For those playing along at home, you'll recall that my brother and Daddy passed three weeks apart recently. And those who know me in person know that six months out is short term planning for me.
Needless to say, it's just me and Moma now. She's content with a turkey microwave dinner. Not sure what I'll do. And she has pretty much cancelled Christmas this year. While I'd like to put Martha Stewart to shame, this is not the year.
So being in my home for the second Christmas, and with the past month, it'll be scaled back but with less and smaller DECORIZING. The front door has a new reclaimed wreath with metallic bead garland and jumbo C-9 style lights around it. Probably put the plastic plug in Santa nearby. Also put a ribbon and bows across the fireplace mantle to hang cards from... but since I usually get less than 5, I have prop used ones and will spray the clothespins silver. Perhaps my newest addition is a clothesline with seasonal shirts, socks, stockings and such pinned to it. Likely more misc stuff. Not the first year I haven't wanted to do much, but the first year I really won't. *Sigh.*
Rather unexpected. My brother and Daddy died 3 weeks apart. Mike's was a COMPLETE surprise; Daddy had been battling Alzheimer's about 15 years. Hospice had come in the day before and predicted two weeks or sooner. He passed the following day. Both went peacefully, which was a relief. I was pretty much Production Manager and Prop Master for both. And my buddy from SW Georgia returned for Daddy....we go back 40 years to English 101 and pretty much ran the college theatre. We gave them both a sendoff that they would appreciate.