This Week's Schedule of Posts:
Monday: Fashion - Heather
Tuesday: Food - Sheila
Wednesday: Frugality - Ann
Thursday: Furnishings - Heather
Friday: Fun - Ann
November 26, 2012
Polka dot sequined sweater: J Crew; black and white striped shirt: J Crew; bracelets: Ann Taylor, Chicos
As you can see, I'm praying for a miracle, hoping that a sweet Christmas angel will sweep into my home and take care of the detritus behind me. And that mess is fairly indicative of the state of the rest of the house, which brings me to the first question:
When is a woman too old to put up Christmas decorations all over the house?
Is it the same age she stops dyeing her hair (something I'm not ready to do yet)? Or gives up the fight against creeping post-menopausal spread (may have already done that)? Does anyone else out there have this question? Don't get me wrong -- I love Christmas and all of the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday, but at this exact time of the year, when I've just taken down the autumn decor and still have leaves (and they're not even real ones) scattered on the floor, and the living room is piled high with Christmas items ready to be worked into vignettes, I feel a little tired and a bit overwhelmed. Is this a sign that I've reached the age when it's time to start simplifying? Or do I just need to drink the tea that is sitting beside me getting cold while I'm lamenting this situation? I read the blogs of the women who already have their decorations up (before Thanksgiving), and I wonder how they do it!
Two years ago, I didn't go all out as I usually do -- Tom was recovering from a Halloween day motorcycle crash that landed him in the hospital for almost a month and a wheelchair for four months. He couldn't climb the stairs to the master bedroom and his wheelchair wouldn't fit through the corners to the downstairs guest room, so the guest bedroom got moved out to the family room. His recuperation was most important and caring for a semi-invalid put a limit to what I could accomplish.
I've had several cups of tea now, my energy is returning and I'm ready to tackle the decorating once again. I know it's not what Christmas is really all about, but I do love the warmth and magic that comes from the sight of twinkling white lights, the sheen of silver and gold, and the scent of cinnamon and pine, so I'm thinking, "At least one more year..."
Black straight leg jeans: Chicos; nude and black shoes: Dillards last year
Are you buying the idea that I'm wearing high heels and sparkling earrings to do this work? I'm channeling the housewives of the 1950s who always dressed in pearls to wash their floors. Actually, hubby said that the cast-off exercise clothes and clogs (Dansko -- fabulous if you're going to spend a lot of time on your feet) were probably not suitable for the fashion segment of the blog. He did offer to take a picture of me bending over while digging into boxes -- bringing to mind the saying that "spandex is not a right; it's a privilege."
Last year's decor -- what will I change; what will I keep the same? Decisions, decisions.
From the guest bedroom looking out to sunshine and mountains
Here is one of my favorites from last year. It's a set of measuring cups from Anthropologie.
Of course, I've been shopping this year, too, and here are some of my new finds that will need to be worked into the mix. I shop all places -- Target, Nordstrom, Z Gallerie, Anthropologie, Tuesday Morning, the Decor Store, and local shops Willows Home and Garden, On the Veranda, Rustic Stuff, Scottsdale Marketplace (38 showrooms under one roof), and the French Bee.
Question: Should I spray the entire antler(s) gold or spray just a band of gold on each one?
It will all come together in good time. I just need to relax and let it happen, and stop writing and get back to work. Wishing you a wonderful start to the holiday season! Join me again on Thursday when I will hopefully have pictures of this year's Christmas decor.
P.S. Three more questions:
1. Is less really more?
2. If it's organized, can it still be called "hoarding?"
3. Am I fooling myself in pursuing the retirement dream of living in an RV? Which actually brings me to a fourth question, "How many trailers can an RV pull?"