If Martha Stewart had an ADHDD sister.

If Martha Stewart had a ADHDD sister I would be her.I love the holidays it gives me a reason to cook, bake and decorate. I at one time was a professional interior decorator. I worked for J.C. Penny’s custom decorating and I worked with a furniture store doing whole homes of furniture and accessories. So I get into the holidays deep, really deep, baking, candy making, making decorations and trimming trees (this year only three). Yet, as a house wife I don’t have the staff of professionals that people like Martha Stewart does to help me. So what most people do in a weekend I spend all month working on and in the process I make a huge mess. I dream of  someone to clean up every thing for me, maybe a hansom older man to do dishes, a young one to climb the ladder for the roof lights, and a nice granny kinda woman to clean while I decorate the tree. I just wish that I was not so caught up in my disorder ADHDD ( Attention Deficit Holiday Decorating Disorder) that I could say stop all on my own. But  my family all know that the only thing that ends my ADHDD binge is the date Dec 31st. New Years Eve sends shivers down my spine because it is the next day that I start to clean it all back up.

Blue and Silver Christmas tree 2015

Blue and Silver Christmas tree 2015

I feel like the bad sister that Martha would never talks about.  You know the one who suffers from over decorating and over baking. That family member who has a couple of rooms in the house totally covered in exploding  holiday decorations. The one that has two sinks over flowing with pots and pans because on a whim I needed to make candy for the entire 1 st grade class. The one who is making a mad dash to Wal-Mart at 10  pm to get spray paint because you forgot the it 4 times this week. The one who puts more lights on the pre-lighted tree because it is just toooo plain with out blue lights too. The one who has to color coordinate the tree to the curtains and the dinner dishes, you get the picture, right? I have  ADHDD so bad that I can never really finish one project before the next one needs attention. I am usually doing several things at once.

mess of unpacked decorations

mess of unpacked decorations

So this being our first Christmas in the new to us house, I have begun to get things out of the boxes and totes.I  am trying desperately to get a grip on this ADHDD thing and not go over board. I have so much I want to decorate now that we live in town. I never really did much outside before because we lived on a farm.The only people who would really enjoy it were my own kids and making them happy was easy. Now we have neighbors, and  they have begun to decorate outside, leaving me feeling behind in the decorating game. I can’t blame them, the weather was perfect last weekend and I wish I had spent some time trying to make things look festive but in the end we spent time with family instead. It was great too and I hope to write about it soon.

So as I write this I am just finishing up a batch of old fashion hard tack candy and bagging it up. Then putting up stockings and putting out my sons train under a tree. Holiday music is blasting and I cry every darn time I hear someone sing “Mary did You Know?” … something about Mary kissing  little Jesus’s face….. gets me every time.

Sugar covered table and Old Fashioned Hard Tack Candy

Sugar covered table and Old Fashioned Hard Tack Candy

I have three strings of out-door lights that need hung and an inflatable snoopy that needs placed in the yard. I have holiday cards to send out and three holiday parties to attend. I have groceries still to by and two wreaths to make. The silly thing is that in all of this mass of confusion, I am happy, more happy than I have been in years.The ADHDD has kicked in and I will be holiday buzzing for the next month.Maybe it is all the cookies and candy or the extra caffeine but I am feeling grand.

Christophers tree that needs help to finish and a table of trains

Christopher’s tree that needs help to finish and a table of trains

Then as if I did not know it was coming, it will be over, the holidays will end and I have to put it all back. New Years day will come with its lingering effects of staying up to late will make me tired and grumpy. Tom and I will sleep in and  little Christopher will crawl into our bed to snuggle as we say “Happy New Year” to each other. I will be sad, lingering under the covers to long, knowing that a the New Year has begone. I will worry about where to put everything that has arrived at our door over Christmas. I will drink a strong cup of tea in my P.J’s and start the long, slow process of undoing all my hard work in a matter of a day or two. I will miss the blue and white lights, the smell of cinnamon, and the taste of home-made cookies. I will carefully pack away each ornament and place the tree carefully back in its box. I will dust and vacuum up the silver glitter off the floor. The plates of cookies and candy will get tossed out. I will known in my sad heart that my disorder is restrained again for another year. Secretly, I think about my “New Year Resolution”. It will not have anything to do with weight or being more loving, but about taking it easy on the decorating next year. Praying that next holiday season my house will look perfect from beginning to end and Martha Stewart will stop by and be pleased with what I have done. That maybe she will share in my story of ADHDD and secretly nod to me her understanding.. because once many years ago she was a  decorating nut-bucket just like me.

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7 thoughts on “If Martha Stewart had an ADHDD sister.

  1. I admire your enthusiasm and your tree does look beautiful, how much fun this time of year can be. I really enjoyed your story this evening. Enjoy the rest of your decorating 🙂

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  2. Sandy

    I’m exhausted just reading your blog. Believe me, Martha Stewart would be ADHD also if she didn’t have a huge staff. She also doesn’t have a husband or small child. I’m still trying to get out of low gear and on with Christmas stuff.

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  3. Jack

    Sorry Little lady but Ive no comment. LOL

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  4. NANC MESSENGER

    First, I read the story that you had written about the Lost Creek Depot. I was raised in Lost Creek. My husband and I raised two boys (now young men) there until we moved to Clarksburg (one Third Grader and one Fifth Grader). I feel a sense of being homesick everytime I go back there. Lost Creek will always be home town. After reading the article, I looked to see if I knew the person that wrote the story. I clicked on your name and was forwarded to links. I then read this story about “If Martha Stewart had a ADHDD sister I would be her” As i read your story, I could not help but think, oh my, this is so much like me. I retired two years ago. I love being home. I am what everyone calls a Nightowl. I stay up late and work on projects. I feel that I can do my best concentration and planning then. I love love love being “just a housewife.” People will ask me – “Don’t you get bored.” I respond back, Bored? I then proceed to tell them that I do not know how I ever work. I always have three things at once going on, multi-tasking to the max, and the old brain is constantly churning. As I have time, I will read all of your stories – seriously, that is how much I love them. I want to see if I can connect myself in any more of them. Merry Christmas and good luck on the 2016 New Year’s Resolution. May God Bless you and your family.

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    • what a thought full and nice note… I am so glad that you enjoyed my stories and that my writing has made you still connected to your “Home Town” I love it their also and have many good memories at the post office, Bank and the library… Sadly I may just be going back into the work force soon… but for good reason and a great cause so in the future I hope to let that cat out of the bag when all if finalized… Thank you for taking the time to comment it means the world to a blogger to know someone out their gets it!

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