Thursday, October 21, 2021

Early Preparations

In my entire life history of purchasing mugs,(and there have been many!), this one may most accurately embody me. If there was such a thing as a "spirit mug", you're looking at it. My favorite shade of green, pine trees and "homebody". It doesn't get more reflective than that. Only five dollars at the dollar spot at Target, which my daughter frequently reminds me is now known as "Bullseye", probably because most of the things you'll find there are now more in the $3.00-$5.00 range. No bother, $5.00 for two mugs is still a good price. The other mug that came with it is cute as well, black and covered with stars, another color and shape I like, so it was a win/win. I love it so much I almost bought two of them, and I may still. But something I've learned over the years is that even when something we love gets broken, it just makes room for the new. So I try to love and appreciate things in their season and while they last. 

There are only a few things I regret not holding on to throughout my lifetime, and one of them is, oddly, my Francie doll from my childhood. She was my most cherished doll and I sincerely wish I had kept her, but a as teenager who naturally believed that dolls were no longer "cool", I did away with such things and sold them all in a yard sale. It never occurred me then that years later I might still want to bring out such things and reminisce. I had a Liddle Kiddle that I loved, as well. I'm probably showing my age here, but maybe a few of you can relate! 

Other than mourning my lost childhood, I suppose, :), I don't have a lot to share today, and in fact from now until the end of the year I thought I might just write and share about the things that fill my days. I have ideas for posts I'd like to write, an entire notebook of them, in fact. But when blogging first began it was more like a journal, do you remember? You just documented your days and every now and then you'd share an idea or a recipe that others really liked. It was simpler then, warm and inviting. I've never lost that vision for this space, and I've never cared about numbers or algorithms. I tried all that, several times, and after this last attempt I've decided I'm done. My writings will attract who they attract, and bless who they bless, and even if that's only one soul then I will consider it a worthwhile investment of my time.

So I hope you'll stick around an join me as we move closer into the loveliest of seasons, the "Ember Days", as I now affectionately refer to November and December.  Two lights to lead us into the new year.  My days this time of year are filled with the warmest and coziest traditions, and I can't wait to share them with you. In fact, I did a thing yesterday and actually put up our tree. It's the earliest I've ever put it up, beating my previous record of November 1. I know it doesn't suit a lot of people, but I won't apologize. I needed it a little earlier this year, and for now it's just the lights, the wooden star atop, and tree skirt below.  I'll save the rest until November, but for now I'm warmed and filled by its lovely glow. 

And speaking of tree skirts, I realized when I pulled ours out yesterday that I made this tree skirt six years ago, which seems impossible to me, but it's true. I recall that it was late in the season, just two weeks before Christmas, when I saw a similar picture on Pinterest and I just had to have it. Thankfully I already had all of the materials, and so I immediately set to work and I finished it in a day. Since I was short on time I didn't stitch the pieces to the skirt but opted for fabric glue instead, promising myself that after the first of the year I'd finish it properly. Well, as I said, it's been six years, and I still haven't finished it. Up until now it's held up well, but yesterday I had to glue a few pieces of snow back down at the edges, so I'm thinking if I want this to last, then this is the year. I had always planned a few more embellishments, anyway, like little wreaths on the door, finishing off the windows to make them look more like window panes with little candles to light them, so there's still lots to do

Well, I feel like I'm beginning to ramble, so I'll close for now. When do you put up your tree? I'm sure it's much later than I do, especially this year! But I know I'm not the only one, it was actually two or three friends on FB, one who's had her entire house decorated since September, than inspired to go with my heart and do what makes me happy. I can' control the madness in the world, nor would I want to, but I do have some say regarding the atmosphere in our home, and a Christmas tree is warmth and self-care at its finest! That's what I'm going with, anyway!


Angela said...

I wrote a long comment and it wouldn't publish. Hmmm

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your mug! The color, shape, and sentiment are just so perfect!

I'm dated right along with you on the dolls. ;)

Your tree skirt is just beautiful; I can't believe you made it. So special. Our anniversary is on Dec. 22nd, and one of our wedding gifts was a handmade tree skirt and several (also handmade) ornaments. I smile every time I pull that tree skirt out. I am not crafty at all, but so appreciate those that are!

Our oldest child has a Dec. 2nd birthday, so we always made it a rule not to decorate for Christmas until after his birthday. (not sure why, but it was something I felt strongly about at the time). Although he's married and living in another state, we still hold to that. Our tradition is to go the day after Thanksgiving to cut our tree, and then it sits in a bucket of water until the following weekend, so we are on team "late" with our tree, and I always seem to have the "feeling behind on Christmas preps" because of that.


Kimberly Lottman said...

Angela, I'm so sorry your comment wouldn't post, I hope you'll try again! :)

Kimberly Lottman said...

Pam, If I had a child with an early December birthday I would likely do the same. Best to give them their full recognition! I had a friend who's birthday was December 24 and she hated it because she felt like she didn't get as many presents as other children since it was so close to Christmas. I always thought it would be lovely to have a birthday so near Christmas, I guess it's all in how you look at it!

Before I made this tree skirt we always used a buffalo check blanket wrapped around the bottom, and I had long wanted a true skirt. It was one of my most ambitious undertakings. I'm not that gifted when it comes to sewing. My mother was an excellent seamstress, but I am not. I do better with hand sewing! :)