Saturday, December 10, 2016

It's Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas...Not Really...

Another Saturday night at the rancho.  I am trying really hard to promote the Christmas happy at my house.  My husband's father died many years ago between Christmas and New Year's, so it is always a tough time for him.  With no children at home, it almost seems like a waste to put up a tree...

But, I put on my big girl bloomers and got started.  Here is my table tree.  It is only a few feet tall and this year I went blue and white.  The little snowman is cute.  And sparkly.

This is the tree in my living room.  A four foot "plug and glow"...easy to handle.  I have little Santas, with red, white, and green bulbs.  Not bad.  And it is pretty with the room lights shut off.

In six years, I have never found my handmade ornaments.  I only think about it at Christmas and then I just don't have the time or energy to empty the garage and find them.  I am pretty sure that they are in a box, under my dad's and my son's stuff.  With how I feel about cleaning garages, they may never be seen again.

While I was in the house putting up the trees, nature was outside acting very unnatural.  It was a bit rainy today, but still about 60 degrees.  I trimmed some of my rose bushes, but the ones next to the house were so sparse, I didn't do much to them.  Between the rain and the warm days, I have lots of new growth and buds.  Really?

This cymbidium is on the back porch next to the house.  December to May is the blooming time.   I will need to move this plant into the garage in the next week or so.

I finished my blanket for Dad's caregiver.  She said that it is now her favorite blanket.  She had seen it a few weeks ago and commented that she loved the colors, so I already knew that she liked it. I am happy that she was happy.  The blue is a beautiful peacock color.  The second picture shows the shell edging.

It is a tough time.  Dad is not as good as he was even a month ago.  He is sounding a little congested and has a runny nose.  Is it just a cold?  I don't know.  His eating is slowing down, one of the things that they said would come at the end.  We've put him on a muscle relaxant to help with the muscle contractions, but it doesn't seem to be helping.  There are times when he groans, not in a painful way...but those sounds tear at my heart.  I am so afraid that he will hurt at the end. That would be wrong.  We've been going through this for three years, Dad deserves a quiet and peaceful end.

Enough sad.  The weather has been crazy.  I hope that each are you are safe and warm.  Be kind to one another.


  1. Your little snowman IS cute!! Your blanket is fantastic Angela. Good for you and the big finish! Great for the caregiver! ;) I am sorry your Dad is not doing well. You are such a good daughter. You are both in my prayers. ♥

    1. Thank you. I'm just a little sad right now. The weather has been overcast for about a week now. The pressure gives me a headache. I wish it would just rain. LOL

  2. I hope your rain comes. Lord knows California needs it!
    So sorry to hear about dad. It is so hard. He is lucky to have you for a daughter!
    Your trees look great. I just love white lights.
    Merry, merry :)

    1. Thank you. If you have time for a long-distance rain dance, we will take it. LOL

      Dad has fooled us many times, but it is still hard...

  3. Your crocheted blanket looks beautiful, that blue is gorgeous! and I love the shell edging. A little bit of CHristmas is good. I'm on the hunt now for our things. Know we left nothing behind so they have to be here somewhere. I just read there is a serious drought in Georgia as well. Sad news about your Dad; hang in there. You're doing all you can do. Take care.

    1. Thanks, I think I might have some wool in that blue over in my "yarn" box...well, in one of them...LOL

      Isn't it funny when our stuff hides at the inappropriate time? LOL

  4. That blanket is so beautiful with all the lovely colours ion it. No wonder that the person who received it is happy.
    It's sometimes not so easy to get into a Christmas mood. I just hope that the sparkly trees help.
    Sorry to hear about your Dad.

    1. Thank you, I am so glad that she likes it. Sometimes, you are afraid to give a handmade gift. LOL

      The trees are helping a for some Christmas music.