Pre-Christmas Goings On


| 12/14/2011 10:10:31 PM


Tags: historical homes, Christmas trees, Christmas home tours, A Christmas Carol, Mary C.,

 Master Gardeners tree 

The month of December is a time for getting out and enjoying the many pleasures of the Christmas season.  It’s also a time to think of those less fortunate in our area.  During the summer time, I tend to pass up going to some of the plays and other things going on around the area as my three and half acre yard and garden are needy.   This December, I’ve just plain worn myself out. Some of it may be due to getting over my knee surgery, but I haven’t let a sore knee keep me from running.  Well maybe not running.   My biggest problem is that there are several things going on at the same time, and can’t go to everything I want to do.  

   Winter magic with paper 

First up were the trees of Christmas at the Tennessee Valley Art Association.  Various schools, businesses and groups sponsor a decorated Christmas tree not Holiday tree here, it’s a Christmas tree.  Funds are used for the art in schools and for preserving a historical Ritz theater owned by the TVAA.  Verborie a high school friend and her daughter Uyladia now living in Atlanta, had a tree that I wanted to see called ‘History of Color’.   My mistake was going during the opening reception.  I had taken my Ram to get a nail removed from a tire and had a little time to kill before going to Florence to the Audubon meeting.  Everyone was dressed up and here I was in my jeans, a T-shirt with a long sleeve flannel shirt as a light jacket and a camera hanging around my neck.  A photographer for Shoals Woman magazine walks up wanting Verborie & my picture.   I was so embarrassed.  Then the media relations person of the art center, also a friend of mine and fellow blogger, Cathy Woods wanted a picture of us.  I answered that we’d break her camera which turns out we really did.  Verborie explained to Cathy that we’d been friends since high school and I piped in that we were sisters, to which Verborie added that she took after Dad and I took after Mom.   The Shoals Master Gardeners out did themselves with a tree called ‘Bountiful Harvest’ decorated in dried flowers and the bounty of the harvest.  Another tree was decorated in hand cut paper snowflakes.    

   paper snowflake 

   Belle Mont 

mary carton
12/19/2011 11:52:50 PM

Thanks Dave, I have a few things up inside, but didn't have time to do anything outside. With my knee still on the mends it'll have to wait until next year, too close to Christmas now. I bet the grand kids are much like my hooligans. Mom has been baking up a storm. I have a load to take to work tomorrow. You have a Merry Christmas.


mary carton
12/19/2011 11:49:14 PM

Thanks Cindy. I've had the same problem on Laura blog about home made mayo asking for a clarification of an amount and it's disappeared twice. Guess there are some bugs in this new set up they have. Merry Christmas to you also. Thanks for visiting and commenting.


cindy murphy
12/19/2011 12:11:35 PM

Merry Christmas, Mary!!! Sounds as if you're enjoying a fun filled season. (I left a more detailed comment earlier this weekend, but it seems to have mysteriously disappeared. Don't have time to recreate it now, and wanted to get a merry Christmas in to you in case I don't get around to it later - busy week ahead.)


nebraska dave
12/18/2011 12:28:57 AM

Mary, Christmas is a fun season. Isn't it. For the most part everyone is in a good mood. I can't believe you are getting around and doing everything that you are doing so soon after surgery. Yeah, I guess I'm some what of a Bah Hum bug this year. I just can't quite get in the Christmas spirit. I do have a tree up and the Christmas cards sent out but that's about it. Lydia, my daughter, has been in the baking mood so the house has been filled with delightful smells. I do have to rearrange the living room furniture and get ready for Bradley's XBox 360 Kinect. The reason for that is to leave enough space between the jumping, squatting, swerving kids. There has to be at least 10 feet between the activity and the Xbox sensor. The arrangement now doesn't have that space. Well, it does but they bouncing kids would be on the couch. Not a good idea. Oh, they would like it but not grandpop. So ho ho ho, Merry Christmas.





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