Monday, January 5, 2009

clipping along at 100 kilometers per hour

I confess .. . I de. . embellished the tree. With cousin camp in my schedule this week. . I considered my options and the tree got the short end of the stick. We bargained that tree and I, and it began to see the benefits of sitting on the porch undercover. . .whilst the rest of the trees in the yard experience the elements.
I go out several times a day with a box of matches to remind the tree that pride and gloating often comes just before the spark. . .
That was Saturday. . .let me back up to Friday . . .



in the fast lane. . . down the freeway. . .



from the passenger seat. . .




snapping away .. .wondering if they'll be a blur. . .



. . .we went to help put up super shelving .. .


(we are talking here heavy plywood and 2 X 4's)


in the lil' farm hands storage room.




Gazing upon the 8 X 12 room with bunk style heavy duty. . (strong enough to climb up the shelves. . .strong). .


. ..my beloved suggested that they consider renting out those shelves for bunks. . .and make some money from foreign students.
There is something about a Dad making his son laugh. . .


All for now .. . with love,

14 comments:

  1. Yes, I see why the tree got the boot. Do you ever use your tree for outdoor decorating for the birds? Pine Cones rolled in peanut butter and bird seed and old donuts and such? I've seen a few and they do look kinda charming. With a fake, I don't have to worry.

    Bunks...I can see the li'l farmhand thinking that they'll be great one day.

    Your world is still looking like winter...

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  2. Yes! I love it when I hear the guys laughing together and at each other :0)
    Sheesh what a bunch of snow the Northwest has experienced! We left Washington just in the nick of time, they got 3 more inches after we left...

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  3. Tree...matches...until I read your post I had forgotten about the Texas "blow up the tree with firecrackers on New Year's Day" tradition.

    How could I have dis-remembered something like that?

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  4. Tree...matches...until I read your post I had forgotten about the Texas "blow up the tree with firecrackers on New Year's Day" tradition.

    How could I have dis-remembered something like that?

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  5. Tree...matches...until I read your post I had forgotten about the Texas "blow up the tree with firecrackers on New Year's Day" tradition.

    How could I have dis-remembered something like that?

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  6. My tree(s) and I need to have the little chat today...dismantling everything is the order of the day! I think I'm ready. But it looks so very Christmassy out there, it's hard to think beyond those twinkling lights. We had a huge dump of snow last night.

    May 'the lil farmhand find much pleasure in his wall of bunks...climbing, sleeping or storing...it's all good.

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  7. Given that choice I agree Lovella that the tree had to go!
    Once dried those trees really crackle in a bonfire or will your tree be turned into wood chips?
    Anyway cousin camp sounds way more interesting!
    We got dumped with snow this weekend and it's very cold today..we're freezing here at -40with windchill..feeling sorry for us?? grin Although the sun is shining brightly!

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  8. My tree is getting the boot today.Although it isn't shedding much. It was farm fresh - just like your eggs!

    Love your snow pictures - and they didn't blur at all.

    have fun at cousin camp!

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  9. Don't forget to wrap an old string around that Christmas Tree. It will look absolutely beautiful out there.
    That's what I did last year and no body could see the lights, except me...and I loved it. I love the long winter nights with those beautiful lights.
    I recognize that freeway section.

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  10. i love your term of cousin camp......my friend uses that term all the time too. i think it is so great that you help you kids out with what ever you can. your lil farmhand will certainly climg up those "bunks" one day, the door better have a lock on it...smile.

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  11. Your DIL is going to love the sturdy shelving. Never can have enough of it. How do we collect so much stuff, and keep believing that we may just need it some day. I think maybe you and Terry otta go for a sleep over first, just to try them out. You should have brought your sleeping bags last night. All you need to do is hang a sheet or two around that area and you have a cozy room. We do that on occation at one of our daughters places and we find it a cozy little nest for us in the quiet darkness of a clean, but unfinished basement. We just walk up afew steps and even have a beautiful bathroom all to ourselves. A perfect set up for us. Kathy

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  12. I'd choose farm hands and little ladies over a tree any day, even a lovely evergreen tree.

    Some day the lil farm hand will have a guys weekend camp out in that storage room!

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  13. Yes..the snow ! We had another 10 inches last night .. It has again fallen off the trees.. but Vic and I walked around from window to window last night! It was soo beautiful!
    We are still at freezing so not much melting going on!

    I love your life focus on hosting the weekly cousin camp ! What wonderful memories for you and a precious time of bonding that will last a lifetime!

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  14. Our tree came down on Sunday afternoon. The Great Dane and I were alone and we had a good time together doing the de-decorating. I had to laugh at your bargaining with the tree though!!

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