Since my last blog entry, I talked with Beth.
She promised me she would get herself into the Christmas spirit. First she let me climb around in some ribbon candy!
Then she said she would bake one batch of cookies...only one. And she let me help with the icing. My paws work as well as an artist's brush!
Beth said she was too tired to put up that big old fake tree, so I was worried.
But on December 22nd, she and her family found this little unclaimed tree in a pretty empty garden shop.
Then they pulled down one small box of old homemade ornaments from years gone by.
Then they fumbled with some popcorn and paper chains...that never got very long. And they laughed a little at their "Charlie Brown" tree.
And then Beth put me right there in the tree next to some popcorn and an old ornament her mom made in 1963. I'm going to sit here all day long! I love Christmas!
Trees and Decorations
It's December 21st and there's no tree up yet to pose with.
Two years ago I had a pretty good time swinging on candy canes.
(Tip: Dampen the cane a bit and you won't slip off)
Friends at Christmas
Last year I hung out with a few of my friends. Only one acutally looks cheery, but they all dress up pretty well!
I wore this ribbon a lot last year. No one is decorating me at all this December.
Is it because my fur is rubbed off and my stuffing is escaping? I did look pretty good last year. I hope Beth hasn't given up taking pictures of me.
Last Year's Tree
It's fake. I hate fake trees. But the colorful balls were nice.
Swinging on Ornaments
Beth said she isn't even getting all the ornaments out this year? Really? She said the fake tree box is too heavy and hard to get down.
I'm going to have to have a word with her...I'm getting worried.
Just Got Back
I was on a trip to St. Louis with Beth's family. This was a trip to remember Beth's Mom and the city she adored. Somewhere in this city is the store where Nancy bought me years ago...and gave me to Beth, even though she was an adult and much too old for toys.
Sitting on the Arch
Nancy grew up in St. Louis, long before the arch was built. But the arch was there when she moved back in 1975 and she loved taking her family there. She didn't act embarrassed 37 years ago, when her kids wanted to lie down on the ground so they could "sit on the arch" for a little viewing.
Beth's mom was always game for a little something silly. She would have liked it that just the other day, some of her kids and grandkids, got down on the ground and enjoyed some fun arch views. I did too.
Down on the Levee
It was early morning when Beth walked down by the Mississippi to view the arch. She set me on the granite cobblestone so I could see the morning light on the arch.
Nancy used to love finding "treasures" along the river... stones, driftwood, and worn pieces of glass. She would have loved this old rusty chain.
From my spot on the old rusty chain, I could look up at the arch...
Or, I could look back towards the Mississippi!
And remember stories Beth has shared about her mom's memories of the river and the historic Eads bridge and parties aboard the old "Admiral".
There just wasn't enough time to see everything, since Beth's family was headed for a service in Springfield. But we did stop in the University City area where Nancy grew up. There's a sidewalk on Delmar Blvd which honors some special folks who also called St. Louis their home. Tennessee Williams was one of Nancy's favorites. As a writer herself, she always admired his work. But we admire Nancy. She was a star in her family. I so wish I'd had some chalk. I would have made a star for her on that Delmar sidewalk!
Beth's family and friends will be gathering together today to remember her mom who passed away last week. I wish I could go. Nancy was the one who bought me and gave me to Beth. She knew Beth loved tiny things.
We are sad.
Beth had planned on getting Nancy to be in a photo with me. I was going to be in her hand! But we had a great idea today. I snuggled up with Nancy's teddy bear... the same Teddy she snuggled up with as a small child. That would have made Nancy smile!
This will make you smile.
Here's 2 year old Nancy at the age when she probably first got her Teddy. She was having so much fun when this photo was taken, I'll bet she knocked him right off the couch!
Doesn't feel like Christmas yet.
There are no decorations.
I'll pose with some nuts that are left over from Thanksgiving.
The green bow makes me a little cheerier.
It's not about decorations really. Tomorrow I will tell you why I'm sad.
I might just sit in these nuts till tomorrow.
My mom gave me this tiny bear over 25 years ago... because I like small things.