What? You think that tree trunk behind Sophie looks more like a broom handle? Well, you have a point. But she’s trying to make the best of a bad situation. I’m not any happier with a faux tree than she is but it’s up, it’s decorated and I wait to admire it until the lights are off at night. I have many lovely Christmas ornaments from 30 some years of collecting. I try to find one or two a year and in recent years they are mostly birds or insects or animals or shells or fish. There’s also the Cowardly Lion and the Tin Man, Pinocchio, both naughty and nice, and handmade ornaments from the children’s grade school days. There are some beautiful hand blown glass ornaments and the glass beads and garland are from the 1920s.
I’m still working on the scent factor. Someone suggested evergreen aerosol spray but, if you look closely, you can see that the aviary is near the tree and we don’t spray things around the birds. One of my adolescent clients suggested "those air freshener things for pimp mobiles." Now there’s a thought. The birds would be gone in less than a minute.
I’m trying to find time and energy to read around the neighborhood but for some reason I’m having a "quiet week" when it comes to socializing. In between making cookies for the Snarl to eat while studying for finals and gathering holiday treats to carry to the U.P. this weekend I’m just knitting and mulling things over. Nothing in particular.