While we meant to go down to the ranch for a few days, rain had come in down there and the ducks were swimming in Dean and Sherry's front yard! Combine that with the fact that I continue to choke, hack and cough - we opted to stay home and I don't intend to leave the house until I am well.
I spent all morning watching Hallmark Christmas movies!
By 2;30 I felt like doing a little something so I opened up the Christmas house where I store all my decorations. It was scary! A bit overwhelming to see it all crammed so full! I have to take everything out just to find what I'm looking for. This year I will NOT be using every single thing in there - as I have done in every single Christmas Past. Times are changing and so are my energy levels.
A daunting task!
Made easier by my saint of a husband!
He melts my heart doing things like this!
The gazebo was our 'room' of choice today.
I am decorating one room a day......this will take awhile.
I usually do a Snowman theme in the gazebo but since this is the first year for our NEW one -
I thought to go with red and a bit rustic.
Every corner is cozy and just waiting for a friend to come sit a spell with us.
There are two rockers plus mine and Louis Dean's chairs but there's room to bring in more seats from the kitchen deck.
Louis Dean loves colored lights and especially the LED ones.
That's what we used here.
I love how cozy it feels......
That middle Santa needs to have his beard tamed so we can see his face,
I will do that very thing - tomorrow!
A manger scene I found in an old trunk I've had for a few years.
It was wrapped in paper dated 1985.
The only Snowman in the gazebo!
We LOVE the way it turned out!!!
I told Louis Dean as we were decorating, "I feel like we could be in a Hallmark Christmas movie!"
This is where we ate our dinner tonight. We weren't ready to go in.
You can tell we are in Texas. Where else do you have citronella candles lit to ward off the mosquitoes while you decorate for Christmas??
It turned out even prettier than we imagined it would!
While I am not going to be hosting a big ladies tea as I have done for the past several years,
I will be hosting smaller teas and gatherings.
This is a year for changes.
And now for a nice glass of wine!!
Tomorrow we will tackle the dining room!