Monday, November 28, 2016

It Takes TWO! Christmas Decorating!

I am in the throes of decorating for Christmas!!
It starts out overwhelming and completely trashes the entire house.
We unloaded the Christmas House storage and, since it was to rain Sunday night, we had to haul most of it in the house and that made for every room to be stacked high with tubs and bags of debris!
It slowly gets better as I go room by room.
Sunday was the dining room. Louis Dean is a saint! We have a pre-lit tree that no longer works so he sat for over two hours clipping off all those dead lights.

By the end of the day, the dining room was cleared of most of the tubs and was looking pretty good.
We have a tree in every room but I don't decorate any of them until I get the house done.
Then I can go back and really enjoy seeing all the ornaments as I hang them on the trees.
Every tree has a different theme that has formed over the years.

We closed out Sunday in the gazebo together, sipping a glass of wine before bed.
Since rain was coming and I didn't want my freshly decorated gazebo to get messed up, Louis Dean climbed up and zipped all the rain curtains. It was so cozy in there, we sat for a little longer.

This morning I was awake before Louis Dean so I took my coffee back to the gazebo to see how it fared in last night's storms. Not one thing out of place!

Today we proceeded to the sewing room and then the kitchen.

It was a blustery sort of day with some pretty strong winds which blew leaves into the room.
LD had a good idea. Instead of vacuuming them up - he used the blower and blew them back outside!! Win! WIN!!

I made some head way in the kitchen while Louis Dean went out to the front yard to pick up all the pecans the winds had blown down.

I took a break and went out to help him crack them.
Actually I do most of the cracking and he shells them.
We make a good team.

I had filled the purple tin completely full of cracked pecans.....
and while I finished in the kitchen, he shelled the entire tin!
It must be a sort of therapy for him!

It has always taken me a week to decorate for Christmas and this year is no exception.
I haven't put make up on since Thanksgiving Day because I haven't been out of the house.
It will be the weekend before I'm done and then we can sit back and enjoy everything all month long!


Ginny Hartzler said...

Well, seasonal decorating is not for sissies, that's for sure! I have been working hard at it for the last two days, and am finally done. If I did as much as you do, it would totally do me in!! I wish I could bring my tree up, and have more trees! But the cats eat them! I have left one wall BARE, awaiting your Santa. Your pecan tins actually make such a pretty picture. You should be charging admission to tour your home at Christmas! We have Christmas Home tours around here.

Kathy said...

So many pecans! I don't like nuts, but Joe would be all over them. You are way ahead of me with the decorating. I have so much to do! Your house always looks so pretty. It's wise to do just one room at a time.

Linda Reeder said...

I decorate more than most people, but I am not as crazy as you!
We have a start on our decorating, and it takes two here too.

BeachGypsy said...

Looks like your decor project is coming right along...and soon you will be done and can just relax and enjoy it all through Christmas! It takes us several days as well and we've DOWNSIZED with the decorating quite a bit from when the kids were little. It'a all so worth it though isn't it?

Gypsy Heart said...

Good for you!! I haven't done 1 thing. My daughter has had her trees up and all the decor out for a month or more. She has all the gifts and they're wrapped. The girl is ready! :)

Don't over do, ok?

Vee said...

Oh, yes, two is very nice. =D

I haven't worn my new makeup since Thanksgiving either when I saw the pics and realized it didn't make a bit of difference. Ha!

Enjoy the process, pace yourselves, Kids!

Arlene Grimm said...

I love your gazebo Linda and I can just see you and LD out there enjoying it. I think my house is done...I love lighting the tree, sitting back with a cup of coffee and just relishing this time of the year.

Susie said...

Linda, What busy bees. I love that you both work together. I need to get busy here. Some days I just drag .:) I love that you get to sit out and enjoy your gazebo as often as you do. Blessings, xoxo,love, Susie

Sandra said...

You're getting there and God bless LG for assisting you. Everything is looking ready for Christmas. I put out too tiny to put trees this morning and trash the whole living room my back is killing me it took me about 2 hours I just don't know how you do it

Deanna Rabe said...

I love that you do it together! I put up a little bit before our trip and will wait until Saturday for the tree, since we do a real one. I am finding that bit by bit it's getting done and I am enjoying it! Its the best time of year!

Alexandra MacVean said...

Wow! A week to decorate?! LOL I can only imagine how many tubs you have to unload and things to display. Hubby and I downsized back in July before moving to England for awhile. We're back in Colorado now and have.....only 1 tub of decorations! LOL Oh dear. We LOVE Christmas....I guess we decluttered too much! :D

Bev said...

Oh man... you have to crack pecans AND shell them??... Brian works of HOURS cracking our walnuts.... I don't help:))

Carla said...

Our big pecan tree is the native kind at the farm. Those tiny little things are hard to crack. David bought 2 more pecan trees to put at the farm but they're the paper kind like yours.