The other day I went Cracker Barrel to browse the sidewalk sale and spend some gas money on a nifty little rooster lamp that I have had my eye on and there it was...the fall merchandise. As I stood there drooling over the thanksgiving platters and napkin holders and candles I started to feel the excitement. I LOVE the holidays. From Labor day to the New Year is the best time of the year. Actually, I sort of vary from the pits of despair (see article on perfectionism...and the inability to quite achieve it) to the elation of the perfect gifts for my kids and the excuse to turn my house into a magazine cover. The entire month of October I anxiously wait until I give myself permission to get out the pumpkins and turkeys and the harvest potpourri. I really try to hold off until at least mid October, because after 6 weeks or so the decorations sort of lose their magic... By then, they are just something else to dust.
I am not really into jack o'lanterns and Halloween, but I have accumulated quite a collection of pumpkins and fall "greenery". This year I have a new house, so I have spent months since we moved here figuring out where all of the decor belongs. I am gonna have to bribe my brother to put in a new cable outlet because the Christmas tree goes when the tv is now... pretty doggone inconvenient if you ask me. Good thing he owns a cable installation business and he is always a sucker for a home cooked meal. Some home made mounds bars or pumpkin pie and he is putty in my hands:)
Previous house had freakishly steep rooftops so outside decorating was kept at a minimum. The one year that I talked Brother (did I mention that he's about 6'6" and has the good ladders because of his cable business and that he's cheap?) into putting Christmas lights onto that house, I had to request them to come down as a birthday gift...My birthday is in APRIL! I never made THAT mistake again. But, this house is older and more of a ranch style so the roof peaks are alot more manageable. I may be able to handle the lights myself, but why do that while I still have slave labor (I mean children) at home.
It's time to buy school supplies and send the kiddies off to school. No wait, mine stays home and we are still doing the 2007-08 school year... oh poop. never mind. I hate being off schedule and frankly it is starting to wear on her, too. She and I are both having a little attitude problem... She because she is ALWAYS doing school and me because she is NEVER doing enough school. We can't both be right, and since we are behind I am pretty sure that I have the proof. HA! I hate being right sometimes.
Once again time is flying and I am mourning the loss of it. Diane and I went to see Mamma Mia and when Meryl Streep sang to her daughter while she was dressing her for her wedding I bawled my eyes out. So not looking forward to that... In the mean time I have officially bought my first Christmas gift. Yippee! Maybe I'll be ready in time this year:)