I got most of the decorations off the live (but now quite dead and dry) tree in the living room last night. As I suspected, I missed some and saw a Batman hanging this morning. I'll have Len do the last check after he gets one of the Wolverines and the tree topper down. I was too lazy to get out a step-stool out last night, and I was getting annoyed with being stabbed by needles to take them down myself. All of the lights are down and I'll have to test them before I put them away. No use keeping things that no longer work and at least one of the complex strands was not working on the tree.
Added to ornaments that need replacing is the NASA lunar excursion module--that little go-cart with an astronaut. The dish antenna broke off last night. I have a spare of the Eagle, but not the go-cart. I'll also be searching E-bay for a new Worf and a new Yoda, thanks to Riley. The blown-glass Dark Knight I dropped and shattered last night already had a duplicate (hooray.) Tonight I'll sit at the kitchen table and put things back into their boxes for the next 10 months. It is a time-consuming process to put Christmas away.
Does anyone know where I might be able to find the things that go into the top of a glass ornament which has a metal loop and collar. I have no idea what they are called, but we have a number of glass bulbs from Len's days with Disney that have lost those parts over the years. Not sure how that happens, mind you. And these are kind of large, so my plan to replace them with pieces from plain ornaments didn't work.
The horse tree has not yet been undressed. I'm still trying to purchase a Zenyatta ornament, but nobody has them and word is they won't be restocked until the fall. At least they'll be back in production so I don't have to spend $80 to buy one. My friends and I are planning to go to Santa Anita Race Track in early February for the ceremony where Penny Chenery, owner of Secretriat, will be giving the Mosses a new award because of the way Zenyatta had a positive effect on thoroughbred racing. She's been a personality directly out of the Secretariat handbook, so it is appropriate she gets the first one. Hooray for the Queen.
Lunch with the Barefoot Contessa
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