December 3rd

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gardenbug's picture
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December 3rd

Mailed a big Christmas box to the grandchildren this past weekend! What fun! Still a few more things to finish for them, but basically I'm done. Then tonight we entertain DH's class here for dinner, then prepare for a quiet celebration of our own later on. Strange to not be traveling out west this year, but I hope for a trip later on, perhaps when Sarahsunshine returns to work.

How are things progressing at your household? Remember to have FUN and not just shop and get anxious.

-Asha-'s picture
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How fun! I bet the grandbabies will be so excited to see a big box!
The dinner hosting sounds nice!
If you aren't traveling West... do you feel like traveling South a bit? Wink

As for us, we have not bought a Christmas tree yet. Sad We need to do it this week. I do have a few things bought , but still very early on in the process. We did decorate the house a bit!
Here is Nicholas checking out our village ( that I have collected by buying pieces from the dollar store over the years.).

And then we went for a walk to the woods in our backyard. It was a warm and foggy day. I was wondering if we could find a Christmas tree....

Nick was in that wagon too, but it is HARD to take a pic of two kids!!!!:D Wink

Foggy backyard.

gardenbug's picture
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Super to see more of your property Asha! The weather has been strangely wonderful here too. I think it is great when you can get the kids outdoors running about and exploring for exercise. I remember loving our nativity scene when I was little. My sister and I would set it up each year. Good memories are what makes Christmas special!

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Beautiful!!!

Hey, If you can't find a christmas tree, you could plant a whole bunch of them. Put one in a nice place outdoors and you can have a living christmas tree every year, and a bunch in a back area that you could grow for cutting down in 5-10 years time. I know in most places taht there's a spring-time arbor day/earth day event where the government gives away seedlings of various species - Usually in March/April around earth day.

Nice seeing more of your property Asha!

Gardenbug - look forward to seeing some goodies!

-Asha-'s picture
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Sarah- I love your new siggy pic !!! They all look so similar! Do you look at it and say: Wow! I birthed a lot of kids!

The previous owners used to grow Xmas trees on the property so I wondered if there were any left. I found just two- but it would be a shame to cut them.
We do plan on planting some this spring! And you are right! Last year our children's museum gave away seedlings! Good idea!!

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We planted free seedlings a few years ago. We were careful to keep them well watered, more so in periods of drought and before winter sets in. But they have done very well and it is fun to watch them grow over time. We have been here 15 years and so some are very tall now. Perhaps the children would enjoy decorating a tree for the birds, with things like suet balls, popcorn and other things they research
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"-Asha-" wrote:

Sarah- I love your new siggy pic !!! They all look so similar! Do you look at it and say: Wow! I birthed a lot of kids!

The previous owners used to grow Xmas trees on the property so I wondered if there were any left. I found just two- but it would be a shame to cut them.
We do plan on planting some this spring! And you are right! Last year our children's museum gave away seedlings! Good idea!!

If you do - take some notes and ideas from here (
Extreme Tree Planting - Trees for Earth Permaculture Information, News, Forums, Courses) to plant them. It will make more survive and less work to take care of them. There are easy things you can do: - instead of buying nitrogen fertilizer, have everyone pee in a bucket, make it 10:1 water to pee, and pour it in the hole before you plant. Does the same thing at no cost. Also, use old cardboard boxes (no shiny stuff on them) as mulch to prevent water from evaporating. Doesn't look nice to begin with, but it decomposes after a couple years when the tree can shade itself to prevent evaporation.