Three woodpeckers have began working away at the soffets under our eaves around the house. I think there are three of them. Either that, or just one extremely busy one. Peck peck peck. It’s driving me nuts, like Chinese Water Torture or something.
The cold has finally arrived. Winter came all at once, considering last week saw highs in the mid-70’s. Every morning I peek out the window and see a sparkling layer of silvery frost on every rooftop and deck. Thin wisps of smoke rise from chimneys of those lucky enough to have built their homes back when wood-burning stoves were still permitted, and puffs of steam surround the mouths of the dedicated morning joggers/walkers that climb our hill each day.
No Christmas tree this year, as “we” are on a “budget” and the one I want is a 9 ft tall pretty plastic one that costs close to $200. We’re being spend-thrifty, so we’re waiting for the after-Christmas sales to purchase it. I call it “miserly” but whatever. I hate being spend-thrifty. I never thought I’d own a fake Christmas tree, but I also never thought I’d live in Paso Robles, so there ya go. In the meantime, I’m looking for little, inexpensive ways to spruce up the house with a little holiday cheer. Origami is my go-to. Some of the heavier wrapping papers so readily-available make lovely ornaments when folded into cranes and strung on gold or silver string. I’ve got some leftover from a few years back, and I’m about to fold a bunch more to string several to a strand and hang them in windows and from our exposed beams as little mobiles and garlands. This year, I might try some of the balloons as well. Anyone got any other ideas?
I finally took some pictures of the new house and posted them to Flickr. The walls are fairly bare still, but we’ll fill them up over time. My kitchen is a mess, so I didn’t include any photos of that. 🙂
This week, I start back up with my yoga practice after some time away with thanksgiving/ladies holiday/cold from hell. So maybe I can actually resume calling this a yoga blog.
***Update***: SOMEONE (no naming names…) had a very very good day at the Motocross track today, came home in an extremely chipper mood and took me to the Christmas Tree Lot to pick out a lovely little tree (a REAL one) for our house. So turns out I DO get a Christmas tree this year! Hooray! (I’m still folding origami for ornaments, though)