almost christmas . . .

dsc_0010Do you know of things that seem to happen EVERY YEAR in your family while preparing for the holidays? In ours, it seems that the Christmas tree stand cannot be found. Anywhere. Each year, I vow to be sure to store it beside the lights so that the tree can be set up and the lights put on it. Without these two steps, we’re stymied. Usually the tree lights don’t work either.

So yesterday, while the weather was going at it in our town with an icy sleet-like snow, spitting ice bits, forming an invisible sheet of ice that kept you from moving very quickly from the front steps to the car, we looked high and low for the tree stand. By late afternoon, we had searched for it in the closets (3,) the basement, the barn, again in the basement but to no avail.

G. planned to go out to deliver the mince pies to family and neighbors leaving around 4:15 p.m. Unbeknownst to him, I had been on the phone upstairs calling around to Rocky Ace Hardware stores, Lowes, Jerry’s Hardware and found out that one Ace Hardware store had a metal tree stand and I asked him if he would kindly hold it for me: he said he would but that they closed at 5 p.m. on Sundays.

I put on my jacket, went outside on the slick ice on our driveway and noted that G.’s truck was still here. Of course, he had taken the Subaru because it has all wheel drive. Nonplussed, I called him on his cell phone and after about ten minutes, he picked me up and we headed Read the rest of this entry »