It’s the first week of Advent, the first day of December. Wow. How did that happen? I blinked and missed something. Life has a habit of doing that, jumping up and catching me unaware of how quickly time has passed. Again.
I was just thinking that this week would be a good time to put up our Christmas decorations, but somehow the 70° weather this week really doesn’t have me in the appropriate mood for putting up and trimming the tree. But, it will wait a little longer, no problems. Brad and I both enjoy the process and we put some Christmas music on while we work on the tree. I like to have some mulled cider simmering on the stove for us to drink when we take breaks from trimming the tree and we remember Christmases past when Audrey was little. Now she has a houseful of children of her own and a grand-daughter back in Virginia! Where does the time go?
This was last Christmas. Everyone in the family loves to read and so we head to the local book stores to shop. Most of our ornaments are hand-made, quite a few by me, and I need to see about adding to my tatted snowflake collection this year.
I’m getting in the mood to do some baking but we still need to address the problem with the continuing odor from the broiler element in the new range. Someone should be here this week to take a look at it. Whirlpool is good about addressing problems and coming up with solutions so I’m going to be positive and not look for more problems. Remember I said that…
All of our decorations are stored in heavy plastic containers in the garage, safe from insects and dust. I keep the wrapping paper and ribbon in one of the containers so it’s all together in one place. We pull both containers around to the front porch and begin unloading the contents into the dining room.
I’ll talk to Brad about it this morning and see if he’s about in the mood to get the tree up this week or maybe next week. I’m going to make sure we have plenty of gift bags for family and friends. We like to give bags of ground coffee, some nice toffee candy and a bottle of sparkling cider to our neighbors and our chiropractor. Sometimes I include a box of assorted herbal tea bags as well. This year I would like to have some fresh baked cookies to go in the bags if possible.
So, I’m doing my best to get in gear and not let Christmas sneak up on me at the last minute. God bless and have a great Advent, ya’ll!