Monday, January 08, 2007

Not so devasting after all ...

Yesterday we stripped the Christmas tree of ornaments and the mantel of cedar, fur, and spruce boughs, thus returning it to its usual mimimalist pallette of rocks and pottery. Very grey and brownish. And today was my first day back at work in two weeks.
You would think that all those factors would combine to create the perfect storm of depression, but you know it wasn't actually all that bad.
I think I will make it to Groundhog Day after all.
We always used to drop our tree off for recycling at a firehall a few blocks from here, but a couple of years they moved the dropoff location a few blocks further down. As Jerry drove past the firehall to the tree dropoff location yesterday, he noticed that three trees had been dumped in front of the old firehall location, and on the way back he saw another four cars there dropping off their trees too. hahaha they'll be dumping them off at the firehall for the next ten years!
Just as well - gives those firefighters something useful to do. Right, Kelly?

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Back to work for me too. I'm putting off packing up the tree until this weekend. I like my little tree. Today while walking into town I saw the window displays have turned towards Valentine's Day. Already? I want to revolt.

kelly said...

well we often do need something to do you are right....hmmm if i knew your address i'd tell them that you want them for a project and to drop them off at your place

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I was of two minds taking the tree down, Toccata. The fact that it had been up for a month and was starting to dry out a little helped though. I always force some bulbs (narcissus this year) after I take the Christmas stuff down to add a little life to the living room.
If I see a Valentine's display this week I will smack someone.

You are going to send Firefighters over to my place, Kelly? Yes! I live at 19 Pillsbury Crescent.

Leazwell said...

Absolutely right about giving the firemen something to do. They can have the burning of the greens, albeit, a little late, and practice putting out forest fires or they can take one at a time and build campfires and stand around singing fireman songs, roast weenies, marshmallows etc. waiting for that next call to duty.

phlegmfatale said...

Good for you - I knew you could get through it! :) As for me, I have a list of about 20 cakes to make, and I'm mailing off the first of about 8 that have to be mailed this afternoon. Yours is one of the first 2, by the way, and I hope you enjoy the cake and all the other goodies I've put in with the cake. Thanks for all the music you've sent me, and thanks for broadening my musical horizons - no mean feat, that!

I've included a t-shirt from Webb Art Gallery in Waxahachie (great place with lots of naive folk art - you'd dig it) but they only had mediums, so I though if it's not the right size for someone in your household, y'all can simply do the scissor&safety-pin action like we did back in the day, m'kay? Have a great week, babe!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

The odd thing is, Leazwell, they don't even burn these trees - they turn them into mulch to use in the city parks and zoo. But the firefighters could practice mulching, I suppose. That's a handy skill to have.

Phlegmfatale, I don't even know what to say, my dear. You are the tops! (which is my new compliment of the month, edging out "you da bomb")
I am utterly gobsmacked by your generosity, and I look forward to receiving your gifts with the greatest anticipation. Thanks!

mellowlee said...

Yes Starbucks has their Valentines stuff out already. It is very pretty, but far too soon! I've been too lazy to take any Christmas stuff down yet. Maybe this weekend :o)

Anonymous said...

all the firemen here are volunteers, meaning much older men and I know them all - I'll take care of the tree myself, haha

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Or ... you could leave it up and get a jump on next year, Mel. Starbucks has their Valentine stuff out? That's it, I'm boycotting them ... for three days.

Very kind of you to ensure that the firefighters don't take heart attacks on account of your tree, Maureen.

Anonymous said...

That's right, Groundhog's Day is around the corner isn't it? Can't wait. We watch the Bill Murray classic every year.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's a great way to celebrate one of our most high holy days, John! There are not enough movies about groundhogs.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for thinking I'm so kind, I really meant I don't want them at my house unless they're young and buff ;)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for thinking I'm so kind, I really meant I don't want them at my house unless they're young and buff ;)

Anonymous said...

mulching practice..yep I can see it being important for dealing with all the bodies of several smart asses that I know.

Yeah Barb..don't mistake Maureen as kind...me thinks she fits in the category above

Barbara Bruederlin said...

... and are wearing tear-away fireman pants,Maureen?

Maureen,if Kelly ever shows up at your house towing a wood-chipper with a copy of Fargo tucked under his arm, RUN!

mellowlee said...

that sounds good to me. I will just have to dust it off a few times haha! The Valentines stuff is way to pretty/cute! I can just imagine the looks on Devon and Sean's faces if I brought home pink mugs with frilly pink bows and hearts teeheee

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaa especially if you made them drink their coffee out of the pink frilly mugs in the morning, Mel. Man, I can just imagine those scowls!

Safeway has Valentines' stuff out now too, but it's the cheap crap.

mellowlee said...

Picturing the scowls is actually making me laugh haha! Im so mean to my boys (well, not really) Valentines day is just one of those holidays where cheap crap runs rampant. I really love those tiny cinamon hearts mmmmmmm What's your favorite Valentine candy? I like the hearts with the sayings, but they really dont taste very good! Very traditional tho!

phlegmfatale said...

Well, don't praise me too much, I just found the little bag with the tiny toys I meant to put in the box with the cake, including the little 1 1/2 inch rubber chicken. Alas. I almost baked it in the cake for a gag (!) but decided choking hazards weren't really funny after all. Still, I was thinking fondly of how excited you'd be about the little rubber chicken. I'll save it for your next Christmas box.

Will said...

I went to work on December 26 and when I returned home that evening, there was really no sign of Christmas left in the house. Except for the badass fifts, of course. Our tree is fake, so that made it easy. I think our neighbors still have lit up Santa Claus still up. They like to keep him up at least till mid-January,

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It is chocolate all the way with me, Mel. But I always figure if you are going to eat chocolate, you might as well eat good chocolate. I just can't do the plastic variety.
I always found those tiny cinnamon hearts to be really strong, but I haven't tried them in years and I'm pretty sure my tastebuds are much more jaded now.

A little rubber chicken? Oh how precious, Phlegmmy! Although had you baked it into the cake, it would be so much the choking I would worry about, as me thinking you are a terrible cook as I gnawed away on this rubbery bit of cake. And I would never want to think that about you!

Somebody stole Christmas on you, Will? All in one day? What a cruel insult to add to the injury of having to go back to work on Boxing Day!
You guys don't have Boxing Day, do you? You really should adopt it.
I still have outside lights that will come on till the end of January, but they are small, white and very tasteful. I'm thinking I really should get a 50' inflatable Santa next year.