Monday, December 12, 2011

Let the Season Begin

Well, hello. I hope no has given up on me. The end of the semester is always crazy and stressful, but it is officially over. I ended this semester in very good shape. I had all of my grading done and grades uploaded to the system by Friday noon. Grades are not due until this Wednesday, so I feel like I have gained a few extra days. So now it is time to get ready for Christmas. Let the season begin.

We traveled to our friends out in Northeastern Colorado for their annual Christmas party over the week-end. We are not always able to go because I always have final essays to grade. Sherry had a lovely party with lots of good food, and her home was totally beautiful. She has The Touch--the decorating touch.

So here is my holiday To Do List:

Put up Christmas tree. The tree is finally up, but I had a rough beginning. The pink lights wouldn't work. Bummer. I called Target late Sunday night to see if they had pink lights, which they did, so today I made the trip to town to get the lights and a few other things. You just don't go to Target and come home with only what you needed. I did get more gift shopping done.

Look at the chaos. I wondered last night if I would ever get done.

I hate clutter.

Max was little help.

A few years ago I surrendered the live tree and bought pre-lit artificial tree. I do a pink tree with pink lights. Only this year not all of the pink lights lit. 

The village has been up for a couple of weeks. I love all of the little trees that I have added. The village grew this year from a 6 ft. table to 8 ft. I added a little train. More photos later.

The village across the way from us. All of the neighbors have decorated their homes. Quite a lovely sight from our side of the road.

Max must have moved. He loves the fireplace. Santa is a long time tradition. My mom made him in her ceramics glass for our daughter's first Christmas in 1976. For 37 years he has been under our tree. 

And Wahlah. The tree is finally done. The new pink lights are LED and I am not too sure that I really like them. They seem more purple. I shot the photo without the flash. The flash makes the photo too white. Does anyone have any suggestions on getting really great Christmas Tree pictures?
I still have chaos. Nor do I have my stove yet. Hopefully it will be installed by the end of the week. Sunday Santa Clause will come for the children. We will have about 11 children who will get a private sitting with Santa. Such fun, but I don't think I will be serving any baked treats.

Most of the gift shopping is done. The carpet cleaner is coming tomorrow to clean the furniture. I still have plenty to keep me busy, but not too busy to read your blogs.

Back in the garden, we have a new visitor, a wood pecker . Any ideas as to what it might be? He is about the size of flicker, but much different coloring.

We had fun watching him. He'd go to the bird feeder to get a sunflower seed then fly to the infamous Russian Olive where he would bang the seed on the tree trunk to open it.

I do hope that your holiday plans and preparations are going according to your plan. Stay calm and enjoy the season. We will be thankful and grateful for the wonderful blessings, for the good health of our family and friends, and we will try to share the joy of the season. Now I have to catch up on reading my blogs.


  1. It looks like you've been very busy with all your decorations. The tree looks lovely. I like your village and nativity on your fireplace. Great photos of the wood pecker. I'm hoping to take part in the UK household bird watch in Jan (however I'm not too good at identifying birds - I try). Happy Holidays!

  2. Hi Ann! Oh, I feel your joy regarding the grades! Well done! Way to go!
    Your tree is very pretty! I like pink.
    The dog looks cozy. Give him a pat for me.
    I can't really start any shining of the house or baking until after Friday. The week is all planned with good stuff for the students, so I shall be content in the moment.
    Your house looks lovely and I wish you happy doings.

  3. Lucky you...done for the semester. Everything looks great. Merry Christmas.♥♫

  4. My blog is awfully quiet this month too, but I just can't help it. I work as a supervisor at Kohl's, so you can just imagine how crazy that is! Your decorations are beautiful indeed. I'm not putting mine up this year, can you believe it? The kids can't make it down, so we decided to skip it, can you believe it? Sure saved me some work!

  5. Ooh! Looks like you have been super busy. Your tree looks good. The purple shade is really nice. The bird is a treat. We have many varieties of birds but nothing attractive like your wood pecker.

  6. Hi Ann,
    Your home looks really christmassy and i love the two colours of tree lights,your winter village is dreamy i could sit and stare at it for hours by your cozy fire,Max is a sweety!
    Woodpeckers are fabulous,we have one here but his his head is green,the red is stunning.
    You are welcome to visit Shabbily as often as you like Ann,the kettle is always on x

  7. Can't wait for Christmas at my parent's house! Always so special! I will not say anything about the woodpecker. You already know how I feel about those creatures. Love

  8. Hi Ann, I love your decorations, especially the fireplace mantel. I have always wanted a is on my "someday" list! Your tree is really beautiful, too. Merry Christmas to you!