I don't decorate a lot for any holiday or season. We don't, in any conventional sense of the word, have "house" anyway. Yes, there is a kitchen, a couple of bathrooms and a den, but the main part of the house that most folks would deem the "living room" contains not a single couch (actually we do not own one) or coffee table, TV or any of the like. Instead it is my workroom and is filled with looms (2 of the 3) spinning wheels (2), a seed starting rack, a kiln, a couple of chairs suitable for spinning or painting, my painting table and desk. And the wood stove, which hopefully will be installed soon, but will require a massive re-organization to give it safe space...you get the picture! I will, eventually, put the little potted tree on the kitchen table (finally found a source for the things that will grow into actual trees, no the shrubs the big box stores sell, if they have anything besides the cut trees) and I plan to hang the fake wreath with it's central pentagram on the house... with lights this year, since I am finding LED light strings with warm white colored bulbs. Call me strange, but the standard cool white (aka bluish) LEDs leave me... cold... at best.
Mostly here on the farm we are taking advantage of the delay in the onset of winter symptoms (in Maine we can see snow as early
|freshly tarped chicken coop|
|goat house needs new tarps, badly|
I keep seeing snow in the forecast. Sometimes 5-8 inches, sometimes 1-3, but thus far, we have not seen actual snow more than in bits and dribs and it hasn't stayed around long. Looking at the 10 day forecast this morning, I see 3 possible instances of 1-3 and one <1 .="" after="" am="" and="" class="text_exposed_show" comes="" even="" from="" getting="" goat="" hoping="" house="" i="" if="" it="" means="" not="" of="" on="" really="" remnants="" removing="" roof.="" snowy="" so="" some="" span="" spirit="" stays="" tarp="" the="" though="" tuesday="" we="" yuletide="">know that Yule marks the beginning of winter, not the middle or anything else. I have the stuff to make cookies and fruitcake and such and have had zero motivation to tackle these projects. But, now, writing about it, I am also feeling the urge to try -- after years of not having done so -- making fondant and dipping some chocolates and nuts. Yes, I DO, in theory, know how to do this. It is another thing I learned from my grandmother, who at one time in her life worked in a chocolate factory. Yanno, it was not until just now (way too late, as she died when I was 16) that this struck me as something I should have asked more about. After all, she did not work in the 16 or so years that I knew her, and she died at 76. So, a woman who was born in 1888, and as far as I know lived her life in the rural midwest in an era when most women were not employed outside the home or off the farm, WORKED in a CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Where? When? Why?? But that is lost in history. Hopefully what she taught me, I still have tucked back in that rusty steel sieve I call a brain somewhere.1>