I really wasn't in the mood.
In spite of Christmas decorations being up all over town, I just wasn't feeling the Christmas spirit.
I always put off putting up the tree until at least the first of December, it's kind of a tradition in our family to not put up the tree until the November birthdays are over.
Fair enough too.
But this year December 1st came and went and the tree stayed in its box up in the wardrobe.
The tinsel and baubles stayed in their boxes too, up in the wardrobe.
I felt I just couldn't be bothered.
I was outside looking at the shadecloth on my back porch, checking for rips or holes after the big winds we've been having, but from the outside, not inside the porch, so I was right next to the front porch of my new back neighbour.
(The young man who lived there was moved out some time ago, to a more supervised facility as he was unable to properly care for himself.)
Anyway, she popped out of her door and made her way over to me, we introduced ourselves and she invited me in. She's been quite ill and has trouble walking around much so doesn't get out and about. I suspect she's lonely, so of course I went in.
P showed me around her flat, the layout is different from mine, (apparently they are all a little different, in the interests of individuality I suppose) and I noticed she already had a Christmas tree up and decorated, with stained glass ornaments!, and tinsel hanging everywhere.
I stayed quite a while and talked much more than I usually do.
When I finally said goodbye and came home, I found myself up on a ladder getting down the tree box and all the ornaments.
Well, the tree is up, it's decorated and I have tinsel hanging across a couple of doorways.
I got so carried away doing it all, (3 hours), I almost forgot to have dinner.
Luckily, by the time I'd finished and swept up stray bits of tinsel, I only had to get the left over cannelloni out of the fridge and zap it in the microwave. Then I microwaved some broccoli and dinner was on the table.
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