“Glittering tinsel, lights, glass balls, and candy canes dangle from pine trees.”

Today is dreary. The rain started last night and hasn’t stopped. It beats on the roof sometimes heavily. The wind is picking up as I can see the pine boughs bending. Henry had to be convinced that going out was a good idea. It wasn’t but he went anyway. I waited for him as he thinks the dog door works only one way. In a bit, he wanted out again, and off he went. I heard him banging the dog door cover for me to let him in, one of my least favorite Henry things, but I’m well trained. I got up, but, halleluia, Henry let himself in. He was soaked but he didn’t care. He knew he had earned a treat from his Christmas box. I gave him a frosted Santa.

My family always buys real Christmas trees. Last year I bought two, one short and one shorter. I put both in the corner. The shorter one went on a chair. Together they looked like a tall, full tree. On the smaller one I hung all my character ornaments: Mark Twain, Sherlock, Captain Hook, the witch from Over the Rainbow, some Chinese men traditionally dressed which might seem weird but isn’t. They look perfect on the tree. There are others, and this year I’m adding Ruth Bater Ginsburg in her robe and collar. The taller tree is filled with anything and everything, and its boughs bend a bit under the weight. I’m just fine with that. No icicles or tinsel are on either tree. I learned my lesson when I saw one of my cats had a strand I had to pull from a gross part of her anatomy. The icicles never appeared on any of my trees again.

My electricity blinked and havoc followed. The TV went out, and cable hasn’t come back, Alexa can’t connect, probably a good thing as Alexa is highly annoying, and the internet is unavailable. I’ll just keep typing.

Everything is back. Cable took the longest. If I heard Alexa with her red ring tell me one more time something was wrong, I would not have been responsible for my actions. I can hear her now, ” I do not know what is happening. Why am I flying?”

My sisters and I talk, and friends have called to make sure I’m okay. I’m working on that, but it just isn’t easy.

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6 Comments on ““Glittering tinsel, lights, glass balls, and candy canes dangle from pine trees.””


  1. Poor Alexa ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Dark and gloomy over here but no wind and a bit foggy so I didn’t mind that much. No use in minding to be honest since this will be the weather the coming week. They say to add to the fun it will also rain some ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    I stopped having bigger trees in the cottage since old Orvar always peed on them ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ Orvar is gone since long but now Bertil most likely is slightly senile and can’t leave anything alone. I’m pretty sure he would destroy everything within minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I have two Alexa’s and one Google, and I wish I had all Googles. Alexa doesn’t know so many things, and I curse her. If I ask Google the same questions, it always finds the answers.

      It rained all night until this afternoon when all of a sudden the sun came out and blue sky appeared. North of me, well into New Hampshire, got snow. My sister had 6 inches, and my friends in New Hampshire had 8 and were expecting 2 to 4 more inches.

  2. Mark Says:

    Your RBG Christmas ornament pleasantly caught me by surprise as I didn’t know they made them. RBG was someone that I greatly admired for her intellect, courage and perserverance. I also appreciate the relationship that she had with Justice Scalia. Although they were polar opposites politically, they mutually respected each other and developed an endearing relationship. I’m hoping that we will see more of these types of relationships forming after our leadership changes January 20th.

    • katry Says:

      I always thought of their relationship as a wonder. They always understood that politics aside they were much like each other.
      I love my ornament. I also bought a cloth Give Women the Vote marcher ornament.

      I’m willing to be patient a bit longer.

  3. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was another beautiful day. The sky was partiy cloudy with a high temperature of 65ยฐ. Today, my daughter and I explored some more places while listening to music in the car. She chose the broadway musical โ€œMan of LaManchaโ€.

    Do you water your Christmas trees? Having never had one I was curious because I read an article about watering them. If I celebrated, I would just have a metal one. Chanukah is coming up soon and we only have to worry about burning down the house with either the Menorah candles or the oil from frying the Latkas. ๐Ÿ™‚

    While looking for something to do today on the Internet, I discovered why Grapevine Texas is advertised as the โ€œChristmas Capital of Texasโ€. On their website they have a proclamation from the Texas Senate. When we moved here in July, we had no idea of this great honor to our city. ๐Ÿ™‚

    https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/christmas-capital-of-texas/

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      I had no intentions of going out. I just ran for the mail. The weather wasn’t as much cold as damp. It was nice to see the sun even for the little while.

      I do water my Christmas trees. Wherever you buy one should take a little of the trunk off so the tree can take up water. It is really thirsty in the beginning.

      I am totally envious about all these festivities. I’d be at many of them. It is a great honor.


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