Friday, December 10, 2021

Preparing for Christmas

 My five wooden, moveable ornaments will be hung on the staircase at Christmas.

I have yet to find the right foliage to hang them on and freezing rain is in the forecast so I'll have to wait a day or two.

My children, and now my grands, love to play with them as they head up to the loft to the Christmas tree.

I'm not sure how, but I managed to get my wrapping done today with the help of this maniac.
Her job, I presume, was to stand on the bows so they were on good and tight and lie across the tissue paper to keep it perfectly flat. The chewing on the ribbon was short-lived.
"Thank you, Cora."
                                                                  "Oh, Christmas Tree"

I spotted a 'new kid on the block' today looking out the sliding door window. He/she was obviously hunting  and quite comfortable with it all. Looked well-fed (hopefully not with my birds) so I won't worry about it.  I'll just watch for the hunter again.

And the glorious mourning dove is here now for the winter. How I miss them all summer long. They have arrived in a large flock, close to thirty, and I will gladly keep them fed all winter.

And the junco is back, too. Cutest little birds. They are about the same size as the chickadee and seem to get along with them well.

I hope you are all enjoying these days up to Christmas.
I've been watching lots of Christmas movies and drinking far too much hot chocolate
in between the shopping and wrapping of presents.
All good, all fun.

But I best go.
The branches are vibrating and I just heard a bell ring under the tree.

Be kind, Deb


  1. I have enjoyed both these pre-Christmas posts. Love the turkey flock and of course Cora and Wilson are the most delightful to see. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season and the tree stays standing and decorated.

  2. Great reading blogs again. I stopped doing it ... why ... who knows. You look like you are well underway. It's always good to have a little help with wrapping. There seem to be a lot more rogue pussy cats around here. I will keep an eye for the homeless ones and put out food .. shhhhh don't tell Iain.

  3. That expression in the last shot: perfect.

  4. Really nice ornaments you have :)
    Good to hear that all is well.
    Love the picture of the tree and kitty :)
    So innocent...for now ;) MOL!
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas !
    Purrs, Julie and "mum" Nancy

  5. HaHa! I've never known a pussy~cat not
    to love Christmas..the tree, the baubles,
    the ribbon, and the paper..! ;).
    As l said in the last post my three would
    run up and down it, pull the balls off,
    play with them up and down the hallway..! :).
    The only thing they could'nt get at was the
    fairy at the very top..she remained quite
    safe with ALL her cloths on..! :). for that cheeky little face under
    the tree there,,"Me Mum..not me Mum"...! :O),
    Merry Christmas! 🎁 Ho Ho Ho! 🎅 Jingle Bells! 🔔

  6. The place looks great Deb. I'm glad to see you have help in the wrapping department. Seems there are a few more homeless kittys around here :-( I will be picking up a bag of kibble but shhhh don't tell Iain. take care.

  7. That last shot is priceless. Merry Christmas.

  8. I love your moveable ornaments and seeing all the sweet birds returning to your feeders. Your wrapping assistant is quite adorable. Have you done the ribbons yet?!

  9. Lol....those little Christmas helpers are so sweet, mine usually wait until the gifts are wrapped and decide to open them :)
    Great to see your feathered visitors and hopefully Mr. Hunter will go on his merry way !
    Lovely post Deb, I keep checking to see if you have your home finished yet ?

  10. Oh such a beautiful ornaments! I love this one with the cat the most :)
    These birds are lucky to have you <3 One day, when I have my own house I'll feed wild animals too :) For now I can only take care of homeless cats. But I think they appreciate it a lot :)