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Honey, I'm Home's Morning Mantra ~~ Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, "Oh NO, She's up!"

Thursday, December 2, 2010

I’m Seeing Red ~~

Just as I think I have a handle on making a header, I fall apart.  Now’s it’s the background that’s driving me crazy and I’m sure I’m going to do change after change.  It’s all so red now that if a bull saw it, he’d charge the screen.  Well, this is a work in progress and I’ll fix it by Christmas (maybe).

I’ve decided to do a little Christmas decorating this year, which is a step up in my mood with Mom not here anymore.  Better little steps than no steps at all, right?  Anyway, I’ve fallen totally in love with all these new gizmos of decor that do not have to be plugged in. No more cords!  The first purchase was window candles, then I went wild over swags, and then over string lights.  I have plans for all of it, but I never thought at all about the batteries until this morning as I was walking from room to room and counting first the windows for the candles – 20 windows to deck and that’s 2-AA’s in each.  40 batteries.  Then the swags, as I gulped at the thought of my checkbook dwindling, at 4 swags using 3-C’s, so that’s 12-C batteries.  Then on to the string lights which use 3-D’s.  I’m only using 2 of those strings on some plants in the living room, so that 6-D’s to buy.  I’ll bet these batteries end up more expensive than the amount of increase I would have seen in the electric bill with cords!  But still, any woman will tell you that all those cords twisting around everything is enough to make you want to pull the plug on the whole house.  Not men, though. They don’t care if cords are swinging through the air, hanging from the ceiling, and draped over every piece of furniture in the room.  I take that back. Don’t drape cords over the favorite chair OR the remote.  There, I feel better. No cords.

Here’s what the swags look like. No batteries yet, so none are lit with those little clear lights. Still, you get the idea.  And one of these photos also shows my mistletoe in crystal.  Yeah, sure, nobody will be under it except for 2 fur balls and myself but I like it and when the light hits all those facets, it’s terrific. Please DO click to enlarge:

 swagsonmantlelivingroom

 swaginsidefrontdoor

  mistletoecrystalinfronthallway

 

Now, niftiest thing about these swags, candles, and string lights, is that they are programmable. YES!  You set the time you want them on and the time you want them to turn off.  I have been told by my neighbor (who has the same) that ONE set of batteries in each will last even more than the entire Christmas season.  See? I just gave myself another reason of why I’m going to buy out the store in batteries.  It’s all worth it!

Last, but not least, I am going to treat Beth, yes, our Beth in Illinois, bless her heart, to a horrible, awful vid I made for her last night, with none other than Lucy, the talking cat.  Hey, I promised Lucy so what else can I do?  Beth, FORGIVE MEEEE!  (As bad as this is, you have to agree that you can tell Lucy is actually paying attention)

                                           

 

XOXOXO

22 comments:

  1. I like the red here. Not too "in your face", just a nice Christmasy background. Your decorating looks very nice, almost like Martha was at your house. I can see why you need all those batteries. The AA batteries are usually quite reasonable, but the C's & D's will set ya back quite a ways. But it's only for a couple weeks and you'll love the little lights.

    Lucy is a very smart kitty. Cute video.

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  2. ME TOO! Wait till she gets her blog going and meets Mr. PUDDY~! He is falling down knock out gorgeous man cat! They are just right for each other.

    Lucy, I love you baby girl! MUAH Think of the Admiral aka Miss Catt tomorrow. I have to try to trick her ad get her to the v-e-t.

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  3. Thank you Lucy. You are absolutely gorgeous. I enjoyed every bit of the vid!!!
    Tell mom her new decorations are gorgeous too.

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  4. Cindy, thanks for making me feel better about all the red. Before you got here the ENTIRE page was red but then I ran the balls down the side. The header I made myself from bits and pieces of one I'd made on WLS. I took that one and added the string lights and then took it all and animated it. Lol, there's gotta be an easier way.
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    Carole, Awwww, you LIKED her! I'll tell Lucy and she'll fall all over herself. As for hooking her up with Mr Puddy, I'll bet he's gorgeous, but Sam would MURDER me he's so in love with Lucy :D
    I know that V-E-T thing. You must spell it otherwise they always know.
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    Beth, Lucy is purring all over herself now. There will be no living with her, she's such a ham. I just wish I had the vid going when she's REALLY on the move, but that never happens.

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  5. Loved your video, Jenny; yes--Lucy is the ultimate ham! What a sweetie she is!

    You've got to keep creating more videos. Please?

    Soon?

    8 )

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  6. OH Jenny, You have really made you smile and laugh before breakfast this morning, your page here your blog and pics are all delightful and you have given me added encouragement to go and do my decs, nothing as spectacular as yours, but I treaded through snow and ice yesterday to add to the collection and today and tomorrow they will be put in place. But the star of this show, is the video you did for Beth, its awesome, my daughters and grandkids will love it too probably I am going to show them all. Christmas Love and Hugs to you and Lucy, she looks just like one of Karen's cats. - Nita

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  7. Oh dear too much Christmas wine (I wish) spot the error, I meant You have really made ME smile and laugh.

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  8. Nita, thanks! Actually you were the first to see the snowfall and Santa running across my page. Lol, and all this time I was worried about so much red. Now I'm wondering if I've gone overboard!
    I'm heading out this afternoon to buy all the batteries in the world and then tomorrow good old "R" is coming by to help me drag out the rest of the Christmas stuff for the house.
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    Marge, you are killing me, lol. My vids are SO bad that I'm afraid I might be put into a cell if I make many more -- a padded cell ;)

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  9. OH, and if anyone hangs around the page for a bit, they'll see that Santa starts to "climb", and around the 4th pass, he is crossing way above the houses. I love it, lol.

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  10. Very neat seeing all the animations going on here. Snow, santa, reindeer and even some twinkles on your banner. Good job Jenny, you're getting really good at it.

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  11. I love it here!! So beautiful, Jenny!! ((((hugs to you)))

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  12. wow, love the santa and all the rest of it. yes more video's please

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  13. I beg your pardon; some of us guys have an aversion to all those cords! My pet peeve is extension cords, especially if a certain small but mean whoahman (who shall remain anonymous lest she reads this and decides to tenderize my headbone with a cast iron skillet) has run them under the carpet. I used to do fire and flood clean up and restoration work and nearly every fire scene we responded to was electrical or cooking related.

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  14. I love the red, snow, Santa, been trying to get him on my blogger. Got the snow on WP. But not on blogger. I love Lucy, she's a star.

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  15. OK - I will not acknowledge Xmas for at least two more weeks. Here's why men don't mind cords - we don't sweep! Even when we live alone - I have dustbunnies under my bed that are being bid on by the Smithsonian. All I can think of when it comes to cords v batteries is that I can stay home warm and toasty while I rub the place I bumped tripping over a cord, but I am ALWAYS out of the type battery I need and that is a 4 to 5 mile trip. In the snow.

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  16. David, I have to say...I wasn't planning on doing my page in a Christmas theme for 2 more weeks, BUT, when I finally figured out how to do it, I was afraid I'd forget by then. God, you should see all my notes on "how to". At my age, notes are good except in a day or so I won't remember where I put them. Ain't life grand?

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  17. Me and my mommy LOVE Sandy Claws flyin' across the page and we love the red too. And we thank you kitties for the head butts and purrs. I was mad at mommy! You made it better.

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  18. Hi Jenny, Love the Christmas look on your blog! The border of balls is so cheerful. I LIKE the red page.

    I just finished reading the hilarious story about the bird fooling your mother..(I want some lettuce..)and now I got to meet your Lucy. She's so pretty! I took pictures of my new kitten zoey, but still can't find my camera cord to upload. Thanks for all of your enthusiastic remarks on my blog! I have not had a kitten since I was a child.Cats ,yes..... kittens,no.

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  19. Oh my, Jenny, Lucy sounds like she is talking, and she's such a beauty. I hope Beth understood every word...('cos I don't speak 'cat talk' yet!!) but I'm sure she was saying hi there Beth!! ;-)
    as to backgrounds and changing themes etc..you can't imagine how many shades of black (my usual choice) there are, with added little thingumabobs to jazz it up...(little stars, metallic glaze ...in fact all sorts) and that wore me out, so I can sympathise, although I agree with everyone else...that this theme of yours looks so bright and Christmassy. Just right in fact..
    and your room decorations look spot on too, in fact I feel quite jealous...Hmm. must search out the box of goodies from last Christmas.. lol!! xPenx

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  20. Checking back to see if there's any new ornaments, elves or jingle bells over here. LOL

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  21. I really really Loved your video.
    How did you add the snow to fall or does that come with the background. How very lovely that is.
    Thanks for stopping and all your kind words.
    Hugs

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  22. I'm scanning and see if I missed any posts and I watched Lucy's vid again. She is so precious and smart. You know they understand what we say, I think.

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