Armed with a bow saw and accompanied by some of our dogs we set out in hunt of the perfect Christmas tree. ‘Tis a family tradition. This year we are amazingly early in the season. Often it is not until a day or two before Christmas that we finally get to do it. That of course creates great angst in some members so doing it a little earlier creates a more relaxing lead up to the 24th.
Well, we bagged our prey in the upper part of the north field. A seven year old spruce that was nicely filled out. No Charlie Brown Christmas tree was he. After the ceremonial cutting and photo-op Ben dragged our kill home through the snow while the dogs played around us at catching mice. I almost caught a shot of one vole but it disappeared down Kia’s gullet just as I was focusing. Kita, who had also leaped, was greatly disappointed. Mice are fast – Dogs are faster. Speaking of such things, did you know that mice and other small rodents are a primary food source for coyotes and wolves? Our dogs are all great mousers. I’ve watched Kita snarf down as many as 14 in under an hour while I did chores.
As Ben later pointed out over dinner, not only did we clear a place for the tree, not only did we cut it and bring it in, but we also got it up and decorated all in one day! The tree hangs from a hook in a ceiling beam in the kitchen with it’s base in a three gallon bucket of sugar water. Sans bucket it appears to be floating above the floor – a most artful effect.
Life is learning.
Learning is life.
When you stop doing one,
You end the other.
16째F/30째F, 1″ Snow, Sunny