Sunday already, and time for the tree to go up.
All lovely for when the kids land tomorrow.
“It’s already shedding its needles, Dave!”
(They don’t call me Secret Squirrel for nothing, you know).
The pine needle trail from the garage, through the house to the living room did NOT elude me.
So Dave proceeded to tell me that the freak warm weather and early harvest this year was causing
With that he shot off out, to do some work, and left me to it.
When I removed the net, it wasn’t toooo bad.
Quick whizz round the base with the Dyson.
Nice shape. Good height.
I remembered these expensive candle looky likey lights
being a challenge last year,
so was a trifle concerned about having to handle the tree too much in its delicate state.
For one and a half hours I tried to get the lights evenly distributed on the tree, gently and calmly.
By now there was a veritable pine needle carpet underfoot,
and still I was trying to clip the lights to the tree without agitating it too much.
Speaking of agitated, the Gray sap was slowly rising,
and I became acutely aware of ALL the other things which need doing before tomorrow, like the washing, the ironing, this blog, a magazine article and the New Design Club Projects to name but a handful, and that I was actually no closer to getting these lights sorted that I had been one and a half hours earlier.
Whoever dreamt up this poxy blimming stupid double-stranded Christmas light design wasn’t thinking TREE.
I had reached that no going back place, too. I couldn’t get them right because they were totally twisted and knotted up, and I couldn’t take them off again without ending up with a twig for a tree.
Finally, I had a moment of clarity.
I knew what I had to do.
It was quite liberating.
Finally accepting that the lights were off the menu today!
Yes, I did unplug them first.
And no, they can’t be knitted back together.
They are done, passé, out, extinguished, finito.
I had to separate myself from the tree
before the scissors took over my mind too.
If there is a needle carpet underneath already,
what is it going to look like a fortnight from now???
So I have abandoned the tree in the dark,
and sought refuge up here in my little room above the garage.
Has it finally come to this?
On top of all the other ramifications of global warming,
is this the year we have to go to John Lewis and buy a fake one?
I have totally lost interest in the tree, I can tell you!
The kids can sort it out when they get home.
So what shall we give away today?
Having just wasted hours of my life fruitlessly
and needlessly (or was that needlesy?)
you will understand that I have neither the time nor the head
for art just now.
But I do have just the card for you!
It’s no masterpiece, but Oh! So appropriate today!!
Let’s turn it into a £20 gift voucher ...
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and go in the draw!
Now I really must press on....
the ironing is calling!
Love and peace,