Do you wrap your own presents or have it done where you shop or by a service? We have a wonderful store here that will wrap anything and make it beautiful. The store also packages and ships anything you have to send elsewhere. They do a great job, but, of course, for a steep price.
I have adopted a young mother and her two small sons for Christmas. After making all the purchases, I realized the gifts would need to be wrapped. I am not good at gift wrapping but decided I would do it myself rather than take the items to that packaging store. I have a closet full of gift wrap and ribbons accumulated over the years Also lots of stickers with which to make name tags.
I spent the morning working on the wrapping and here is the result:
After my last post about the Victorian Christmas at Kearney Mansion where I will be giving tours, Kay from across the ocean in Hawaii asked if I would be showing pictures of the four trees. I had to unfortunately say no as photos aren’t allowed to be taken of the interior. Then, this morning what should appear on the Historical Society’s Facebook page, but a photo of the tree in Mr. Kearney’s reception room (or what we would call the living room).
This one may be from last year, but you still get the idea of what the room and tree look like, decked out for Christmas.
Yesterday I went out to Kearney Mansion to get a quick tour of the house in its Christmas finery as I will be giving school tours this week and next about Victorian Christmas. I was also given a file of information to incorporate into the tour as it will be so different from the usual script.
My usual school tours focus on M. Theo Kearney and how he developed land in the San Joaquin Valley to grow so many crops but mainly grapes and raisins. Mr. Kearney was known as the “raisin king” in the Fresno area. The mansion is actually the home he had built for his farm superintendent but he did live three years in the home before his sudden death in 1906 while on a ship traveling to Europe to purchase more furnishings for a castle he was building on the grounds. Upon hearing of his death all work on the castle was stopped and the building never completed.
The Christmas tours, however, will only touch on Mr. Kearney’s part in developing the farmland and instead will revolve around the decorations in the house. There are four Christmas trees scattered throughout the house as well as greenery and other decorations. The third graders will tour the home, visit the gift shop and in the carriage house they will make a “cracker” to take home. I am really excited to do the tours as I believe the children will be really excited to see the house all decked out in Christmas splendor.
When I arrived and parked, this tree greeted me, still holding on to its autumn glory:
But as I walked up the drive, towards the house, I could see that Christmas had arrived:
It’s December 2 so the decorating can begin. I don’t know if I will do very much. I got the Christmas mugs out of the garage cabinet, and we’ve been enjoying our morning coffee in them. Took a few more things from the storage unit, and got the porch looking a bit festive. Bought some poinsettias for the family room.
I also got into the back of my closet and pulled out my holiday attire. I’ll start wearing some of that this week as we have a children’s party to attend tomorrow night and I’m doing Victorian Christmas at Kearney Mansion tours this week for school children.
Even dinner last night got in on the festive look–bruschetta.
The last day of November and the house is again quiet. After six mornings of getting up with small children to watch cartoons and make coco-chita (chocolate milk), I am back into my old morning routine. Terry even made his Saturday-morning pancakes for breakfast. Life is calmer for us today.
The small grandchildren were here for six days, fortunately for us two of those days were also with their parents who helped take care of them. After they left yesterday to go spend time with the other grandparents I found that they had left the kids’ clothes still in the drawers so they are having to make a swing by here today before going home. Jen has to be back for an event this evening so there is little time for such extra mileage.
Upon learning that the kids would swing back by here, I got in yesterday afternoon and made a picture book for the grandkid telling about their week at Gramma and Papa’s house. Both Leeya and Judah love books and pictures so I think they will enjoy these little 4-page memories.
This is one of the pictures I included in their books. We had the backdoor replaced when the house was painted and the painters left the old door. I thought it would make a great canvas for fingerpainting and the kids thought so too.
Okay, now on to December. Let’s see what adventures we can cook up around here.
Just heard that there is something in the water off of the west coast that is killing the starfish. Not only are starfish dying, other aquatic varieties are disappearing. Another reason I don’t eat fish any more.
While we lived in San Francisco and would visit the bay, I saw the condition of the water and could not imagine eating anything that came out of it. We occasionally go to the beach, and I see the water quality. Yuck. Again, not eating anything that comes out of that muck.
We are killing our oceans.