Even though today was Sunday and is supposed to be a day of rest, it was far from a restful day. I had more things on my list than I knew that I could get done, but I was going to give it a shot.
First thing was to get the artificial tree up in the Roadhouse. I needed the tree up because with my family coming on Saturday to celebrate St. Nick’s day and also having a special guest coming, I didn’t want to have the inside of the Roadhouse completely bare. I knew where I stored the tree and tree stand from last year, and honestly that was a big part of getting ready. And it didn’t take too long to put up. Of course Reno was there to help. Check it out.
I had the rug stored from our living room down in the basement of our house, so out came that and I half drug and half carried it across the yard. Once I put the tree on it, it was really starting to shape up. Then I grabbed our old door that was originally on our house before we remolded and decided to hang that by the tree and chair. I’m sure if you would see this door you would wonder how it ever escaped the fire pile. But we’ve spent so much time repairing it before we remolded and when the dogs were little, it kind of holds a special part in our hearts. When it even ‘looked’ like it might rain or thunder, the dogs would push in the screen and try to get into the house.
So around noon, I was still on schedule with my Sunday list and feeling quite good about it. We had company come over around noon to see how Daryl’s doing and brought supper with them. Score! After a nice visit, William and I jumped into the truck and headed north to get our house Christmas tree. We pretty much have always gotten a real tree for our living room, and with Daryl not able to help me get one this year, it was really nice that William was home to help. I didn’t know if he actually knew what he was getting himself into by going along, but hey.. it was too late because we were on the road. I made a comment when we got to the tree farm that it wasn’t very busy at all. But here we found out that they weren’t open for business yet. They said that if we wanted to go and cut one down, they didn’t care. So off William and I went. And man it was cold when that wind hit you in the face. But after walking around literally in circles, we decided on one that was going to be perfect. William drug it back to the shed and up it went on the shaker to get the needles out.
The tree shaker did an OK job, but the tree is really thick and I know that there’s more in there. Into the truck it went and home we went. We waited until some of the wind died down outside and got out the ladder to hang the garland on the house. Did you know when the wind dies down it gets even colder? Just ask William and I about that. We hurried with the garland and that got checked off the to do list. The next thing is that I want to make most of the Christmas wrapping paper this year, so I drug out the supplies and start working on it today. I think it’s so funny all the different things that happen at our kitchen table. I couldn’t imagine any family not having a table that they can do their work on. From when the kids were little coloring, to homework, to craft projects, to playing euchre. I wouldn’t give up our table for anything!
Now we had to cut the tree level and bring it into the house. We’re not planning on decorating it until Kyle comes home, but needed it to be in the tree stand for water. It wasn’t the easiest to cut, but soon it was in the stand and that was a good job done. Who seems to like the tree the best is Little Kitty. Daryl said that in the morning the tree stand was pretty much empty of water. Well, we found out the reason tonight. I think Little Kitty thinks it’s like an automatic waterier. When it gets low, Bam! It magically get’s filled up again.
I went to visit my Mom to talk about some Christmas stuff and she seems so organized. She buys gifts for everyone which means it’s around 40 to 45 people. And she’s almost done too! ohh… Christmas gifts haven’t even made it to my list yet. Even though I didn’t get everything done today, we ended the night talking with Kyle on Skype. This is always the best way to end a busy day.