...Underneath the hammertoe last night.
Danny thought mistletoe was stupid and outdated so he came up with a hammertoe to hang in the doorway. Instead of a kiss you get kicked. Sounds about right then! The kid's never worn ill-fitting shoes or he wouldn't think a hammertoe is so funny.
I'm doing my best to decorate on a limited budget.
There's only so much I can do to dress up the empty raised beds.
I did re-purpose the Thanksgiving decorations for Christmas by adding some festive attire. I stuck to my plan and didn't do a cold weather garden this year, opting instead to buy from the hippies at the health food shop. They have a small, but quality produce selection and this week I've bought spinach, purple kohlrabi, and beets. I'm enjoying taking the winter off (and the frantic covering with fleeces when the weather suddenly turns).
This paper Advent calendar is the old-fashioned sort that I prefer. We've had this one for many years, but tuck the doors back closed each year. Most of the doors have some sort of animal toy on wheels.
What sort of a mother would I be if I didn't buy my son a chocolate one as well? Vermont Nut-Free chocolates are $$$ but they are made on dedicated nut-free production lines. It is excellent quality chocolate-much better than what you'd typically get in an Advent calendar. I ordered a box of their fancy chocolate for Hanukkah (we're an inter-faith family) and some chocolate foil covered coins. The apricot/white chocolate truffles are probably the best candy I've ever tasted, nut-free or not. I know how to make candy (caramels, fondant from scratch, truffles) but with everything else I have to do, it is nice being able to order a selection with a few clicks of the mouse. I am not being compensated by Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, but I do buy their products, including their baking chocolate. Great company with excellent customer service as well.
On the subject of nuts-Danny is being re-tested this week, first with a blood draw, and then a challenge where he's given small amounts of nuts in a medical office (where they can administer an eppi pen if needed). He only had a reaction once, and it was to tahini that was contaminated with what we think was nuts. On scratch tests he was positive for peanuts and almonds, but as he's never had another reaction (we've stopped eating prepared foods and dining away from home) who knows? For his sake, it would be nice to know if he was just reacting to some mould or god-knows-what in the tahini (pesticides?) but honestly, we're not hopeful. I've been nut allergic since I was two, and there's a strong heredity factor to these things. Still, it would be nice to be certain what we're dealing with. Danny joked that if it turns out he's ok around peanuts he's going to visit every ballpark in America as he's never been able to attend a baseball game.
The treat-bags with decorated gingerbread men really dress-up the tree and it is nice to have something that is edible. The decorating is entirely Danny;s handiwork and I think it is perfect.
We attended the Family Festival today. Everything is free of cost and there's a trolley to take you around to different activities throughout downtown Omaha. The museums tend to be a bit crowded due to the free admission, but we were able to attend a wonderful Tuba concert (I never knew there were that many sorts of tubas) and even ran into someone I hadn't seen in a long time. It was a great afternoon, and I'm already marking my calendar for next year's Christmas Tuba concert.
The museum was doing a Harry Potter activity for children, and at first I didn't understand why there were so many children wearing my big round glasses. Eventually, I put it together and I admit I was a bit crushed to find out it wasn't my fan club, but that's how it goes. They also gave small children pointy, plastic wands to play with which took all of 30 seconds in the hands of the typical child before they were fencing with them. F- to the person that thought handing out pointed sticks to children at a crowded venue would be a good idea. But otherwise-the day was great fun.
Vintage crushed velvet skirt-Salvation Army store, Lincoln, NE
Polo neck-Can't remember
Pendleton wool jacket-Goodwill
Purse-Made by Me
Vintage Shiny Brite Christmas corsage-Thrift World
Hand knit wool mittens-Hand-Me-Ups
Hand woven scarf-Fiber arts show
Vintage Christmas bulb earrings (they're heavy glass) Sarpy Museum garage sale
Danny is wearing a vintage acrylic cardigan and a Santa hat.
...and at the Durham Museum which was built in the same era. The Durham was formerly the Union Station and much of the original building is intact.
you can even play on old trains and streetcars.
See you next time with another installment of Christmas brooch of the Day. Meanwhile, watch yourself if you're under the hammertoe!