I should be embarrassed to pun away so shamelessly, but, alas, I am not!
Let me tell you about something wonderful that happened to me the other day.
All around our old Barn is nature’s abundance for Christmas decorations. I have a magnificent old Magnolia, golden cypress, boxwood, nandina, and cedar. Not to mention lots of holly laden with berries. And is this good enough for me? Noooo.
My friend, Joanne, up in Northern Ohio has blue spruce. The most glorious, stately, shimmering blue spruce you’ve ever seen. She knows how much I love her trees which don’t do well at all in my neck of the woods.
Me: Have I mentioned how much I love your blue spruce?
Joanne: Yes, once or twice. (Probably thinking, dear God, she is relentless!)
So guess what arrived the other evening in the mail? Really, I was just overcome. All the way from Huron, Ohio, a box for me!!!:
I mean have you ever seen anything so beautiful? Wonderfully fragrant and still damp, a big box full of silvery blue boughs….. AHHHHHHH!!!!!!
And because I am so deliriously happy with this, I want to show you what I’ve done with it. First outside:
And then inside:
Christmas isn’t a particularly easy time in my household. I have to work at keeping the ghosts of Christmas Past at bay. But always, it seems, something happens to get me joyfully into the spirit and this year, it happened to come early. In a box of branches.
Decking the halls,