|Alert! Deer Down!|
Now on to what's going on today: Christmas preparations are certainly slow around here. I don't remember a year when I've been further behind. When I crawled out of bed this morning and looked out our bedroom window I was stunned to see a lake where our lawn used to be. We had a lot of rain this past weekend and the ground is fully saturated; the creeks and ditches were up and flowing rapidly.
|Across the road|
Rain was pelting the puddles so there was no use in going outside to let the Girls out of the coop for awhile. I decided to put an hour in on my rebounder, bouncing around with Leslie Sansone for four miles. After my workout, the rain had eased up, so I grabbed the camera and headed outside. The water had already begun to recede quite a bit while I was exercising, which was a good thing, every time we have high water it's a bit nerve-wracking.
|The water had already receded from the flower bed before I took these pictures.|
I climbed up on the Pachyberm and surveyed the soggy situation. Temperatures were in the 40's, nothing to complain about there, that's for sure.
The yard looks so forlorn; the Christmas decorations are sagging and so are my spirits somewhat.
I ambled my way to the backyard to see how the Quarry was faring with all the rain. Oh boy, we've got water now.
I took the deer out to the Quarry and placed them up on the waterfall so we can see them from the house at night. They will remain lit (hopefully, if Carl fixed them well enough) for the rest of the winter. Being in the back yard they can't be seen from the road and won't look goofy after the holidays. I like having light in the garden.
Hurray, lights at last!
The horses were in need of emergency light bulb surgery, too. (I'm absolutely going to buy more lights on clearance this year, I need to! Just don't tell Carl, ok?) In the light of day everything looks rather dismal this time of year; see, that's what snow is good for, it covers up all the stuff you didn't finish in the fall.
Darkness helps a little, too. Not much, but a little.
Everything is half-baked this year, when I plugged our yard light in, one of the bulbs is burned out. I haven't purchased a replacement yet and may not get that done before Christmas, either.
Hitting on two of three cylinders here; put a light bulb on the shopping list, would ya?
And speaking of shopping lists, I did most of my sad gift shopping online this year, starting on Sunday night. Yes, this past Sunday, duh, how silly of me. When I saw the anticipated delivery date of December 24th, I almost panicked. (It will do no good to panic, and I already have enough stress, so I opted for calm acceptance of the fact my family and friends know what they're dealing with. Me.)
In another bizarre twist of decorating madness, I talked Carl into helping me attach rope lights to the urn he made for me two years ago. It was a long drawn-out process but surprisingly he didn't grump about it (too much). To quote an annoying acquaintance of mine who will never say they like or dislike something, but instead when confronted with my attempts at decorating always (without fail) says, "Hmmmmmmm......that's Very Interesting."
Light pole and 'Very Interesting' Urn
So that's IT for the outdoor decorations. But wait, there's nothing done in the house. One more time Carl to the rescue, let's see if we can find a Christmas tree in this wonderland of spruce and pine we call home.
Off we went to the Back Eight where a recent windstorm had blown the top out of one of the white pines.
I DO sew, truly, I do. Apparently, I just let my husband run around in ratty old coats with the sleeves torn out. Sigh.
In answer to the question, "Do you have a saw on you?" I handed Carl my trusty folding saw and he set to work cutting us a Christmas tree.
Um, yeah, that's a really big tree. Too big, And kind of spindly, especially by the time we cut it down to six feet to fit in our house. We left this one out in the field, there must be a better candidate in the garden somewhere.
My solution was to take two limbs out of the bottom of a 25' tall Norway spruce. (It was too dark to take pictures by then) and stick them in the Christmas tree stand lashed to a nice 6' tall cedar pole to keep them upright. I always stick the Christmas tree in the corner by the railings anyway, so there's no point in buying a gorgeous tree off of a lot and then end up cutting half of it off anyway.
I'll post pictures of the Christmas Twig when it's decorated.
Believe me, it's Very Interesting.
|Oh, Christmas Twig, Oh Christmas Twig.........sing along, it's a catchy tune.|