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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Closed Door Policy

What is your household expectation regarding closed doors? When I come across a closed door, I assume there is a person on the other side seeking privacy. When Blondie sees a closed door, though, he assumes there's something interesting happening on the other side and he wants to investigate. We disagree about what a closed door means. I knock, Blondie barges. According to Blondie, if you want privacy, you have to lock the door.

Last night I needed to do some last minute Christmas shopping, so I went in the computer room and closed the door to browse Amazon. Blondie was working on the floor in our bedroom, so I didn't think I would be interrupted. I was right in the middle of my shopping when Blondie barged in. I felt like a teenage boy caught with a naughty magazine! I tried to close my browser quickly, but it was too late.

There is no lock on our computer room door, and I probably wouldn't have locked it anyway. I just assume people know you're not supposed to fling open a closed door. Does it matter which room? Would you enter a bathroom if the door was closed? When I leave the bathroom I always leave the door open as a signal that the facilities are available. When I see a bathroom door closed, I assume someone is in there. Blondie often leaves the door closed...and the fan on.

Now Blondie understands why you should knock before entering. "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." For everyone who barges through closed doors gets no surprises for Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Decorations

I usually try to get my Christmas decorations up during Thanksgiving weekend because I always have a Christmas Cookie Exchange the first week of December. That didn't happen this year, but I did get everything done in time! Most of my decorations are concentrated in the dining room. That's the only place where we really have space for the Christmas tree:





This table used to be behind the sofa in the living room, but we've rearranged and this is where it ended up. The table runner was a wedding gift from one of Blondie's relatives and I've collected the crystal candlesticks over the years. The little basket holds all of our Christmas cards. Eventually I'll go through those and put the photo cards on the refrigerator!



I have two wreaths like this that stay up all year. This year I added these burgandy bows and glass balls for a little Christmas cheer. Of course, when I tried to put on the first glass ball, I dropped it and had to clean up a little mess before I could continue with my decorating.



Here's a close up of some of our Christmas ornaments. You can see Obi-Wan Kenobe and Darth Vader from Star Wars at the top right, and the crew from Star Trek beneath them. Near the top center is an ornament the Julie made for me last year. She and C. cut little cross sections of wood and burned our initials into the wood and added a sprig of berries and twine. They're very cute!



Blondie is partial to the science fiction theme, but Snoopy is my character of choice. Here's my collection of Peanuts ornaments:



We don't have a chimney, so our stockings are hung on the china cabinet with care. The two center stockings match the table runner on the sofa table, and the two on the outside are just extra stockings I have. My stocking is already full, but I haven't peeked!



I'm linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick's Christmas Tree Party:



And The Nester's Christmas Tour of Homes: