Mr. Romance

We are not one of the couples that go all-out for Valentine’s Day. There is no chocolate. We don’t go out to dinner. No presents, pink or and fluff of any sort. We’re just not that sort of people. Romance for us is a walk together or simply time spent talking. Those are the vitamins…

Das Puppenhaus

Right. I’m way behind in these posts. No way I can entirely ake it up without being tedious, so I’ll hit the high points in a few shorter blurbs. I finished the house for Katherine and had it wrapped and ready for Christmas. The details of its origin and significance are in an earlier post….

My theory on spouses at Christmas

Right. Before I start this, I should point out that I am very happily married to a wonderful person whom I like and love more with each passing day. This theory probably wouldn’t work to describe relationships in which partners are not happy or in which they are not fascinated with each other’s lives. I’ve…

Three more days…

… in which to get everything done. Things left to do are: finish the dollhouse (needs exterior trim and a little finishing here and there. Nothing major. If I get time, I’ll make the curtains.) paint a few pieces of dollhouse furniture. wrap one present and three stocking stuffers buy one chocolate orange and wrap…

Why I like girl dogs

After slaughtering and hog-tying the Christmas tree on Saturday, we stuck it in a barrell of water until we had blasted a spot in the house in which it could stand. Sunday, we brought the tree into the house, lopped off another section of trunk and plunked it into a stand full of water. Happy…

What we do in our house for Christmas

Because I have been asked, both accusatorily and timorously both by people who mean well and those who are downright nosy, whether we celebrate Christmas, here it is: yes, we do Christmas. The trick comes in identifying how we define the Christmas that we celebrate and how we distinguish it from the meanings that others…

Shopping and such

Finished off the shopping last night. All that remain now are to pick up a couple of things that are on order and wrap them. Everything that has been purchased is wrapped, labelled, ribboned and bowed. Feel free to throw heavy, pointy things in my general direction if you need to rid yourself of angst,…

Zee leest of theengs tooo dooo to zee dallhaus…

Or what happens when you think of The Count from Sesame Street while blogging. I typically, like many people, I guess, have ambitious ideas about what I’d like to have ready for Christmas. This year I’m doing better than usual as I’m limiting myself, more or less, to one project. This year, Katherine has asked…

Seven children in a house full of sugar

Last year, we held a gingerbread party for the children of our close family and friends. Kids and parents came along, brought obscene amounts of candy and jointly supervised the application of ridiculous quantities of icing to gingerbread igloos. The igloos were because making seven houses seemed too much like work…. This year we did…