Friday, December 07, 2007

Big Room part deux




The comments this week have been dwindling but the site figures say you're still all out there and you brought some friends with you. I'm guessing that there's a natural limit to the number of times the same people can be expected to enthuse over the same house full of Christmas cheer... but I'm getting several hundred visitors a day so delurk dammit ... oops... gotta live up to my 'nice' award - umm - delurk pretty please ?
It's been yet another hot and muggy day with all of about six drops of rain at 6.30am ... all THAT did was raise the humidity level a touch. Woo...pee...do!
Anyway
Ms BJC is flying over from Tassie at lunchtime tomorrow and will be collected on the drive-thru by Corrie and Ian. The four of us are going to hear Handel's Messiah sung at Bendigo's Catholic Cathedral tomorrow evening. It used to be an annual Melbourne ritual before I moved up here and I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to it. Especially because it's my [early] berfday treat from Corrie and yummy David Hobson is singing the tenor part again... and speaking of the anniversary of one's Natal day as I believe we just were: Happy berfday to Nadie's BF Chris, aka The Boy. His day was actually Thursday.
Now all I have to do before Messiah, is to survive the Goldfield's Quilters Annual Chrissie luncheon here tomorrow afternoon... which I AM also looking forward to but these things are always a bit on the hectic side ... just wish that they weren't both on the same day... and to top it off friends from Melbourne rang to say they'd be in the area for a party and would be dropping in... yes ... tomorrow afternoon. Had to ask them to make it Sunday morning instead.

most of this lot is pretty self explanatory with two possible exceptions:
You probably need to know that this quilt measures all of about 8 inches square
and

that the shabby little paper nativity is priceless, at least to me.
According to my late mother's neat little notation on the back, it was bought for 1/3 [ 12 cents ] in 1950 ... which was my parents' first Christmas as a married couple and they were stony broke. Mum had to make do with what she had... pages from the Reader's Digest cut out and framed, paper chains, etc. If they'd been a little better off, things would've been thrown away and I probably wouldn't still have this little treasure or another that I'm going to blog about when we reach the kitchen which is all that's left

20 comments:

Marcie said...

I'm the lucky one, I get to see your decorations up close tomorrow, can't wait to see the faces of the rest of the quilters :-)

catsmum said...

yup - that look of disbelief is always gooooood :]
...hope it all lives up to your expectation though!

crazyhaberdasher said...

You already know that I love it all!
Have lots of fun tomorrow!

Janet McKinney said...

Hello - I am a new lurker... and am enjoying seeing your decorations. Such effort and grace you demonstrate.

Janet McKinney

Zarah said...

Thanks for giving us this tour of your home! I don't have much space to decorate, nor much stuff to decorate with, so I love seeing what others do with their space!

picperfic said...

I haven't been able to see the photos, I just get red crosses :( I enjoy reading your words though!

Leah said...

I'm astonished by your photos - you must really enjoy your Christmas wonderland! I'm envious of your outing to the Cathedral - sounds perfect!

catsmum said...

Yes Leah - I've only ever heard it sung in a concert hall setting. This should be special.

The One and Only Nadie said...

Looking good as always. Will prob blog about my Christmas decorating tonight. Not anywhere near as impressive given that I have neither decades of collecting nor OCD.

Suki just ran in with a tree deco and gave me a very sheepish look. Takes talent for a cat to look sheepish

TinkingBell said...

I'm still so gobsmacked and overwhelemed ( and now have a HUGE inferiority complex!) you are brilliant!

Alice said...

You know that I'm totally green with envy. In fact, at I write this, DH will be hitting those high notes and giving you goosebumps. I'm longing for a strong southwest wind to carry the music all the way from the Bendigo Cathedral, but I guess I'll just have to wait until I can get to enjoy 'The Boy' at another time.

Love the decorations, too. You are just so damn talented.

Nola G said...

Ooooo yes, you can put David Hobson under my Christmas tree anyday. What a spunk :]

The Boy said...

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, which is why I'm glad someone else mentioned the vanished photos. No doubt blogger is feeling satisfied after helping itself to another serving of your piccies.

The Boy said...

OK, nevermind, they're there again. I think blogger is having fun at my expense.

Sheepish Annie said...

What a lovely story behind the nativity figures! I so very glad that you were able to have it as a memory of family and Christmases past.

catsmum said...

No Chris [ aka The Boy ] they're there because I sat here for half an hour at midnight and reloaded them!

picperfic said...

so glad you reloaded them, they are lovely...particularly love the Nativity picture with the message on the back...so moving! My parents were married on 1st December 1950....I'm getting old but i adore Chriatmas!

Tanya Brown said...

Re: the comments, I've very much been enjoying and admiring your decorating efforts. However, their beauty has rendered me speechless.

I'm sure if you can tell my husband how you accomplished this, he'd be most grateful.

Kristin said...

simply beautiful! i've added your blog to my favorites list!

Jejune said...

My son and I have decided to decorate our tree in just silver and white this year, so now I'm eyeing off your silver tree decorations - they're very lovely (just be glad I'm a long way off and can't nick 'em :)