“At Christmas I no more desire a rose, Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled shows; But like of each thing that in season grows.”

The rain is coming and should be here by the afternoon. It is welcomed as we are down from our usually rain amounts. The summer was pretty dry. Gracie and I were out early because we scoped out the kennel where she’ll be staying. The owners are quite nice and Gracie was on her best behavior. On the way home we stopped at the vet’s where Gracie got a shot against kennel cough and had her nails trimmed.

I was out the other night and meandered home so I could have a short see the lights ride. It is amazing how many houses have lights, the most I’ve seen in a long while. My street with only eight houses, including one which is empty all winter, is ablaze of lights. The houses are beautifully  decorated some with white lights, some with colored lights and others, like mine, with a combination. We’re talking fences, wreaths, trees and houses lit for the season. The house at the end of the street has a train lit up in its front yard. Blinking lights are wrapped around a tree, and they look as if they’re floating in air as the tree trunk is too dark to see. They have four kids who must be so excited to see their house decked out for the holiday. The other house with so many different lights has stars of light hanging from their tree. They have a tree of colored lights in their front yard. They too have four kids who must be delighted.

I remember how excited I was when my dad put the outside lights on the front bushes. They were the big bulbs which shone so brightly and were always so hot to the touch. After finishing outside, he’d find the window candles and tape them to the sills. The bases were made of plastic and had a tendency to be top heavy because of the bulb, always an orange bulb, so tape was a necessity.

At Christmas time the lights shine brightly against the dark of winter. They seem hopeful and remind us that winter will end. The days will get longer. We’ll all soon be back in the light.

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10 Comments on ““At Christmas I no more desire a rose, Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled shows; But like of each thing that in season grows.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We have more lights this year too, still the same homes here in the village who have lights but now they have more. Suddenly I’m the one with the least lights so I’ll have to change that till next christmas 🙂

    It is already getting warmer here again. It will stay around 32 for two more days and after that warmer weather with rain and wind will arrive. I can take the warmer weather but I’m really tired of storms now 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      Maybe the upswing in the economy is reflected by all the lights. I know in the first year of the recession there were fewer lights.

      Today was 55 degrees at 9 in the morning. I guess it will get colder during the weekend. No snow though in the prediction.

      Both of my sisters have lights outside their houses. It’s family thing I guess.

  2. Hedley Says:

    Its raining a lot in Detroit, so much so it would be 10″ of snow, if it wasn’t for the temperature being a balmy 54F this afternoon. It will probably prevent Mrs MDH and I taking a stroll through the neighborhood where some of the light installations are quite spectacular.

    I have given up on outside lights having been somewhat criticized for “over-lighting” one tree, followed by a massive fuse job and then I threw them all away.

    My Daughter and husband are coming to Boston for next weekend’s game at Gillette (or whatever you call your football stadium) – nothing says Christmas for them like the chance to see The Great Brady play in person.

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Al afternoon threatened rain and it was forecasted but never appeared. The day was in the high 50’s but felt colder because the air was dampish.

      One side of the lights didn’t light despite the timer. My friend lent me another timer, and I connected it today so all the lights successfully lit. My door now looks dark so I’m thinking of some way to put lights on a couple of bushes.

      Your daughter has great taste in quarterbacks. The Kraft’s built that stadium without any public money-good for him.

  3. Bob Says:

    Today the sky was clear with a temperature in the high 60s. This has been a warm December all over the country. With the huge El Niño in the Pacific we will be paying for it in January and February. 🙂

    Saturday night we drove around after picking my daughter up from a Holiday party and I noticed less homes seemed illuminated for Christmas this year. Maybe it was just my imagination.

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I don’t want to think beyond the warmth of each day. The idea of snow in January and February is a nightmare given the winter we had last year. The snow was around until late April.

      Around here there are more houses than ever. They have lights on fences and wrapped around trees. There are giant blown up Santas and reindeer. It almost a wonderland.

      • Bob Says:

        The other day driving in my neighborhood I came across a front lawn with three flat piles of what looked like junk on the grass. Then, it came to me they were inflatable decorations deflated. 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        Bob,
        My brother-in-law had great inflatables which were destroyed by vandals. I’m sorry he didn’t catch them. They would have been so sorry.

  4. Richard Says:

    Finally! Rain came thru last night, but not in the amount I’d hoped for. More wind than rain, actually, but it was still better than the Warm Express we’d been experiencing. The rain hath come, the rain hath ended, the rain shall come again … See? Y’ just can’t excape stuff like that when y’ grow up Cat’lick.

    Spent the day denying that my back is giving me fits. I suspect I screwed up during my workout the other day. When I do crunches, I decline the movable back section so it points toward the floor. I then grab a 45-lb weight, put it on my chest, and do 3 sets of 15 reps. I think I knew I was in trouble when it was difficult (before becoming impossible) to assume the declining position. Now I’m in process of locating an ortho doc so I can have the full extent of my stupidity evaluated medically.

    I suspect my crunches aggravated an old trampoline injury from college days in the ’60s. I hate athletics and ‘gym’ in general, but it was a mandatory class back then. When ‘Coach’ saw me doing knee drops on the trampoline, he told me I needed to keep my back stiff when I dropped. Okay. I’m just a student – he’s the ‘Coach’ … what do I know? I kept my back still next drop – and pitched forward, coming to rest with my head between the supporting wires and the metal frame. An inch or two more forward motion and I’d have hit the frame. As it is, there was an audible ‘Crrrrrunch!’ in my spine when I hit … looks like it’s finally manifesting after my ‘crunch’ technique on Monday. Life is good, non?

    I only hope any surgery I may need is of the ‘microdiscectomy’ variety with a single overnight stay. I’m really not a good patient. On the plus side, tho’, I learnt a while back that when filling out the menu for Dietary, I can put ‘x2’ next to all the items I want and get two trays of food …

    Still waiting for external signs of lights here in the complex … not many people seem to be decorating this holiday season. I usually accompany my daughter and her family when they go out to view the displays, but this year the ‘Back Issue’ may prevent me from going with them. Hope not, but it could. Time, as they say, will tell.

    • Kat Says:

      Richard,
      The rain has just started. I can hear it on the windows. I expected it all day but here it is arriving at the last minute.Night is probably better as we don’t have to bother with it when we’re driving.

      Backs, don’t get me talking about backs. I have been through everything: PT, a shot and three surgeries. I’m not much better though the constant pain is gone but reappears with a vengeance when I walk or carry anything heavy. I have to stop in the middle when I change my bed. I hate it.

      I think I was there a couple of nights each time. Two were in Boston and the last was here in Hyannis. I’m done with doctors for my back. I need a saint with healing powers.

      Don’t go walking if your back still hurts. I had a horrible pain on my hip. Come to find out it was caused by my changing how I walk so my back would feel better.

      I do hope you have a great result.


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