Let us keep the spirit of Christmas alive for another day, or perhaps even more! The tree no longer has wrapped presents underneath and is undoubtedly dry as a bone, but I presume it and the holiday decorations remain in place, serving as visual reminders of the holiday joy and family celebrations so recently passed. I confess to not being in any hurry to return our home to its “normal” condition and not just because packing up the decorations is a major chore. I LOVE the profusion of red and green all over my house and will be sad to hide it all away for another eleven months. So, for at least until after New Year’s Day, or perhaps as long as Epiphany Day on January 6, I intend to stay in Christmas-mode!
For me, maintaining my holiday happiness will be super easy thanks to the gift from my husband: A NEW PUPPY! Please allow me to introduce Olivia Marjo —
My new fur baby has been a LONG time dream come true. Seriously, no joke, I have waited decades for a lap dog to call my own. For various reasons that are too onerous to relate in this post, the deepest desire of my heart to be “mommy” to a little dog has eluded me. It has taken a while but we are finally in a home and at a place in our lives where we can fully dedicate ourselves to the necessary responsibilities a young dog requires. My husband and I have broached the topic a few times but had not reached an agreement, so it was a complete surprise on Wednesday when he announced that we had a 3 pm appointment with a lady who breeds miniature poodles. I was so shocked and overwhelmed with emotion, in fact, that I cried for over a half hour straight!
With five adorable, lively puppies to choose from, selecting one was a challenge. In the end, it came to a meeny, miney, moe decision as they were ALL tugging upon my heart, but we both adored this little girl’s big brown eyes and colorful face. For a whole day, she did not have a name, the eventual moniker one of several we kept trying out. Olivia is simply a name I have always liked and felt like it fit her. Marjo is an homage to my mother, Marjorie Jo. My mom was a complete “dog person” who for literally as far back as my memory goes always had a small dog plastered to her side. If ever there was a lapdog whisperer, it was my mom! LOL! The sweet vision of her devoted canine companions — the first (Gidget) living close to twenty years and the last (Cricket) dying from grief less than a year after my mom passed in 2009 — has been a mental image I clung to and yearned for myself. No animal on earth loves as profoundly as a canine. Now I know that feeling as well, even after just five days.
Olivia has already been the star of a dozen videos and countless photos (Yes, I am going to be one of those obsessive pet owners!) but I shall only share a small sampling here.
Honestly, if I had gotten not a single present more I would have been happy. Of course, my family did not see it that way and the gifts they gave me were awesome, one of which I KNOW the readers here on Austen Authors will appreciate!
From my daughter Emily and son-in-law Neil, I received a lovely pair of earrings by Kendra Scott (a designer unfamiliar to me but the perks of having a daughter who works at Nordstrom) and a bottle of wine. The Chardonnay, as seen in the photo below, is the “As You Wish” label, the reverse-side label notation of “a bottle of wits” making crystal clear The Princess Bride reference! AWESOME!! The Princess Bride is an absolute favorite movie of ours, so this was an outstanding gift.
My son Kyle and daughter-in-law Serena completely astounded me with the bracelet seen below. I believe the images speak for themselves.
I believe it is quite obvious that my Christmas was Fantastic with a capital F.
Now I want to hear from all of you. Share your 2017 Christmas experiences and special gifts with us.
Hopefully, your holiday celebrations and the spirit of joy will continue for days to come, on into the New Year and beyond.