I had a huge post but the internet ogre ate it so let's see what I remember...
|I'm not sure if you've owned (been owned by?) kittens before... but they rather have a tendency to go SPAZZZZZ during the night
Kiki- maybe her inner kitten? She was a stray so they don't know for sure but they think she is 2-3 years old and the vet who did the spay noted that she'd had at least one litter (but she wasn't lactating when found by the SPCA). She was at the shelter since April though and I bet she is just enjoying not being caged for the night.
pictures- I marched the kiddos into the woods and took 50-60 pictures. I narrowed that down to 7 I really liked and then dh picked the final picture... he wanted a "joy" picture and liked how Tor was looking at the camera in that one. I'll print the other 6 for us, and mail the "winner" to family/friends.
mantle- bang for buck... if you have a clear glass vase (or can find a few at a thriuft store for a few cents) you're set! I fill these with cranberries, ball ornaments, holiday lights (just shove them in and drape the cord down the back), pine cones or branches, even just spiffy rocks can look cool. Also candles in all shapes and sizes. Grapevine wreaths are really inexpensive at crafts stores and you can either leave them bare, wrap them with ribbon/yarn, stuff herbs or greenery into them, cover them with buttons, whatever! Cut paper snowflakes and origami cranes look cool and are fairly easy to make... I hang them in windows and from the ceiling. Sliced citrus fruit (dried) is pretty and if you hang them in front of holiday lights the smell/glow is nice too (or take a glass vase, press the citrus on the sides and fill the middle with lights).
We don't have a mantle, but I decorate the top of the piano (it's our nature table). I'll be unpacking the holiday box later today but usually we have greenery, pomegranates, an old clothespin style Father Christmas, holiday lights, candles, and the cards from the yule exchange. Oh, and a few special ornaments.
Solstice calendar- so close to done!
Tor is teething... ugh!