Friday, December 12, 2008

I'm Just Saying...

Tree shaker, who knew?


Stuck in the mud, awaiting rescue, while sitting on my walker with tired dog.


Now that Dave has lit up the neighborhood with Christmas he began chomping at the bit to go get his tree. I was able to sit on him until yesterday, but I insisted on coming, much to his chagrin. Last year he wanted the tallest tree he could find and cheap, so I let him go alone. Well he paid $15 bucks and had to cut 5ft off just to get it in the house. Never again! It was the biggest and ugliest tree I had ever seen. With lights and ornaments it wasn't all that bad.


This year I talked him into going to McGee's at Apple Hill. We went in search of a 10ft Silvertip Noble at a HUGE tree farm. It was muddy and we had Nikki on a leash. Picture an excited man and an out of control dog searching for their perfect tree. Now picture me, trying to follow his voice, with my walker, sticking in the mud every three steps. "Over here, I found one" he calls out. Tapped in the lot I yell "any bald spots?" "A few" he calls back. "Nope" I replied. That went on for two hours. Too uneven, too short or too many holes and all yelled across the lot because my walker is not a 4WD. The lot guy was scared of a lawsuit and stuck to me like glue, rolling his eye's at every no I yelled out. After much arguing and maneuvering we found our tree. They put it on a tree shaker, netted it and off we went. Dave is still worried it might not touch the ceiling and quivered at the price, but my work was done. lol

In the city we put up white icicle lights to emulate snow and added the twinkling fake deer on our front lawn to bring us that country feel. We always got an over priced, cut tree, from a lot or a cheap one in front of Wally World. Once I moved to the mountains I thought things would be different. We have lots of real snow, too many real deer and are surrounded by more trees than you can imagine. Guess what? They do more lights and fake deer up here than the city. Get this, the trees cost the same and this is where they cut them. I find that very surprising and funny. I have two perfect Christmas trees in my yard that are better than what we bought.

The whole house and tree will be unveiled as soon as we untangle the lights. A big snow storm is due this weekend. Woohoo! We really need water in California right now. I still have roses blooming, cyclamen and living petunias in December.

25 comments:

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Well I think the dog had a good time. He looks content with mommy.

Vicki said...

I love your blog. Have a great weekend.

Star said...

You crack me up, Tammy! :)

I'm so glad you got to go along, even if you didn't have the requisite 4WD. Can't wait to see the finished tree.

I'm glad you're glad about the snow; we've got something planned for Sunday into Monday--I'll see if I can't divert it your way.

Thanks For 2 Day said...

Tammy, What a Christmas tree tale! You are one patient lady:) I know you don't have a choice in the matter whether to stand with your walker for 2 hours--but to write the post and not even complain is worthy of an award;) It's a good thing Dave listens to you, he obviously values your opinion! But to leave you back in the mud, across the road, geez! The least he should do now is go out and get you a 4WD for Christmas:) Seriously, I am always inspired when I come here. You are a lovely person;) Jan/ThanksFor2Day PS Have a great weekend!!

Thanks For 2 Day said...

Tammy, What a Christmas tree tale! You are one patient lady:) I know you don't have a choice in the matter whether to stand with your walker for 2 hours--but to write the post and not even complain is worthy of an award;) It's a good thing Dave listens to you, he obviously values your opinion! But to leave you back in the mud, across the road, geez! The least he should do now is go out and get you a 4WD for Christmas:) Seriously, I am always inspired when I come here. You are a lovely person;) Jan/ThanksFor2Day PS Have a great weekend!!

Tabor said...

We have done live trees most times, but the past two years we have gone artificial. Tooks us less than 10 minutes to set up. Wish I could have seen you two (three) out in the woods.

gautami tripathy said...

This is so descriptive. Liked being with you. I know I have not been here for sometime but I do think of you.

Love!

Me Maw said...

What! No 4 WD walker? that made me laugh!

What a lovely and entertaining post!

I bet your home will look just lovely for Christmas!

Kay said...

'My walker is not a four-wheel drive' - that's the funniest line! Your sense of humour's really allowed free reign in this report Tammy - I love it! Thanks - I was right there with you in the choice of the tree!

Genuine Gem said...

LOL...yes your job is done! 5 ft off the tree? that was one big tree! It makes me think of European Christmas Vacation...LOL...post pics once you get the right size tree all up!
I like that picture of you stuck in the mud in all those trees...it actually makes a nice background...very pretty...that would make a pretty good cover for a Christmas card! anyway, glad you weren't stuck for long...lol

paris parfait said...

You're so funny - what an adventure, just bringing home a tree. Next year, maybe you should decorate one of those in your front yard! :) Can't wait to see the photos of your tree in all its resplendent glory. xoxox

Mary Timme said...

I was chuckling the whole time! That I was reading. I could picture it all so easily. I particularly like the shot of you caught in the mud. Oh, that was a fun trip on this end.

I love that it is Christmas and the world is willing to be more loving. We are supposed to get the storm starting tonight! Yikes.

I'm glad you are getting moisture and hope everything survives.

Chris said...

I didn't know you were into four wheelin' and bud boggin' ! Ya wanna go to the tractor pull with us? ;)

Brian said...

((((Tammy))))

Thinking bout ya'. Glad your tree hunting dog worked out. :)

Cheryl said...

Tammy,
I love when you share parts of your day with us. This one had me laughing, especially needing a 4WD walker. I have to say, you and your dog look pretty, hanging out with the trees. Glad you found one and can't wait to see pictures of it!
XXXXXXXX

forgetfulone said...

That was a good post. You look so cute! Sorry about the mud, though.

Looks like you helped him pick a good one. My husband chose ours, and he did okay, but there are some major bald spots. Oh well. It's a tree, it's up, and all trees are pretty when they're decorated!

Geraldine said...

What an adorable photo of you and your sweet doggie! So cute.

Hugs, G

Lucy said...

that pic. of u a nikki in the trees !! just too adorable Tam! Maybe you should consider a fake tree!? you are a hoot!
xoxo

paisley said...

a christmas tree is something i have only experienced a handful of times,, and never have i went out and chopped one down myself.... cant wait to see the pictures....

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Hehe! Well, Christmas is coming whether or not we are ready. I am ready, with my old tree and our old ornaments (some of them 30 yrs old, made by 2nd and 3rd graders when my kids were little) Our usual paper angel with her gold curls, golden belt, lace-and-roses dress, and golden wings (blue eyes and blue lips with VAMPIRE TEETH in her smile adorns the tree top....

This year, as last year, Simon and Jacob did much of the ornament hanging.... I'm sure yours looks MUCH better than mine!

Nancy said...

Another adorable entry from my witty Tamela!
And to think we could have been right along side you had we come for the visit instead of Jamaica! We just got back and had an awesome time.
Thank you my "asshole friend!"...let's talk soon.

I love ya!

Nance

Tinker said...

You look so cute there, like one of Santa's helpers there in the forest. Glad you found your perfect tree - and I hope you guys are staying warm through the storm. We lost power 3x today, and I doubt we got nearly as much as it did up north. Stay warm!
xo

Amber said...

What?! You are late to this show, sugarcookie. we have had our tree for two weeks!

It is dry already. lol

:)

turquoise cro said...

Phew! LOL YOU and your doggie stuck in the mud! and Dave shaking the trees? LOL I wish I could have been there with YOU sweeties!Can't wait to seeeeeeeeee your tree!!!

*~sis~* said...

live trees add such an extra feeling to christmas...i miss ours (kids with asthma, safer without). pretty photos :)