15 December 2008

Off the radar

I have been off the radar for a while. Sorry about that. But first I was in Stockholm visiting friends ( had a lovely time),then my father had to undergo heart surgery and I wanted to spend time with him and then there is work, work and still more work at the office ant then there is…… CHRISTMAS! How come it takes you by surprise every year? There you go thinking its October and the suddenly wham December sneaks up on you from behind. I am a Christmas freak and every year I chase the perfect Christmas. I start in October drooling over glossy Christmas interior design magazines and writing lists over what to do and what to get. I feel all prepared and ready to go and then something strange happens ….days or whole weeks even sort of disappear from my diary….like erased…. I think it’s a giant conspiracy or something…And this year I can’t seem to get to Christmas. Something is always in the way. And I start to worry…

Yesterday I managed to buy a tree. No easy thing for me. I am very picky! ( If you want to know exactly how picky you can read here). I want a perfect Disney kind of tree, triangular shaped, freshly cut and it has to smell good too. My Christmas tree problems are probably due to the fact that I grew up with Christmas trees that looked like they had grown next to a nuclear power plant. My dad always cheaped out and bought the trees no one else wanted for a bargain. My sister and I used to tease my him for the sorry excuse for a spruce and how it was dropping needles long before Christmas and balding fast at the top. Arriving home with the tree yesterday I had a taste of my own medicine.
– Can you help me bring in the tree in from the car Emma? I said
– Sure
– Oh boy you bought an outsider! Emma exclaims on top of her voice.
– No I said. We are having it inside. In the living room.
Emma started rolling her eyes.
- I said an outsider Mum not outside she said doing another eye roll.
- What do you mean?
Now she was rolling her eyes so much I feared she was going to shake something loose in there.
- It’s ugly Mum! You bought a tree no one else wants. An outsider!
So the hard way I understood that she wasn`t referring to the actual placing of the tree but the look of it. And being the very mature and composed mum that I am I just stuck my tongue out at her and said
- I think it’s a beautiful tree so duh! .

And after some serious pimping with ornaments in silver and white and little white bow ribbons even my daughter had to give in. It is a beautiful tree.

Speaking of trees. In 12 days time I am going off the radar again. Leaving for this ....

......by they way of Bangkok. I am spending the rest of the holiday with my sister and brother in law under another tree namely a palm tree.

Well my friends I have to run along. Things to do and places to go……
Hope to keep you posted on the rest of my Christmas preparations real soon.

Take care


LiLi M. said...

hahaha had to leave about your fathers bargain trees. My mother used to choose these too, we always had the trees with all backsides. Perhaps that's why I'm picky too. Our daugher celebrated her birthday this weekend, we had 20 guests for dinner, so no time for even buying a christmas tree. But no problem; you can publish a photo of the tree from 2005 on your blog, who will notice? Yours looks great by the way. Have a great time in Bangkok!

Betty Jo said...

Your tree is lovely. Hope your father will be well soon. Oh, I'm so jealous! How I would love to spend Christmas under a palm tree. Do you have room for one more on your trip? xoxo

Angela Louise said...

I think your tree is very beautiful Jeanette! You should see the sad ones on offer here in Australia. I had to resort to....wait for it>>>>a FAKE one this year!!! Not me at all! I usually get a living one in a pot but they are either extremely pricey OR they just aren't seeling them anymore. I have never had a fake one.So sad. I chose the most real one I could find. most people in Australia use plastic ones...YUK!
I am sure that you are going to enjoy your holiday. The heat might be extreme compared to what you are having in Sweden. You will have to do lots of swimming.
Happy Christmas preparations....I am so far behind. I've just this morning put my cake in the oven. Now I am about to hit the shops as I have many more presents to buy.
Love from Angela.

Anna Stilla said...

Oj, jag föredrar nog palmer än julgranar...

Vi kommer inte att ha ngn julgran i år. Barnen ska fira sin jul hos pappa och hemma är bara vi. Och vi orkar inte med julgransjobbet. Jag förstår inte var all ork tar vägen.

Önskar dig en härlig semester!