Saturday, December 05, 2015

Lo, it's Christmas time!!!

I mentioned in my last post that we'd gotten our
tree up a few weekends ago.  But before we could put our 
tree up we had to go out and buy a new one this year 
because the lights on our not-quite-four year old tree 
were failing all over it.  I was very annoyed because these 
things ain't cheap to begin with and I loved my not-so-old 

So we drove to Canadian Tire and checked out their
tree selection and ended up bringing this one home.
I would have preferred a tree with coloured lights
but pre-lit trees seem to be decorated with white
lights more often then coloured.   I liked this tree
because it looks quite real and we were not interested
in driving all over the province looking at the
many different christmas trees that are for sale in 
other stores so this is the one we bought.

Hope it'll stay hale and hearty and lit for more then
three seasons.

This one is the typical three section tree with each
section inserted into the previous one and the bottom
section inserted into the stand.   Then, because it is
brand new and had been stuffed into a relatively
small box by some kind of sadistic mechanical device 
I had to "fluff" it before we could start decorating it.

Fluffing the tree took a long time.   Opening the new
tree like an umbrella, pressing branches down into place
and separating branches from one another and flatten-
ing branches etc.   Making sure that there are no empty spaces
through which you might be able to spy the tree trunk 
or (horrified gasp!!!) plugs and wires.  And you just cannot 
rush these things because a well fluffed tree is crucial to the
end result of a realistic appearance.   

Do I sound as demented to you as I sound to me?


So a few days after the tree had been put up I was 
sitting with a mug of tea in hand admiring our
handiwork.  DH was sitting across the room 
from me with his mug of tea.   I idly glanced towards
the top of the tree and then did a double take.

"Where did that come from" I asked the only
member of this household tall enough to place a
small plush cat on top of our seven and a half 
foot tall tree without a ladder.   Said member of
the household just grinned at me.

We've been without a star for the top of our tree for quite
a few years now.   Ever since our last star refused to 
light up during a previous decorating session we've been
trying to find another one that we both liked without 
any success.   Usually I just plop one of my hand made
gold bows on top of the tree and leave it at that but 
this year I hadn't gotten around to doing it yet.

So DH decided to take matters into his own hands and
you see the results above.

I like it.

We're cat lovers here, and we have an orange cat so
I guess it's rather fitting to have an orange cat on top of our

Meanwhile, the christmas cards have begun to 
trickle in and I'm happy about that because I
love christmas cards.   And so does a certain
previously alluded to orange cat.    His name was
in the hand written greeting inside the card so
of course he had to read it for himself.

The very first card to arrive this year was this hand
made beauty from Andrea at The Craft Room.  I love
it so much and have placed it on display on a shelf of the 
bookcase in the living room where it can be seen and
appreciated.   Thank you Andrea.   Your card making 
skills are as amazing as your stitching and finishing 

A landmark week at work for DH as he 
celebrated 40 years working for the same
company.   Yes, I said 40 years!   Hard to
believe isn't it?    

That kind of anniversary is certainly going to 
be a thing of the past as it seems that most
companies don't want to be bothered with
long term employees and most certainly not
with employees over say 50 years of age.

But DH has made it to 40 years and he's 
happy with that but has also had enough
of it.  He will be retiring at the end of 
March ... and is counting down the days.

My currant read is The Accidental Empress which 
is a historical fiction by Allison Pataki about the
life of Elisabeth of Austria known as Sisi who was
married to Emperor Franz Joseph at the age of 16.

It's funny but I ran into Sisi in two other books that
I'd read earlier this year .... The Fortune Hunter
and The Courtesan.   Both books are featured in
previous blog posts.   Sisi is a major character in The
Fortune Hunter but just appears briefly in The Courtesan
but she made an impression on me so when I came
across this book I had to get it and find out more about
this fascinating, tragic woman.

It's heavy on the romantic aspects of the Empress's life
and some of the criticism that I've read on Goodreads 
from other readers is that it doesn't delve deep enough
into Sisi's real life history, tragedies, trials and troubles.
But I am enjoying the book and I think I'd like to find
other books about her to add to my library which are
perhaps more inclined towards a truthful portrait of the
woman instead of a simplified, romance heroine style.

I'm obsessing over a TV program called Escape to
the Country which I am watching on Youtube.   It
is a sort of home search show that takes place all over
 The British Isles with breathtaking scenery,  a bit of
touristy information about the featured area, and 
a bit of the local history.   I'm telling you, if I ever
win the lottery I'm gonna get myself a house in the
countryside of The British Isles.   Deciding on where
exactly may not be easy but that would be a problem
I would enjoy solving very much.

Then I'm gonna want a house in the country in Belgium,
Austria, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark ....

(voice trails off listing every country in Europe)



blue star stitcher said...

40 years is just amazing, I agree most companies don't seem to value loyal employees anymore. We have had our tree for 9 years now, it's not pre-lit but I dread shopping for another so up it goes each Christmas.

Brigitte said...

Congratulations to your husband on having worked for one company for forty years - an amazing number of years nowadays as all you say about companies and their employees is just more than true. But even bigger congratulations to him on his decision to retire next year. Then you can both enjoy your time away from work and do things together.

Your tree looks good, you were doing a gerat job fluffing it up. And the top is the cat on the top of it, lol. Great idea for a household with cats, I think.

I would do the same if I won the lottery - but as I don't play the lottery this will never happen, lol. But I have often imagined to buy a little cottage in a different country. I have to admit that the cottages I often see in British movies or series are some of the most tempting. But a chalet in the French Alps or a blockhouse in the Rocky Mountains wouldn't be bad either, lol. Well, one can dream :))