There is a magic moment in my decorating when it goes from calm and serene to total chaos and that moment happened today!
I started on the trees and the lights!
I had to pull the trees out of the storage building so I could get to the tubs of other decorations so I decided to try to get as many trees UP today as possible!
Since Louis Dean was helping me, I rewarded him with a good macaroni/egg salad lunch and an old episode of The Closer. We still love watching reruns of that our MOST favorite TV show!
I added a half glass of wine since my niece asked me to save wine bottle for a craft project she is working on. Silly girl! She asked for EMPTY bottles!!!
We worked most of the day and when I told Louis Dean I thought I had accomplished a lot -
HE said, "Yeah, me, too! A lot more than I MEANT to!!"
Seriously, we have so much fun together!
His son taught me how to string the lights on a tree!
You go inside and back on each branch as you go around and up the tree!
I do NOT know how I went all these years stringing them around and around!
This is the tree I bought last year at the thrift store for $24.99 - less 25%!!!
It is beautiful and I am so happy with it! The needles are not the paper kind that fall off.
Actually, it has three different kinds of needles on it all made from a little different material.
This tree has more than 1,000 multi colored LED dome lights on it!
These are Louis Dean's favorite and we like to look at the colored circles they make on the ceiling!
I added the tree to the front porch but need to find more lights for it.
These are the old fashioned kind - NOT LED!
I worked on the foyer which always has an angel theme.
Still more to do but it is a work in progress!
I am loving the golden glow in there!
I am learning to pace myself.
I used to do all the decorating in a week but I got to thinking about that and remembered I had kids at home to help me! Now it's just me unless I get Louis Dean involved - which is not always a good idea!
The dining room tree is up and lit. NO tree is really decorated yet. Just up. And lit.
This year I have TWO trees in the dining room.
There is a small one here with the angels and a lighted wreath.
I forgot to take a pic of the sewing room tree which is also up AND lit!
Thankfully I put that one away last year with its lights still ON!
Just as we were turning out lights and closing up the house, I glanced over at Maddie on the baby grand piano. I thought this was just too pretty not to take a picture!
This morning she came in and got in bed with me after Louis Dean went to put on the coffee.
She seldom does that. Also, we noticed her running around all day zipping in and out of the rooms.
Finally we realized that this is her FIRST Christmas with us.
She is probably in sensory overload!!
So am I.
So is LD!
I think it's time to go to bed!