Monday Morning….the unthinkable.

Monday, the jump off day for the rest of the week.  Monday……It can set the tone for the rest of the week.

This past Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, two large storage boxes of Christmas berries, boughs and bows and balls……..awaiting to find their place for the season.

Like a kid on Christmas morn, eagerly the lids come off spilling the white, the gold, the green, the red.



Every room adorned with touches of Christmas and more.

It’s a process to find where everything fits and looks like it belong.

Items are moved from one side of the room to another and sometimes to a different room.


And lest it seems perfect and the morning free of problems…………


I’m two hours in……making bows. attaching lights to green garland, doing and redoing the dining room table

when the unthinkable happens.



Twas the night before Monday, the green door wreath with a battery operated lamp, was brought indoors for the night.

It sat in the dark living room until the next morn, Monday morn. 

I notice the wreath and think…… does it need to go back outside on the glass door or between the wood door and storm door.

Trying it both ways, I find it would not fit between the doors and place it back out on the glass door. That issue solved,

my attention goes back to the dining room. It’s not coming together quickly.

Leaving the dining room, going into the kitchen, I have this odd sense that I’m not walking alone.

I begin shaking my head, brushing my shoulders, and see something drop on the tile floor.

It’s green with a tail, it’s a ………gulp……………lizard.   I scream to an otherwise empty house and stomp my feet. Green lizard must have been hiding in the wreath.

Lizard scurries into a lower cabinet.  I’m not going in after it. I do not have a plan.

Christmas decorating comes to a complete halt, Monday morn……the day when so much was going to be accomplished.

A while later, I’m on the phone with my sis and what to my wandering eyes appear……….on the kitchen window sill…….he’s here.

Now I’m mad at green lizard….really mad.

How dare green lizard take control of my Monday.

With my back up protection on the phone talking me through, I slowly open the back door. With a quick sweep of the broom, reluctant green lizard is off the window sill out the door.

The slamming of the door………green lizard you’re not welcome here.

Gathering the remaining berries , boughs, balls, and bows…… I seized the moment before it goes.













The hanging of the greens, is now complete at the Cottage on Greene.