Lights, Camera, Action: X-mas 2021: Etc. Etc.

This is it folks – the final decoration post. (You’re Welcome!) The last two decorated areas of the house are the Back Porch and the Basement. Both are areas we frequent regularly, so I like a bit of holiday decor in each, although we don’t go all out like we do the other rooms.

Just a touch of holiday. Sorry about the plastic…it’s our “snow barrier” and this was a very windy day on which I chose to take pictures.
As if this tree could exist and we would not own it. It lights up at night for a bit more holiday cheer.
The pre-lit superhero tree stays up year round, but I put out the peanuts holiday stuff along the ledge and, of course, the extra Charlie Brown tree.

That’s it folks. No more nauseating decoration posts. Stay safe, all.

Holiday Interlude # 2: Two Dozen Years Together

24 years ago today, Jeffrey asked me out for coffee. We’ve been together ever since.

To celebrate, we went out to dinner at a Greek restaurant that has many gluten free options. It was our first time there, and my first time going out after my surgery, which was 4 weeks ago today.

Despite being nervous, I enjoyed myself and all went well. Dinner was wonderful and service was great. It was a truly enjoyable night.

Happy Anniversary, Jeffrey!

Lights, Camera, Action: X-mas 2021 Kitchen

The kitchen has to remain functional, so we don’t go as all out as we did with the other rooms. The (obvious) theme here is Snowmen.

View from the Living Room.
It’s hard to lose use of this table for the season, but I love our two-level Snowman scene.
The rug is new this year (bought after the first one turned out to be a coaster.)
View from the back door.(Ignore my finger.)
The counter gets a touch of X-mas, too.

It’s just waiting for me to bake some gluten free cookies and breads for the holidays.

Holiday Interlude #1: A Ring Thing

I recently purchased a Golden Age Green Lantern Power Ring, in my ring size, from a guy on Facebook who makes them. Comic book “Eras” are split into different “Ages” based on the years they were printed in:

  • Golden Age (1938 – 1956) – original creations
  • Silver Age (1956 – 1970) – most characters were updated to be and look more “modern”
  • Bronze Age (1970 – 1985) – characters evolved, but essentially remained the same.
  • Modern Age (1985 – Present Day) – characters were updated and modernized again.

I was born in 1971 and grew up reading about the Green Lantern (and other heroes) from the Silver and Bronze Age, Hal Jordan:

This is what his power ring and battery look like:

This is my life size replica of his power ring and battery.

However, I discovered there was a whole generation of original superheroes with the same superhero names and similar powers as the ones I grew up reading about, but with many differences. These were the original characters created in the Bronze Age, that were updated and re-imagined in the Silver Age. I instantly fell in love with the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott:

He looks VERY different than the later Hal Jordan version.

I also have a life size replica of his power ring and battery:

The ring arrived a few days ago and fits perfectly. I LOVE it:

And, yes, I did recite the original Green Lantern oath when I put it on:

“…and I shall shed my light over dark evil,
For the dark things cannot stand the light;
The light of…THE GREEN LANTERN!”

It always bothered me that it starts with the word “and” which implies there’s more to it (or should be) but there’s not. Still, it is the original oath, so it holds a place in my heart. The updated oath is a bit more snappy and the one more people are familiar with:

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight!
Let those who worship evil’s might
Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!

I’m so excited to have this ring to wear and as part of my GL collection. Woohoo!

Breenlantern, honorary member of the GL Corp with my sidekick, Teddy Lantern

Lights, Camera, Action: X-mas 2021 Bear Bathroom

This is the downstairs Guest Bathroom, and is Bear themed year round, so of course we stuck with the theme for the Holidays.

View from the hallway. The red rugs are new this year.
Outdated sink with my first Bear Tree
Glazed Ceramic Bear set I bought in P-Town 2 years ago.
My 2nd (and favorite Bear Tree) was a display in a store in Ogunquit Maine that I convinced the store owner to sell to me.
All our Bear ornaments go on this tree.
Our two Bears at the Base.
The accent table with various Bear figures, big and small.

It’s a fun room, and our main guest bathroom, so it gets viewed a lot.

Lights, Camera, Action: X-mas 2021 Dining Room

Today we view the Dining Room decor. There is a LOT going on here, so I’ve done multiple shots. please excuse the mystery photographer in the Green Lantern shirt!

View from the Living Room.
Curio #1 Lit (Peanuts and Xmas dishes – sorry for the crooked plate.)
Curio #1 Unlit
Curio #1 top of cabinet
View from the front window side
Peanuts Place – this replaces Reindeer Way, and the canvas print is new. (I LOVE it.)
Curio # 2 Lit (Peanuts and favorite Cocktail glasses)
Curio # 2 Unlit
Curio # 2 top of cabinet
Peanuts Tree with Snoopies galore (many move and play music.)
Curio # 3 Lit (Rankin Bass Pieces)
Curio # 3 Unlit
The Bar with cherished Reindeer cocktail glasses. (That snoopy plays music and shakes his head.)
Isle of Misfit Plushes Stairway
View from the stairway
Personal Ornament tree with Mooseknuckle Junction at base
Front window with mini TVs – Peanuts (L) and Rudolph (R) scenes (both light up, rotate and play music.)
Merman Tree – this is up year round, but we added Santa hats for the holidays.
This space is new so we’re still playing with it. I have 2 more of the red and white holly cotton branches coming to make it look fuller.
View from the back wall

I love how this room looks and wouldn’t change a thing, except I want to replace curio # 3 with a new curio that has recessed lighting and opens from the front instead of the side, like this one does.

Lights, Camera, Action: X-mas 2021 Living Room

I’m a terrible photographer (unlike several other talented bloggers) but I did the best I could. This is the living room from the front door, then counter clockwise (for the most part.) It’s a very small room, but we’ve done our best to make the most of the space and decorations.

I love the jingle bells that sound every time the door opens. The corner shelf is our collection of “whatnot” figurines. Note the Santa beard masks hanging from our key rack. (I’ll do a post of just holiday themed masks when I’m done showing off the house.)
This is the opposite corner from the first one…the Grinch statue is new this year.
Our bay window display we created last year and repeated this year.
Our mantle with a miniature Santa’s sleigh display and the reindeer picture we had made.
The Living room view from the dining room.
The far wall viewed from the front of the house.
The Living Room viewed from the front door.
The far mantle wall (door goes to the garage.)
The kitty corner view from the kitchen.
The view from the garage door.
Another angle from the garage door.

We stuck with coppers, golds, and whites (with the slightest touch of red and light blue) to work with the earth-tone colors of our house. Next: the Dining Room.

Lights, Camera, Action: X-mas 2021 Outside

As agreed, I waited until after Thanksgiving to share our holiday decorations. Instead of sharing them all at once, I will do a different post for each spaced/room, starting with the outside front of the house. This is always tricky, because daytime photos are pointless since you can’t see the lights, and night time photos are tough because you lose definition and detail. But here’s the gist of what you see when you face our house at night. (Every window has an electric candle.)

So simple and pretty.
Our ancillary front door and porch.
(That’s an LED tree with multiple rainbow light displays.)

Underneath the dining room windows.
(They’re ice skating Peanuts figures.)
The main front door. I’m living the snowman light covers.
Our welcome mat.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.

The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV virus attacks the immune system of the patient and reduces its resistance to other diseases. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.