Open thread: Merry whatever

My daughter and I spent the day dragging our holiday decorations from the old Christmas closet and spreading them around the house and yard. She's got a great eye for design and we always have much fun. I figure if we're going to go to all the trouble, we might as well have the place gussied up for a good long while.

I love looking at decorated Christmas trees. Tomorrow we put up the lights outside. Always a big adventure.

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An sweet old Chinese man

came up to us in the hardware store, showing much excitement about the lights Lily and I we were buying. He said:

"You make big time. Happy baby Jesus. Much good."

Forgot to ask . . .

What do you want for Christmas?

I'd settle for world peace.

we always

do this the friday or saturday after Thanksgiving. After three or four days off, the kids are stir crazy and doing the tree and lights makes them...well, crazier. But, still, they love it. The downside is having to water the tree twice a day, but I can't see buying a fake tree yet. I've always loved the real ones so much.

I am feeling a little guilty about the energy usage this year, so I'm limiting myself to only lighting up at night when the kids are awake. When they go to sleep, the lights go out.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Robert, I save energy all year long

Just so I can burn it up over Christmas. Oh well. We put up three trees and I do lights out front on the bushes. I just can't help myself. If it's dark out the lights are on. However, we have almost completely changed out the old bulbs with those cute little corkscrew bulbs. Maybe that will help make up for it.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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compact fluorescent big colored bulbs.

I threaten each year to switch back to the big gaudy colored bulbs like my Dad used back in the day. If someone came out with some compact fluroescent versions, I might do it!!! The cost, oy!

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Not quite the

replace them as they burn out type of project. My mother still uses those bulbs on her large tree, but then she gets a 12 footer....well....probably not anymore. Maybe only 11 - lower ceilings in the post-divorce house.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Vote Democratic, the ass you save may be your own.

Aizo will be bringing Akiko home

To meet us this Christmas. So, we are trying to finish at least one of the bathrooms. Got the tree decorated and the front porch done. For the next three weeks, I will be cleaning, painting, decorating, shopping, wrapping presents and hoping that Akiko will enjoy her first American Christmas.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

a big fat mortgage

We have been trying for a year to get plans finalized for an addition to our home plus solar panels. I want to blog later about the ins and outs of tax credits, etc. on going solar. It has taken longer than we thought but now have a friendly banker, so instead of Christmas decorations right now I am throwing stuff into boxes to go into storage so we can get the house in good order for a pre-mortgage appraisal.(Did I mention I have a seven year old son whose stuff is all over the place?) So with luck, we will be redoing the septic field for Christmas and building in the new year.

Oh, Anglico - Chinese friends of mine love Christmas. I mean, an old man in red(good luck color) with a long white beard, giving presents to children WHO HAVE BEHAVED WELL. Sort of Confucian, when you think about it. I spent Christmas in China in 99 -unfortunately, Christmas Eve is a time for big banquets, so being in a hotel with a baby and drunks in the hall was no ho-ho-ho.

Bolton to Leave Post as U.S. Envoy to U.N.

Just in from NYT:

Bolton to Leave Post as U.S. Envoy to U.N.

John R. Bolton, the American ambassador to the United
Nations, will step down when his recess appointment expires
soon, the White House said Monday.

Thank, Amy

argh... got 'mergency stuff dropped on me this morning. :\ My time is not my own. ;)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Your diary made recommended!

It all worked out great and BlueNCers are representin' at DKos. ;)

Well done.

Good golly.

It made rec list. That is the first ever rec listed diary of mine. Well, I had only done two before this one, but ....

Sheeee-zam!

Go look at NCDem's photos and videos. they really make the diary good.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Us vs. Them

"George Bush made a huge mistake by representing half of America, while treating the rest of us with contempt," Dean said. "We need to reach out to everybody whether they agree with us or not."

Republicans said they will be watching Democrats closely.

"We have already learned the Democrat agenda of raising taxes and surrendering key fronts in the war on terror," said Republican National Committee spokesman Danny Diaz. "Republicans over the next two years will focus on holding Democrats accountable and recommitting to reforms that deliver for hardworking families."

Yeah, screw that. I'll start working with Republicans when they start acting like something other than Nazi fascists.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me