Monday, December 5, 2011

Deck The Halls!

Today’s been a lovely day, even recuperating.  ThatManILove has pretty much grounded me to one of our living room chairs, my left leg up on pillows, with a circulating polar ice therapy machine cuff wrapped around my knee.
We usually travel over Christmas, due to the fact that both of us had prior marriages and children.  Children of divorce have to split their time between all their parents, so we try to make it as easy on our boys as possible.  

But this year, we had discussed:  Christmas decorations? Yes, or No?

Susan and Jacey Glover of Ruth and Naomi Landscaping came over and put winter color in our flowerbeds.  I heard they were making Christmas wreaths, and asked to see them prior to their show.  They came over and let me pick one out, and and a date to install the tree and decorate was made from there.  They are such sweet ladies, and really know how to put the plush on!  

So...welcome to the creation of our first Christmas tree.
Here it is at the start.
And here come the first ribbons.  Isn’t the lime green color wild?  I love it!

And more decor.

And now, the brown fur ribbon!  Yes, fur!!  (Fake, of course!)

And....all the accoutrements!  Looking awesome, and they're not even finished yet!

The red pheasant feathers.  What?  You've not ever seen a red pheasant?  Take it from me, the accomplished bird hunter…they don't exist.  But aren't they beautiful?

And here?

The wreath, that started it all.  Well, that, and ThatManILove.  Here's a final shot of the tree. 

I like it… this  picture doesn't do it justice - it's absolutely beautiful.

Dang.  Does this mean I have to go shopping now?  But I'm grounded...

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Gimpy Girl

Yikes.  It’s been a while since I posted.  Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!  Update on my brother-in-law, Mark: his post surgery Pathology test came back clear, great news!

As to my other brother-in-law, Mike, he is undergoing chemo treatment as I write this.  He is desperately fighting lymphoma. ThatManILove took blood tests to see if he will be compatible as a bone marrow donor for his oldest brother, and we are awaiting those results.  We are hoping for positive results.

Thank y'all so much for your continued prayers for them both.
Were y’all able to do that tongue-twister from my last post?  That seems like a year ago!
I’ve not been posting because I’ve been busy getting everything ready and all my ducks in a row so I could have arthroscopic knee surgery Dec. 1st.
We finally got rid of our huge red sectional, and got new furniture in, a day at a time.  First, we bought the coolest chairs.  And then, we bought this really cool curved Flexsteel couch, cream colored leather.  Absolutely beautiful.
But it didn’t fit in our living room, so we had to take it back.  Waaaah.  And the furniture store gracefully refunded the money.  Yaaaaah!
Then we went to another store, a furniture store that is going out of business, and found another couch.  The living and dining room and kitchen are shaping up nicely.
And then we found a new dining room table, and chairs.  They will be delivered Friday.
Which was yesterday.
Did I get everything done prior to my surgery?  Nope.  I had to put off several people for their Christmas photos, and still have some "real" work to do.   I did give it the old college try, though.
Did I have surgery?   Yes.  And I’m doing well.  Yesterday afternoon, I was walking all around the house.  Today? Not so well with the walking deal.  I’m on my 3rd pain pill since getting out of surgery, and that helps.  But I hate taking them, I hate the way they make me feel.
But I will survive, and hope to be better than new, soon!
Friends are bringing by food tonight, and it will be fun to see them.  I hope I can stay awake!!