Christmas trees are magical and watercolor Christmas trees even more so! Happy Wednesday!
Last week I told Kym that I had changed things up on our mantel this year and she asked for a picture. Never one to miss an opportunity for a blog post, I’m sharing it today with all of y’all.
As you can see, we do not have a traditional mantel. As in, it’s actually part of a closed off fireplace in our living room. At first I thought it was really weird but I’ve grown to love it. In fact, a few years ago when we painted this room, Dale offered to remove the mantel and wood arround it and have someone plaster over it and make it look like a regular wall but I turned him down. I like having that ledge to decorate each season and I know I’d miss it if I didn’t have it.
Even if it is weird.
Anyway, that print is something that Dale and I bought our first Christmas together, 21 years ago. We weren’t married yet but we were shopping together and Dale spied it and we bought it, making it one of the first things we ever bought together. I’m a little tired of it but the sentimental value with that one is strong so it’s staying put for now. I’ve always had a garland up there but this is a prelit battery operated one that I got last year when I had finally had it with electrical cords. The wooden pillar candleholders and glittery paper trees are from World Market and the candles are flameless but pretty realistic that I got at Costco.
It’s simple and pretty and the lights make me happy. It’s also pretty hygge and it may just stay that way for a while after the holiday because that’s how we roll.
It was a busy and fun weekend around here although, it did not get off to an auspicious start.
Yep. Thursday afternoon I stopped at the grocery store on my way home from work and when I opened the back door on my Outback when I got home the bag with TWO bottles of wine rolled right out and smashed in the driveway. Luckily, my suede boots were just fine and the rest of the weekend definitely got better.
On Friday morning I drove to the Cape to meet up with Doreen and visit Eden Hand Arts. I was making an exchange for Kym with no plans to buy anything for myself. Of course you know that changed and somehow a fish ring just jumped right on to my thumb before we were out the door.
From there we headed to Scargo Cafe for lunch and to celebrate Doreen’s birthday. We shared this tuna “martini” and it was DE-lish!
We both had the shrimp and couscous salad. It was loaded with super delicious shrimp along with roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash and it was so so good.
We finished by sharing this awesome dish of grapenut pudding. This is their house specialty and it did not disappoint.
In the evening Dale and I went to a work Christmas party for me – it was a busy and full day but included lots of laughs with friends.
On Saturday I went with Hannah, Jessica and Jack to a fair at the school where they work. I did some Christmas shopping (okay, I really only bought stuff for me) and had a wonderful time seeing Jess and Hannah interact with so many of their coworkers and students. Hannah loved holding this Burmese python and, while I was happy to take her picture, there was no way I was getting too close.
It snowed for most of the day and the Christmas lights looked so pretty that night. Dale and I stayed in and watched Christmas movies, it was a great way to enjoy that first snow storm of the season.
On Sunday we spent most of the day at home, Dale cleaning up the snow and stuff around the yard and garage while I did inside stuff like knitting and watching Hallmark movies. In the evening we headed to a local campground to see their Christmas light display. It was lovely but we had to sit in traffic for over an hour to get in. A rookie mistake on our part as we could have gone back roads instead and not waited at all.
The cabins were decorated by various groups from the community.
This one, by The Oliver House, was our favorite. They had a Christmas Carol playing on the TV and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future set up on the porch and yard. Great theme!
I have to admit, though, that this one with ALL those lights was awesome! They were twinkling and blinking and, even if my preference at home is white lights, this one was super fun!
As was the weekend. Now it’s Monday and I’m fighting off a cold and cough and hoping it goes away because there is so much to do this week!
Today I’ve got 3 random things to share with you because random is just the way things are right now.
- One Little Word sign ups are open. I’ve done this now for the past 4 years and I’m planning on doing it again. My words so far have been: joy, grace, shine & peace and, while I haven’t made a definite decision about next year’s word, it has been on my mind a lot and I’ve got a few contenders vying for the role. If you want to learn more or it you want to just go ahead and sign up you can visit Ali Edwards.
- Last Thursday was our annual Christmas Tree lighting on our Town Common and I was warm from my head to my . . . legs. My feet were freezing and I realized – I have it covered when it comes to outdoor clothing except for a pair of warm boots. I’ve got a down coat and plenty of wool hats and mittens and scarves. I’ve got L.L. Bean hunting shoes, which are great for wet weather but they aren’t insulated at all so they don’t keep my feet warm. After the evening was over I was bemoaning my problem and both Dale and Tom said, you need a pair of Sorel boots. In the spirit of “there is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing,” I ordered these Joan of Arctic boots and they came on Monday and I lurve them. I lurve them so much I’m hoping for an outdoor activity on a cold day so that I can wear them.
- I don’t think I updated you but we did, in fact, purchase an artificial tree. We got a 6 1/2 foot Classic Fraser Fir from Tree Classics and we love it. The color changing lights are perfect for us since Dale prefers multi and I prefer clear. Right now we mostly have the clear lights on during the day and then we change it to the multi at night. The clear lights are definitely brighter and I think they show the ornaments better but the multi are old fashioned and remind me of my childhood. We both love that it doesn’t have to be watered and that you can brush against it without having a jillion needles fall to the floor. Check back with me after the first of the year when we have to take it down and find a place to store it!
And those are my three things this Thursday. Have a great day!