The Daily Scrawl
Posted by joeabbott on November 29, 2014
Well, yesterday was the day after Thanksgiving and so Joe and Suzy got to doing what Joe and Suzy do about that time: we started our holiday decorating. It helped that we were having deluge-style rains because all our doings were inside doings!
I pull the boxes down from the loft in the garage and then Suzy brings in the boxes she needs for inside decorating. I then bring down the lighted deer and will spend the day in the garage testing out lights and putting to rights those that are amiss. It can be a long, chilly afternoon but, to my surprise, the majority of our deer were working fine. A couple needed some TLC, a few bulbs were replaced, and only one deer was a lost cause.
The lost cause was our “topiary deer”: a tall fella (could have been the original deer that start the craze) who is covered with green, plastic “ivy” or something. He looks pretty good but he had a short I couldn’t track down last year and so we started referring to him as the “constellation deer”, as the nighttime view of him gave the distinct impression you were looking at something but it wasn’t really clear what it was. Anyhow, he’s still good-looking enough to stake into the yard but we won’t be lighting him this year.
By the time I came in for my first break, Suzy was ready for my help with a strand or two of lights, securing the banister holly, and getting our plant ledge setup working. Then I was out again to finish the deer and, when I came in again, the house was finished.
Suzy looked at the weather report, saw that snow was coming, and our Saturday-after-Thanksgiving tradition of getting our tree turned into a Friday-night-after-Thanksgiving tradition. Thankfully all of the shopping madness had passed and we breezed in and out with our haul: an amaryllis, a bag of cinnamon-scented pine cones, and our 6’ tree. We’re not usually picky about the tree but typically spend more than the 2 minutes we took.
All attendants were missing from the lot so I cut the twine on a bundled tree, we spun it a few times, and realized we could look a long time and not do better … that first tree was ours! My new pickup truck came in handy as we tossed it in back, lashed it down, and were ready to roll!
It did snow last night, enough that the chickens are refusing to leave their coop, so I’m glad we got our tree. I’ll finish this up, work on a chore or two, and then (hopefully) it’ll have warmed a bit and I can stake out the deer without freezing!
Thanks for dropping by for a quickie chat! Hope your holidays are off to a good start, too!