Sunday, November 30, 2014
In 2008, we went on a week to Florida with some friends in the weeks of December, and I had to have everything ready early.
It really allows us more opportunity to enjoy when the pressure is off.
Won't be happening.
Tomorrow is the fist day of December, and life is nothing but good.
love always, Val
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
A couple years ago we gave up going to the tree farm and just buy a tree at the nursery instead. It helps simplify and streamline. They have nice trees, five minutes from home.
And I observed that all this Christmas crap is just that, trinkets and crap, but it apparently links us to something more, some kind of shared history and affection and fun.
An inflatable Santa from Walmart, a fancy, expensive nativity scene from the 70s, flimsy nutcrackers that have never cracked a nut, two dollar window candle lights, and what does any of it even mean?
I don't know. Symbols of something bigger, I think. It has to be that, like how Jay and I are each fond of our own mother's Christmas trinkets.
Here we are heading into December, and hoping the final month of 2014 is wonderful. Always love. love, Val
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
See the picture of the upstairs bathroom?
Well, there's more to the story.
Years ago one of those things that cover a plug in fell into the toilet tank and was swept into the porcelain of the bowl. It never worked quite right after that, blocked the flow of water through the channels.
Last week, he replaced the toilet while I was off working. I was happy. Everyone was.
But the next day I had to ask him, "What did you do with the tank set?"
"I don't know. What is it?"
I said, "That fuzzy rug thing that was on the tank and all."
"Oh. I threw it away."
"You threw it away?"
"Yeah. I mean, what's the point of it? Plus it was hideous."
Okay, then. Pointless AND hideous.
So I found the old rug in the linen closet and the old seat cover in the towel basket. No lives were lost. We'll be fine.
A view of the girls' room:
This is not a problem I will be dealing with today.
Anyway, one of the kids was over at their house when they were having company coming in a few hours. The place was fairly trashed, and the kid knew how very nervous this would make me if it were my situation.
This mom was so fantastic. She told the kids, "Okay, right now I'm going to take a nap, and then we're going to make a miracle happen."
My kid about fell over: Take a nap?
I know, right?
We are hosting Thanksgiving tomorrow and we're not taking a nap at this point, but we are going to make a miracle happen.
I will look into it.
Maybe I can stuff a pillow in there and pop it back up.
Maybe we won't deal with this at all.
This plaid shirt is someone's, but nobody in this family. We don't know where it came from.
Happy Thanksgiving! love, Val