Thursday, December 11, 2014

The B Tree

December snuck up on me. And yes - I realize "snuck" is not an acceptable word; I've told you I'm not a writer...right? Let me continue to make it apparent with every post. 

Having just gone through the mid-life trauma of tearing my house apart, painting and moving things around, I eased into the unsettling hey-where-do-I-keep-that-now phase just in time for Thanksgiving. Gravy boat - I know I have one, where is it? Don't we have some white folding chairs? Roasting pan, where are you?  My brain was already flat-lining, so I bought a foil roaster and made do whenever possible.

Then it occurred to me...I can give myself permission to make life easier. It won't make the Earth stop its rotation if I take the easy way out sometimes. Cutting corners - no felony! Mind. Blown.

While shopping, I spied a ridiculously colorful display of Christmas trees. Seems like I've been out of the loop, decorating-wise. When did the multi-colored trees come on the scene? Was it just this year? Could I be bold enough to put that bright green tree in my house? Believe me, I thought about it. 

But the main reason I decided to paint was to make the vibe of Casa de Cherdo a little more neutral. Hubzam and I have been thinking about moving for a long time; when we find that house - if we find a house - I want to be ready to scoot. Now, I'm surrounded by a calming Sandstone color (according to the folks at Behr paint). Hoda and Kathy Lee assure me that it's the number one color of the three "can't go wrong" colors.

I set my sights on the skinny white tree and when it went on sale, I snagged it. I even got some new ornaments and stayed in a defined color scheme. Gonzo put it up and we thought it looked great; simple and uncluttered.

Sitting in the living room chair, we were amused to see a large B tag in the middle. No one had noticed it when we were putting the tree up. The three pieces must have been labeled A, B, and C. Call me crazy, but I think we could have figured out how the three parts went together without the alphabetical instruction - I may be bragging, but I think we could. Then again, we did miss the label...

Two of my sons decided that this was the B tree, and refer to it as B tree every chance they get. 

"It wasn't your first choice, A tree...but you roll with'll take B tree," they ascertain. 

That might be right. My A tree was the bright lime green one. My B tree was pretty and white. But I also had trees C, D, and shortie-4-foot tree E (the old ones) stored in the loft of the barn and I didn't have to climb up there and get them, check the lights, move furniture to accommodate them or unpack one hundred and twenty ornaments and trinkets.

That makes B tree the perfect choice. I'm happy to go with plan B. Call me lazy (but not out loud).

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  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    Shecky Shady here. I might be the Z tree of the blogging forest but, when it comes to tickling your funny bone, I'm on the A-Team. I pity the fool who don't laugh at my jokes!

    I'm sorry to burst your bubble but I looked it up and taking the easy way out WILL make the Earth stop it's please don't do that! Also, cutting corners is indeed a felony so please don't do that either. I'd hate to have to visit you in the slammer this Christmas.

    I think your skinny B tree is very pretty and, come Christmas when your house is filled with guests and presents, you'll be thankful that it conserves lateral space. The family that lives with us erected a tree in our living room while we were in the Carolinas. It is white and similar to yours. We're grateful the decorating work is done because it's going to be crunch time around here in the weeks and month to come. If you're house hunting, perhaps I can interest you in a Mediterranean in toasty warm Central Florida. It's only a hop, skip and a jump away from Janie Junebug's crib and you know what they say, "location, location, location!"

    Happy Thursday, dear friend Cherdo!

  2. Good morning, Shady!

    You hit on the most important point about the skinny tree - we just don't have a lot of space for a tree. In fact, sneaky holiday decorator that I am, I have put up half of a tree - flat against the wall - several times. I was mentioning that to one of my sons and he never even realized that I had done that in past years.

    My psychic abilities tell me (smirk) that someone is moving? That sounds like potentially good news! You'll have a few months of acclimation to the weather - be strong, little soldier! Be strong!

    Off on the Thursday run (no, not that kind of run...) with #3 son....

    Have a wonderful day!

  3. I have to say I am not one for fake coloured trees but each to their own and good for you that you have something simplified since you may be moving. I have a real tree and I always will (even when I am not allowed-I will sneak one up and hide the evidence-needles). I am glad you are happy and feel good and you are ready!!

    1. There was a time when I was all about the real tree. That ship has sailed...

  4. I just watched 'A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS' last night for the godzillionth time. We may not have reached the point of plaid, aluminum Christmas trees yet, but your store photo shows we're getting close.

    [Sing it, Brenda, sing it!...]

    "Rockin' around the Christmas B
    at the Christmas party hop..."

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Artificial Christmas Tree Connoisseur'

    1. My Dad loved Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline...along with Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bobby Vinton....he wore them out.

  5. You write; therefore, you are a writer. It's sneaked, but I tell you because I must as Your Queen of Grammar. I do not tell you as a criticism. Besides, so many people use snuck that it's becoming acceptable--though not to me. I want the bright pink tree. It's quite ugly. It makes me laugh. I think you should leave the B tag in place. It will always be a source of amusement. Most of my furniture has multiple stickers from various moving companies. I do not remove the stickers. They are part of my life, and now the B tree is part of yours.


    1. In our family, once we make fun of something, we embrace it. We have often said that if we don't poke fun at someone, we don't really like them. We mess with the ones we love. OFTEN.

      I'm thankful you didn't see the misuse of "it's" versus "its." I sneaked back on Blogger and corrected it. I don't want to end up in the Grammar dungeon, oh my Queen.

  6. I've actually always wanted a black Christmas tree. ;)

    1. If you're a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, it would be fun to put white ornaments on it.

  7. I love it; white Christmas trees are my favorite! Unfortunately, all of mine eventually turned yellow/brown...but I did have them for at least 10 years before it happened. So this year--this week, in fact--I decided to buy a new white tree and ordered a tabletop one online. Should be arriving tomorrow, when I'll decorate with either all of my '60s themed ornaments or the small, shiny colorful glass ornaments that go with smaller trees. Now the pink, blue and purple trees you snapped in the photo...I'm not so sure I'd want one of those.

    1. I still have a few ornaments from my great grandmother's tree that we put up (usually).

      The wild colored trees - I could totally do that, but I would want it to tie in with the room somehow. I could have pulled off the lime green one...

  8. Not a writer my butt. Love it. I went with the less is more thinking this year too. I'm tired of wearing myself with all the fru-fru and hating the holiday. Life is short...let it B and roll with it!

  9. Oh My Goodness !
    I love this photo. Would love to have everyone of these trees bunched together somewhere in my home or yard ?
    But I did design a 6 foot tall wooden tree this year ! I will have a small real one with lights and origami, Daughter made for ornaments. Simple but lovely.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Love the origami idea - I bet your tree is beautiful.


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