“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

It’s a gray day. The rain started late last night and continues this morning. When I let Gracie out, I noticed my back Christmas lights were lit. The timer’s sensor was duped by the darkness. I went out and turned them off then came back in, made coffee and was about to get my papers when the torrential rain started. It pelted the doors and windows. Undaunted, I got my umbrella and ran out to the drive-way for the papers. Right now it’s a quieter rain. I’m just glad it’s not snow.

The car is filled for the dump run. I hope it isn’t raining later, but my rainy day dump luck is generally bad. Usually it starts to pour just I drive through the gates. On my to-do list is also a couple of other errands, but no dump means no errands. I am actually hopeful I’ll be stuck in the house. Yesterday I did nothing all day, didn’t even make my bed. It was my day after Christmas sit around and enjoy life day. Today I’ll get to blame my sloth on the weather!

Christmas was wonderful. My friends and I opened gifts and enjoyed our Christmas feast. I opened ornaments from Africa. They are huts with straw roofs and are already on my tree. In my stocking, I got new socks. That doesn’t sound all that exciting, but if you saw my socks you’d understand as almost all of them have holes of some sort, usually in the toes. I hate to throw away socks with holes if they still cover most of my feet. Now, though, my two worst pairs can be thrown away after a small good-bye and thank you ceremony. My favorite gift is a bird made with PVC pipes. It has a long bill and crane like legs. This summer it will grace my backyard so we can all see it from the deck. Gracie got a new snowman and frosted dog biscuits. She also got a Santa that sings Jingle Bells when she carries it around. That I want to deep-six.

My Christmas tree is lit right now, and it shines brightly in the darkness of the day. Later, I’ll grab my iPod and lie on the couch in the living room to read so I can see the tree. It will be gone soon so I want to enjoy every moment, a year is a long time to wait until the next one.

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17 Comments on ““I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.””

  1. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Pouring and windy here, too. I had to throw Rocky out the door this morning because he didn’t like the look of outside. I’m pretty sure he spent the whole time huddled up against the door instead of doing his business. He was wearing his blanket so he was not entirely exposed to the elements.
    I also got 5 new pairs of socks. It’s a tradition. 🙂
    The laundry basket is full but it can stay that way. There are dishes in the sink but they can wait as well. I’m going to curl up on the couch with Rocky and knit something mindless because it’s a warm kind of thing to do.
    Enjoy the rainy day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Gracie is the same way in the rain, but she has to go down the stairs to the yard, and I watch to make sure. She keeps checking hoping I’ve left the doorway, but I know her tricks.

      I actually did a wash yesterday, but it is sitting in the dryer where it will stay for a while. I did take a shower this morning which I expect will be the extent of my efforts.

      Enjoy the couch and Rocky’s warmth!

  2. Hedley Says:

    The snow blower ran three times, the car car went to Metro Airport at 4.15 am and we lost a great one from our youth.
    Gerry Anderson passed away and beginning with Twizzle and through the very wonderful Thunderbirds, Gerry and his wife Sylvia created series after series that were part of our youth. We grew up loving Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Stingray. Thunderbirds ruled supreme.
    Team America World Police was a nod to the Andersons but who will ever forget
    “Thunderbirds are GO”

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I saw about Gerry Anderson’s passing this morning, and I was sorry as I have wonderful memories of his puppets though they did seem almost human to me.

      I loved watching the Thunderbirds and Fireball XL5. I don’t think the others made it to US television so now I’m sorry at missing them.

      Here you go:

    • Bob Says:

      I am sorry to hear of the passing of Gerry Anderson. I didn’t have a clue who he was or what he did. I had to look him up on the internet to discover who he was. It’s nice that he was MBE (Member of the British Empire) since there hasn’t been an Empire since the end of WWII. I guess that’s like winning an Emmy or an Oscar except it only applies to that small group of islands called the UK 🙂

      I have never seen any of his work except for the Youtube link below. I think his talent must be an acquired taste like warm beer and black pudding. Did any of his stuff appear on TV outside of Britain? 🙂

      This has not been a good week for long time celebrities. Both Jack Klugman and Charles Durning passed away right before Christmas.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,Fireball
        I watched Thunderbirds andXL5 on American TV. They were great. Lady Penelope is my favorite with her pink car w
        which could travel on water. She was quite elegant, crafty and brave.

        O saw both men’s obituaries. They each lived a long life dying at 90 and 89 restfully. Charles Durning had quite the military history.

  3. Bob Says:

    Some of the snow from Christmas Day is still on the ground and on the roofs since the temperature hasn’t gone above freezing. Today the snow will all melt as the high is predicted to be almost 50 degrees.

    The days leading up to New Year’s Eve are just depressing. Christmas trees lying in the gutter waiting for the wood chipper to come along and turn them into mulch. The lights on the houses are being taken down and the year is almost over except for all the look back programs telling us the good, the bad and who died in the previous 12 months. All the presents have been given or returned and we now have to look forward to at least two more months of winter after the ball drops in Times Square.

    We also watched the Kennedy Center Honors and enjoyed the tribute to all the recipients including the ballerina. I thought the tribute to David Letterman was hysterical. Whenever I see Tina Faye I still think of her parody of Sarah Palin telling reporters that she’s a foreign policy expert because Alaska is a neighbor of Russia. I think the former governor of Alaska realized that she could not see Russia from her front porch or, maybe not 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I agree about the Letterman tribute being hysterical. Me too-Sarah Palin popped into my head when I saw Tina and that line immediately came to mind. It is one of my all time favorite Fey lines.

      We are also predicted to have a high of 50˚, and it is warmer than I expected it to be.

      I don’t take my house lights down until after Little Christmas. The inside will be cleared of Christmas but not the outside. Our trees go whole to the dump where they are then used at the beaches to stop the erosion of the dunes. St least they continue to be useful!

      • Bob Says:

        Our trees are turned into mulch to protect the plants in the city parks. The closest beach to us is over 200 miles south.

        While in Phoenix I saw a made for TV movie on the 2008 Republican presidential campaign. The movie made Sarah Palin look like an idiot. In one scene the John McCain character said to one of his campaign managers “how is she going to do in the debates when she can’t even name a Supreme Court decision”.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I had no idea what cities do with the trees. Mulch is a perfect use.

        I though Palin made herself look like an idiot with some of the answers she gave without having had coaching first.

  4. olof1 Says:

    Beautiful weather over here today and the night is clear and even colder. I tried to take a photograph of the planet Jupiter but I really need a tripod for that. I managed to get some stars that I can’t see in the sky at all though 🙂 🙂

    I took my car for a short ride yesterday, it becomes rather grumpy if I don’t drive it every now and again 🙂 Glad I did it yesterday because I wouldn’t have been able to drive up the little slope I have outside my cottage like it is today, I barely managed to walk down hill 🙂

    Half of the lightchain in my apple tree doesn’t shine any longer. I can’t understand why because it’s the first of the two chains and the second one s´hines brightly??

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Our sky is far too cloudy to see a thing. It is even still raining though only a tiny bit. That’s enough to keep me from the dump. “Tomorrow is another day,” to steal a line from Scarlett O’Hara.

      Sometimes half of a string of lights goes out on me also. I usually just threw it out as the strings I buy are so cheap. It is quite common. So common they sell something for bulbs which will turn on the dead part of the string. I’d seen it advertised on TV once.


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