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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January Nonsense

Ah, January.
That month between Christmas and . . . not-a-heck-of-a-lot.
We don't get a really good holiday now until Easter.
Valentine's Day?  Eh.  Flowers, candy, yadda-yadda, done.

So, January. 
Not my favorite month of the year.  Not Dion's, either:
Saturday's snowfall.

It's the first month of a new year, every year, and I don't like change.
I don't like having to write a different number on the date line of my checks.
I don't like the feeling that the worst winter weather is still to come,
and that the fun part of winter is already over with.

Yeah.  I can get a little crabby in January.
It helps to find things to laugh about.

Like, de-Christmas-ing the house.

You know I love Christmas trees, and have a really hard time taking them down when January 6th
has passed.  My good and patient husband Howard has found a way to avoid having the trees still up
and dropping needles on St. Patrick's Day; he takes them down himself,
and I don't even have to watch the awful carnage if I don't want to.

It's how we go from a holiday riot of trees, to this . . .
 a stripped down parlor badly needing a midwinter makeover:

Howard does the trees.  I get the rest of the Christmas bling.
 After I think I've got it finished, I take a careful walk around the house to see what I've forgotten.

This year, I checked the house several times, declared it Christmas-free,
and it wasn't until the next day that I noticed this:


The front staircase, for crying out loud!  How could I have walked past it over and over again,
without noticing that it was still festooned in lovely crispy-dry pine roping and giant red bows?

Don't answer that.
I probably don't want to know the answer.
Also, don't light a match.

Have a great Wednesday, and if there's snow where you are, I feel your pain.
Ours fell on Saturday -- about 5 inches -- and is pretty much all gone now.

Yay!  Green(ish) grass!
I and my dog rejoice.

A Happy January Day to you! -- Cass


  1. Cass,

    I hope you are feeling better. You got much more snow than we did on Saturday. It's been very mild here all week. Scout is happy. He hates the snow as much as Dion! You have more tables than anyone I know; each one more beautiful than the last. :)

    Your Friend,

  2. I know exactly what you mean. I started a post this afternoon about the same thing - also known as "Winter Funk". :-D January and February are my least favorite months out of the year.
    Poor Dion - bet he will be glad when Spring gets here. :D
    Enjoy your evening.

  3. Do not be jealous but we have had sun for two days now and I pulled weeds in the garden and actually planted ivy in pots for the house. It was cool to get my hands in dirt.

    1. My dearest Olive,
      Shut. Up.
      That is all.
      Love, Cass

  4. As soon as I'm sure I've got all the decorations down and boxed, I tape the boxes shut and, wouldn't you know it? Right under my nose is something I missed. It never fails.

  5. Glad to see you back posting!!!! January can be THE PITS! I remedy that by cleaning closets, cabinets and drawers -- keeps me occupied (and if it snows who cares) and there is always something to look forward to (if you can call cleaning closets and drawers something to look forward to.) And then February arrives, Ash Wednesday isn't far behind -- the house is clean INSIDE (the closets, cabinets and drawers) and outside (the rooms for I also do a deep cleaning). I've NEVER had January BLAHS!!! (At least not since I started my January cleaning spree). Ollie told me to tell you to tell Dion that he doesn't smell like himself anymore! He's been washing and washing his paws hoping to get that "awful" scent off!

    I always leave at least one decoration up -- usually an ornament on the tree! And so it is a stray unless December!

  6. I feel the same way. Always get a little blue this time of year. That's hilarious that you completely overlooked the banister decor. Sounds like something I would do. Spring is just around the corner!

  7. Oh Cass, I am so DONE with winter. But today was above freezing and sunny so took the old dog into the bush for a hike and it was heaven. If only it would stay like this but storms and freezing temps are on the way. "Calgon...take me away."

  8. That thing about NOT SEEING some glaring Christmas decor happens to me ALL THE TIME. Glad I'm not the only one.

    I WANT snow - - - we've got about 5 inches on the ground, but it keeps warming up into the 30's - - - not NORMAL for the frozen tundra in January, let me tell you - - - and so we aren't KEEPING our snow like I think we SHOULD.

    What's UP with this winter?????

  9. Thanks for dropping by my blog - in answer to your questions - Australia Day is a celebration of when the first fleet arrived in Sydney on Jan 26 1788 and lamingtons are cubes of sponge cake dipped in chocolate icing and coconut - I wrote a post for you tomorrow on lots of Aussie stuff! I hope you like it.

  10. January & February are the months that I can "get" Cabin Fever easily!! Cure???? Shopping ! !
    Have a Great Day!

  11. Cass, I feel your pain or disenchantment with January. I looked around my house after taking everything down seems almost drab. But cheer up miss...Only 55 days till Spring :):) Smiles to you, Susie(She Junks)

  12. I hear ya on the January thing. Not even my birthday can cheer this month up! And as for the Christmas stuff. I took my decorations down in New Years Day and last week I noticed that I still had the liquid soap in the bathroom sitting on the Christmas soap dish! Have a good weekend!

  13. I had to laugh out loud because after I "deChristmased" my house I noticed that I still had my banisters decorated. Is it wrong that I STILL haven't taken the garland down yet? *sigh*

  14. For many reasons...I hate January! Feb will be arriving soon and I hope a new attitude for me!


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