Monday, December 19, 2011

Plan B

All morning, Dolly was worse than a little kid. 

"Okay, while you're tending to the goats, I'll go downstairs and start on the Christmas tree."  "No, Dolly.  Let's wait and do it together."  "Oh, all right."

I get back up from the barn. "Okay, can we go downstairs now?"  "No, Dolly.  This is sit in the sunshine and take a breather time."  (It was not raining.)

"When can we go downstairs?"  "Right after I get the turkey soup (finally, the last of the turkey!) started and the makings for Russian black bread into the machine.  Then when we're done, dinner will be ready."  "Oh.  Well, fine."  Dolly is a grownup and was able to withhold a pout.

It was shortly after noon when we headed out to the shed to get the boxed tree and tub of ornaments.  We decided to hold off on the rest of the decorations that used to go up in years past, not knowing how long it would take to assemble the tree.  That was a good decision.  Turning up the Christmas music and lugging our baggage down the stairs, the first order of business was to light the gas fireplace.  It was cold enough down there to give a person chilblains.  It wouldn't light.  It's been several years since anyone has spent any time downstairs, especially in winter.  Both of us down on the floor with a flashlight, trying to light the pilot without success.  Hunting upstairs and down, I could find the manuals for everything we'd ever purchased in the last twenty years...except the instructions for the fireplace.  Fiddling with this switch and pushing that button didn't work and rather than risk blowing us up in a propane explosion, it was time to think of Plan B.  I hated to disappoint Dolly, but Plan B started with abandoning the downstairs Plan A.  "We'll find a place for another tree upstairs."  Dolly was happy.

We hauled the boxes back up the stairs and Doll set to work assembling all those blankety-blank branches.  (Note that the sun is shining.)  Independent little cuss, she said, "No!  I can do it myself."  And I was happy.  I puttered around in the kitchen and left her to it.  We'd thought perhaps we'd put the tree in the breakfast room.  Nope.  No room.  Aha!  The dining room had just enough space.  I think we're up to Plan C, with a lot of alphabet to go.

Well after dark, I came back from putting the kids to bed and Dolly had the tree in place.  The lights on the tree could not have been brighter than Dolly's smile.

Rich soup and warm bread shared with a friend sitting next to a beautiful tree was a Plan and a Pleasure.

It was a good day.

1 comment:

Kathryn said...

...AND you get to enjoy tree #2 every day since it is upstairs...AND Dolly is smiling, so obviously she is "smarter than a cheap WalMart tree!" (Don't put that on her gravestone.) Glad it was a good day!!!