Date: 20 December 2020. Christmas
The time between Thanksgiving and
Christmas is my favorite. Each year I search for one ornament or
represent the year. It is the one "budget is no object" item in my
list. This year I found a perfect miniature ceramic Christmas tree.
It takes a weird size
I took a permanent magic marker and wrote the battery
information on the bottom of the ceramic tree.
something takes an odd battery I write the size down on the item. I
use a magic marker so it is easy to see. This makes my life easier
and usually prevents me from purchasing the wrong size batteries.
My ceramic angels by the new tree are at least 50 years old... they
are by Lefton. The girl is a bell.
Each year they are prominently displayed. The past
few years they have been just forward of the throttle.
for boat friends I make some sort of holiday decoration that folds
flat. The flat part is critical so that postage doesn't kill me. And
too, boat folks don't generally have room for *folderol.
*Folderol is a useless trinket; think: dust catcher, or ornament
purely for decorative purposes.
Record, I am EXTREMELY late in mailing my Christmas cards this year.
I apologize. Most will arrive before the new year, I hope.
Regardless of the disposability of
paper ornaments made from outdated charts,
making them for friends. It is always my intention to get
them mailed the first week in December.
This year that did not happen. I have already received a card from
my friend which is great. Thanks Irene.
I opted for folded Scandinavian
stars for 2020. They are
relatively easy to make, after the first dozen or so that is...
I utilize an outdated chartkit for
the West Coast of Florida in my holiday crafts projects. The gift of
that set of charts has been a real blessing. Plus I believe it is
pretty cool to have something with a nautical flair to share with my
It was such fun to receive
pictures of previous ornaments
I made still being used by friends this year. How cool is
Bucky's shoreside residence.
This year I also bought from eBay (China) a removable
Santa Claus is on the bulkhead in my forward cabin.
The wall sticker
was difficult to place neatly onto the smooth fiberglass gelcoat. It
currently has air bubbles under the surface. I tore the thin plastic
in a couple of places too.
Santa is worth the $4 I paid. To save it for next
year I will cut the decoration into four quadrants. They will fit in
my Christmas box. It is pretty, but not real practical when it comes
to storing away someplace.
You may realize that I am a bit of
a nut for Christmas.
It is the most wonderful time of the year, though the
turning sign does annoy bird friends.
Yes, my grumpy Gus still hangs out
waiting for hotdogs. He has his feathers ruffled.
The night herons fight each other, pulling feathers.
A new friend,
Anisha, lives upstairs in an apartment behind Seaweed. Anisha has
birds that walk inside her place when she is not prompt at feeding
times. Around here, the people take care of our feathered friends.
She was kind enough to take me shopping, twice!
We went to a cool consignment shop
The owner of Blondie's is Luan.
I found a cool present for a friend at
I love that there
is a place on the beach that sells collectibles and ephemera. Old stuff interests me.
I love love love that sort of thing. At Blondie's I found two cool
thimbles, a Precious Moments little box, a necklace and a small lap
Blondie's Resale: 15026 Madeira Way, Madeira
Beach, FL 33708. Phone: 727-565-2560
If you're in the vicinity,
Blondie's is worth the visit. It is across from the Madeira Beach
post office, near the library, Winn Dixie and Dollar Tree. It is
definitely a new favorite place to shop. Blondie's has cool stuff at
reasonable prices. Visit the owner Luan and tell her "hello" from
A couple years ago I found the coolest Christmas duck
at the Salvation Army.
It is half price for seniors on Mondays, which of course is a good day to shop there.
I'll be honest: Any
day is a Great Day to shop at the Salvation Army.
This year has been a real roller
coaster. The Newest grand was born in the springtime. I was there
for the birth, and flew home
the day before domestic flight restrictions were implemented. The
kids took me on a second
trip to Disney this fall so I could love on the baby and enjoy the
Original grand. That was special too. And now, Christmas!!
Christmas is my
favorite. I've watched
Miracle on 34th Street,
Frosty the Snowman,
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
Express and loads of other cheerful movies. My DVD collection is
such a blessing. One of these days I'm going to digitalize all my
movies, with closed captioning and the special features. But not
Seaweed is rafted to a Gulfstar36. She faces south
with the transom toward the mangroves.
I tie off the Air Breeze wind generator so it won't make noise and
bother the birds.
One of my birds is sitting on the dinghy davit.
A couple of window cling snow flakes decorate the back windows.
The portside windows in my
pilothouse are usually covered in Reflectix to keep out the morning
I did take down the Reflectix after this picture was
Over fifty years ago when
cruising we stopped every few years at one particularly impoverished
village. You should know Mother sewed all my clothes. She would save
fabric scraps and thread spools to pass along to the ladies in this
I always felt so
rich to be able to give away these items. I remember the women
crying over the gift of thread!
Even a small thing can make a huge difference. As for me, I want to
be that person who shares her happiness and good fortune. Christmas
is the time of the year when I try to spread good cheer. I suspect
most folks do the same.
But I digress... One of the women gifted me this small doll:
I was told later that this is a Worry Doll. I am to
tell the doll my problems and she will fix things.
It's been too long to know exactly
when I learned the tale of the Worry Doll. The ladies didn't
speak English so I'm not certain when/where I learned about the
magical properties she has. I do love this doll, and pull her
out each year at Christmastime.
Worry Doll is not a constant. She is only brought out at
This picture was taken in
The worry doll is on the tree.→
This year she is sitting on the garland over the
dinette window near some of the stars I made.
Boaters like me can and do decorate our vessels at Christmastime. I
love my home.
Seaweed is not fancy. She brings me such joy and
happiness however. I truly am blessed.
Thanks for all the comments on the
article. You really did make my day.
That's it from the water. I thank you for reading.
Does anyone know about how old my Lefton china
(ceramic?) angels are? I would never sell them.
And, what is your oldest/most treasured Christmas ornament?
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