Tuesday, December 05, 2006

"Silver & Gold"

On a sunny December weekend in 2002, Michael and I were getting ready for our first Christmas in Delaware. He went out for golf and I had the pleasure of the house to myself. We had satellite TV then, and I found a Christmas music station - best I've ever heard. All of our TVs filled the house with Christmas carols and holiday jingles. I don't know why, but I was giddy about the Holidays and decorated all afternoon, into the evening. I heard a song that just mellowed me out, for no apparent reason. "Silver and Gold". I don't even know the song title, nor the author! A female sang it and I guess it was probably recorded in the 50's or 60's. That day, I decided I wanted a tree dressed in silver and gold. Of course, I admire the tree I decorated that day and I still decorate a second tree in my home that I refer to as my "memory" tree, loaded with the same special ornaments dating back to the 1950's. "Silver and Gold, Silver and Gold..." I wish I could remember the rest! So, for the next ten months I collected silver and gold ornaments, including plastic ones, crystal, metal, glass balls, whatever. I'm not elaborate at all. I just like things to shine and sparkle.

This is the fourth year of my silver and gold Christmas tree and I enjoy it as much as I did in 2003. I was off from work today and decorated it. Being on a ladder to reach the eight and a half feet, it took most of my day. When finished with the ladder, I poured a little wine (just a little, being on the Weight Watchers diet....hmmph) and enjoyed hanging the ornaments while listening to Christmas Carols. Bella & Chloe slept through most of this time, Thank You. I even decorated them today in their Christmas scarves.

Photographing both girls at the same time is almost impossible...a difficult challenge, at least! Bella is a chronic head turner and Chloe usually refuses to look at me. This time, however, she looked at me with her left ear bent backwards, of course! After about 20 photos, this is the most decent one I could get. I think I feel a Boston Terrier post is starting to boil...

Note: This is my second post tonight. My first post was more lengthy than this one and I lost the whole damned thing in one click of the mouse. It wasn't me, either. It was BLOGGER. I sat in this chair, eyes wide, face blushing deep red...I've been there before and it ain't pretty. Had to walk outside to cool off and count to 10.


LauraHinNJ said...

Oh I hate when that happens!!

Your tree is beautiful! I'm getting anxious to get mine up, seeing them on other blogs and through the windows of homes as I drive by.

Found these lyrics for you:


Silver and gold, silver and gold
Ev'ryone wishes for silver and gold
How do you measure it's worth?
Just by the pleasure it gives here on earth.

Silver and gold, silver and gold
Mean so much more when I see
Silver and gold decorations
On ev'ry Christmas tree.

Mary said...

Laura, you are a gem. You inspired me to locate that song and play it again!

Your post this evening is going to be a challenge. I need to sleep on it.

Thanks to you!

Jayne said...

Oh, I remember Silver and Gold from when Burl Ives sang it in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! Your tree is just beautiful, as are your sweet pups. Thanks for the memories Mary!

Jess Riley said...

Your tree is gorgeous! And the girls look so sweet in their bandannas.

I was just thinking today that when we have our tree up this weekend, I'd probably do a post with a picture of the tree and my dog Daisy. I was even thinking of how to stage it. I sure wish I had a terrier-sized elf costume. ;)

Susan Gets Native said...

Don't you just want to kill Blogger sometimes?
The love you feel for Chloe is the same love we reserve for our brat children. The ones who give us the most grief seem to hold that special place in our hearts. (Can we say "Isabelle"?)

LostRoses said...

I love your silver and gold tree, it's very elegant looking! Sometimes I think I will decorate my tree with a single theme or just a couple of dominant colors but I always end up putting ALL the ornaments on. Yours is very effective.