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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Why she needs a head start

December is Laura's flat out favorite month.
Early on, her birthday. Later on, Christmas.

It's the present thing, I believe.


It started last weekend when Laura wondered what we should do for stockings this year. I volunteered to ask Aunt Janice for ours, and she asked if I would be offended if we just looked for our own.

"What about any of the ornaments?" She hoped never to see those again, either.

So, we went to look at what is up for sale this year.

Needless to say...


We picked out a little tree, some garland, and the beginning of the ornaments.
We do have thirty odd days to accumulate ornaments we like. (I liked the owl!)

Mr. You Know Who hasn't knocked it over yet, an annual occurrence at the old house.


He does nap on the tree skirt every day, 
after his obligatory pounce to shake out mice or things.


One of the first things Laura hopes to find is the star. 
In the meantime, a Santa hat.

30 comments:

  1. That's great new traditions for you 2. We always tie our tree to the wall then we don't worry about the cat.

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  2. I like Laura's style and strength. Starting over. What could be better?

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  3. THe cat us obviously waiting for ornaments before knocking the tree over.

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  4. By Christmas, that little tree will be spectacular. Great new tradition!

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  5. I often wish I lived near the two of you. You seem to invest yourselves in whatever you do. It would be fun to participate.

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  6. Have fun finding things one by one for your sweet tree. I am glad it is a happy month for Laura. xo Diana

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  7. I think the Santa hat is the perfect tree topper!

    I'm also thinking Laura likes having you to herself :)

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  8. New home, new start, wonderful memories to make for just the two of you. That is beautiful, Joanne. Each of these ornaments that you put on the tree will be so special and I am sure Laura will treasure them all her life.

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  9. We lash the tree to a door that stays shut with some sturdy wire every year. I'm glad to hear the cat is diligent about creepy crawlies under the tree skirt. -Jenn

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  10. Love the new header to your blog. I had an extra glass of wine at dinner tonight and when I opened your site, at first thought I was at Knatolee's World,(http://knatolee.blogspot.com) a magical place in Canada where she takes in a stray animal about every hour on the hour (and has over 20 cats as a result).
    Kind of fun to be able to start with brand new ornaments on a brand new tree.

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  11. I see you know who is helping. Laura did a good job. It looks so pretty.

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  12. I think that is so sweet. new house, new start on everything. you're a good grandma.

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  13. Looks like Laura started her December celebrations early... but that's the best thing about enjoying life and feeling comfortable being your own person. I, too, love your new header... he looks like he's right in my own home... he's gorgeous!

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  14. I have very fond childhood memories of the dog knocking over the tree every year. And those were the days of glass ornaments, so it was always exciting to see how many survived to fall another year. Amazingly, most did survive. It just wouldn't have been Christmas without the tree falling over. Yours is looking great - first Christmas in your new place!

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  15. good job, m'lady. you've done well.
    Mike

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  16. It is so cute! I love her creativity and her willingness to go out and find what works well for her (and you) on the tree! Love the white stocking!

    betty

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  17. Such a nice little tree. I like the Santa Hat. I had one on my tree for years. Glad that she is wanting to make traditions of her own with you!

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  18. I like little trees. I have one too but mine seems wider. When Laura is finished decorating can she come over and do mine, please ;-)

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  19. I think the Santa Hat is a wonderful topper :)
    The tree looks lovely, well done Laura.
    I'm thinking of putting up a tiny tree and see if Angel leaves it alone, there'll be a few things strung up high again where he can't get at them.

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  20. Lovely to see Laura so content. We scaled down tree decorations a couple of years ago & bought some pretty glass baubles.

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  21. Beautiful so far Laura - keep on searching!

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  22. I see Mr. we know who in the corner, so sweet.

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  23. Hari OM
    Simple and elegant; not a bad philosophy to live by! Love the heart on Laura's door too. To keep the J's from sending the tree flying, I used a pair of old socks loaded with gravel as 'anchors' under the skirt. Wouldn't stop a major onslaught, but was good for casual interest and passing traffic! YAM xx

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  24. It's nice to have the Christmas spirit. I am debating whether to bring out my tree out of the shed.

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  25. I think it is nice to start so early to decorate the Christmas tree. In Germany you do it at Holy Night - (then they are often a bit dry, because they stood a long time at the Christmas market), then many people throw them out at 7th December. So: you get more enjoyment out of your trees!

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  26. She is such an industrious child. She constantly amazes me with her many projects.

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  27. I hate that she has her birthday in December, I know these kids don't get a fair shake from people. IT'S BOTH is not acceptable

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  28. Laura is a good decorator, bless her gift-loving heart. Cats like to nap under the Christmas tree because they know they are the best gifts. I wrote a poem once that said so. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Love,
    Janie

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  29. You all brought Christmas to your new home. We have to start over too, except for a few ornaments.

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  30. I never saw a santa hat on a tree before. It rather suits it :)

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