“At the heel end of the day, I need my glass of wine. Christmas lights for the brain.”

Dinner was delicious yesterday, and I even brought home a doggy bag so they’ll be a dinner  of leftovers this evening. The restaurant was bustling when we arrived but quieted down as we sat and dined.

The day is cloudy as it has been seemingly forever. I don’t remember the last time I saw the sun. The temperature has been in the high 40’s, but without the sun, it seems colder. The trees are bare with only a few brown leaves clinging to the ends of branches. Winter is coming with all its starkness.

Some houses have their outside colored lights lit, and I saw a few Christmas trees through living room windows as we drove home last night. One strand of lights on my deck rail comes on every night. It is my way to beat back the darkness, but within the next week or two, all my outside Christmas lights will be put up on the fence, the gate and the deck to brighten the night. I need to buy a few wreaths, one for the door, one for the front gate and one for the fence off the deck.

Gracie and Maddie are napping. Neither of them was good company last night. They had no problem sleeping the night away. Gracie woke me up this morning by tapping the mattress near my head with her paw. That dog has no patience. I, of course, got up to let her outside. I don’t toy with a dog needing out.

I will avoid going out today because of the shopping crowd and the uninviting weather. Tomorrow I’ll do some local shopping for small stocking type gifts. Sunday will be dump day. I didn’t get to sleep until after 3:30 this morning. I have no idea why this sudden insomnia. I entertained myself by watching the new Anne of Green Gables, Star Trek Deep Space Nine and by looking through catalogues and magazines. I cut out recipes and dog-eared pages with interesting stories. I found a few neat things to order. I like shopping in my comfy clothes from my warm house.

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4 Comments on ““At the heel end of the day, I need my glass of wine. Christmas lights for the brain.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I saw the first light covered house for this season on my way to work this morning. Lots of blue, white and red lights shining strong. It looked a bit strange since it was pitch black everywhere else 🙂 I’ll get used to it already next week. I’ll move my lights from the garage to the cottage this weekend.

    They have started Blck Friday over here too and suddeenly they realised that if people buy all christmas presents now for a much lower price that will not buy anything at full price when christas comes 🙂 🙂 🙂 I can’t understand that it surprised them, why should anyone buyt anythiung at full price when they can get if for half?? 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I was amazed at how many houses already have lights. They must have aimed for Thanksgiving night for the first decorations of the season.

      Because I shop all year and went shopping in Ghana this year, I haven’t much to buy, but even years when I still needed shopping, I choose never to shop on Black Friday. Nothing is worth getting up early and fighting crowds. I think many stores have huge sales because of black Friday. They are reducing prices to a bit more than they probably paid for the goods wholesale.

      Have a great afternoon!

    • katry Says:

      minicapt,
      That whole blog was about the Christmases of my childhood. Uptown a string of lights with a bell in the middle was strung from light post to light post. I till have a couple of those elves and the dancing Santa. My mother hated us to toss the icicles which we’d do out of boredom. She’d take off the piles and put them one by one. I have the best memories of those days!


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