Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Tale Of Two And A Half Trees!

Other than adding a few more ornaments we are done...we had a a festive dinner out last night...today I am making an oven baked stew...Den is putting the candles in the windows and spotlights in the front and on the side of our house. I might even make some cookies!

Pancakes and ham are prepped for breakfast...because...tomorrow we hit the Mall! We are heading out for the 8:00 opening...sigh! We do this every single year!

Here is our half tree!


Family room tree!


Sunroom tree!


All our decorated...now we just want snow...but we are getting rain...sigh!

Reading this...


Happy Saturday!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Trees...Books...Cookies?

Partly finished...we call this Tree # 1!


Read and reviewed...both were yummy!





Reading this! Another yummy one!


Today we have hair appointments...more tree decorating...and some cookie baking...I hate baking cookies but Den will be sad if I don't...so...I will bake a few!

Roxie is obsessed with my Jingle Bell Garland from Terrain...we had to carefully tack it in! Plus the moment you touch it it tangles...really tangles!




View from the kitchen!



Happy Thursday!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Trees...Books...Trees...

Den has a very very busy day...and an office dinner tonight. That leaves me free to not cook, not clean, not do laundry and not make dinner!

A hire car will pick him up and bring him home later from all of his holiday festivities. The girls and I will put on our jammies and chillax...and decorate the trees! I will start soon...but I am still lazy right now!

That was the tree part...lol...now here is the book part...

I finished this and it was really good...it's Sherlock Holmes and his much younger wife Mary Russell whom everyone calls Russell. I don't have a photo in my head of her but Sherlock us definitely Benjamin Cumberbatch...the BBC's Sherlock...I think that's why I enjoyed this book! It's an odd mix of ninjas and emperors and secrets...I might have to read more Mary Russell books...I quite liked her...






NetGalley delivered some books I can't wait to read...some I have had for a bit but I want to start them soon...especially this first one!
























Back to trees...someone in this family stole/gently removed and possibly ate? my reindeer's ears! From my North Woods wooden tree set on top of my pie safe!




From way up here!


Hmmm!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bare Naked Trees...

Oh my...yesterday...just to recap...we...

...went to Glen Willow for our trees...they were closed for a family funeral...very sad...
...drove farther away to Wolf's...got our trees...
...stopped at Target for multicolored lights...
...stopped at Terrain for ribbon and tiny little fairy lights...
...stopped at Bravo Pizza for a slice...
...held up two trees while Den tried to get them in the stands...
...zipped to Walmart for another tree stand...
...got rid of every piece of tree netting...it is deadly to kitties if they try to eat it...
...vacuumed...pine needles were everywhere and we were dragging them all over...
...had a huge glass of wine while we put on tree lights...
...vacuumed more pine needles...
...had dinner...turkey meatloaf, a roasted potato half, and oven baked beans...all
homemade by me...I am amazing...
...finally told Den where I hid the Christmas cookies and chocolate...
...brushed, soothed and played with two kitties...
...collapsed in bed with our iPads and TV...
...fell asleep in minutes...woke up wired at one ish...


The trees...undecorated...Den's colored lights...



Patty's tasteful white lights...


I have to say there is something sweet about two trees...

Today I am finishing up outside...boughs, holly, ribbons...I love doing this part!

View from the kitchen...


Patty's handmade pillows on a bench in the entry...


I still have bins to unpack...but...I love it! It was a little bit of a shock to us that Den could carry in each tree without help...he could easily lift them into their stands...and it was fun to change things up...after I finish the outside I will hang some ornaments...oh...it's also fun to be able to see the trees all of the time!

Happy Wednesday! Reading? Not a thing...lol!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

So...Who Had The Brilliant Idea Of Getting Two Trees?

Actually I think I did...but...we have always had really tall trees...the sun room is at least 20 feet to the tippy top so we always got the tallest trees ever! Then depending on our mood we might put the tree in the living room...but still we would get a tree that was at least 9 feet tall...they were always beautiful but amazingly hard to get home, wrestle into the house and into the stand. Plus...of course...I am the designated holder while Den tries to get it into the stand...ick!

So...this year we actually have three trees...a baby live Fraser Fir in the bay window in Den's study...and a 6 1/2 foot live Fraser Fir in the corner of the family room and a 6 1/2 foot live Fraser Fir in the sun room...whew!

So...we thought that this would be so easy to do...we already have tree stands...and tons of lights and ornaments...but...the stands were too big for the trees! It was nightmarish and Den had to run out for different stands...but...we are now a 2 and 1/2 tree family...Den has new colored lights on the sunroom tree and I have lovely white lights on the family room tree and we are still almost speaking to each other! Barely! Almost! Sort of!

Our trees were born here! Love their sign!




Trees stuffed in the rig!


Separated by two trunks!


We got cookies! They had cookies...sugar cut outs and ginger spice at the tree store!
Den dropped them and now we have cookie pieces!



Is this safe? Driving with all these trees in the car?


Happy Tuesday!

Oh...when I am awake...I am reading this!