I Came Down with Christmas Fever

Actually while I was feverishly getting the house ready for Christmas I also developed pneumonia which really put me down.

The plan is for the Christmas tree to be in the empty space in the dining room.
The plan is for the Christmas tree to be in the empty space in the dining room.

Two of Santa’s helpers came by with a freshly cut Christmas tree harvested in western Maryland.

How happy and surprised was I when the tree was delivered.
How happy and surprised was I when the tree was delivered.

Charlie cut off the bottom and stuck it in a bucket of water until next week when we’ll bring the tree stand down from the attic.  It looks like fairly large tree but we really won’t know until we drag it inside and set it up.

The first saw Charlie tried (above) was not good (OBVIOUSLY) but we found another one and soon the bottom was off the tree.
The first saw Charlie tried (above) was not good (OBVIOUSLY) but we found another one and soon the bottom was off the tree.

I added some sprigs of boxwood to the crèche under the coffee table in the living room.

Before
Before
After
After

I also added a long piece of sparkly ribbon to the mantel — just what it needed.

Before
Before
After -- a touch of ribbon.
After — a touch of ribbon.

Hopefully I’ll start to make more progress when the antibiotic takes effect. I’m sure to get a bolt of Christmas cheer when the children facilitate the church service today with songs they’ve been practicing for months.

Is something slowing your progress?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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