Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Christmas Tree

Since we're remodeling our kitchen and 1st floor, we decided not to get a typical Christmas tree this year. Instead, Mr. E had the brilliant idea of painting a tree on the wall that will be demolished as part of the renovation. We each took one side of the tree and didn't look at the other's part until we were done, resulting in quite a difference in style, with Mr. E's being the more "natural" left side and mine the more "cartoon-like" right side. We then swapped sides for painting the ornaments; though it's hard to see in this photo, the side I decorated (left) includes some "tinsel" thanks to silver and gold metallic markers. For the finishing touch, we hung a strand of red lights and then tacked our holiday cards to the tree as they arrived. And thanks to Mom for the idea of making a star out of aluminum foil!

Of course by now the tree - along with the rest of the drywall - has been destroyed as we completed our part of the demolition work last week. More photos and updates to come soon!


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