“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. “

The morning is cloudy but warm. Nothing is moving. The prediction is for sun this afternoon then down to the 30’s tonight. I’ll be home safe and warm.

Henry woke me up this morning. He bayed then leapt out of bed, landed on the hall rug and slid across. Without pause, he bounded down the stairs and slipped a bit as he ran. When he got to the front door, he barked incessantly. I could hear it all from my bedroom. I could also hear a blower. My landscaper and his guys were cleaning my front yard and deck. Henry was just announcing their arrival. They blew pine needles off the lower driveway which I hadn’t seen in a while. They raked and cleared the flower beds. They blew the deck clean of the oak leaves strewn about by the wind. The upper driveway was filled with pine needles and leaves which a vacuum sucked into a truck. My yard looks neat.

I had leftover Thanksgiving last night. I’ll have it again tonight. I don’t ever mind leftovers especially turkey dinner leftovers.

When I was a kid, the countdown to Christmas began right after Thanksgiving. My town put up lights. The fire station was totally outlined in holiday colors, and swags hung over the square from one side of the street to the other. A bell hung from the center of each swag. The store windows were decorated, and I loved walking through the square.

When the Sears catalog came, it was a fight to the finish as to which of us would get it first. I kept a running list of what I wanted for Christmas. To help Santa, I included the item number from the catalogue in my letter to him. I just wanted to make sure he knew exactly what I wanted.

The sun just arrived, and I can see blue sky behind the clouds. I think it will be a nice day. I’ll do a bit of shopping and visit my favorite local stores.

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9 Comments on ““I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. “”

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    This morning is partly cloudy and the weather prognosticators are forecasting our first freeze on Tuesday night. Today the rain should begin around noon and we’re hoping for a good soaking. We are in fraught conditions.

    When we were kids we still sent letters to Santa and hung up stockings on Christmas Eve because there’s nothing religious about Santa nor stockings. Chanukah lasts eight nights and the everyone gets a gift per night. My parents usually waited until the last night to give us our large gift. It was like the old Ketchup TV commercial with the song, “Anticipation”. 🙂

    My neighbors have begun putting up their Christmas lights and I’m thinking if I should turn on my outside lights during the holiday season. The former owners installed landscaping lights pointing upwards in the shurbs and illuminating the base of the trees in the front of the house. The lights are on a light sensitive timer. I haven’t turned them on because illuminating the front of the house all night long every night is a waste of electricity. However, turning them on for the holidays might be a good idea. They are totally non festive, but Chanukah is the “Festival of Lights”. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I hope you get the rain and not a freeze. Today was 54˚ when I went out to do my errands, but it will go down to about 38˚tonight. That’s a bit of a drop. We were in drought condition until just a little while ago when we had days of rain.

      Christmas is celebrated in so many wonderful ways. Santa and the stockings are just two of them. I would have hated waiting through the other gifts to get to the big one. We had to be patient waiting for a single night.

      Today I was amazed at how many houses are decorated for Christmas. I think it was warm enough for people to be in their yards. Two of my neighbors have their lights lit for the first time tonight.

      I think you ought to turn the lights on. I figure the trees will look spectacular with the light shining on them. I have my lights lit for 7 hours by the timers. Chanukah means you turn on the lights.

  2. Christer. Says:

    Fog again this morning but it didn’t last for long this time. No wind so it felt nice anyway when it just was grey and dull.

    I do like leftovers but I rarely have any. Food quite often taste much better a day or so after. I will however have leftovers after Christmas, can’t remember if I ever haven’t had that after christmas 🙂 🙂

    Albin truly hates leaf blowers, so much that my neihbor went over to the other side of his garden, behind his garage until I had managed to bring in Albin again 🙂 🙂 🙂 Albin really dislikes his lawn mower as well 🙂 🙂 mine seems to be quite ok though 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      The road was still wet this morning. It did rain a lot, and it was warm enough that the rain didn’t freeze once on the ground. I was glad for that.

      I think spaghetti tastes better the next day. Even my turkey tasted better on the second go around. I have only a bit left from Thanksgiving.

      Henry didn’t like the noise but he doesn’t run from it. Henry is getting laid back!!

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

  3. Hedley Says:

    The tree is up, the ornaments are on, our santons are out and we are game ready. Our advent box will start on December 1 and I have gifts behind the “even” doors for Mrs MDH.

    On of our strongest memories was our oldest sitting on the sofa with his feet up studying the Toys R Us catalog and circling with a marker each and every have to have gift,….got some as best as we could do

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I bought a center piece for my table and two huge poinsettias for the living room. That’s my start for Christmas. I noticed a couple of trees on car roofs when I was out. The tree lots are set up and waiting for business. I haven’t decided yet if I’ll put up a tree, but I do love the aroma of the pine.

      For my mother’s last Christmas, I bought a wooden Advent calendar box and bought all sorts of trinkets. I wrapped every one of them for each space. My mother loved it.

      Christmas times are for making memories.

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