Yeah, yeah, yeah it’s over for this year but December kept me busy — and not with sugar plums or jolly times. The furnace went out. (@@##$%&^***&) Igniter bit the dust. PC problems. (more @$%*(*&^% &*) Watch broke. (even more @$%*(*&^%) There was a run on flour at the grocery store (@$%*(*&^% @@##$%^!!!) because apparently everyone decided to do their baking at the same time and those seniors are vicious shoppers when there’s a sale. Misplaced the tins for the cookies and had to make another store run (@$%*(*&^% @@##$%^!!!) Priority mail is actually a 5 day delivery not two because time works differently for the post office than it does for the rest of us. Not one, but two strings of lights bit the dust at different times so the tree had to be restrung twice (@$%*(*&^% @@##$%^!!!)
And that was just the two weeks leading up to Christmas. Don’t even ask about November/early December. Anyway…
Not all of us live in a barn or farmhouse and despite the plethora of ‘farmhouse’ décor being shoved down our throats by every home retailer, and style site, I have no interest or inclination to live in a barn. I like a little more comfort in my life and considering housing costs, I’d like to have my home look like I can afford to live in something more upscale than a barn. With indoor plumbing and central heat. (FYI about 20 years ago ‘farmhouse’ was labeled ‘country’. New term, old tricks.)
While all those truck figurines hauling Christmas trees are all the rage the past couple of years, those of us who live on the coast sport a different style, including at Christmas time.
Yep. Santa is ready for his vacay. I’ve had this beach Santa for many years and in past years been displayed in the bathroom. However, this year I found (free free free) this child’s toy sports car and it was the perfect size for Santa and one of my cheap cheap cheap mini trees which I even strung with a small and cheap string of LED lights. So beach Santa got center stage in the living room this year. Admittedly I’m still kicking myself for passing up a curbside child’s convertible which could hold a larger mini tree for the porch (or even in front of the porch). I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled. I’m positive there’ll be another opportunity.
For those with very limited space, here’s my matchbox car version that sits on the kitchen windowsill.
That doesn’t mean I don’t have a truck to display. Found this little truck at a garage sale which I could have gotten for free, but I felt bad she wasn’t having a very successful sale that day and gave her a quarter for it. The bottle tree was no more than a one dollar (if that). Because there’s no need to spend $30-40 on some mass made store bought decoration that is displayed for a month or so.
Here it sits in front of the TV with my vintage Santa cola truck tin (found at a garage sale) and the small freestanding HoHoHo sign which I’ve had for years.
Now as the year ends hopefully there will be no more daily mini crises thrown at me. Maybe. Hopefully. It has to get better, right?