Sunday, December 7, 2008


This has been a busy weekend. I brought our fiber-optic Christmas tree up from the basement, but instead of putting it on an end table in the living room where Speedy would want to investigate, I decided to put it in the bedroom. We spend more time in there anyway. Unfortunately, the only place to put it where the dog won't get at it is on top of the highboy. As you can see, it is not a good fit. Still, I'm not going to move it. The lights are nice in the evening.

I put up the Santa face on the door and a lighted pine garland on the mirror. They were in the same plastic crate as the tree. Our Christmas guest towels and the Santa tea towel and pot holders were also in the box, so they are also on display.

I wrapped presents while doing laundry. Noticing that several items had been overlooked, I braved the crowds for reality shopping. So a couple/three presents still need wrapping. The Christmas card list was easy to update this year. Mail merge addressed most of the envelopes for cards: there's always someone whose address I need to track down. I'll have the majority of them ready for dropping off at the post office tomorrow.

The word of the day for December 7, 2008 is "preparation" — Pronunciation: \ˌpre-pə-ˈrā-shən\ Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English preparacion, from Middle French preparation, from Latin praeparation-, praeparatio, from praeparare to prepare
Date: 14th century
1: the action or process of making something ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion, test, or duty. 2: a state of being
prepared : readiness. 3: a preparatory act or measure. 4: something that is prepared ; specifically : a medicinal substance made ready for use [a preparation for colds].

Our quote for the day is from Doris Lessing (b. 1919), British novelist. "The Chronicler", in The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five, p. 141, Knopf (1980):

This is certainly not the place for a discourse about what festivals are for. Discussions on this theme were plentiful during that phase of preparation and on the whole were fruitless. My experience is that discussion is fruitless. What sets forth and demonstrates is the sight of events in action, is living through these events and understanding them.


  1. Glad that your preperations are going well ! It is always a relief when one gets the cards done and posted. Mary is about to post ours today..Just hope I have remembered everyone...
    I am not looking forward to Christmas this year as you can imagine, however we will try to get through it as we normally do just with that huge empty space....
    much Love Sybil xx

  2. Its always a nice feeling to get things underway with the decorations, tree, cards etc. Well done on getting so much done!

  3. I just finished my major entertaining for the season on Saturday and I am now ready to get down to the basics. Now that I have time on my hands I might even consider baking cookies--except then I'd feel obligated to do frosting and--this could lead to bad expectation in future years. Maybe I'll just play Tetris all day today.

  4. I just managed to post most of my cards today. We had heavy snow and ice which kept us housebound for a few days until yesterday. Lucky you getting the tree and decorations up too. Ours are still waiting in thespare bedroom having been brought down from the attic.
    HOpe you and Lloyd are keeping well.
    Jeanie xxx

  5. I like how you use your chosen words in a quote. That must take some researching. All I have done is put the lights in the window.


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