The Last Christmas-Free Post This Year, Probably

Why does Christmas HAVE to start the day after Thanksgiving? In my mind, it should be like college where we had a dead week before finals, just to catch your breath and make sure your loins are girded. But, the almighty dollar says otherwise, so damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead, hurtling forward to celebrate the season. My favorite part of the holiday has always been getting together with people who I love and hanging out and catching up, preferably over a good meal and some alcoholic beverages.

But, I can tell you that some of the inhabitants of my house are bursting with holiday spirit:

I have about five Thanksgiving/Christmas/Easter cacti and this one has put on an exuberant show this year. I love its light pink color; the flowers look more orchid-like. I have the standard red-orange variety, and a white one, too. But secretly, this is my favorite—shhhh, don’t tell the others. Please note the leaf-shaped snack plate below it. I really do use nice china for my plants.

We have a number of pictures, but no real stinkers, just some head-shakers. This is part of our holiday gift to you, beloved readers.

I feel sorry for the poor green-glass vase under the coating:

There it was, just minding its glassy business, and boom, out of nowhere, it was coated with glue, and rolled in rock chips like the gravel at the bottom of aquariums. The result has all the decorative cachet of that coating people put on their garage floors. It actually looks good in the garage and not-so-good inside the house. Can you imagine trying to dust this off? I’m pretty sure that if you tried to wash it, you would dissolve all the Elmer’s glue under the tiny rocks, and the whole shebang would go down the drain. Hey, maybe that should be the plan to restore this poor thing to its perfectly okay previous state—clear green glass. If you want to get fancy, you can retouch the gold paint on the lip.

On a related note, this was in with the Christmas offerings, as you can see by the Santa torsos in the background. In what world does this look like a special thing to put out for the holidays?

These are more winter décor than exclusively Christmas:

but, they still elicited a shouted “what in the world” from us. The boot part of the skate is resin!! decorated with 3D winter scenes of giant snow people and their pet polar bears throwing snowballs. Wouldn’t a person made of snow throwing a snowball be like a human throwing bones or hair? Oh good, now these stupid things are making me sound like Wednesday Addams! So, the boot is resin, but the blades are real metal, down to the toe picks which are, picky. There are real shoelaces threaded through the holes and tied in giant bows at the top. You know that there are literally thousands of abandoned ice skates in closets all over the country that they could have decorated and used, but no, that would be practical and thrifty.

A couple of weeks ago, we had a picture of a giant floor lamp:

Right after that, these giant table lamps showed up. They must have all come from a house filled with very tall people and big furniture. These lamps are probably close to four feet tall without their shades. It takes a pretty big space so that these don’t overpower a room. The only only one that I would consider is the one on the left—it looks like a space ship from a bad 1950 sci-fi movie, if you removed the socket. You don’t know how many ugly lamps we see, although we have to admit that at least half are ugly because of their shades. Getting the right shade for a lamp must be trickier than it’s commonly thought.

Oh, this chair brought back memories:

Hello 1960-70s, although I lean more Seventies with the design on the vinyl upholstery “fabric” used. I’m sure it was textured, too, because I can remember peeling my bare legs off these seats in the summer while wearing short-shorts, and the back of my thighs being all pebbled looking. With all that, I still think that you could do a lot worse picking out some chairs to go with your Formica table. If you recovered them, and maybe spray-painted the legs another color, it could be snappy looking.

As part of our ongoing effort to bring pretty china back into fashion, here are a couple of sweet cups and saucers:

I’m sure your coffee or tea would taste ever-so-much better being sipped out of these cups. And you could give your pinky finger a workout, too. It’s amazing how cheap these are at thrift stores, probably about the same as the cheap, chip the first time you use them, mugs on sale at your local dollar store. So, things taste better AND it’s better for the environment!

Last up is a cute picture and a couple of photobombers:

We were so busy looking at this embroidered picture, that we didn’t notice the mirror behind it. That’s focus!! This has probably hung in a boudoir, or a child’s room for many a year, and it still looks pretty good. I’m not sure that the painted pink frame is necessary; it was probably a perfectly acceptable wood color before. If my mom had painted the frame, it would have been antiqued avocado green, as that was her go-to color in the 1960s. Whoever embroidered this knew what they were doing, and it was gone the next week, as well as the mirror. We were right back at it, though.

Yay, I just cut and pasted all the words into a Word document and discovered that the post was 960 words long, so my work here is nearly done. We shoot for about 1000 words, give or take a few. Next week starts the Christmas posts, and we have some outrageous Christmas crafts as well. So buckle up, buttercups, we’re plunging headlong into the season. Be sure to take a moment to appreciate what’s out there to be appreciated, and let’s give each other a bit of grace, shall we?

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2 Responses to The Last Christmas-Free Post This Year, Probably

  1. Stephanie J Gazell says:

    Your cactus is gorgeous! Mine is flowering but the green of the plant has paled alarmingly. Not sure what’s wrong with her and I don’t have the green thumb Mum did. *sigh* Love the china cup and saucer on the right – so pretty! Makes you want to make tea. Have a good week, girls!

    • kathy & deb says:

      Thanks Steph. Your cactus might need some fertilizer and or the light might be too bright. I keep my cacti between 1 and 2 feet away from the window glass—the light is too intense. That’s all I can think of off the top of my head. I loved that saucer myself; it’s a nice treat to drink out of pretty china! Hugs, Deb

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