The holidays should be officially over by now, but i am still in the holiday spirit. We have a really nice two weeks, full of family and friends and great food and nice gifts. I love the Christmas season and wish people would feel so benevolent all year round.
I love my family and wish that we got together more often than just official holidays. Maybe we can plan a summer family reunion or make some kind of promise for visits or gatherings that don’t involve the stress and extra expense of holidays?
My friends have been great! I got Christmas cards from several people, which is always nice to get something pleasant in my mailbox and not just bills and junkmail. I was invited to several parties and dinners – that was really nice. And I had the chance to reciprocate by inviting people to my house, too. I’m especially glad that someone besides me and my cat and dog got the chance to see my Christmas tree. I love decorating for Christmas, but its not very satisfying if no one comes over to see it!
Some people take down their Christmas tree a few days after Christmas. I can see doing that if the tree is real and is dropping its needles all over the carpet. But if it is an artificial tree, why not leave it up until after New Year’s Eve? Why hurry to box everything up and put the holidays behind you?
If you have cats and bring home a live Christmas tree, do not be surprised if the cats climb the tree or knock off the hanging ornaments and other tree decorations to play with them. After all, they are cats. Once thing you can do is try to secure the tree with guide wires to at least two walls to add stability. Just a tree stand is not usually stable enough to handle a cat climbing the trunk.
This funny picture made me laugh because I have both a cat and a dog. I think my cat probably does cause mischief and blames the dog. Sometimes I think I should hide a couple of nanny-cams around the house and see who is really getting into things they shouldn’t. Sometimes I come home from work and find things that I know for sure the cat did it. But other times I really don’t know who is to blame – the cat? Or the dog?
One of Clint Eastwood’s last movies is Gran Torino and I’ve wanted to see that movie ever since I saw the first commercial and movie trailer when it first came out in theaters. As far as I’m concerned, anything with Clint Eastwood in it as an actor or as a director – it’s got to be good.
In this movie, Eastwood is a grumpy but tough old retired white man who takes on a wayward Mexican teen to try to reform him and ends up taking on an entire gang of kids. I think it touches on racism and age bias in a very unusual way. Even though the DVD came out a couple of years ago – I’ll want to buy this one for my Dad’s collection for a Christmas gift and as a bonus I’ll get to watch it with him!