The Little Red Christmas Tree

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     Two years ago, Danny and I bought a 3′ red tinsel Christmas Tree. It was far from our only tree but we fell in love with this little tree. We decorated it with mini lights and mini ornaments of turquoise, green, purple and red. We trimmed it with shiny green garland and put a green star on top. We also added a green tree skirt edged with matching sequins. Not just any green though – the new matte green that I love, love, love. Everything about this tree was proportional. We displayed it on our bar and received many compliments.

Last year when we moved to Colorado, we didn’t decorate because we had just moved and had barely unpacked anything. This year when we started decorating, Danny searched for our little red tree and it was nowhere to be found. I recalled that we decided to give it to one of our children because we thought it might be destroyed in the move. Danny was so disappointed and insisted that we had to find another little red tinsel tree. I searched in the stores and online but was unable to find anything. Every time I thought I had found one, it would be “out of stock” or “not available online” which meant that they never had them. Finally, I found one on Walmart.com and it was delivered before Christmas.  Luckily, we still had the ornaments, lights and tree skirt.

We were both excited when it was delivered and decorated. We placed it on my armoire and I insisted that we keep it lit day and night. At night when I couldn’t sleep, I would look at the sparking red tree and think of how beautiful it is. We have decided not to take down our little red tree because after all, “Every day is Christmas” in the San Juan Mountains.

 

A Face a Day

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I’ve been experiencing blogger’s block lately, partly because I spend so much time trying to figure out how to craft a post so that it is humorous and uplifting, and doesn’t ruffle anyone’s feathers. This can be difficult  when things get stressful.

My husband is an engineer in the oil and gas industry. When the price of oil dropped, a lot of people in that industry got laid off, and unfortunately, he was one of them. Then, we had a baby. Coincidentally, the non-profit I work for lost a great deal of funding, and has closed for the time-being. Things have been stressful.

But, it’s not the events that matter, it’s the way we respond to them. I have responded to the stress of this situation much better than I think I would have in the past. Had I been faced with this situation 5 years ago, I would have…

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More Faces

My friend, Lucky Wreck@wordpress.com, is having some financial difficulties. Her husband lost his job and needless to say, he was in the Oil and Gas Industry. She is quite talented and if anyone wants to send her pic maybe of their child, she can do a sketch. I don’t have details but I know she has been selling her art. She can be contacted on her blogsite luckywreck@wordpress.com.

 

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I started this post quite some time ago but delayed publishing it because that’s what I do – I set lofty goals for myself, and then I procrastinate.

A while ago, I set a goal to draw at least one face per day. I haven’t exactly fulfilled that goal to a tee, but I HAVE been drawing SOMETHING each day so, that must count as some form of improvement (I hope).

My mom challenged me to draw a face without using a picture. Just something from my mind. So, I’ve been working on it!

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Drawing of Grandma Larson A drawing of my grandma …before she became my grandma 🙂 This was also not from my mind. 

Watercolor portrait This one did not have a photo reference…and if it did, It would probably look like a photo of an alien being.

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Is it just Me???

There is no accounting for taste!

In the previous house, I had to live with this:

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I requested permission to replace these cabinet handles but was told I would have to put them back when we moved out. Unfortunately, to Danny’s delight they are glued on. Oh there are more in different styles but to me this is the most offensive. They are all elk horn but I get the feeling they sneaked in elk penis. Can you imagine having to look at this every day, much less touch them. On a funny note, we happened to get into a conversation with the guy who makes these abominations not knowing who he was. As he is walking away, someone called to him and he told them he had to go make elk handles. It was fortunate that while we were talking about the differences in Texas and Colorado (he too was from Texas as everyone here seems to be), I didn’t mention the hideous handles.

Yea 👏 👏👏we don’t have to deal with them any more but…wait for it….

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Now this! Needless to say, my formal dining room table has to live under this monstrosity because I have no other place to put it. I would have used the breakfast table but then where would I put the dining room table? We tried to politely ask the owner if we could replace it at our own cost but he said it had to stay because he believes that it will “sell” the house. I think it might sell the house “down the river”. The wagon wheel is supposedly from some war or other.

O.K. I get that what we call a “house” is considered a “mountain cabin” and I can live with the horseshoe decor but in my opinion this is definitely “personal taste”. However, when I showed the picture to my daughter-in-law, she really liked it. My sister-in-law suggested this as a replacement:

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Uh no…

49908225-auckland--dec-25-2015-moose-taxidermy-the-last-proven-sighting-of-a-moose-in-new-zealand-was-in-1952When we were looking at property in the Texas Hill Country, most of the houses we looked at had dead animals hanging on the wall. Oh, I’m sorry I meant “trophies”. I kept asking if the dead animals came with the house. I was assured that they didn’t.

I think I would have preferred this:

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This was my dining room in Texas:

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I wouldn’t want to go back to that lifestyle though. I am much happier with the more relaxed simple lifestyle, we just don’t want to part with our furniture that we worked so hard to choose. Can’t we have both? We made a sitting room with our formal living room furniture in a spare bedroom and some furniture is going into the bunk room but our formal dining table is an orphan. We were able to use it in the old house as our every day table but we haven’t set it up yet here. I think if we throw a table cloth over it, we will be fine. Really, who cares?

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I guess I just like what I like and others like what they like and when you are renting, you take what you get. I love the uniqueness of the mountain “cabins” but just would prefer that they be a little less “cutesy”. Am I a snob?

 

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