I love to hold on to Christmas until after New Years, but this year that's not happening. Well, I should clarify that not all the Christmas is going away, just the tree. We undressed it and it is now providing a lovely habitat for birds and other creatures in our pasture. We have several things happening that I need to prepare for and that necessitated my taking our Christmas tree down. I was so sad to see it go.
The things I needed to prepare for are my anniversary trip to Florida and our friends' knee replacement surgery in early January.
Tim and I fly this weekend to spend a week away to celebrate 30 years. We'll get to see his mom and other family, and we'll be staying with our dear friends in their home. We have some fun things planned and some days unplanned and we're okay with that.
We have someone staying here with the kids while we're gone, and they're already planning the fun they'll have New Year's Eve and other days.
A few days after our return, our friend Denny is having his left knee replaced. He is single and lives in a second floor apartment that is only accessible by a steep staircase. With winter weather and these stairs there is no way for him to recover at his apartment. So we offered to let him stay with us.
We are giving him the master suite, so that he'll have complete privacy when he wants it. Tim and I will be sleeping downstairs during this time, and it'll be cozy with the comfy bed and woodstove.
With the surgery happening so close to our trip, I needed to prepare the house this week. That meant moving the TV (for movie watching) out of our room and into the living room. That meant we needed to move the furniture around and that meant the Christmas tree needed to go. (sniff)
If you are still with me, you are amazing!
We got the furniture all rearranged, and when we get back we'll move our clothing downstairs. I'm liking the way the furniture is arranged. It'll work well, I think, for 6 weeks or so while our friend is recovering.
The lights, garlands and small trees in the house are still up. I often keep them up through January, since they are not decorate other than with lights. I love having extra lights for ambiance during the cold, dark winter months.
Once everything is tidy from the rearranging, and I put the vacuum away, I'll take some photos and show you how its all looking.
Oh, I just realized I need to pack, too! I'm leaving in two days!