In case you have lost track of the date, Christmas is next week. I have decorated to the extent that I feel able, and am enjoying the cheery visuals provided by the little lights against the greenery and the orange pomanders. The magic of the season is greatly aided by the fact that I’m actively working on ignoring the constant rumble of my children disagreeing with one another. It is hard, but necessary, to ignore the shrieking in order for me to survive right now.

Speaking of survival, the theme song for this holiday season is the Judy Garland version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, which will nearly kill you if you listen too closely to the lyrics while simultaneously experiencing Judy’s voice.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on
Our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yule-tide gay
From now on
Our troubles will be miles away

Once again as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Will be near to us once more

Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow
Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow.
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

My daughter made a snowman pomander.
The beloved Christmas village: the site of much mayhem and chaos as the kids fight over how it should be arranged.
The biggest tree we’ve ever had, a hedge against 2020.

Shhh! I Made a Secret Board…

For those of you who use Pinterest, you were probably as happy as I was to learn that the site now allows for what it calls “Secret Boards”. I’m not an avid Pinterest user, but I must admit being on the annoyed side of irritated to find that every image I wanted to save to a file for future reference had to be posted in a way that was so glaringly public to all of my 103-plus-or-minus-followers. (Not that I care at all about the number of Pinterest followers I have. But feel free to follow me on Pinterest.) How would I keep my unoriginal design thoughts safe from prying eyes? But srsly, when one is working on a project and wants to use Pinterest to organize one’s thoughts, one doesn’t always want the process to be so transparent. So when I found out about the new Secret Boards, how could I resist racing over to Pinterest to immediately make an extra top-secret one? I couldn’t, that’s how. And now I’m going to share a few images from my TOP SECRET Holiday Project Board with you! But don’t tell the Pinterest overlords that I’m making my Secret Board sort of public. That’s probably a violation of the Secret Pinner Rules of Conduct.