The week began with the traditional visit to Mr. GCA’s tree farm. We, along with others, have been culling the big-but-not-giant trees for several years now. This time we went right to the top – choosing a tall tree to use the top half.
From top of the hand to the shoes = eight feet – you do the math. Secured by the white tag, our tree was easily marked. Following our choose-the-tree tradition, Mr. GCA, Lady S and we removed ourselves for a long, luscious, fun lunch. Done and done.
The Cape Detjens arrived the following night before the storm was expected. Fearing the worst, we arranged to go early in the morning to cut the tree in the – supposedly – dry morning before the snow. Wrong…. Persevering, intrepid Mr GCA felled the tree to our size requirement. JD&E dragged and it to the car and hoisted it on the rack. In a slow moving caravan, we retreated to Massachusetts.
The extra boughs made a great fort!! The ‘door’ is even hinged to swing open.
By Wednesday evening, we were in a Thanksgiving blackout which lasted until Friday morning. Candles, lanterns, iPhone flashlights, two fireplaces roaring away kept us partially illuminated and slightly warm. A marathon Monopoly game kept us amused.
A place was cleared on the deck for the grill. The turkey baked (sulked?) for three hours while a variety of stove top burners (thanks for a gas stove) cooked vegetables – baby Brussel sprouts with pine nuts and pomegranate seeds – YUM! No stuffing in the turkey so jalapeno cornbread was grilled in a pan. We could barely see what we were eating – probably just as well!!
Power was restored Friday morning. The dishwasher ran non-stop. Every large plate had been used. Some were stacked in the garage. The Bride and Groom arrived reinforcing the team to put up the tree which tops off at 14′.
How many people does it take to put a tree in the stand? The tree is vertical. The trick is to aim it on the spike in the center of the stand (left).
Lots of ladders were used to reach all the high places. But the real secret is to decorate the top 6′ with lights and the star before the tree is put in the stand.
We used many, many strands of lights. Going back to the hardware store for more. Most of them now are LED lights with those awful bright bulbs, so if you don’t like them go buy more.
Meanwhile the landscape looked like February. Best to take a walk…
King of the Hay Bales! Cheers!