Merry X-Mas 2014: The Lung Cancer Awareness ed.

December 24th, 2014 11:28 am by Kelly Garbato

That was the theme, anyway, to celebrate Peedee being cancer-free for seven months and counting. (He still has to get an x-ray every three months to be sure, but the six-month mark was the milestone. As far as the vets are concerned, the boy is DTF. Down to frolic! Or something.)

But in the end I was pressed for time, what with the dreary, cloudy weather; the constant comings and going of the roofers, whipping the dogs into frenzy upon frenzy; and the arrival of our newest foster, Tiny Terror; and anyway the white ribbons Shane got at Michael’s were floppy and flimsy and I couldn’t twist a decent awareness ribbon, let alone find a way to attach them to the dogs’ persons, so I just threw holiday ribbons and headbands on everyone and called it a day.

Luckily both the dogs and the weather cooperated for a grand total of two hours one Monday afternoon, and I was able to knock this bad girl out in all of eight hours, start to finish.

2014 X-Mas Card (front)

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For the back, I used an old picture of Kaylee and Ralphie for the background – although this may be the last year they’re included in this way, seeing as I only have a few photos of just the two of them together.

2014 X-Mas Card (back)

I didn’t do any outtakes this year, but after the jump are a few of my favorite shots (including one of Peedee sporting his Lung Cancer Awareness Ribbon on his satellite dish of an ear; this represents my very best effort at making the theme work, I swear to you), along with some of this year’s decorations.

2014-12-08 - Peedee X-Mas - 0003 [flickr]

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2014-12-08 - Peedee X-Mas - 0028 [flickr]

Peedee
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2014-12-08 - Rennie X-Mas - 0038 [flickr]

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Rennie
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2014-12-08 - Jayne X-Mas - 0030 [flickr]

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Jayne
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2014-12-08 - Mags X-Mas - 0018 [flickr]

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Mags
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2014-12-08 - Finnick X-Mas - 0001 [flickr]

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Finnick
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2014-12-08 - Lemmy X-Mas - 0004 [flickr]

2014-12-08 - Lemmy X-Mas - 0024 [flickr]

Lemmy, of whom I got a whopping three usable pictures. THREE! Cats, man.
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0001 [flickr]

le piece de résistance
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Topped with my favorite Jayne hat and a Kaylee card.
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0005 [flickr]

This miniature copy of The Night Before Christmas got me thinking about a bookish theme next year. Suggestions?
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0008 [flickr]

An angel, handmade by my mom when she was younger. Hmmm. Maybe I should enlist her help re: 2015’s bookish holiday theme?
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0009 [flickr]

A one-eyed pinecone mouse, gifted to me by my aunt. Pretty sure he had two googly eyes back then.
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0010 [flickr]

Because space.
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Most of those gifts are for the dogs, okay.
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0012 [flickr]

Dopey dog, given to me by my late grandmother.
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0014 [flickr]

Fireplace, meet Firefly.
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0013 [flickr]

My Nutcracker Pirate. (RAmen.)
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2014-12-21 - His Noodliness - 0001 [flickr]

My very favorite Flying Spaghetti Monster (and I have a whole box of ’em!). Usually he goes on the tree, but this year he was unpacked last and ended up in the front window instead, suspended above a ribbon. I like.
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0015 [flickr]

Owl pirates!
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Festive and dashing pirate dachshunds!
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0018 [flickr]

Until I figure out how to make a wreath of spaghetti, this will have to do.
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0023 [flickr]

The back window. Check out the new stockings – fresh from the Dollar Store! (We have person-to-stocking ratio of about 1:15, no lie. I told Shane one year I expect to wake on x-mas morning to find every stocking in the house filled with presents for me. I think he thinks I was joking. If you’re reading this, Shane, I was dead serious.)
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2014-12-23 - Decorations - 0020 [flickr]

Previous years’ x-mas cards. Spoiler alert, as in this is so sad it might spoil your day: I left Kaylee’s up all year long. I MISS YOU BABY GIRL.
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On that note: Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals. Happy festivus for the rest of us (I’ve got a lot of problems with you people, and now you’re going to hear about it!). Have a Noodley New Year. Send books and cookies. And dogs. But not necessarily in that order.

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