Good Monday morning, my friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend, especially with that extra hour of sleep! We took advantage of the beautiful weather Sunday to finish our fall clean-up and winter prep around outside. That translates to the young people putting away the rockers on the deck and front porch, sweeping the cobwebs and leaves from the porch, and cutting up the numerous cardboard boxes that have accumulated in our garage. I am mainly an online shopper, but I blame the stores for shipping a single roll of ribbon in a box filled with plastic bubble wrap for the mountain of cardboard.
I also finished putting Halloween and fall back into their boxes, in which they will remain until next August when I get the urge to pull them out again! My holiday decorating/undecorating process has changed over the years. Gone are the days I would carry the tubs up the steps myself, put on some music and decorate the entire house after giving it a good cleaning. Now, before I decorate for a new holiday, I slowly pick items up and carry them out to the dining room table, where over the course of a week, I accumulate all the decorations to pack up. I put them into tubs, and there they remain until one of my children carries them out and stores them on the shelves. Then I enjoy some bareness before taking a rag, wiping some noticeable dust, and taking a few days or so to set out the decorations for the next holiday. That is where I am now. The in-between. But I am so excited for Christmas to appear here in our cozy lake home!
The weather feels nothing like November here, let alone Christmas. Friday evening, I sat outside on the deck for a final time this year and watched the sun say goodnight. It was beautiful.