A Fly on the Wall

Today I’m trying something new–joining in a bloghop with other writers, checking in on what you might see from the perspective of a small winged creature looking down on my house this week before Christmas.

fly 4 candlesSparkling gold candles.

This is as far as we’ve gone in terms of holiday decorations so far. Oh, and and some of those red flowers on the front porch. Pathetic, really, but in some ways, just right. As my younger son says, until the Christmas hippo comes out, it’s not official.

The hippo is in these boxes somewhere.boxes

Along with these guys. Getting the band back together…

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No mensch on a bench, no elf on a shelf. If you want to have latkes, go make them yourself.

Holiday spirit? Not there yet. Obviously.

A large tree appeared in the garage a couple of days ago, where it awaits placement in our living room, not too close to the fireplace, which I need to re-learn how to light so I can show our grandson when he’s here. It takes some finesse with the remote control and can be quite frustrating when it clicks but doesn’t actually light.

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Haven’t brought out the menorah yet, and I’m several days behind. I’m afraid I put it away last year without chipping off the candle wax. Nuts.

We’ve barely made a dent in the rather large box of cookies I got in a white elephant exchange two weeks ago. Hoping I can get our visiting family members to help us. They’re really good with coffee. Anyone?

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Gifts still need to be wrapped and I have one trip to the post office, Not really looking forward to standing in any lines, but it may be inevitable.

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Am I done shopping? Am I ever done? Up at 4:00 am, shopping online. Crazy time…


I’m reading the script for “Our Town” in preparation for seeing a local production tomorrow night. Thornton Wilder attended Berkeley High School, and we’re seeing the play in Berkeley. Nice.

I have seen this play so many times, I should know the entire script by heart. That third act gets me every time. Making sure I have enough tissue in my purse to get me through it.  “That’s what it was to be alive.”

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This year, we are going to try putting the train set together. Totally forgot we still had this train until my son unearthed it in the attic when he was getting rid of all his stuff up there. Hope it still works! I think the three-year-old grandson will enjoy it. Hope it doesn’t scare the baby, though.

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It’s terribly hard to get underneath this mistletoe when it’s sitting on the kitchen counter. Must take care of this soon.

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And that’s what it means to be at my house this week.


Here’s what it looks like in other houses.














18 Responses to A Fly on the Wall

  1. So funny. I’m one of those people who hates seeing others push the holiday season by starting to decorate early. But I’m making one exception, I highly recommend that next year you consider getting started in August.
    Hope you enjoyed writing a Fly on the Wall post as much as I enjoyed reading it.

  2. BY the time I’m prepared for the holidays, they’re already over! I can’t comprehend a full box of cookies! They wouldn’t make it a day at my house 🙂
    Each year, I would teach my students the song, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” Your son’s remark about the Christmas Hippo made me smile 🙂

  3. Meg says:

    I love Our Town!!
    It has been ages since I’ve seen it. What a special treat!
    The holidays aren’t about the decorations that help to set the mood, its the memories that you make with those incredible people you love that will be cherished. That train set is going to be a hit! How wonderful! We didn’t go all out this year with decorations either and I had to pop our menorahs into the oven to melt the wax out at the last minute. I always think that next year I’ll create something amazing but the reality is that I’m usually just flying by the seat of my pants. 😉

  4. Carol Graham says:

    My goodness – you sound so busy — I hope you enjoy it and not too tired. I am one of those people who is ready for Christmas in the early fall — then I watch everyone run around. Sometimes I miss that busyness of the season but …….NOT. Merry Christmas and yes, I’ll come for a cookie!

  5. We are DONE shopping. D-O-N-E! AND the gifts are wrapped. #winning We considered putting a train around the tree, but figured the dog would ruin it.

  6. If it was up to the rest of the family we wouldn’t get anything done until the week of Christmas. LOL
    I managed to finish all the present shopping last week BUT I still have to make 6 stockings and get all the stuff to go in them. HELP!!!!

  7. Welcome to our group of FOTW.
    Now don’t feel bad, I just started my shopping today. I bought two of the ten gifts I needed to get.

  8. Robin says:

    I’m just happy my tree is up. I’m good with that being the extent of our holiday spirit.

  9. karen says:

    I was a bit late starting shopping this year, I have to buy a few more gift cards then I’m done!!!!! We put up our decorations early (day before Thanksgiving).

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