20 December 2007
Catching up and counting down...
Tis the season to be very busy, as we all know...here in beautiful upper Scotts Bay, we've been doing the usual pre-Christmas things, like a little decorating...
...and after the most recent snowstorm, a little shovelling, a little plowing (well, longsuffering spouse does these things, I stay inside and handle the decorating!
Because the prevailing storm wind blows out of the west in the winter, we bank the west side of the house with straw or hay (which makes a dandy bottom layer for a new bed next spring). The hay stops the drafts into our rock-wall basement quite admirably.
In the fields next door to our property, there is grass showing through in places. Around our place, the drifts range from nearly bare ground (between barn and pasture) to three feet deep. As a friend of mine who owns a nursery and I were laughing today, "snow cover is currently NOT a problem" for finicky plants! My heathers and heaths are snuggled under a thick white blanket...and of course, those bulbs that aren't yet planted...aren't about to be planted in the next day or so.
Putting up the Christmas tree generally means I'll have help of the feline kind. Simon celebrated the tree being in the house by swinging around on their cat house, and waited patiently for us to put the tree into the tub that we use (and tying it up to the woodwork) before he could begin 'helping' me with decorating. Or undecorating, as the case may be.
I like colour on my tree (surprise surprise!) so we use coloured minilights, and a lot of gold ribbon and bows rather than tinsel and icicles, neither of which are a good idea to use around cats, who can be naughty and decide these items are something they'd like to play with...and ingest.
I have a thing about penguins, and have some quite nice blown-glass ones..which are fastened securely near the top of the tree. The catchildren play bad kitty tag under the tree, but they don't try to climb it now that they are supposedly mature...
My philosophy around getting ready for Christmas is "it'll all happen, and whatever doesn't happen doesn't matter." It's supposed to be a fun time, not a stressful time. I do have postings ready to pop up over the next few days, and now it's time to catch up on my reading.
How are YOU doing with snow and Christmas preparations?