Why do the items taken from the shelves not fit when being put back after Christmas? I cleared a number of shelves in the family room so as to put up festive Christmas displays as a backdrop for virtual storytelling that lead up to Christmas break. This morning, the day after Christmas, I was up early to take it all down, pack it away, and return the family room shelves to their usual configuration. Only when I started putting books back on one shelf, I found I could not fit some of the other items that had previously been there. New homes were found for various things.
As I put things back, both into drawers and cabinets, I started taking out what had been stashed away while the Christmas decor was on display. I realized some of the dolls that I keep in the family room did not appear to be put back where they normally live. It’s only been five weeks, how can I misplace these items? Since I was up early, while Terry slept in, to do this chore, I had not turned on lights in the guest room where I store many of my puppets, dolls, stuffed animals. When I went back, turned on the lights, and carefully looked in each drawer, I found the missing FridaKahlo and Monty Monkey. They are now back in their place.
All that is left to do is put the large containers with much of the decor in the back of the Subaru, take the wreath off the door and put it on top of those containers, and return it all to the storage unit a few miles away. Christmas is done for another year.
Addendum: Dropped off DVDs at the library (watched over Christmas week Olive Kittridge and Holiday Inn), put early January birthday cards in the post office mailbox, unloaded the Christmas containers into the storage unit, and home by 10. Saw 2 people while running those errands. I’m feeling pretty satisfied.