“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”

Winter is marching towards us. Yesterday was in the 50’s, today the 40’s and the 30’s arrived last night. It was cold taking Gracie out and waiting for her so her last trip at around eleven was a solo. I urged her on from the front door. Yesterday was a frantic Christmas presents wrapping day. I was at it from about two until close to ten. Many of the gifts I have are small, really stocking stuffer types, as everyone gets a bag of those in addition to a big gift and I wrap everything. I think I whittled the pile considerably so today will end my wrapping frenzy. I also learned a lesson yesterday. I need to get up and walk around every now and then as my back is quite troublesome today, and Gracie sleeping on my legs last night didn’t help either. I’ve doused myself with Aleve and hope for the best.

I have sworn off MSNBC. I can’t take the political news anymore as I keep getting a headache so, instead, I’m getting my daily dose of sugar from Hallmark’s Christmas movies and my black and white science fiction movie fix from YouTube. Right now I’m watching The Snow Creature from 1954. The Creature, called Yeti by the Sherpas, was found in the Himalayas after he had kidnapped a woman and killed a few Sherpa climbers. The men in charge of the climb, Americans, decided to capture the Snow Creature and take him to the US for study. It seems none of them took a lesson from King Kong about leaving creatures in their natural habitats. Well, the Snow Creature escaped, of course, and started killing here and there. He was found and destroyed in a meat vault. Poor Snow Creature! Poor bad movie!

Yesterday I did some sweatshirt cuff dusting. I cuffed a few tables here and there, mostly ones I can see from the den. I also watered my tree. I had to crawl on my stomach, hold up a few branches then tip the watering can. I put my fingers at the top of the tree stand so I can know how much water there is. I also watered the table centerpiece.

I’m now watching Plan 9 from Outer Space, the Ed Wood movie considered one of the worst movies ever made. It was Bela Lugosi’s last movie, and he died before the filming was finished. He was replaced by Ed Wood’s dentist who was considerably taller and who hid his face with this cloak. The actors are awful, the special effects are silly, the sets, with a lot of curtains as backdrops, are unbelievable, but I really do love this movie for all of those.

My Christmas tasks need my attention. I have the wrapping to finish, the cards to address and the tree to trim. I also need to get up and walk around. I’m thinking another cup of coffee and some toast.

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10 Comments on ““Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I fuss.

    its the conundrum of the Christmas presents for Mrs MDH. It starts in earnest after her October birthday and doesn’t end until (today). Its the same with my children and their spouses, I just want to get it right and hope that they are excited when they open the gift.

    When the kids were young, there was the delight of “the quest”. It was the Nintendo or Play Station that would cause me to be in line outside Target at 4 am on the day after Thanksgiving because some kindly assistant had tipped me off that a shipment was coming in. It was not until much later that I discovered that the two of them would seek out their gifts hidden in the closet.

    We will all be together on Christmas Day. I didn’t organize it but yesterday morning, my son’s plans had changed. I am happy with that.

    Now I am thinking about midnight Mass at St John Fisher Chapel, I know my daughter and her husband will be there. the Church will go dark, Terry and our wonderful choir will sing “Silent Night” and the tears will pour down my face.

    Mrs MDH is off to see “An American in Paris” tomorrow night and I will have plenty of opportunity to wrap. We have snow flurries and it all seems right

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Like you, I want to get presents just right. That’s why I shop all year. If I see the perfect gift, I buy right then and there as I’d probably not find as perfect a gift later.

      Only once did I look for and find gifts. Christmas morning just wasn’t as much fun knowing some of the presents. All her life, my mother would tease us all about presents, ” Wait until you see what you’re getting!” She was always right as it was from her I inherited the searching for the perfect gifts.

      We used to spend Christmas Day with my parents. We’d all be there for presents and dinner. When my Dad died, we still spent the day with my mother. Now that she is gone, we seldom get together. We all talk on the phone and tease each other about gifts but from far and wide. I now spend Christmas with my friends who are family, only just not related. We have traditions.

      I remember going to midnight mass and having those same feelings. It was like this wonderful miracle.

      Have fun wrapping but get up and move around periodically!

  2. olof1 Says:

    It’s rather warm here now and very windy and tomorrow will be much the same they say. The storm isn’t that bad here and I can barely hear it if there’s any other sound in the cottage.

    I need to move around a lot too because of my back, it is back to a bit worse again, I had too much staying still work today and that’s never a good thing for my back.

    I must start with the Swedish christmas cards now, I know I have a tendency to wait till the last minute or slightly after it too :-)I have them beside me but I doubt I’ll start writing them any time soon πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      It is cold, but the day is sort of pretty with the bright sun. The blue sky, though, looks frosty to me.

      We’re both is such good shape. I hate having such a bad back. I’ve been up and down today so I hope that will help.

      I swear I will finish mine today and mail them tomorrow. My boxes will go out Monday.

      Have a great evening!

  3. Bob Says:

    This morning the temperature dipped to 45 with a brisk north wind. Winter has arrived and I wore my sweater for the first time since January. The high was only 53. Tomorrow morning we might gat our first freeze. By Saturday the wind will shift around to the south and it will warm up to the 60s again.

    I have never seen “Plan Nine” in it’s entirety. However, it’s the subject of my favorite “Seindfeld” episode,”The Chinese Restaurant”. Everything about that episode makes me laugh. I also enjoyed the movie, “Ed Wood” which is like the documentary of “Plan Nine”. I wonder if Ed Wood is smiling down from above that his masterpiece is still being shown, talked about and the subject of TV shows. πŸ™‚

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      It was in the low 40’s here later in the morning, but it’s getting cold again. 53˚ this time of year is unseasonably warm here. It will be warm until Friday and on Saturday winter will creep back and some places will get snow.

      Plan 9 is just so bad but it hangs around and is enjoyed because of how awful it is. Glen and Glenda is another really bad Ed Wood, but it makes me laugh.

      • Bob Says:

        I’ve never seen Glen and Glenda. Ed Wood was a cross dresser and according to his biopic was a weird man.

      • katry Says:

        In one scene Glen was confronted by Glenda as he has been wearing her sweater. He explained why, and she gave him the pink fluffy sweater.

      • Bob Says:

        Global warming means weird weather. Today we in North Texas were dry with above freezing temperatures. However San Antonio, 250 miles to the south is having a snow storm. They have about an ince of accumulation and expect another half inch. The snow is falling in near Corpus Christi, College Station and in Houston’s northern suburbs. Go figure?

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        The western part of this state gets so much more snow every winter than anywhere else in the state. We often get bypassed by the snow unless it is a northerly blow when we get covered. According to tonight’s weather we here own the cape could get 1 to 2 inches.


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