Date: 20 December 2021. Christmas
Like many, Christmas is my most favorite time of the year. I do so
love the lights, the music and the simple joy of the holiday season.
For me, Christmas is a time of reflection. Decorating allows me the
opportunity to revisit my past. Today I will share a bit of that with
This is the pencil my duo used to write their letters to Santa
We would tuck the pencil
into the Christmas tree. This year I wove it between the lines
across my cockpit window.
In case you are curious, the line is strung back and forth so that I
can hang stuff back there. Plus that small 1/8" (2mm) braid makes me
feel more secure at anchor.
I am well aware that a bit thin line from my
Box of Small Stuff
(linked article) won't make me 100% safe. However as a
privacy shield this works quite well. Most important of all, I like
Privacy is provided by
some of the ornament bookmarks I made last year for friends:
I enjoy looking at pictures from a book printed in
Due to the Book of Fishes circa 1939 being under a
portlight when an afternoon shower occurred, I ended up with great
pictures and a damaged book. The fish pictures were initially used
as Christmas ornaments and then as bookmarks. Later a few were
pinned to the lines on that window, providing privacy for me.
This year I opted to hang various
ornaments and pieces of my history from the lines across the aft
cockpit window. I seem to be scaling back on the amount of
decorating I do of late...
On the left you might notice an over-the-top envelope
written by the
Original Grand. Her thank you notes are extraordinary. I love them,
Decades ago when Baby was a little girl she made a felt
and yarn ornament for me.
I like the kitten. It has been a part of my Christmas decorations
for more than 30 years.
felt ornament kits were sold at the five and dime store. Bucilla made them.
If memory serves me, this cat was a part of one of those kits. I
wonder if similar items are being made by other young ones???
Life seemed more simple back then. A fellow boater (Irene) sent along
this holiday picture circa 1958.
The girls were in Year 11 high school back when this picture was
taken with Santa Claus.
Nowadays Irene enjoys life
Irene lives aboard a Valiant32 sailboat named Katja.
She's docked due to an impending haulout.
Decorating for the holidays is important for my happiness quotient.
Battery voltage at 13.2
↑ makes me happy too. Candy canes are also fun at
Years ago a young man named Eric gifted all the women
in the boatyard a Poinsettia plant.
Since then I have bought myself one each year. Buddy hangs out near
the plant most days.
At night I light some
stars along the bottom of my window looking aft.
These stars are battery powered. I purchased the set
from Dollar General many years ago.
One thing I started doing a
while back was making Christmas stars for friends near and far.
These are made from an outdated chartkit a friend passed along to
I ended up making quite a
few stars this year:
Of late I have been helping out a
neighbor with a couple of engine room issues. Why now you may
wonder... it is really quite simple: I was invited to lunch with
some gals and my nails were (WERE!!!) clean. Now, not so much. Lunch
is on Wednesday. The chance of my nails being clean is some place
between zero and zilch.
This is of course the same as
whenever I am meeting someone and hoping to look put together like a
cool boat gal. Ha!!! That is extremely unlikely to occur. Invariably
before any social event I decide to stain and varnish something, or
end up working in a grimy bilge. Consequently my
hands look like I've forgotten soap exists.
On the other (oil-stained) hand, my
boat is reeking of Christmas. That is a wonderful thing.
I used to do quite a lot of cross-stitching. Rudolph
(center above) is a particular favorite I made.
I hope your
holiday season is going well. May the spirit of Christmas fill your
home with love. As Tiny Tim said all those years ago "Happy
Christmas one and all..."
That's it from the water. I thank you for reading.
Does anyone remember making felt ornament kits?
And, what is your oldest/most treasured Christmas ornament?
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