Tis the Season

We’re the type of people that don’t like to do a lot of Christmas decorating before Thanksgiving. But this year, it seems like we’ve barely worked our way out of our turkey hangover, and blam, it’s December. And so today, we set out on our first decorating — and strangely enough, it wasn’t even technically…

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Tree Huggers

I had known the day was coming, and I had avoided it for as long as possible. “It’s time,” the Beloved would say. I’d tell her I knew and then I’d find an excuse not to think about it some more. Finally, I acquiesced. It was time to move the tree. And it was breaking…

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BlogFestivus, Day One: It Begins

Remember back in the summer, when Blogdramedy challenged all comers to do Blogshorts, which had a goal of writing 30 short stories of 30 words each day for a whole month? Well, the jolly, besunglassed elf is back in December with BlogFestivus – another challenge to write 12 stories based on the verses of the…

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Arbor Days

You can definitely feel Christmas coming on here at The Aerie – the carols are playing (including the Glee ones from Jen! :D ), and the tree is up and all decorated.  The ornaments are hanging from the palm and the lemon and the lime trees, too. But as wonderful and beautiful as our tree…

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Decked Out

We turned what might have been a lazy Sunday into a very industrious one, getting The Aerie all decked out for Christmastime.   We had the Christmas music playing from the office while we decked the halls and trimmed the trees (our big Christmas tree and our little Monterey pine out back). Speaking of trees, we…

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Change of Season

This week's warm weather and clear-sky Santa Ana was ushered out today in a big way with rain showers (and even hail!) and a cold wind from the north. The change in weather was a good demarcation point to change from Thanksgiving into Christmas, which we're getting an early start on this year.  Of course,…

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

So, for the second year in a row, we’re doing what had previously thought to be unthinkable – we’re staying put for Christmas and New Years.  And we’re pretty darn happy about it. Last year was the first time in many many moons that I hadn’t gone back to the East Coast at Christmastime –…

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The Only Day I Wish We Had A Pick-up or SUV

We un-trimmed the house today (which pretty amazingly only took a couple of hours) — which was capped with a pretty funny ride over to the nearby community park with our 11-ft tree (destined to become mulch) bungee'd to the top of the Beloved's car. Departure No problems except for one wind gust which I think…

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Needlework

Needle Carpet So, the Christmas Tree was "de-decorated" on Thursday night and this morning my first (and pretty much only) errand for the day was to take it to the local community park for recycling. Of course then I realized what the other task was going to be today before I settle in for an afternoon…

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