Saturday, December 27, 2008

In Limbo

That's where Cliff and I found ourselves yesterday. He had some projects at the shop, but they all involved painting, and the humidity made it impossible to paint anything successfully.

I took the Christmas tree down and put up the ornaments. I'm not ready to bid goodbye to my Avon plates and the seasonal cups, so those get to stay around the house for at least another week.

This is my favorite plate of all, from 1988.

This is one of a series of Wedgewood plates made in England for Avon; I only have two of the series, but I intend to get the other six. They're cheap and plentiful on Ebay. I believe all the Avon plates from recent years are made in China. Big surprise, huh?

Looking back, we should have taken a motorcycle ride yesterday. Temperatures got up into the sixties. Trouble is, there was a slight threat of rain and some actual drizzle, so we didn't chance it. But we saw a couple of riders out on the roads, and envied them.

We've had some interesting daily walks lately: Snow to tromp through and zero temps for a few days, then after a warm-up, half-thawed snow-turned-to-ice that we had to negotiate around on the hills. Yesterday we waded through mud. Because Cliff's sister was working, we got her mini-Dachshund and took her along. When we got back from walking, I actually had to put her in the tub and rinse the mud off. She only clears the ground by about a half-inch, so she can't keep from getting muddy. I think we'll leave her behind from now on until things dry out or freeze over.

Let's just say our recent walks haven't been pleasurable; but I imagine we've burned extra calories wading, slipping, and sliding.

My old strings of Christmas tree lights are giving out on me one by one, so we went out looking for bargains. I had no desire to head to the city and fight crowds, so we went to some Dollar Stores nearby, and then to a little Wal-mart in Higginsville. We had great success, buying lights and a few ornaments at half-price. The stores in these little bedroom/farming communities weren't crowded at all.

So that's how we spent our day after Christmas. Now I sit here listening to strong winds, thunder and rain. I need some seed catalogues!


Midlife Mom said...

I like your plates. I have a few with cardinals that I enjoy. I'm taking things down today too. I'm always ready once Christmas is over to get things back in order.

Sonya said...

The avon plates are pretty. I especially like the snow in the 2nd one. Have a good day....

BlueRidge Boomer said...

We did the same thing.....hubby had to work the male child and i braved the local Wal Mart....not busy at all,,,did get the outside twin-cicle light for half price....ilove bargins!!!

Hollie said...

Your plates are so pretty! LOL about the dog having to get cleaned back up after the walk. It's warm here again. I have all the windows raised & the door opened. Such weird weather!

Sugar said...

love your plates!
my little tree will stay up till new years!
such strange weather.
have a good wkend.

Traci said...

Love the plates! Very pretty. I haven't been shopping since Tuesday and on Tuesday we went early before most folks had rolled over for the first time!

Toon said...

I've been in kind of a limbo myself--I think the first Target Christmas commercial set it off a month ago and I haven't been back since. SIGH. I hope we get some more 60+ degree days again soon!


Muhd Imran said...

A relaxing walk is always very good. Wading through snow and mud and slipping definitely gave you a good workout after all those delicious food.

Have a relaxing Sunday.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I don't put my decorations away until January 6th which is Epiphany - the Feast Day of the 3 Kings. Then I'll find something to brighten up things around here as I think everything looks a little blah when the Christmas things come down. I got the pictures of my visit with DS#3 on Saturday in my journal after my entry this morning so if you missed them they are there now.
Hope your Sunday is a great one!
'On Ya'-ma