"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Tie One On

Puff the Magic Dragon Tie
 We managed a quick trip to Hermes this past week, and just in time for Christmas.
It's become a bit of a tradition to buy a new Hermes tie for MrBP this time of year.

Emerald silk tie featuring Gorilla, Lifting Weights.
 We went for the whimsical and light-hearted.  MrBP's job is often quite serious, I think a subtle bit of tie-foolishness is in order, don't you?

Speaking of tying one on, this is what our Christmas tree looked like earlier this afternoon:
Our Christmas tree.
 We managed to have it in the house trimmed, standing, lit and decorated all within a half-hour.  That's an advantage of having a son who is a 6'3" physics major.  All figured out and able to reach it as well.

Would you like a little tour of the Christmas tree farm?
 We go every year.  It's perfectly serene, green and full of oxygen.


 Well don't worry the serenity didn't last long.
We have a house guest for the holidays, her family has gone to Disney.  It's all delightful... except, she's a runner!
LOLA, who delights in the art of the escape.
We spent a good twenty minutes trying to catch her today, she escaped as we were all leaving to go to lunch.  I'm not going to lie, it was MrBP's fault.  Leaving the door ajar while searching for your scarf, not an option with Lola in the house.  We did catch her and those long running legs on Old Rascal helped a good deal!

I hope you are having a good weekend and that the hijinks and hilarity are also running high in your household.
xoxDani

29 comments:

  1. 6' 3" - my boys would be green w/ envy, especially Slugger who is on his school's basketball team. He dreams of dunking. Have fun with the hilarity. We are going out to celebrate the holidays tonight w/ friends at an Italian restaurant. I get to wear my Trina Turk faux fur pullover. My poor hubby cleaning gutters as I write this. No neckties for him-he's a jeans and tee guy so I bought him a new pair and some sweaters this year. Happiest to you!!!

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    1. Hi Julie, I hope you had fun at your party. Our son doesn't play sports though he has quite an athletic frame, he just has no interest. I'm trying to get him to work out in a gym or something, it will help him study!

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  2. Merry Christmas Dani! I'm sure your tree is simply lovely!

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    1. Hi Eleanor, thanks very much. The tree is nice but we need more decorations, I'll be scouring the after Christmas sales for those!

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  3. Lola looks very cute, but you'll definitely have to pay attention to doors and such while she's with you!
    We had a run-in with a dog the other day - we dropped No. One Son off at a friend's house in Toronto yesterday and the resident dog, a big retriever puppy, was all over us. I probably could have knitted a sweater from all the dog hair that was left on my jeans!

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    1. Hi Patricia, We need to be very careful with the doors. Luckily we have a double front door: a door, small foyer, another door leading to a bigger foyer. Without this I don't know what we'd do, that Lola is determined to get out and run!

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  4. How is it that little dogs with such little legs can run so darn fast?

    Merry Christmas, Dani!

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    1. Hi Merry Wife, Isn't it amazing, she's SO FAST. The only one who could outrun her was our son with his incredibly long legs!

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  5. Ah, the Hermes tie tradition! I favor the whimsical ones, too. I plan on wearing one on Christmas of sky blue skiers sliding down a snowy magenta mountain. Always gets a good response. Loved the Christmas tree farm tour. Best to you and yours -- Reggie

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    1. Hi Reggie, If I ever see a Hermes tie with skiers I shall be buying it and thinking of you. MrBP is Austrian and a very good skier, he would love it.
      Best to you and yours as well.

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  6. Love the look of the tree farm. Little Lola looks incredibly cute ( and very innocent - what an actress!) I'm sure Mr. BP will love that tie. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Sulky so true she is a good actress. She pretends to be uninterested in the door and then she bolts for it! It's hilarious! Merry Christmas to you.

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  7. So you really strap them on top of your cars over there? I've only ever seen that in films, love, love love it!
    And that tree farm is also the stuff of Christmas films.

    6ft 3? Wow!

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    1. Hi Tabs, oh yes it's the only way to get them home! We have a 5 seater sedan, no truck for us.
      That tree farm fuels my idea of buying a cabin in the forest as a winter retreat. I love being in the woods.
      I know, it's funny to look up at my tall boy as I often think of him as still a little guy.

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  8. Hey Dani (and Tabs!)

    I think everyone straps them on top! They are massive beasts and it is not unlike hunting season here in NB!

    Dani - I am with you - tall sons are a blessing for these kinds of events. I think mine has finally stopped growing at 6'4", but he is all gangly and awkward - too many long limbs!

    I love tree farms! We don't go to our regular one this, as frankly, one of the local fellows with a woodlot had a bunch freshly cut trees right up the road and each one was perfection itself!

    Love the Hermes ties and that Mr. BP has the whimsy to pair the oh-so-proper styling of such elegant ties with little images like gorialls and dragons! SO nice! I found another bow tie for Barry from JCrew and finally managed one of those JC wool newsboy caps on a popback! I really must go to Hermes!

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  9. P.S. on Lola! Iny was a runner in his younger days. It can be stressful as we are near a highway! When we go out, we tell him to look out the window and that used to give us enough time to lock up!

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    1. Hi WMM, It's so excellent that Barry wears a bow tie, and he will love the cap, I think they are so handsome.
      I may not be doing the math properly but I think your son is 14" taller than you! That's growing them big!
      We were running around like maniacs, all five of us, trying to catch Lola, what a comedy! Now at least we're all terrified that she'll get out again.

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  10. Merry Christmas, Dani; we know you will be enjoying Rascals, tree,Mr BP and any Hermes that comes along.

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    1. Hi Lane, Merry Christmas to you as well.

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  11. The tree farm is absolutely beautiful, so serene. Hope you have a very Happy Christmas with your family.

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    1. Hi Kathy, I was just thinking about you! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Just think next year you'll have a little one in the family to buy presents for, there's nothing better.
      I feel that all is right in the world when I am out around those trees!

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  12. The tree farm looks beautiful. It must be quite challenging finding the perfect tree though with all those choices. Our Chester escaped twice to our front porch when the door was opened he bolted past us so fast...I am so grateful he did not run out into the street. Lucky that you found Lola and that she is safe.

    Happy Christmas Dani.

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    1. Hi Hostess, Honestly we walked around with a saw but after seeing the 26 cut trees for sale in the barn we knew in good conscience we couldn't cut down another, hoping they sold the 25 beautiful cut trees that were left.
      Lola runs right for the street which is why we need to be so careful, she's so precious, it's her one character flaw.
      Merry Christmas to you as well.

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  13. heh...we carry our tree home since it is but a 10 minute walk from the grocery store and the trees are wrapped up for easier transport (and therefore not as well selected as your tree farm beauty). They're actually quite light, but I get a kick out of the incredulous stares as I walk down the street with a 6 foot+ tree under my arm!

    I love these subtle quirky Hermes prints- I had no idea they made those- adorable!!

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    1. Hi tdgd, I don't think I could carry a tree like that! But I've never tried, we drive 20 minutes out of our city to the tree farm, very close really.
      Hermes ties have quite the sense of humour, I didn't realize it either until we started collecting them for my husband a couple of years ago. They are very good quality so even in a conservative profession the funny prints pass muster.

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  14. Hermes ties are beautiful, but I have difficulty spending that many $$$ on whimsy--so we opt for the more serious patterns as they can be worn on any occasion. If money were not involved, the whimsical ties would get my vote as well!

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  15. When I look at the blue skies and the dusting of snow it makes me homesick for Ontario. The chances of us having a white Christmas are slim.
    Lola is such a cutie and the shorter the legs the quicker the exit.
    We're going away on the 27th and our friends will be looking after Finn .I hope they're still talking to us when we return. He's still very busy and gets in trouble.
    Thank you for the wonderful posts this year. I feel like I belong to a special club and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Wishing you and your family the best ,
    Marsha xo

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  16. I love the Hermes ties, they are always very classy... Louis Vuitton also have beautiful ones... We always put our Xmas tree for Saint Nicolas (December 6th) which is largely celebrated here in Luxembourg... We don't have snow at all but rain every single day for more than two weeks now!
    I wish you a lovely Xmas surrounded by your loved one.
    Stephanie

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  17. When I was growing up in Lindsay Ontario my forester father had a Christmas tree farm. The old addage "cobbler's children are the worst shod" applied to our family tree. For years we decorated scruffy bent Charlie Brown Scotch pines- the sad lonely leftover trees that couldn't be sold. My frugal Scottish father didn't like waste. Neither do I, but I will never scrimp on the Christmas conifer.

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