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.