
I actually don't know how this plant needs to be tended other than to offer it a drink from time to time, but it must like the location because it has taken over the space above my bed.
I grabbed these pictures while the washing machine was doing its duty. Usually the place where I am standing with the camera is festooned with drying laundry.
Actually, this little room is a great place to dry clothing. I do not have to worry about sudden rain or wind-blown dust and pollen.
In the winter it adds a bit of moisture to the dry air.
I can toss my futon over the balcony railing to air.
(airing bedding is a typical Japanese sight)
Tonight will be filled with the special music already spinning in my head and then I will crawl behind this plant to my little nest on the roof.
The stacked boxes ... the sorting of pictures ... everything that is not done will just have to wait. Somehow we will muddle through ...
And as I crawl back up to my cozy nest on the roof, this little guy in Oregon will be hanging the last decoration on his Advent calendar and checking out the stocking.
Warm Christmas wishes will be winging their way across the pond to my blogging friends.
Wishing you all Peace and Joy this Holiday season.