Has it really been 12 days? (Hangs head in shame). My absence requires a little bit of explanation (and a lot of your forgiveness).
We’re getting ready to move.
Before you heave out a deep sigh of anguish of thinking you’ll have to visit Life With Arie at a new URL (again), don’t panic. This is not an online move. This is a real, physical, box up everything and pray it doesn’t snow move. Arie, the cats and I have a new apartment that we’ll be settling into the first week in January (I repeat…pray it doesn’t snow!), and we’re starting to get ready. The cats think that they’re helpful….we don’t quite agree.
Even as summer clothing, unnecessary bath and kitchen items, and decorative elements find their way into boxes with labels and head for the garage, I’m pulling other items out of boxes. Why? It’s Christmas time. Christmas is my number one favorite holiday, and I love to decorate and have a festive home. I won’t go a year without a Christmas tree or some form of acknowledgement, so the tree will just have to be repacked before the big move. The goal is to have everything in boxes and downstairs besides the bare minimum (sofa folded down into bed, changes of clothes, and basic toiletries)…and the Christmas tree…by the 24th. We’ll see if that happens. Now. It’s time to share in the awesomeness that is our Christmas tree.
This little faux Christmas tree is one I’ve had for years. Yes, fake trees aren’t the greenest option, and yes, they are made with terrible chemicals. At this point though, I’ve had the tree for a while. Disposing of it is even worse for the environment, and I fear the dangers of having a real tree around the animals. So for now, this sparse, Charlie Brown fake friend is sticking it out. Still…Charles…as I have named my tree…looks pretty nice when he’s completely decked out.
I love fun and kitschy ornaments, so we have a fun mix of ornaments from my childhood, various baubles, handmade ornaments from the people friendly Ten Thousand Villages (great source for decor and more year round, with a good heart) and fun knit letters from Target. That last item ended up in an “M” for Moore, since they didn’t have a K for me, a “B” for Briseis (no J for Jasper, I’m afraid), and Arie’s first ornament on the tree:
The “A” may not be a pretty white like Arie’s White German Shepherd coat, but the fun green and red fit her sparkling personality. Before you panic again, the baubles on the tree are plastic. My cats can be a little bit like Simon’s Cat in their pursuit of the tree, so we go as non-breakable as possible.
If you’re not acquainted with Simon’s Cat, well, you need to be:
So, after much rambling, Arie and I have been away from the keyboard (except for work) to pack and get ready for the holidays. We’ll have another trip to see my family in South Carolina next week, so expect a fun post about that. In addition, be on the look out for our coverage of the Grand Opening of the Atlanta Humane Society’s Mansell Campus, our delicious visit to Lucky’s in Alpharetta, and a fun pet-friendly day for the Reindog Parade at Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Have you decorated for Christmas yet with your pet? Share your photos, holiday horror stories, and more us on our Facebook page. It needs your love.