It feels like only yesterday that I was watering flower boxes and cursing the mosquitoes but here we are coming up on another winter and holiday season! Safe to say, I am not ready-again. Neither for the snow nor the holidays. Each year, I take down the Christmas tree pledging to do things RIGHT the next year. No more procrastinating until the very last minute. Next year- holiday cards done and sent by December 15th! Decorations and tree up by December 15th! And yet, there I am, writing holiday cards and throwing the Christmas tree up on Christmas Eve. And gift shopping? I can’t count the number of times I’ve run to Walgreen’s at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve in a panic because nothing else is open and I still have that last person on my list. What can I possibly get them? A Pepto-Bismol basket!?
No, this year I am determined. I’m even trying to convince The Farmer that we need to take our picture for those cute holiday picture cards everyone is sending nowadays. I’m trying to think of some idea that really captures the essence of us here on the farm. Oh, and that makes me look 20 pounds thinner. That something is Photo Shop! As in, I need to go to Best Buy and buy me some. The last picture we sent out to family and friends was our wedding photo and it was not good. “Get married in early fall”, they tell you, “When the weather is beautiful and crisp.” Oh it was crisp alright-35 degrees and snowing! There we are standing outside at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum literally freezing to death and trying to smile as if we aren’t coming down with hypothermia. It was crazy cold and I look like I just came out of an easy bake oven, hunched over like Quasimodo. Thank you El Nino!
My NY friends and family get a kick out of imagining me in this country farm life. I admit, I’m the last person I ever thought would end up in rural Minnesota, married to a farmer and spending the holidays helping feed calves in the barn. And though the days of going to Rockefeller Center to see the giant tree is a thing of the past, I think it’s pretty cool that I get to spend some time in a manger on Christmas Eve.
Are you ready for old man Winter?