1. We took the ornaments off the tree and sighed at its beauty, even undressed.
2. If you take the ornaments off the tree, you will need to retrieve boxes from the storeroom. If you retrieve boxes from the storeroom, you will need to tidy the storeroom, When you tidy the storeroom, you will need to organize the contents in other boxes...Yes, I expected this. What is there to do but embrace it?
2a. One Rubbermaid tote contains all our winter mittens, hats, and scarves from the past twenty-five years. There's a little white scarf I crocheted when Claire was a baby, and the two that Aunt Sue knit when the girls were toddlers. We have mittens that patted snowmen and tugged sleds up hills, scarves that wrapped ruddy cheeks and hats that slid down over wet tendrils of blond hair. They've all been worn so little since we left New York. I launder everything just to freshen them and then carefully repack them. A time capsule from another time...
3. Steve makes it safely home, off the highway and out of the nasty weather.