Monday, November 29, 2010

Problem Solved: How to Water a Christmas Tree (also, check out our new couches!)

Tis the season for Christmas decorating! Dan & I ventured out to Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm on Saturday to pick out this year's tree. Since Saturday was the opening day of Christmas tree hunting season, we were pleasantly shocked to see only a few other vehicles parked at the gates. When the man handed us the bucksaw to cut our own, we confidently told him "We won't be needing that!" and wandered about 10 feet over to the pre-cut trees. We figure, why do the work that is already done for you? After about 5 minutes of looking around, we picked out our 7' Douglas Fir, paid for it and loaded it onto the hay truck that we borrowed for this adventure! (Admittedly, we didn't need a whole hay truck...we did get some strange looks from passersby while we placed a 7' Christmas tree on a 15' long flatbed truck!)
Here it is nicely decorated! It smells great too!

Also, a while ago we bought some new couches, as you can see from the above photo. We are quite happy with our olive green sofa and chair and a half!

Back to the Christmas tree: 

Every year I struggle with watering the dead-but-still-green tree. My usual way was to just use a pitcher from the kitchen and clean up the inevitable spills and falling needles as I wormed my way under the tree to get to the tree stand.  This year I had a moment of brilliance that would alleviate the mess, and the crawling.

Behold, our newest Christmas tree ornament:

This simplest of all kitchen tools, the funnel, is shoved into a piece of plastic hose that we found at the farm, which runs down the tree trunk, right into the tree stand!

Brilliant! I am quite proud of my idea! Feel free to steal it. All you need is a funnel, some plastic hose and a twist tie (to secure the top of the contraption to a nearby branch). Dan tested it all out and it works great. Can't wait until it's my turn to water the tree!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Time for an Update!

Just thought I should stop in the old blog and say something!

November has been whipping by. Us Wall girls had our annual shopping trip to Palm Springs, which was delightful, warm, lazy, spendy, and overall a great time! I came home with all kinds of new work clothes, two pairs of boots, a pair of flats and even some Christmas surprises for Dan (shh, don't tell him)! We also enjoyed some great food and of course were kept entertained by Helen every moment of the day.

Our weather has been news worthy as of late, as in, it's been snowing! I took a snow day from work today, and it's been snowing all day. We probably have about 10 cm's out there! I even shovelled my sidewalk Dad! Without a snow shovel! Rain is supposed to overtake, and it's supposed to warm up, but if it's bad to drive tomorrow I may very well be taking another snow day. I am so thankful that I have a job that is flexible for me, and that Dan can always go to his work (although he may not want to, I suppose, on days like this!)

I haven't done any Christmas decorating yet, but I have been preparing to do so - hopefully this weekend! The tree farm down the road opens on Saturday, so we plan on joining in the hoardes of people that will be there and getting our tree with the rest of them. I've also found some Christmas decoration treasures at 10,000 Villages - a tree skirt and some red garlands. Dan & I are having a Christmas party the following weekend, so we're trying to prepare for that in bite sized pieces and not all at once!

Well, that wraps it up for now. Bye!