Well I woke up to freezing temperatures again this morning and a gloomy sky. The minute I looked out, the word "snow" came to mind. Sure enough, I open my email from KOMO TV in Seattle and there's the "s" word. I will say, I don't live in either county that's named as a possible sight for snow, but you never know in the Pacific Northwest.
I have set aside all the wrapping stuff and yesterday I went to out to my front storage shed and retrieved my "already decorated, wrapped in plastic, 4 foot Christmas tree." I brought it in and positioned it on the cabinet here next to my computer and plugged it in. Then I wrapped a pretty Christmas table cloth around the base of it and turned on the lights. Done deal !! Today I hope to start on the Christmas cards, once I get into my stash and decide which ones I 'm going to use this year. I still haven't located those flannel sleep pants for my son-in-law so ordered another pair yesterday when I did my Avon order. I'll just return the extra pair when I find them.
There's a picture in this morning's paper of a Pierce County Sheriff deputy and a Marine Corps reserve member collecting bags of new toys that were donated by employees of the Regal Cinema just a few blocks from my house. That was nice to see, as most of the staff there are mostly part time employees of high school and college age. I love to see young people involving themselves in charitable activities. For those of you that don't live in the U.S., Toys For Tots is an agency, sponsored by the Marine Corps that see to it that needy families have toys for their children each Christmas. Volunteers sort the toys by age groups, and gender, put them into wrapped boxes...and then they are taken to various sites, and those parents who qualify, can come to the location closest to them and "shop." This event was started in 1947 in the Los Angeles area and a year later it was adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and went nationwide.
Yesterday, it was so pretty out, sun shining, etc. So I was out there for awhile, collecting scraps of wood, branches, etc. for future use in my woodstove. My neighbor was cleaning up the last of the branches from his yard and I brought several of them in under my carport, to cut up later. He's the one who had two Douglas Fir trees fall on his place in the storm last December 14th. It was up to the park management to get those trees cleared away and that was just done the first of September. And the people who did it, only took the big wood and left a horrible mess of branches and debris behind. He's trying to get his place ready to sell, and had a buddy there yesterday to help haul the stuff to the dump. While I was out, I filled up the bird feeders and hung a new suet feeder for my feathered neighbors. So far, no one has visited but I'm sure someone will come across the fresh food soon and then the word will be out.
Well, it's time to get off here and get my day started. Happy Monday..... remember there's only 29 more days until Christmas. Linda