Coffee Talk 11.18.18

Good morning! It is really starting to feel festive around here. I think our early snow and cold temperatures are getting me in the holiday spirit… that and my daughters insisting on playing Christmas music all weekend.

Unlike their mother, they have no qualms about decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving. In fact, both have already raided the holiday decorations I store in the basement, and their rooms are all decked out in red, green, and white and twinkle lights.

I, on the other hand, feel like it’s some kind of sacrilege to break out the Christmas decor before the Thanksgiving turkey is put away. But they’re slowly wearing me down.

We ordered a tall, skinny tree for a corner in our kitchen, and instead of insisting on storing it until after Thanksgiving, I let them open it and set it up.

And so it begins…

It’s looking a little homely. I was hoping I wouldn’t need to decorate it since it already has pine cones, but it definitely needs some ribbon or something. I also need to find an old sheet to drape around the base.

Then last night, as we were tidying up, I came across this little sign I  picked up last week at the Hallmark store. Instead of leaving it to clutter my counter all week, I decided to hang it.

So I guess we have officially started decorating for Christmas.

In other news, my son came home last night from college, and we celebrated his birthday. Of course the dog had to be right up there in all the action.

We didn’t do a cake because I’m saving that for a get together with friends in a few days, but I did make his favorite Scotcheroos.

It’s so nice having all 5 of us under one roof again, and I’m looking forward to a nice, long holiday week together. We’ll be traveling over Thanksgiving, so hopefully we’ll all still love each other when we get back home. 12-15 hours with 5 adult-sized people in the car should be interesting.

There’s not much new in home decor news, as I’m still waiting on a large order that will wrap up most of the rooms downstairs, and the wood floors go in the family room next week. I picked out an area rug, and I’m crossing my fingers that it gets here before the floors go in. I’d love to be able to put it in place right away.

But I did finally get the tray for the ottoman that was backordered.

I had no idea it was going to be that big, but it sort of works. At least it helps break up the stripes, and it looks less like someone left the couch bed out. Ha!

I still feel like my couch is too short for the ottoman, or vica versa, but neither is returnable so we’ll make it work.

And I just placed those things on the tray because I had them handy, but I’d like to work on a more pleasing vignette. It definitely could use some more stuff — or different stuff anyway. It’s almost time to put the pumpkin away, so maybe a candle and then some other filler?

I’m sure some of you creative ladies will have suggestions.

I want to keep everything low so it’s not in the way when looking at the TV, and also so it’s easy to move the tray to the floor if we want to use the ottoman for seating or anything.

Anyway, that’s about it for me! As usual, it’s getting late for my run, and I don’t want to be late for church, so I need to cut this off and get moving. I’ve had some technical difficulties this morning that have slowed me down.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Sunday!