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Tree v. 2017

This is our 2017 Christmas tree.

Oh, Christmas tree…

It fell over while we were decorating it: the first time that’s ever happened to us. Smashed bulbs and spilled water. Scared dog cowering in the corner. It almost fell over a second time, too, but by then we had grown wiser to its ways and managed to catch it.

It was a fitting end to our Thanksgiving weekend: two sick-as-hell people struggling to decorate their house for Christmas, to salvage some holiday cheer after their family celebration in the mountains was ruined by the flu, the tree absolutely refusing to cooperate. Both of us still up at 9:00 PM, delirious, insisting we could do it; we could have some happy holidays in 2017. We could end a terrible year on a high note. There were still things to look forward to…

And there are. I guess. Siiiggghhh.

The tree is up. The halls are decked. Christmas will come. We’ve both already had the flu this season, so maybe we won’t get it again, right? (??? Knock on wood…).

This too shall pass.

So, here we go, full steam ahead into Christmas 2017, and then into a new year which, we hope, has good things in store not just for us, but for the whole world.

We both kinda feel like flopping over at this point, but we’re holding each other up like invisible fishing wire behind the scenes. We can do this. 

The world can do this. 

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Christmas Miracle

Hallelujah, we cannot believe how lucky we are.

After just a couple weeks, the forestry crews are here on our road in Arnold, hauling all our downed trees away.

Just a few days ago, we were told “months” before they got to us – maybe spring, if we were lucky. And instead, just like that – it will all be gone.

This guy is across the road, picking up wood on our neighbor's land as I type.

This guy is across the road, picking up wood on our neighbor’s land as I type.

It cost us not a single penny – for any of it.

It’s a good reminder, as we head into our 2.5-week Christmas vacation and 2017, how unbelievably lucky we are in so many ways in life. Lucky to have this second home and so, so much more to be thankful for (not the least of which is the money and time and energy to care so passionately about and for it, and for these beautiful mountains).

Lucky to have each other. Lucky to have just pine needles and not bombs raining down on our heads. Lucky to have a new year to look forward to.

We have to work a lot harder at practicing gratitude in 2017.

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Still Thankful – 2016

It could all be a lot worse right now.

I could not have this guy:

<3

 

YES, the end is nigh – I really do believe that – but I have Trent. There are so many people who don’t have Trent. I don’t know how they’re getting through this crap.

If I could clone him and loan him out, I would. I would share Trent with the WHOLD WORLD.

But alas, I cannot.

And so he is all mine.

And I am grateful. So grateful.

 

Fall 2016

Fall is HERE.

And…

IT’S RAINING! Already!!!

It came down hard for three days in Arnold this weekend. Our new drainage system worked like a charm – got that baby in just in time!

It came down hard for three days straight in Arnold this weekend. Our new drainage system worked like a charm – got that baby in just in time!

I’m so excited about the start of the new season, and the start the new season is off to… Did that make sense?

I don’t care! It already rained. A LOT (by California standards). I’m not sure this gives me hope, because I’m waaayyy beyond that now, but it just feels good to have a little flash of normal.

Like – just gimme a little rain, Mama Earth, and I can do this. I can do everything else required of me…

Here it comes, and here I go…

Onward into autumn.

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Bathroom: DONE

Continuing the trend of “things I made progress on and therefore not everything in this world is a shitshow”, I give you…

The upstairs bathroom:

Once known as the "bathroom from hell", and "bitch bathroom", after four plus years it is now perfect.

Once known as the “bathroom from hell”, and “bitch bathroom”, after 4+ years it is now PERFECT.

I even got old Pepsi crates from Fresno for shelves. Totally CRUSHING the Museum of Us mission.

I even got old Pepsi crates from Fresno for shelves. Totally CRUSHING the Museum of Us mission.

It’s REALLY DONE now.

Yes, construction was finished like over six months ago, and then I even fixed the construction that was broken. BUT it took me a while to get everything I wanted for it. Everything has to be just. so. in Lisaland. In my museum.

And now it is.

(Just so in time for our first non-dog bather, too, when Munga comes to visit in three weeks!)

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