Christmas at Cupcake Manor 2018

Our Christmas is slightly altered this year due to the presence of a new, and thrilling, being. Her name is Smooch, and she turned one on November 25th, the day I finished the Mex Mysteries’   ninth novel, Rent Rx. Essentially, this means we are eschewing my antique ornaments to preserve their lives, and have switched to petroleum-based gewgaws, whilst our wee beastie learns what’s hers and what isn’t. I can hear you thinking, You know this is a cat, right?

She calls this: What Cat on the Newel Post?

She calls this: What Cat on the Newel Post?

Welcome to Christmas at Cupcake Manor!

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The Arts & Crafts Fixture in the Foyer ...

Yes, the baubles go all the way around …

Yes, the baubles go all the way around …

Let’s go upstairs to the Retreat Apartment ...

two bedrooms for two, a common area, a loo ...

Poinsettias on the writing table in the common area ...

Poinsettias on the writing table in the common area ...

Antique lights in each bedroom ...

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Holly garlands in each bedroom ...

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Loo garni ...

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Kitten in a tube in the foyer …

Kitten in a tube in the foyer …

Cat Real Estate a.k.a. The Kitty Condo

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There are more since we took this picture ...

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No such thing as Christmas without mistletoe ...

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We elevated as much as we could this year for You-Know-Who ...

Garlands:

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We decided we at least had to have the smell of a real tree ...

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Stockings ... we had a little giftie in the smallest one for Smooch,

but it must have been treated with catnip ...

the moment we put it up, she was ON IT

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This is the [medium] pink glitter tree that lives in my office year-round ...

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This is the tiny one from the bedroom ...

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And this is a picture of a cat in the snow ...

under the BIG pink Christmas Tree

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The little white paper heart is handmade by our friends Kim & Jess

and here is the tree fully decorated ...

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This is the plain chandelier from my writing studio ...

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This is the Advent Calendar hanging on the fridge ...

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There’s a cat on the Christmas puzzle.

Smooch calls this: What cat? What Christmas puzzle?

Smooch calls this: What cat? What Christmas puzzle?

The garland in the kitchen chandelier ...

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Smooch decided to help me wrap presents ....

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“Dontcha just love Christmas, Mommy?”  I do, Smooch, I really do.

“Dontcha just love Christmas, Mommy?”

I do, Smooch, I really do.

The happiest, the merriest, the brightest

holy-days

for you and yours,

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We Three at Cupcake Manor

 

P. S. If you haven’t yet planned your retreat for 2019,

may we encourage you to choose your dates?