web-j-029I have the outdoors decorated and ready .            web-j-039

 and because we love the scent and feel of a real Christmas tree, we are going to go and cut one down tomorrow, put it up and decorate it too!   This year is special because we get to take my new little granddaughter along. I only wish it would snow tonight to make it perfect. 

tree   We have all been given advice on the many ways to take care of  Christmas trees, so if you are like me  you will probably be surprised how many of those rules aren’t necessary, so here’s a quick list of things to do when you’re picking out and bringing your tree home.

Before buying the tree, give it a shake or grab a branch of needles and slide your hand towards yourself.  Brown needles are ok to drop, but if green needles are dropping, then the tree isn’t very fresh.

 If it has been more than 6 hours since cutting it down, or if you bought a pre-cut tree, you will need to cut one inch off the bottom of the trunk because it heals over and won’t take water.

Make the cut straight across the trunk.  Don’t cut the tree at an angle or a V shape, or whittle away the edges to fit into your stand because the outside edges draw up the water most efficiently.

If you are planning on waiting before putting it in it’s stand, put it in a bucket of  water and keep it somewhere cool until you are ready to bring it in the house.

Place the tree in a stand with adequate water capacity.  Be careful because some stands allow there to be water in the stand without the tree being submerged and the bottom of the trunk needs to always be in water to prevent healing over.

Only give the tree plain water.  There is no need for aspirin or any of the other concoctions we have been told about.  Plain water works best.  Water temperature doesn’t matter either.

Don’t put it near any kind of heat source when picking your location.

Use miniature lights that produce less heat, this helps prevent your tree from drying out.

Your tree should last 4 to 5 weeks if you keep it watered and don’t let the water level go below the trunk.my grapevine/holly wreath

Remember ~ real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource.  They are farmed like a crop so no need for guilt when deciding on a real tree.web-tree-036 


  1. For more info about real Christmas trees, visit The national Christmas Tree Associaiton at http://www.christmastree.org/

  2. You can locate a tree recycling program by logging onto www.realchristmastrees.org

  3. To learn many myths about real Christmas trees visit http://www.christmastree.org/myths.cfm


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~It is difficult to realize how great a part of all that is cheerful and delightful in the recollections of our own life is associated with trees.  ~Wilson Flagg

 On a drive to see the autumn leaves,

we came across an old abandon  house. 

Although it was run down,

 the red front door paint was still vivid and eye catching. 

To me, red never gets old!

 ~”It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. ” ~P.D. James

I didn’t think anything could fit the term “vintage thingie” better than this and it is also an interesting gardening subject. I saw it a couple of weeks ago when out on a walk at a county park near here. web-c-015

 It’s actually quite a large place with a lot of land and a beautiful lake, fishing, boating, picnicing etc.. We used to spend a lot of time there when we were young and also when our kids were little.  In all the times I went there I had not happened upon this so it was fun to stumble on to it. web-c-011

Sounds like Marion and Alice were lazy about getting rid of their farm tools when tweb-c-013hey didn’t need them anymore. 

 This is one amazing tree to have absorbed the metal into it’s trunk like this.

 I guess all trees are pretty amazing!



Trees are your best antiques.  ~Alexander Smith



I had to throw in a Christmas Vintage Thingie too. 

Visit  Suzanne at Colorado Lady for VTT

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Have you ever seen a dog climb a tredog in a treee?

Me neither unweb-thater-0851til I saw this guy.

  He actually just ran up to the V in the tree which was about 8 feet up.

 The guy walking him said he does it all the time.  He just loves to climb trees. 

Go figure!  


My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.  ~Author Unknown





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