Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I have decided I am kicking off the Year of Jubilee as I begin to celebrate the big 50. Crow's feet shall henceforth be known as laugh lines; and aches and pains attributed to a well-spent youth. I will continue to color and highlight my hair, whiten my teeth, pass on the simple carbs, and walk as much as I can, but I've come to terms with the fact that no one is going to mistake me for a young woman. And that's okay, I had my time to sparkle; now it's my time to glow.
I still like a little sparkle around the house, however. (And on my ears, occasionally, of course.) And, surely, everyone who's 50 has learned that there is no sense in wasting time re-inventing the wheel, or wreath, in this case. The wreaths at the T and C House were looking a little care worn.
It was time for an update, but I wasn't sure what I wanted. For years, I've been a stickler--green wreaths, red bows, white candles. Maybe, just maybe, you could still be a respectable person if you used plaid bows. Gold? Clearly, a person that would decorate outside with gold bows, well, I don't think I have to tell you what's going on inside that house! Why, it's probably just full of things like boxed cake mixes and People magazines and paper napkins! (Clearly, I cannot have coffee after four in the afternoon. None of this will be funny in the morning.) Live greens are great, but in our weather, they tend to look a little worse for wear after a week or two. A wide range of good-looking faux greens are available, but I wasn't sure what I wanted--white pine, mixed evergreens, boxwood? (Well, actually, I wanted boxwood, but the preserved boxwood doesn't last more than one season, and the plastic boxwood doesn't hold up that well either. And I don't have enough real boxwood to make a single fresh wreath, and I need nine!) And then, I happened to click on one of my favorite blogs Abnormally Normal, where the hilarious Mom on the Run had decided to be a little crafty. She took her inspiration from the ubiquitous Pottery Barn, and I took mine from her.
So, after a quick stop at Target, I was in business transforming my scraggly greens into shiny red and silver-enhanced wreaths. They still need to be replaced, but for about $20 spent on shatterproof ornaments and three hours of my time, I was able to keep them looking good for at least one more season.
I'm sure there's a metaphor in there somewhere, but I'm not going to think about that right now.
It's time to apply my wrinkle cream.