Sunday, December 19, 2010

T'was the week before Christmas

When Christmas comes around my door,
The decorations don’t put themselves in place.
They hang around my tables and floor
In boxes and bins, staring me in the face.
There are ornaments with meaning sentimental,
And angels too still to fly.
It’s a good thing they aren’t rental,
I’ll get around to them by-and-by.
Oh, if only some Santa Claus elves,
Would visit me during the night.
They would take the tinsel off the shelves,
And dust my home with fairy light.
What’s that I see when I rub the sleep from my eyes?
Did some magic in the night occur?
If the elves came from my wishes and sighs,
They must have performed in a scurrying blur!
Oh, yes, now I remember my stake!
I’m the one who placed them there.
I must have been Bearly Awake,
When at last I positioned the ornaments with care.
If only it all would happen with such ease, 
I would already be feeling rested,
But we know fairy tales don’t really appease, 
And by this time next week, I’ll be bested. 
~Susan D.~


Ruth said...


I'm so excited.

You're here.

And you posted a Susie poem! I love it. You are too too clever. You and your elves.

And HOW the heck did you do that font???? Is it a trick of your brand new Macbook Pro?? DO TELL.


Natalie said...

You gave me my first smile of the day!
Thank you... for this insightful poem, for the smile, for being here.
Do not be bested! I hope you manage to get fairy dusted, and rested. It is hard though, right? Being the magic that makes all the light?
Well, you sent me some much needed light.
Merry Christmas!

Sandy Nawrot said...

Hee hee. Love it! And I've missed you so. Good to see you. If the elves do come in the night to help out, can you leave a note for them to visit me next?

Judy said...

You're back! I've missed you! Merry Christmas!

Susan said...

Hi Ruthie!

You liked that, eh? One of my instant inspirations. They don't come very often, so I've learned to enjoy them when they do. My elves must be the muse sitting on my shoulder, or would that be little devils? :-)

I'm still learning the ropes around the MacBook, but I think the font is Chalkduster and it came from iWord '09 that David installed. Or maybe that version was already me. What I'm really excited about is Garage Band! Is it hard to figure out? I haven't really had time to mess with it yet.Maybe I'll start doing podcasts, too. lol

Susan said...

Awww, Natalie! I'm so happy that I made you smile! You have such a lovely one. And I liked your little answer poem! Cute!

I don't know how often it will be, but it seems I'm back. I missed pals, my buddies!

Feliz Navidad, chica

Susan said...

Hi Sandy! Thank you, and I missed you, too! I look in from time to time, but it's not the same as the back and forth.

I will definitely write a persuasive note to those rascally elves, and I'll even set out a little hot toddy to get them in an agreeable mood.


Susan said...

Hi, Judy! I've missed you, too! Merry Christmas!

ds said...

Yippee! You're back! And with a POEM--a wonderful, clever, elvish poem!!!

I did not know that Longfellow was the author of "I heard the bells on Christmas Day" (Sinatra has drowned out John Lennon. Hmmm).

Missed you so--have a wonderful Christmas!

Oliag said...

So happy, happy, happy to see you here! So maybe there IS more than 2 years in us:) Love your poem... and your header and especially those gorgeous photos!

Susan said...

Hi, ds! Woo-hoo!! Yes, here I am; for better or worse, for richer, for poorer, in.....Oh, wait! I was thinking about something else...heehee

Glad you liked the silly little poem. It seemed the right way to come back, if that makes sense. It probably won't be as often as before, but it most assuredly won't be as long between as it has been.

'I Heard the Bells...' is probably my favorite carol, sung in the non-church melody, that is. Do you know which one I mean? It's more melancholy, but seems to fit the subject better, IMO.

See ya! XOXO

Susan said...

Hi there, Oliag! Shoot! We'll probably be doing this when they have to wheel us up to the computer desk! :)

I'm glad you like my poetic announcement! I'm not deep, but I can be entertaining from time to time. My friends always said I should be a stand-up comedian...haha!

I'm so happy you're still hanging around too, my friend.


Susan said...

Hey, my buddies! I did this on my new MacBook and when I checked in this morning on my PC, my cute little font did not show up. Soooo, I checked in on the Mac and it shows there. Hmmmm, whyfore is that? Any guesses? I know Ruth saw it, how about you Windows people?

VioletSky said...

About time you returned!!!
and a new MacBook Pro???!!! we must talk (I am thinking seriously of converting from a PC)

hmmm, new spangled font, eh? can't see it, I fear.

Susan said...

Hi Sanna! Oh, you know, I've been on an extended European vacation...I wish!

Yes, a new MacBook Pro! A very small's a 13-inch, but I don't think I could carry around one any bigger. So far, I'm liking it very much. I'm still learning about it's differences from a PC, and especially from a desktop. I've never used a laptop before, can you believe it? We chose Mac because of its reputation, and because everyone we've talked to who owns one wouldn't have anything else. I can't wait to learn how to use Garage's still a mystery, but I haven't had much time since we brought it home Saturday. I haven't tried out the photo editing that comes installed. If it's too difficult I'll probably continue to use Picasa and Photoscape.

If I don't talk to you before Christmas, have a lovely one!

Cindy said...

Good to see you back here! Imagine my surprise when a new post from you showed up in my blog roll. My husband calls this a woman's holiday as he watches me scurrying around trying to get it all done.

A mac! Congratulations! You're going to love it. Let me know when you get an iPhone too, we can play "Words with Friends". I'm addicted.

Happy Holidays Susan!

Ruth said...

It's still in the cute font for me!

Susan said...

Hi Cindy! I agree with is most definitely a woman's "work" holiday. I'm exhausted and I still have 2 1/2 days to go. I have last minute sewing to do today, plus I have picture cards to pick up...hopefully. Next year I'm going to have a better strategy...yeah, right! That's what I say every year!

If Verizon ever gets iPhones, I will be the first in line!

Happy Holidays to you!

Oliag said...

I use a pc and although the font I see is fine I don't know if I would call it "cute" is not out of the ordinary so I am guessing that I am not seeing what you Mac users are seeing:(

Susan said...

Right, Gail...apparently it doesn't convert to blogger. Dang it!

The Bumbles said...

Nothing like a new MacBook to motivate blogging again! Lovely poem Suzie-Q. I myself love to trim the tree and spread the holiday cheer throughout the home. Each of those ornaments and figurines having a memory to share through a story - much like your Bearly There. Passing an afternoon with a warm fire freeing them from their dusty boxes gives me a big smile.

We used your Sage during Thanksgiving in the gravy - it was delish!!!

Merry Christmas to you and your family - kitties and creatures too.

Dutchbaby said...

Ho ho ho! She's baaaaack! With a beautiful new header and writing in rhyme! Can you spare an elf or two and send them West, please? I'm expecting a house guest in a couple of hours and I still have wrapping paper and ribbons all over the family room.

I see three fonts on my IBM Thinkpad, but they look like the usual Blogger offerings.

Happy, happy Christmas to you S-Q!

Anonymous said...

Sweet poem. You made me smile. Love your header. Merry Christmas, Susan.

Deborah said...

1. That lovely header - I'm guessing you made the collage (if that's what it could be called) prior to putting it up on the blog?

2. Clever poem - and this in the days leading up to Christmas?? I knew you had some Superwoman genetic material.

3. A MacBook Pro?? What fun! I can see that the turkey might be ignored in favour of photo editing.

4. Don't sweat it, Susie dear. It's a day that'll just come around again and again. Do hope you can relax enough to actually enjoy yourself.

5. Merry Christmas, my wonderful blogbuddy - although you're more than that to me. I've loved getting to know you this year and look forward to our continuing friendship. (I will clearly never be short-listed for a position at Hallmark.)


Susan said...

Hi Molly! It's so good to hear from you! I'm sorry I haven't visited as often as I would like. I promise I will be there as soon as the hustle and bustle is through for the year.

I actually did get into to the spirit once I started decorating the tree and being thankful that most of my treasured ornaments weren't destroyed in last year's fiasco. And I was only going to put up a few of my snowmen on the mantel, but when I started pulling them out of the boxes, they just wanted to be up there! So it does look very Christmas-y in my home.

I'm happy that you enjoyed the sage! I never thought of putting it into the gravy. I usually just use it in the dressing. I'll try that sometime.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Susan said...

Hey, dutchbaby! I think my elves decided to take an early retirement after they saw everything that needed to be done around here! :) They seem to have vanished and now I'm stuck with all the rest to do. Darn elves!

That header is actually one I recycled from last year, but I'm glad it was long enough that it seemed new and fresh to you. And Christmas seems to bring out the rhyming poet in me. Probably all those Christmas carols I've been hearing on the radio for the last month!

I'm so glad I don't have guests coming to stay...only the kids and grandkids will be here Christmas Eve for the usual food extravaganza and gift opening. Then, thank goodness, I get to send them home. :)

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Susan said...

Hello, Bella! I'm so sorry I haven't visited you in so long. I promise I will be catching up very soon. I've missed visiting you and being a part of your blog family. I've had a lot going on in my life and haven't had the time to be creative and be my usual Chatty Cathy.

I hope your Christmas will be warm and happy and full of cheer. Merry Christmas to you!

Susan said...

Hey, deb! Merry Christmas!

1. Yes, I made that collage in Picasa last year. I was too busy (or lazy) to do a new one this year. Those are some of my favorite ornaments, especially the blown glass acorn.

2. Believe me, that poem is one the easiest tasks I've had in the last few weeks! They just come to me, not often, but fast. And the rhyming actually worked, which surprised the heck out of me! :)

3. Yeah, it's becoming like a third appendage! I even had it on the kitchen counter while I was stirring fudge last evening. Probably not good for the carpal tunnel, I'm thinking.

4. I think my master plan is finally falling into place, and I'm feeling a little less stressed. Well, the fact is now I actually HAVE a plan when before I was just skittering all over the place. Where was Martha Stewart when I needed her?

5. Hallmark has nothing on you, my dear Deb; and what's most important, it comes from your heart. It's still amazing to me how one can become such good friends through the airwaves with someone you haven't even met face to face. But it has happened, and I am so very much happy that it has.

Merry Christmas!

California Girl said...

Terrific choices for the sidebar: Dr. Seuss, Longfellow, John Lennon, Calvin & Hobbes!!!

And an original by you for the post.

Susan said...

Hello, Cali Girl! It's so nice to hear from you! I love that sidebar, too...wish I could just keep it there all year. I think those words could be applied in any season. But I guess I'll just save it and trot it out for next Christmas. Meanwhile, on to a search for meaningful New Year lines.

I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas.

Anonymous said...

It's so great to see you back, Susan! You've been missed.

Susan said...

Thank you, Stacy. It's nice to see you here. Hopefully I will be able to get back into the swing of things.