Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Christmas Weekend, By Little Bit

Sorry I haven't posted in a few hours but we've had a busy weekend. Good news too, Sweet Wife and I closed early last evening on our refinance. Now, we can enjoy our Christmas.

Little Bit was able to join us yesterday and last evening. She just left with Dad and Mom for a birthday party and just before she walked out the door gave me instructions for this post. She also told me, in no uncertain words, which pictures to use and what she wanted me to say to you from her. I said, yes dear...I always follow instructions.

(From Little Bit)
I told Nana and Papa it was time to decorate their home for Christmas and I made them take me with them to the Christmas tree farm for a real live tree, the kind that smells real good. When we arrived I ran all over the place under this huge white tent and inspected each tree. Papa really tired to keep up with me (her words verbatim) but he's too old and can't run as fast as me. (She then said something like, huh Papa. Smart Alic.)

I finally found the best tree. Then Papa said no 'cause it was too big so I let Papa pick the tree after I approved of his choice. (Note, the photo is dim as it was dark under the tent.)

Then Papa and Nana took me to an early dinner. I was hungry, and guess what, Papa found a drink (soda) he really liked...he enjoyed it so much he drank two. (Thanks for the tip, Kitchen Witch.) Here's a picture of it.

Then we went home to Papa and Nana's house and I showed them how to decorate the trees after Papa climbed into the attic and I helped him (she really did help) remove all of our big boxes of Christmas stuff. I know better than them how the ornaments should be placed on the tree. Nana puts up two trees. She puts a plastic (her word) one in the piano room (her description of the living room), and the real tree (Frasure Fir) in the family room....Nana's weird. (me)

Here are the ornaments I hung. Papa and Nana have so many of them we can't hang them all 'cause the tree isn't big enough. (it's seven feet, and she's correct.) Some of their stuff is really old. (a few, 1930's and a few handmade by my mother prior to her death) Me, I'll show you a couple here in a minute.

Like this one. Now, I'm just gonna slap up a few pictures. Little Bit didn't give further instructions. Besides, I just can't remember all of them.

Living room tree by Little Bit and Nana.

Fireplace in living room, we have two and they insist on decorating both, by Nana and Little Bit.

Piano by Little Bit, yes, all by herself. Nana did adjust some minor details.

Another of my old ornaments.

It was a very long day. We began mid-day and didn't finish phase one (hear my screams) until well after dark. We did have fun. Little Bit smiled all day. Please forgive my awful photography.

Dark when this was taken, it isn't finished but you get the idea. This is the Fir in our family room, the bright lights are the older bubble lights and yes, they work.

Little Bit left me with one more thing to say - she loves you.



  1. She's precious, Stephen; but you already know that. What a blessing she is!

  2. This is perfect. What a great way to capture this moment forever. However, I will say that you may be in trouble in the short-term for some of the artistic license that you took with Little Bit's story.

    I'm told those bigger bulbs and older ornaments are coming back into style. My guess is that adults that remember them when they were kids want to see them again. You are just ahead of the trend.

  3. What a sweet and precious gift you have in "Little bit"...

  4. Rev. Paul, thank you and she is precious.

    Matt, thank you, my friend.

    45er, after she reads this tomorrow afternoon, she'll probably give me one of her 'looks.' I not worried, I'm bigger than her....and, you know, those older bulbs and colored lights, never went out for me, they're traditional. Silly one colored lights, like white, well - kinda wimpy.

    Simple Woman, thank you very're sweet too.

    Rob, my fine friend, thank you for reading.

  5. You are so very blessed. Thank you for sharing it all with us.

  6. Brigid, thank you, Sweet Lady. Yes indeed I have been blessed. She's truly changed my life. And, you're more than welcome, my pleasure.

  7. I 'm glad you had great time with Little bit after the day you had Friday. But I'm sure you know that even with the tears you just had one of the greatest days of your life on Friday. The rest of us should be so fortunate as to be loved by someone so much. You and Nana are blessed!

  8. Please tell Lil Bit that lots of folks she doesn't even know love her too! Give her a hug for me, as always she made me smile!

  9. Swamp Dog, yes indeed. Friday was difficult but she and I are better for it. Thank you kindly.

    Shar, I'll tell her. I'll give out a hug tomorrow morning for you. She makes me smile too. Even when we're apart.

  10. Stephen - thank you for sharing all of this with all of us - it is amazing how a few paragraphs and a couple of pics can lift the heart and spirit! your wife is a beautiful decorator of both your home and your trees...Little Bit must be following in her footsteps!

    tell Little Bit that we all love her, too. and we all love Nana and Papa.

    thanks again for sharing this Stephen! your friend,

  11. They did a beautiful job and I think you followed instructions pretty good you know with that Alzheimer's thing you got going on LOL. Let Little Bit know that we love her right back! Merry Christmas!

  12. Tell Little Bit she did a fine job. Both trees look great. We decorated our tree today here in Mayberry, and I almost teared up hanging some ornaments that not only marked my birth, but those of my kids as well. There's a lot of history hanging on that little tree...

  13. O' Christmas Tree...I did a little horsetrading and ended up with that bangstick we talked about. I'll let you know how it fairs. Thanks.

  14. You have a special family there Stephen.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  15. Awwww...She can come help me decorate my house any time!

  16. Granola ConservativeDecember 12, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    We love you too baby! Merry Christmas everyone!

  17. kymber, thank you for the nice comments. Sweet Wife ask me to say thanks, too. You're a angel.

    Denise, I feel a wee bit better each day. Thank you.

    Craig, I would but she'd get the 'swelled head,' and that isn't good. She's bad enough as it is. Thanks.

    HillBilly, that's good news. Give me an update when you're ready. Thanks.

    Mamma Bear, and Merry Christmas to you and yours...thank you.

    ProudHillBilly, careful for what you wish for...she'd take you up on the offer.

    Granola Conservative, thank you very much, and come back and stick around.

  18. Your Little Bit sure is an angel, and I'm glad you found Cheer Wine to try. : ) Thanks for the honorable mention. Merry Christmas to y'all.