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Making ‘Merry’

December 26, 2009

HAPPY HOLIDAYS — one and all! This year, like last, our neighbors have been providing an endless stream of good will, not to mention plates-full of goodies: yum! Moving to the Rancho, we were instantly struck by how welcoming the neighbors were, and we still feel that way almost 3-years on … we love our house and the cul-de-sac we’re the entry to; relocating here was one of our best moves ever. Unlike many of our neighbors, though, we don’t really decorate the place in a holiday fashion. So I thought I’d look around and do a visual scavenger hunt of sorts, scanning for seasonal elements. This is what I found; consider it my Rancho card to you!

Happy Holidays 2009!

Starting from top left and moving clockwise: A rather shy ‘snowman’ in the form of a double-lobed cactus is in no danger of melting; a Scandinavian vintage candle holder brings a 60s ‘snowflake’ vibe in steel; a antique child’s ring-toss toy makes a colorful stand-in for the usual tannenbaum; a heavy metal ‘wreath’ in rusted steel began life as a cog of some sort; cactus ‘stars’ shine a light on the amazing diversity of succulent foliage; three concrete cubes make me a ‘wise man’ because I got them free(!) via craigslist … I just had to go get them; Hark! the herald alebrije sings, while sporting every color under the sun; not as famous as some holiday babies, my little concrete garden infant has a sweet presence. Let’s call him Hay-seuss!

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Rick permalink
    December 26, 2009 6:15 am

    careful, Reuben or you might begin to look like the Mexican restaurant on Mission Inn avenue just west of the bus station! Worth a walk through but the food is not great. (Can’t think of the name of the restaurant right now—too many Holiday goodies clogging up to my brain)! Hope its a good new year for us all. Rick

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 26, 2009 6:21 am

      Ha — Fear of becoming Tios Tacos is very real for me, Rick! I’m in the process now of trying to rein myself in right now, but it’s not easy… thanks for the sobering comment and expect a post on the phantasmagoria at Tios Tacos soon … although I’m hoping to avoid their ‘more is more’ effect at the Rancho, I have much admiration for their relentless visual clutter. I am Mexican after all and we do love our decoration … Happy holidays!

  2. Andrea Astran permalink
    December 26, 2009 6:36 am

    Always a beautiful eye for art & beauty. Thank you. Happy holidays to you & Paul.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 28, 2009 1:44 am

      Thanks, Andrea… Paul and I both wish your family a great new year

  3. SusanG permalink
    December 26, 2009 2:23 pm

    as long as you avoid the topiaries, you’ll be fine, reuben :). miss you bunches!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 28, 2009 1:43 am

      Miss you too, Susan… thanks for your holiday missive, it was a nice one! Best for the new year to you and Ben…

  4. Ruthanne permalink
    December 26, 2009 3:13 pm

    I really like that rusted-steel wreath… And btw, happy holidays back atcha!!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 28, 2009 1:42 am

      Of all things!… I’ve got three of these things if you’d like one, but you’ll have to come for it, it’s too heavy to schlep on the train…

  5. Denise permalink
    December 26, 2009 6:08 pm

    Happy holidays, Reuben!

  6. Elena permalink
    December 27, 2009 5:01 am

    Yeah, yeah, merry, merry, bright, blah, blah. I want those concrete cubes!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 28, 2009 1:40 am

      haha… remind me to tell you how I was able to reactivated my hernias moving these things!

  7. Laurie permalink
    December 27, 2009 8:55 pm

    I want everything. Brilliant, as usual.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      December 28, 2009 1:39 am

      Thanks, Laurie, hope you have a great New Year!

  8. Barbie Falconer permalink
    December 30, 2009 3:56 pm

    Happy NEW YEAR to ya, Reub! I’m hopeful you will apply your decorating talents to Barbie K. next year…love the “found” object theme (and SO economical!). I could benefit from your approach! (BTW, made my Bri. numbers, so off to Maui Jan. 10th! Ahhhhh, ALOHA!)

    Barbie

  9. Cynthia permalink
    January 4, 2010 5:15 pm

    Hi Reuben,
    Very cool…I love your card….as always….you are amazing!
    Hope you and Paul had a great Christmas.
    Lots of good wishes to you for this new year.
    Talk to you soon.

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