Merry Christmas! Well, OK, the day after Christmas – unless you’re reading this the night of Christmas – but either way, humble salutations to you all! I’m going to (try) to keep this short and sweet, since you’re probably all on Christmas overload by now. It sure came up fast this year, didn’t it?

I didn’t get all my decorations put up, but that’s OK, because I had just enough to make it feel festive around here. Plus, I did get all my boxes and tubs organized, since they were all helter skelter from the move 11 months ago – so next year I’ll be much better organized and prepared to go full-on Christmas decor instead of spending so much time looking for the right boxes and tubs. So that’s a plus!

Princess Nagger and I also got the tree decorated last week, so we were able to enjoy admiring our handiwork:

We only put a limited number of ornaments on the tree, because this was the first Christmas since rescuing a stray kitty, and we weren’t sure if he was going to be stripping the tree of all the fun stuff to play with. He did pretty good, only stole a couple of ball ornaments and batted them around (we made sure to put the non-breakable ones towards the bottom of the tree). Next year we’re confident we can decorate the tree fully without consequence of Larry.

Christmas Eve we drove 1-1/2 hours to my brothers house for Christmas Brunch – it was fun and very yummy, always nice to spend quality time with family:

We had planned on not staying as late as we did, because we were worried about the impending snow that was promised in the forecast – usually they promise us snow, but never deliver, so we weren’t paying as close attention as we should have been. Murphy’s Law. As we were traveling back home, it started snowing. Hard. By the time we got about 4 miles from our exit, the freeway looked like this:

4 miles later, at our exit, you could barely see the lanes of the freeway, and several cars had spun off into the large ditches just off the off-ramp. We took it slow the rest of the way home, since that road hadn’t been cleared yet either, and managed to get almost home – but we live on a hill (it’s technically a private road, since the hill dead ends at three houses – ours and two others). But since there was at least 2 inches of snow, and the hubby’s car had the anti-skid option automatically enabled, we couldn’t make it all the way up the hill, and of course got stuck in the snow.

We were thankful we only had to walk 100 feet to get the rest of the way home, but were worried about the hubby’s car blocking access to the other two neighbors. We were reassured by them that they weren’t expecting anyone overnight, so just lock it up and leave it and deal with it the next day.

Luckily the hubby’s car is only 11 months old, so he still has Roadside Assistance on it – they would have come out on Christmas Eve, but apparently were slammed with the number of calls and people in more precarious predicaments, so they asked if we were OK to wait until the next day.

Of course we were. So we did – and when the dude showed up to get the car out, he actually had to push it further off the side of the hill (the hubby was worried it would roll over, since there’s kind of a mini cliff on that side as the hill gets higher) in order to get the tow truck passed:

Sorry for the blurry shot, I was trying to stay out of the way. Ignore the red car in the background, that’s a car driving on the road below – see the blue car right behind the tow truck? That’s the poor hubby’s car stuck. Took the guy some finagling, but he finally got him out and the hubby decided he’d rather have it parked at the bottom of the hill so he wouldn’t have to navigate the icy hill if he needed to go somewhere.

I tell you what, we sure know how to make things exciting around here, don’t we? 

I forgot to share this – when Princess Nagger and I were out shopping a week or two ago, we saw this cool Christmas countdown decor item, but we cringed at an error we noticed when we saw it:

That’s painted on the chalkboard sign – Princess Nagger said “No wonder no one bought it yet!” I sure love that kid.

OK, now it’s time for a couple of funnies:

That’s a wrap for this week – you know the drill, link up and join in the fun, everyone is welcome, random or not. And that means even if you don’t have a specific Random Tuesday Thoughts Rebel post posted, you can still link up, I’m not picky. You don’t even have to add the badge, just link up so I can come harass you on your blog. I promise to play nice.

How was your Christmas?



Link up your Random (or not) here:

Mister Linky’s Magical Widgets — Easy-Linky widget will appear right here!
This preview will disappear when the widget is displayed on your site.
If this widget does not appear, click here to display it.

Keeping the random alive (barely) – feel free to snag a badge and play along – one for my wino friends:

Stacy Uncorked

And one for my non-wino friends:

Stacy Uncorked



  1. Happy Boxing Day! Your tree is beautiful, and maybe all the cars need a parking space at the bottom of the hill in the winter, yours and the neighbors. It would make some things harder, but at least the cars won’t get stuck.

  2. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas despite the car issue. Your tree is beautiful and I love the Santa T-Rex, I bet no one else has one of those by the tree 🙂

  3. Sounds like a Christmas that will tell stories next year! 🙂 Love the family photo and your tree just oozes Christmas cheer! Have a lovely new Year!

  4. It’s a bit after Christmas, but here I am admiring your tree – I love white, blue and silver although I’ve never decorated my tree that way. It’s been a while since we’ve been stuck in snow (pretty slippery this morning so knocking on wood right now), but hubbie can remember one time, when we lived in rural Arkansas, where he skidded off the road and had to be pulled out by a passing propane truck (this was way before cell phones existed). Snow is not fun. I do not like winter!

Comments are closed.