I guess you could say I got an early Christmas present for my new music room:-)
I have wanted it for a while, but could not make it fit in my small house.
But, because I lie awake at night thinking about where I can put furniture or move what where, I found the perfect spot.
The 1886 Smith American pump organ was passed down from my dad's grandfather's first cousin and is now in the hands of my 11 and 7 year olds who have played "Brethren, We Have Met to Worship" about 150 times each:-)
The wood and beautiful hand carving alone are worth having it out to enjoy.
And since it does still play, and you get a workout at the same time.
I have started getting things ready for Christmas as I will start decorating late Thursday after the turkey is put away. I already cleared away the fall things so I have a blank slate to start with.
Last year I loved this little hemlock that my dad helped me get so much, I decided to go the same route this year.
I already dug some smaller ones for pots.
While out with my dad last year, I set my sights on this scraggly tree, hoping it would stay disease free until this Christmas. (All the Hemlock trees are being slowly killed by the woolly adelgid parasite.) I'm happy to report it is healthy and we will be digging it up to bring inside. I have dreamed about this tree all year:-) Strands of popcorn, great grandmother's glass beads, icicles, 1950s Shiny Brites and snowflakes made by the children will adorn this very simple tree. One of my readers on facebook put it so beautifully into words, "It is an honest tree, pruned by circumstances provided by its Creator, not with an appearance of conformity, but beautiful because of its struggle." There is just something about that I am embracing this Christmas season.
And we will look forward to a little bit of this...
But before all the Christmas decorating starts, I want to wish you and your family a most happy Thanksgiving:-)
I"ll be joining: