Guest blogger: Loralee Anderson, character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW
Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? Just a little over a week away and I still have almost all my shopping to do. That’s what I get for sleeping in on Black Friday instead of fighting all the lunatics out there. Nan and Kat were in the thick of it from midnight on but me, well I need my beauty sleep. My strategy is to let all the crazies get through with their shopping then I’ll do mine. Maybe I won’t have the same selection as the early birds but when I get through I’ll still have my sanity.
Now decorations, that’s another story. I can’t compete with Nan—she keeps some form of lights and holiday crap up year round. I think she decorates for every holiday there is and some that aren’t even holidays at all—like groundhog’s day, but her house is always lit up and easy to see, probably even from space.
Me, I put up a live tree in my living room ‘cause they smell so good. Of course, I’m picking needles outta my carpet ‘til March. I decorate it with white lights and colorful ornaments I’ve collected through the years. Every time I go somewhere new I get an ornament. Nan always gives me one too as a present, so I’ve got a pretty good collection. I get a live wreath for my front door too. I don’t put lights or nothing on it, just a big red bow.
I live in an apartment overlooking Hillsboro Road, a busy road anytime, but especially at Christmas. I keep plants and those room divider things on my balcony to block the sound when it’s warm enough to be outside but in the winter, I bring them in. For Christmas I use artificial lighted garland and wrap it ‘round the wrought iron banister and the prongs going down, I guess you’d call them legs, then I put bows on the corners. I hung great big ornaments out there one year, but the wind smashed them to bits.
I also put an artificial nine foot tree decorated with ribbon and balls out there. I anchor it real good on all four sides and put plenty of bags at the base. It’s pre-lit with colored lights and has a spotlight on it too. I thought about putting one of those inflatable Santas, but didn’t want to go overboard. As it is, it’s very tasteful, even Kat said so and she don’t give compliments lightly, especially to me.
So in the next seven days I’ve got to mail Christmas cards and buy presents and I’ll be done. It won’t be my turn to blog next Friday, so I’ll go ahead and tell you today. On behalf of myself and all the characters from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW. Merry Christmas (or whatever you celebrate) and Happy New Year. Remember AAA will tow your car for free and take you home if you over indulge, whether you’re a member or not. Now that’s real class.
‘Til next year