I finally decided it was the right time to climb back into the narrow space behind our shed (I use the word "climb" because it requires maneuvering around oddly-placed shovels, a large pick, a wheelbarrow, 2 ladders and the scrap wood that used to be our aquarium stand, plus an overgrown passionfruit vine and the shed itself...) to harvest some of the poinsettia flowers back there.
[I know, I know. It wasn't really the "flowers" that I was after, but "bracts" just doesn't sound as lovely. And darn it, those radiant red things deserve a word as nice as "flower."]
Now, our coffee table is decorated very well. And the lily Jay left with us when he went back to Iowa combines nicely with the smell of pine from our tree and garlands to make a sweeter Christmasy smell than I've known before.
As a bonus, I discovered that I could replace the gaudy plastic wrap around the lilies with a chunk from the sleeve of a sweater I felted. :) No sewing necessary--just scissors.
Punctuating this Christmasy goodness are bouts of play of the coolest, most fabulous video game ever: Rockband. It's a good thing that we don't own the game. I wouldn't get anything (other than channelling rock stars, with the use fake guitars, microphone and drums) done. But how cool is it to have a friend with the game--in our neighborhood!? Rock on.
Now, if I could just get my crafting projects for Christmas done...