Merry Manatees

Merry Manatees

Know what this is, friends?  A Sandra Lewrey original, and an early Christmas gift for my mom.  You’d never know I’m nearly 41 years old with art skills like these!

No surprise that “real” is not exactly my thing (you need look no further than my nail art designs for abundant evidence of that) but these manatees look like they were drawn by a four-year-old!  Which is appropriate, because I’m kind of feeling like a four-year-old.  Because tomorrow morning my husband and I are once again leaving on a jet plane for all places Disney World, straight through Christmas and a little bit beyond.

And I’m feeling only-child wretched about it.  Unbelievably excited, of course – oh my cats, we’re going to Disney for Christmas!!! – but also sad.  Have, in fact, here on the eve of our flights, been crying for the better part of the evening.  Before you (somewhat rightfully) declare me an epic wuss puss, allow me to say that I’m very close to my parents, and this will be the first Christmas in 40 years that we will not be together.  I’m trying to be mature about it, but I actually like hanging out with my parents, and as much fun as I KNOW Mr. Finger Candy and I going to have, I also know I’m going to miss them terribly.  Hence all the tears.  I’ve actually gone the full ham and we’re watching The Christmas Toy, a Jim Henson production of the late ’80s about an unlikely friendship between a stuffed tiger toy and a catnip mouse that makes me SOB from start to finish.

The quasi-joke among our family this holiday season is that my husband and I are ABANDONING them, AT CHRISTMAS.  Which we are.  Might as well own up to it!  So I made this painting for my mom of two manatees abandoning their family for the holidays.  I’m the one with the bow. 🙂

Happiest of Christmases, friends.  I will try to update this blog over the next week, but I’ve never blogged on the road before, and I’ve no idea what to expect.  Also, you know I’ll be back at you with a complete rundown of the entire experience, in exhaustive detail!  You’ll be begging me to stop telling you about the Star Wars fireworks and projection show at Hollywood Studios already.  But until then, the merriest of merrys to you and yours, and warmest of wishes for a wonderful holiday.

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10 thoughts on “Merry Manatees

  1. I love your manatees and if either of my daughters gift me something along this vein in 30 years, I will be oh so thankful to get it! I hope you guys are enjoying a Florida Christmas. At least a tiny cold front blew in today. Made for nice weather. Cheers!! Merry Christmas!

    • We had a wonderful Christmas, Julie, thank you, I hope you had a lovely one as well. I saw that it was eight degrees in Orlando this morning! We enjoyed such spectacular weather, it’s hard to imagine. Of course, it’s been -20 or lower every day since we left and every day since we got back, so there’s really no comparison. I know which one I’d take at this point!

  2. “Merry Christmas you filthy Animal!” 🤣😂😂😂🤣 (Home Alone Reference)
    No no, I hope you have a wonderful time!! Can’t wait to hear all about it and see several pictures. I mean it. Take SEVERAL! I’m going to enjoy seeing them all. 😊
    Oh I bet she loved your picture. It is too sweet.

    • Thank you so much, I hope you had a lovely Christmas, too. Looking forward to sharing my adventures with you (and yes, I did indeed take several photos, maybe even several times 1,000!)

    • It has not. 😦 However, postal BS being what it is, and knowing that the service was slammed this holiday, I’m going to cut them a bit of slack on delivery times. As in they can’t respect them to save their lives, but I’m not going to freak about it. When did you send it again? Because three weeks during the “regular” season is unfortunately not out of the realm of possibility.

    • Guess what, guess what, my package arrived today! Thank you so much, I love that you kept my ever-so-apparent interests (Nightmare Before Christmas!) in mind. 🙂 Zero is wonderful, and has already joined my menagerie of second bed stuffed animals. And the teas are awesome – Binx is particularly yummy. As are the ginger candies – excellent for soothing tummies upset from too much amusement park food. How did you know?! Thank you again, such a thoughtful gift. 🙂

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