Yep, two weeks until Christmas and the only decoration I have this year is one poinsettia that we got at Home Depot. Actually the only reason I even have that was to have something to paint. I haven't done a still life for several months, so I thought a seasonal one would be just the ticket.
I had fun doing it and while I'm sure I could have probably staged it better somewhere else in the house, it just worked for me on the mantle.
We have spent a very quiet week here, going to the gym, doing a bit of shopping and watching some television. It's funny, even at my age, I still get teary eyed at the Christmas television specials. It doesn't matter if it's the old faithful ones from our youth, or the Christmas episode of a current sitcom, I still get weepy. Always have, probably always will.
In addition to being weepy, everyone here in my neck of the woods has been on pins and needles, due to the abduction of a local 12 year old girl. Her Mom had missed work two days in a row, so on Monday, concerned co-workers call the police and when they entered the house, unfortunately, they found the mother, Tina, murdered. The daughter, Brittney was not there and it was soon discovered she had been taken by her Mom's boyfriend, apparently on Friday. An Amber Alert was issued immediately and finally last night, they were seen in San Francisco in a Safeway. A shopper recognized them from the Amber Alert photos and called police and they were able to arrest him without incident and get Brittney. The officials aren't releasing much information, but at least she's safe and on her way home.
I hope everyone is staying calm, cool and collected over the holidays. My shopping is done, and after we go to UPS Monday, I can sit back and relax. I don't stress out much this time of year. The hubby and I get things we like throughout the year, so we don't worry that much about special gifts for each other. I ordered art supplies from Dick Blick and he will probably get something from Musician's Friend and we both like to order shoes from Zappos. So this season hasn't stressed us out in the least.
Well, that's it from me for now. Stay safe and warm and remember to tell the people that you love, just how much they mean to you. Take care, we'll talk soon!