Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Deck Us All With Boston Charlie

Walla Walla, Wash., an' Kalamazoo! Do you remember this Christmas song from the old Pogo comic strip? There was a time in my life when I could sing all six verses of this beloved carol. That time just happened to coincide with my college career, which could go a long way in explaining my grade point average.
Anyway, we are pulling into the home stretch of Christmas festivities around here. It didn't look good for a while, as I spent most of December laid low by some sort of virus from hell. By the time I dragged myself to the doctors I had bronchitis, a sinus infection and the plague of school teachers everywhere: pink eye (The other plague is head lice, which I have managed to avoid so far). But with the help of a good strong antibiotic, an inhaler and some steroids I'm starting to get back to normal.
We did get our trees up. I say "trees" because I gave up on huge Christmas trees once my kids became adults and moved on to a few tabletop trees sprinkled throughout the house.

This one has all my favorite ornaments--the ones my kids made, gifts from friends, some angel ornaments that belonged to my mom......a little tree with a lot of memories.

This is becoming my new Christmas obsession:

Glitter houses--or Putz houses. Isn't' it great? This is a new one, but you can find old ones on E-bay. They used to be popular back in the 40's and 50's and were sold in dime stores. They have holes in the back to insert a light and most of them had cellophane in the windows to create a nice glow (and was probably the cause of many a Christmas fire!) I bought one for this year and want to keep adding on until I get my own little winter village under my little tree.

All my rug hooking has been put away until after the holidays. Too messy to leave out. Perhaps that should be my New Year's resolution--find a way to organize myself so I don't have wool and frames and backing and more wool scattered all through the house. I continue to work on our new baby Marla's little blankie. The baby shower is in January, so I better get hopping on that one.

We are taking a trip after Christmas, so I should have plenty of knitting time in the car.....more on that later........


  1. That is a pretty little tree, and I love the glitter house. I remember those in fact my daughter has one that was her grandmothers on her fathers side. Oh the memories.

    Have a lovely Christmas

  2. My favorite thing about Christmas time is bringing out the boxes of memories.

    Growing up we had 3 decorations that were my great grand mother's and they were always out up on the tree first and were on the branches just below the top of the tree.

    Thanks for sharing your memories and glad that you are feeling better.

  3. did you get the little glitter house in Chelsea? Who the hell was Pogo?