|2008 Christmas tree|
We lit the fire one evening and got giddy on liquored-up egg nog and spent over an hour telling each other silly stories in various made-up "foreign" accents, each building on the last, using our writers' imaginations to the max. Okay, so we're nuts! It was funny!
|Isis at work in her 50's style kitchen :)|
Here is 'Sis in the kitchen at the Las Vegas homestead. The kitchen is a perfect 1950's era gem - and it still has the original built-in oven (not shown in this photo), which I used to make some "easy beef burgundy" when I visited 'Sis and Michelle in April, 2010.
|Me, Caesar's Palace, Christmas Eve, 2008.|
|2007 Christmas tree|
You'll be able to tell by comparing the photos over the years that I moved the curio cabinet (I had it in my first house, purchased in 1986) out of that corner after Christmas 2007. I rearranged my various collections on the shelves after relocating it next to the wall that fronts the staircase.
I'm still puzzling over what to use as a tree topper, though. Those who follow this blog know how I pondered over the question a few weeks ago :) Oh well. This tree had a bare top, as did all of them up until 2009, when I put together two of the large golden pointsettia picks and I thought that worked well, but then that left large "holes" in the body of the tree.
So, I need to get a new tree (not gonna happen, I'm too attached to this one and it's not that old!) or I need to get more ornaments (a distinct possibility, given the more than 50% off sales that will take place tomorrow and, since the weather is good, I'll probably head out to the local mall for a little shopping) and/or some more large floral picks from which to construct a tree-topper. I don't want an angel, Santa or a star. Well, maybe a star, if it was a really special star. A Goddess would be cool, but I haven't found any Goddess tree toppers. This year, though it really can't be seen, I tossed up a rope of pearls, and gold beads, and a golden ribbon, and stashed lots of small size ornaments all around. Live, it works really well. In photos, meh - doesn't really show up.
It is a replica of one of the Lewis chess sets. He gave me a lovely handcrafted wooden board too, but for our games Mr. Don and I used a board that Sis hand-made in 2006. It was one of the first she made, it has a special monogram on it for Goddesschess and holds special memories.
This isn't an actual photo of a game in progress (but it could be, Mr. Don and I really don't know what the hell we're doing on the chess board), but the circumstances, surroundings and items are all as stated above. I would like to get him to Milwaukee to play in one of the Hales Corners Challenges, bwwwwwhhhhaaaaaaa (she laughed evilly....)