Tuesday Tidings

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Tuesday Tidings
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Tue, 12-17-2013 - 9:41am

1. What is your favorite ornament on your Christmas Tree?

2. Do you decorate at work (or you s.o. if you don't work)?

3. Are you done shopping?

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Registered: 03-22-2013
Wed, 12-18-2013 - 1:15am

Lord, I'm probably going to regret being this bored at work, but here goes.

1.  I have a little mouse ornament that my mother probably got as a "hallmark-y" type store like "Printer's Ink" (back in the day--I was 8).  From the moment she brought it home, I was in love and when I joined the Army, she packed it up with my things and sent it to me in Germany.  It was the first of many mouse ornaments since then, but it's still my favorite of them all.  And it's a poor cheesy cloth/felt thing.  But I love it.

2.  I decorate at work.  the woman on first shift--whom I adore and think is funny and awesome--just has no wish to decorate.  She likes to see what I do and, I think, enjoys that I do it and she doesn't have to bother with it.  And that's fine by me.  I like it.  When I decide I don't want to any more, I'll stop.    Our ornament/decoration status in the office is kind of grim right now.  We had several women retire/die and they were traditionally in charge of decorating--they'd had charge of the situation for more than a decade.  and the decorations were really REALLY cheesy.  Once they were gone, I went through what we had and augmented what was suitable to keep (not much--some garland and some glass balls) with more balls, some bead garland, and some gold icicles (which are easier and classier looking, imo, than tinsel).  

I also ditched the old tree (which may actually be older than I am) and bought a new small, pre-lit tree this year.  next year I'm going to replace most of the ornaments and go with a more modern color scheme, but right now we're at red, green, gold and a few bronze/brown things.  I also need to make a new tree skirt--the old one didn't survive my attempt at washing it last year.  right now I have quilt batting wrapped around the tree so that it looks like snow.  I bought the fabric for the skirt, but haven't had a chance to sew it up yet.

3.  No.  I like to reserve a few items for the last few days before Christmas.   that's when you really see the retail staff frazzled and I try to find as many opportunities to tell managers what good staff they have as possible.  I figure they hear it seldom enough and it costs me nothing to do it.  If they really go above/beyond, I make sure to put it in writing.

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I do all my decorating at the house--inside and out.  Always have since John was about 8 and announced he wasn't interested in doing it any more. (although I always told him what day I'd be doing it and that he was welcome as always to help).  I do what I feel like in any given year.  No more, no less.  and I don't let any lack in my decorating (compared to others) sway my feelings about what I do.  If people want more, they know where I keep the decorations (it's all labeled and on shelves and completely accessible all year round) and they're welcome to help themselves.  I spend no more than a day putting out decorations--that includes inside and out.  I *could* probably put lights in my dogwood, but it's still fairly fragile--it was sadly neglected while the house was unoccupied (and in the 5 years prior to the first owner moving out--after her husband died, she didn't tend the landscaping as carefully as he did)--and I don't like to fuss with it when it goes dormant.  maybe next year--it really perked up a good deal in the past 3 years with careful feeding and pruning and we had a nice cool, wet summer, so I'm hoping for a lovely show of flowers in the spring and if its looking healthier, then I may put up string lights in it in late summer before it goes dormant so the branches are less prone to damage from stringing wires all through it.  I won't light it, obviously, before Black Friday, but as long as it can be strung without harming it, then I'm not averse to the idea.

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Wed, 12-18-2013 - 1:22am

santaababy1967 wrote:
Really?, YOU said you had a foster dog? OMG you are NOT serious, are you? lolololol.

Why wouldn't PKA be serious about fostering a dog?  I've fostered Siamese cats before--the only reason I don't right now is that I have too many of my own cats, imo, to be able to foster appropriately (I usually get cats which need lots of attention/work to overcome shyness issues or fear of people issues--most of my foster cats have come from abusive households), so I do my volunteering with animal transport instead.

But I know many people who foster dogs or cats.  it's a great way to free up space in municipal shelters which have to reserve space for turn ins and strays--makes it possible to support more animals and get more animals rehomed.  also, some breeds of cats and dogs do not do well in shelters.  they become panicked or depressed and their chances of EVER being adopted decrease significantly, whereas in foster sistuations, they are in a more home-like environment, and they can relax and socialize on a much smaller scale, making it easier to see their personalities, which makes them more adoptable.

Why would anyone find that funny? 

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Wed, 12-18-2013 - 7:55am

Because it was getting silly someone else had to explain it for you? Makes no sense. You were never going to tell us. Not sure why it is such a secret though.

It was bord that spilled the beans I think, And I don't know what the big deal is either.  We had a cat before we got our dog, and I'll tell you what, the cat ruled, Lol.  Our dog towered over him but he was incredibly intimidated by him, It was funny to watch them together.  Our cat died about five years ago and I think the dog still misses him. 

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Wed, 12-18-2013 - 7:58am

I agree, change is inevitable and life is full of change.  Holidays come once a year and holiday traditions are a wonderful thing. 

 


 


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Wed, 12-18-2013 - 8:00am

bordwithyou wrote:
Satanbaby, do you actually know what "stranger" means?

You use that word freely b/w two threads now like it's natural or something, Shuddder..  Do you know what a stranger is? 

 


 


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Wed, 12-18-2013 - 8:01am

jamblessedthree wrote:
Traditions are things my family does over and over as a family, Christmas is a special time to celebrate tradition. Perhaps that's not a big deal to you savcal, You make it sound like every year something changes so screw tradition.

Not everyone celebrates Christmas.

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Wed, 12-18-2013 - 8:08am

We have four cats and two dogs, and only one of the cats is a problem, but that one is a total jerk cat.  I have hurricane  jars full of ornaments in my entryway, and I kept finding broken ornaments on the floor and couldn't figure out how it was happening.  Then my son warched jerk cat take an ornament out of the jar and carry it in his mouth to the highest spot in the room, and drop it on the ceramic tile floor just for the fun of watching it break.  Needless to say, the ornaments-in-jars are no longer kept in a cat-accessible room.

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Wed, 12-18-2013 - 8:11am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>I agree, change is inevitable and life is full of change.  Holidays come once a year and holiday traditions are a wonderful thing. </p>

So change is ok, unless it includes not putting up a Christmas tree? 

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Registered: 05-31-2011
Wed, 12-18-2013 - 8:15am

emptynester2009 wrote:
So change is ok, unless it includes not putting up a Christmas tree?

I wonder if people who follow Judaism or Islam or Buddhism or Hinduism get a free pass on this, or if they're also obligated?

Some Christians don't even celebrate Christmas. Jehovah Witnesses come to mind.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
Wed, 12-18-2013 - 8:22am
A "stranger" is someone whom you have no knowledge of and no relationship with. If you've been conversing with that person for years at a time, even if you have never met, you are not "strangers " to each other, and certainly not "total strangers" as people like to claim.

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