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November 20, 2020


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Donna W

Cats are so interesting! I've always thought so, anyhow, but seeing the transformation of my Mama Kitty since I began feeding her canned food in her old age has made my heart glad; and watching the young outlaw cat, Blue, gives me so many laughs! I've always been a dog person, which is probably why I find the cats fascinating: they are so different from dogs, the way they can be aloof one moment and clowning around the next.


Since I moved into this house 6 years ago I haven't decorated it for Christmas once, and definitely won't this year. Forced gaiety! Too much food! I was never a fan. Years ago I got dumped by someone important right before Christmas and sometimes that bad memory still pops up. I try hard to enjoy everyone else's holiday-making anyway, but am always relieved when it's over. P.S. I like the new paint color.

Doug M

Oh Margaret, I had to laugh at your past holiday woes (but I felt bad for you too). If you're truly done with it, then good for you. As for the people you know who begin celebrating Christmas months in advance--ARRRRGH!! I know these people too and what makes it even worse is their boasting of it. They actually think it makes them look cute or something. Blecch!

Anyway, my mouth began watering at your guy's homebaked bread and your painter(s) are from another planet. I've never seen such neatness. Sure hope you enjoy your "still fall y'all" weekend! :)


We aren't doing Thanksgiving or Christmas this year. Instead we will be doing Italian Day this month and French Day next month. We needed something completely different and we don't do presents any more anyway and I don't like decorating. We will set up a table at the windows and have candles for our dinners because the main table will be covered with jigsaw puzzle pieces - a picture of lavender fields in Italy/France - and we will watch some Italian movies and then French movies in December. This will be a year to enjoyably remember!


My husband wants to decorate and everyone around us is decorating. I am giving in a little because I’m actually afraid we will get sick and won’t be able to decorate and there have been too many years where we didn’t decorate and he has been disappointed.
We are compromising though it can’t be all Christmas all the time. House looks great!

Joanne Noragon

It's a shame we don't live near each other. When my girls were growing up, they decorated for holidays. The little Jewish fellow across the street helped every year, and the first year both girls were not home, he came over, pulled all the ornaments and decorations and put them up. Then took them down at the appropriate time. He did that every year until he went away, and then there was nothing for awhile, until I moved. Back on my own again these last couple of years have been a relief.
The new color is perfect.


We don’t do a proper tree and haven’t for 15 years. We have a little 3’ (if that) prelit tree that we put up with no extra decorations, and that’s that. You’ve seen the shelf already, and there isn’t too much more.

We have had Christmas at Sha’s, but I don’t know about this year. Her place is smaller than ours and there is extra furniture as well as an extra person this year. That’s if we get together at all.

We no longer even do a turkey. I do miss it though. The food but even more the tradition.


I haven't completely decided about decorating for Christmas this year. I doubt that we'll be "having" Christmas, and so there really is no point, right? I have a few little things that I really like that I may set out, but probably no tree. Sigh. I was so looking forward to having the kids here and watching 3-year-old Quinn open his presents! *sob*

Marie K

This just doesn't seem like a good year to get things out, but I totally understand people who want to make their houses look festive (many, very early this year). For me, it's a bother and a "what's the point" kind of thing. For others it's a "this will make me feel better" kind of thing. We all have do what works for us. I enjoy looking at peoples' holiday photos, though. I just don't want to do the work.
John has a lovely table! I like that he enjoys cooking, baking, and making things look nice for you. :)


For me, Christmas trees have always been for the kids. When they are out of the nest, I doubt we will go through the hassle of putting up a tree... at least until grandkids enter into the picture.


We're all different and I say decorate as much or little as you want with no judgement on either side. For me, decorating - which is done because I have no help this year and I figured it would take a long time - is a slap in the face of the evil covid. I can and do enjoy the change for the seasons. For me, it's like flowers in the spring. A little light inside as the days keep getting shorter and darker and the rain here is not letting up. My tree is festooned with snowmen and snowflakes this year. It has an itty bitty Olaf that I mid-read the size of in the Amazon description and has become a fun little game of "find the Olaf" for my few visitors.


The bread is beautiful. What a treat! Your guy can really cook and set a beautiful table. I'm increasingly appreciating it when people go to the effort of making gifts from scratch. Such an act of love. And edible gifts are nice and waste-free! The consumerism this time of year does bother me, but I get it. Retail therapy is probably helping distract many people this year.

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