‘Twas The Nyquil Before Christmas…

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The ornaments were waiting patiently…

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The orange slices dried and threaded…

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…The lights almost strung


But the Angel…that damn Angel…

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…still grounded.

and somewhere along the way my beloved  Christmas bear lost an eye.


Not too many sights more pitiful than the Christmas Tree Angel still propped against a cocktail shaker less than 10 days out.

As if her once a year gig wasn’t short enough already.

To make amends, I have promised I will NOT swear at her no matter how many attempts it takes to get her sitting straight atop the tree this year.

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So, this is where I am so far…

Truth be told, despite my resolutions, this is the most behind I’ve probably ever been before Christmas.  Butcha know what? It doesn’t really matter.  I’m not going to stress it.  Maybe, maybe, this is just how I roll  :)

I threw caution to the wind and accepted a most unusual and wonderful invitation which involved me being away from home last week ( another post).  When presented with a beautiful gift, how do you say “Thanks, but this is the wrong time to open it”??!   So doing too much with way too little sleep, not surprisingly, took it’s toll on me physically, but if I’ve learned anything in the past week it’s to do my best to not sweat the small stuff.  Our precious boys will be home for the holidays, good friends and family will be with us, a turkey will somehow end up in the oven, and that frickin’ angel will sit straight if it takes me til the fricking stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve.  No worries.  Afterall, she doesn’t have to be perfect. (OK, baby steps…)

And now I better click my heels together and get cracking. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do

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*PS. If you are new to my blog this year, which most of you are, please do check out my December 2009 posts either by clicking on the “Archives” tab in my heading above, or right here: December 2009 archives. There are 3 pages of posts (alright, so I was posting a little more often then :)) with many decorating photos, a few recipes, tips for drying or sugaring fruit, making Yorkshire pudding and other seasonal goodies. I must admit, it was even fun for me to go back and read my early posts (and also a little horrifying to realize how quickly a year has past!)

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So make the most of every moment…

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And Bless Us, Each and Every One!!

xxx



Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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So here are the dried oranges from a few posts back.    Easy peasy.

10 more days to go!!  May The Last Minute Shopping Forces be with you and curses to all those who are  finished already!

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On one of my very first posts on S.P., back in July, I posted a YouTube video as it related to my trip to Japan.  I am posting it here again for Christmas being that it is one of my all time favourite pieces of music. It’s  called “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” from the movie of the same name starring David Bowie.   I can’t tell you how beautiful this is- you MUST give it a listen.  I could have just downloaded the music, but I prefer to include the video of Ryuichi Sakamoto’s live performance as it is SO passionate.   BTW, can I have hair like that in my next life?  In fact, while we’re at it, I’d like to play the piano like that too.  Hey- it’s Christmas- one can dream…

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

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