Christmas in the little box house....better late than never.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
We have a tree. His name is Jacques. Scarlett chose him from the Home Depot lot and I have to say she did a fine job. We two girls hauled him home in the back of my truck, de-netted him, dragged him into the house and shoved him on the stand. It takes awhile to get a tree secured in that stand, but we did it. Poor Scarlett was done after that. I put all the lights on and dragged the ornament boxes out of the shed (muddy out there!). Popped corn in the air popper that I "borrowed" from HM a couple of years ago- and strung it with cranberries while watching Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. My favorite part of that movie is when Myrna Loy is telling the painters what colors she wants in her new house....
Muriel Blandings: I want it to be a soft green, not as blue-green as a robin's egg, but not as yellow-green as daffodil buds. Now, the only sample I could get is a little too yellow, but don't let whoever does it go to the other extreme and get it too blue. It should just be a sort of grayish-yellow-green. Now, the dining room. I'd like yellow. Not just yellow; a very gay yellow. Something bright and sunshine-y. I tell you, Mr. PeDelford, if you'll send one of your men to the grocer for a pound of their best butter, and match that exactly, you can't go wrong! Now, this is the paper we're going to use in the hall. It's flowered, but I don't want the ceiling to match any of the colors of the flowers. There's some little dots in the background, and it's these dots I want you to match. Not the little greenish dot near the hollyhock leaf, but the little bluish dot between the rosebud and the delphinium blossom. Is that clear? Now the kitchen is to be white. Not a cold, antiseptic hospital white. A little warmer, but still, not to suggest any other color but white. Now for the powder room - in here - I want you to match this thread, and don't lose it. It's the only spool I have and I had an awful time finding it! As you can see, it's practically an apple red. Somewhere between a healthy winesap and an unripened Jonathan. Oh, excuse me...
Mr. PeDelford: You got that Charlie?
Charlie, Painter: Red, green, blue, yellow, white.
Mr. PeDelford: Check.
We have fun in our little house. And me and my girl love our old movies... When she was 10 she loved to watch "Bringing up Baby" with me. We still love that one, who doesn't??
PS Thank You to Dave Purcell for making me the "Marky the Monkey" ornament for my Christmas tree over 20 years ago. He is always the first ornament we put on the tree, and he goes at the top. Like an angel or a star. Only I've never had an angel or a star. I always have a Marky. And I just love it that way. xoxox