Two Cents Worth

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Downer! This week, I finally took down and stored my Christmas decorations. I put it off as long as I dare.

Don’t do as much as in the past but I do have two trees, albeit small ones in the living room and dining room, and a variety of outdoor and indoor décor items which, in my mind at least, brighten the porch and main rooms. Even had a small tinsel tree and some glittery garland in the bathroom this year. I don’t buy new stuff and purged most of what I had, so I only use what Morgan and I have collected over the past 10 years, which isn’t a lot, topped up with dollar store finds. I incorporate outdoor stuff like fallen branches, cedar and holly boughs and birds’ nests into the scheme. Often it’s a simple dish filled with colourful ornaments. I call it rustic creativity.

It’s pretty easy to take down really but it’s a real letdown after the holidays. Removing the glitter, sparkle, the baubles and beads, lights and garlands leave the house looking sparse and dreary and I think that is why I don’t like doing it. It makes it easier if I reorganize the furniture layout. Moving heavy stuff is not as easy as it once was. I inherited a vintage couch, which I love, but am unable to move on my own so it has to stay put. Had to put some of my own pieces in the basement in order to make room in my living room for the couch and a reclining chair I am storing for my sister. It, too, was just too heavy to take down to the basement. All these pieces fit into my colour scheme so I am not complaining but, when you can’t move everything around, it’s hard to give a room a completely new look. I won’t say updated because these pieces are older than what I had. Is there such a term as down-dated?

Over a couple of weeks I have been caught out in a brutal snow storm, a raging thunderstorm, severe freezing rain and sleet and a ruthless blizzard. Got to all my destinations and home safely. I say thank God for years of experience navigating Canadian winters, snow tires and prayer. One has to wonder, when you hear on the news about all the accidents and ditchings if it’s experience, proper winter driving equipment or faith people don’t have.

We should always be grateful and starting the New Year seems a good time to start being more appreciative for the simple things. I have much to be thankful for anyway but recently I have to say I am most thankful for good neighbours. As the years pass it becomes more difficult to do some (well, OK, a lot) of activities. I am thankful I haven’t had to do much shoveling because Marty has been cleaning out my driveway. He has no idea how much that means to me. And for Mike, who when Marty was away enjoying southern sunshine, saw my pitiful, sorrowful self out shoveling, went home and got his four-wheeled thingy and finished it for me.

We all need to remember no matter what we think might be the greatest thing in the world, the most significant and most valuable is good people - family, friends and neighbours. Are you one?



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