Thursday, November 12, 2009

Blog Hop Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of the Cross Country Quilt Designers Blog Hop.





Today’s featured designer is Pat Salon from Virginia. Stop by her blog to see what special project she has designed. Remember to leave a comment.



Today’s topic is A Christmas Tree story.
In my book the Christmas tree ranks second in order of importance - right after Baby Jesus.
I could go on forever about my Christmas trees as an adult. More than once we have bought more than one tree. (For future reference, Bachmann's in Minneapolis does take back trees.)

Since you have 12 blogs to visit today, I will not take up your time telling you my Christmas tree horror stories. Instead I will tell you about a special Christmas tree from my childhood.

It seemed that every Christmas when it was time to set the Christmas tree in the stand, my Dad would suddenly become crabby. (My husband has the same problem.) I never felt like he was a scrooge, except when it came to setting up the Christmas tree.

One year we had a particularly cold snowy winter. Mom kept putting off buying the tree - it seemed like forever. Finally on a very frigid, snowy day Mom picked out a tree. We couldn't wait for Dad to put the tree in the stand so we could finally decorate. Soon Dad came in the house, crabbier than before, to inform us that the tree really did not have a good side.



My Dad has always been very resourceful.
He simply cut the branches from the bottom, drilled holes in the trunk where there were bare spots and inserted the cut off branches.

Viola - a very special Christmas tree - although much shorter
than I had remembered it being at the tree farm.

Now hop on along to the other designer's blogs to read their Christmas tree stories.


Don’t forget to leave a comment.

Tomorrow the featured designer is Heather from Anka's Treasures. Stop by her blog to see the fabulous project she has designed for you.
Tomorrow’s topic is a Santa story.

See you tomorrow.

From my heart,

Sandy

47 comments :

  1. Good Morning Sandy,
    I love your tree story - thanks for the chuckles... ((big smile))

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  2. Your dad, like mine, was so resourceful. My dad was a carpenter, and could fix anything!! Actually I thought the lop sided tree picture was really cute too!! Thanks for the great story!

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  3. Thank you for the tree story--it is great!

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  4. That is an awesome story! I've always loved the tree myself, in fact more then one year I had an extra tree in teh basement were my room was, and more then once was the only one decorating the tree upstairs, even though their were 4 of us kids.

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  5. I so love that story, genius is what it is! Wish I'd have thought of that a few times over the years!

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  6. LOL .. my dad did something like that but I think his idea involved a hot glue gun and string.

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  7. Its Kaye again, I would so much love to have that book. My friend Pat is doing blocks from Sylvia.s sampler, 140 of them. She has done around 20 so far. I would like to try that with the 100 block book

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  8. that's pretty good! design your own living tree!
    Beth in Dallas

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  9. Too funny!! Hey - your dad was resourceful! I rmember Mom "making snow" to put on the tree - I think it was some sort of laundry detergent. Now I'm going to have to call her and ask what it was.

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  10. My husband gets crabby, too! lol

    Your story is funny!

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  11. That is very resourceful... I love it.

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  12. Quite a resourceful man, your Dad!! Ironically my Dad also was very crabby when it was time to put the tree in the stand...it always looked nice though!

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  13. Thank you for sharing your Christmas tree story.
    I like the trees even when they are not perfect. Gives them "character".

    Darlis

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  14. I was never allowed to be around when Dad was setting up the tree in the stand. Mom would let us back in the room when it was all secured. She said it was to surprise us but I think maybe it was to protect our innocent ears.

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  15. Setting up Christmas trees and taxes...both put a dad off. Love the tree story and I didn't know Bachmans would pick up the tree. Wow.

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  16. Great story of the tree and your Dad!

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  17. El ingenio de los padres no tiene límites, ¿verdad?
    Gracias por tan divertida historia.

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  18. Yeah, what is that crabbiness? Is it just a male thing? My husband is crabby too....so my daughter has taken over, especially since we went to artifical.....she loves a good puzzle!
    Monica
    ment1234@aol.com

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  19. My Dad used to do the drilling trick, too! But then it kind of takes away from the Charlie-Brown-ness of the tree! Cute post.

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  20. We are Episcopalians, and technically (like Roman catholics)we believe it's Advent until midnight on Christmas Eve. THEN it's Christmas. We had a priest one time who tried to convince everybody in the parish not to put up a tree until Christmas Eve, and my DH and I didn't that year (this was long before we had kids)!!! We went to the tree lot on Christmas Eve and got a FREE tree!! I don't know if they felt sorry for us, or just figured they would have to throw away all the trees that were left anyway, but they gave us a tree. We have never done that again. When we had our daughter, now 19, I became afraid of having a fire and we bought an artificial one--and it goes up the day after Thanksgiving! :]

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  21. What a great story. I wonder why ALL dads seem to resent this task so very much?

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  22. Great story, memories of trees and dads' go hand in hand when it comes to Christmas.

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  23. I think the challenge facing dads everywhere is getting the tree to stand straight in the stand. I remember having to hold the tree steady while Dad tightened the screws. Then someone had to water the tree every day. Never liked that job, for there was to be NO SPILLING on the carpet!

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  24. Hilarious! I love the "pictures" to go along with the story!

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  25. Thank you for the great stories on your blog - it is nice to get to know you. Karen

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  26. Oh my brings back great memories of childhood. oh those were the good times only we did not know it then. thanks for the good memories and the Blog Hop
    Pat Hall in Ohio

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  27. I think your Dad was VERY resourceful! What a fun memory.

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  28. I loved reading that your dad drilled holes and filled in the tree. My dad did that too and I thought we had the only real tree that had beenn improved upon!

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  29. We have lots of tree tension too! WEIRD huh?? Too funny that your dad drilled holes and rearranged the whole thing.

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  30. Christine Thomas, Napa, CANovember 12, 2009 at 3:48 PM

    It seems to me that cutting off branches, drilling holes, and reinserting branches is a WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE. No wonder he was crabby.

    (PS I posted a picture on Flickr of a variation of Bulb-A-Licious.)

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  31. I couldn't help but laugh, that threestory is somethign my dad would tottaly do. Problem is I am highly allergic to Evergreens. The firstyear I didn't go home for Christmas they threw out the fake tree and had a real tree. I guess I better take a bunch of allergy meds if we ever celebrate Christmas with them!

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  32. Dads are wonderful aren't they? Loved your story.

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  33. I'm loving all these stories! Thank you for sharing!

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  34. Thanks for the story. What would we do without our Dads and their tools.

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  35. I think that special talk men have with their boys about (you know the 3 letter word) must also include how to be crabby when putting up a Christmas tree.

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  36. What a clever, clever man! It is such a simple solution, yet I never, ever would have thought of it!!

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  37. Thank you for mentioning Baby Jesus!

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  38. I guess all men get like that when it's tree-stand time. I learned not to give unsolicited advice to my dad or my husband, just wait until asked.
    Leslie S. in MN

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  39. I am enjoying your blog; I'm an Iowan and Minnesotan now transplanted in Texas. It's sure nice to remember Christmas memories from the midwest. Thanks! mccrthyj@aol.com (Jane)

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  40. The joy of seeing the lights come on the first time every year was the greatest. They worked. I had my parents bubble lights till they just gave up bubbling. mgilkey@klmtel.net

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  41. Mary Lynn pinpin9gforrest@talkwireless.com)November 16, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Love to read your blog!

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  42. Thanks so much for doing the posts with designers. I'm enjoying checking out their blogs!

    Hugs,
    Gina
    www.gigglekidsboutique.com

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