Despite many good intentions, I have not gotten a blog post up in nearly a week. I thought a good way to get "back into the game," would be to join Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards for her Take Three Thursday meme. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, I did a lot of inside decorating. It's not done because we've had serious issues with the lights on our Christmas tree. After many hours and multiple phone calls, Tracy has finally given up trying to fix the ones we have and is now trying to replace the strings that blink incessantly off and on with lights the same size with the same quality of light. Not an easy task. I'm hoping it will all get resolved before Monday when one of my book groups meets here.
We stayed away from the stores and the malls on Black Friday, but did venture out to the Garden Factory for poinsettias, a cyclamen, and an outdoor arrangement for the front garden bed.
We had hoped to find an evergreen ball to hang on the wrought-iron hook, but they didn't have anything of interest. The next day, however, when I pulled into the Wegman's parking lot to buy groceries, I found just what we wanted. One of the things we love about this is that it is clearly visible to us from the kitchen table.
The last decoration near the front door is a beautiful new McKenzie-Child wreath. It's original price was way over our budget, but I picked this up at the warehouse sale for a tiny fraction of the original cost. What I like most about it is that it is clearly visible from the street. Our previous wreath was a simple grapevine wreath with red berries which you really couldn't appreciate unless you came to the front door.
It's quite a bit more ornate than my usual style, but I'm really glad I purchased it. My Christmas cards are nearly finished, and hopefully Tracy will have the envelopes ready for mailing by early next week. This weekend I have several Christmas crafting projects I want to get started as well as starting to wrap gifts for the grandchildren.