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Twistmas Twee

Please enjoy this lousy cellphone pic of our tree. I got distracted seeing if my phone and my new computer would talk to each other directly, but I need a bluetooth dongle for that.

I kind of like the pic, anyway — it’s got that grainy bigfoot sighting thing going on.

Just the lights so far. We’ll do the rest of the ornaments when it’s Wine O’Clock.

We did something we’ve never done: walked into a garden center, pointed at the first tree we saw and said “that one!” It’s a beautiful, smelly tree and just a leeeeetle too big for this room. We’ll oonch our way past it while it’s with us.

The new kitten isn’t the slightest bit interested.

Those glommy things at the top of the picture are dried hops. Traditionally hung from low beams to keep people from cracking their heads. I really ought to replace them some time — they’re so old, a gentle snowfall of hops drifts down every time you brush them.


Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: December 18, 2018, 8:57 pm

Hops…belongs in beer.
Not hanging from the overhead!

Lovely UFO picture!

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: December 18, 2018, 10:42 pm

No vipers in among the branches and limbs, right?
Garden Center trees are noted for “viper included, no charge” in the Christmas Tree Sales Department.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: December 18, 2018, 11:50 pm

🎶Vipers hiding in your Christmas tree🎶
🎶Dried hops falling in your hair🎶
🎶I know it’s been said many times, many ways🎶
🎶But Merry Christmas to youuuuu!🎶

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 19, 2018, 3:29 am

You made them very happy at the garden center 🙂
Re: Hops. Aside from being a DEW line for your head, is there more to the choice of hops? Ward off bad juju, like the Hex marks, or would sheaves of lavender work the same way.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 19, 2018, 2:39 pm

Weasel radio station tuning check:

>squweeeeeewww crackleszzzzzzsrcraclke squelchzzzzzzzzwhirrrrrrzzzvrmrrrrmmmwzzzzzzxwwrssslllnnnnnnnn<
"Now Santa, what are you bringing to Chuck Schumer?
Coal, a ton of coal, dirty stinky soot loaded coal!"

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: December 19, 2018, 2:47 pm

“Wreck the halls with hops and holly,
Fa ra ra ra ra ra ra ra ra”

“We wish you a merry Brexit
We wish you a merry Brex…”

“At the Garden Center there are vipers
Lurking in the trees till you get home”

“John has a long mustache, John has a long mustache”

“So we really better scurry, come on swease dear, let’s hurry!
This new pc is awesome though, that damn thing has to go!”

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: December 19, 2018, 11:23 pm

I am happy to see that everyone is now viper aware… even Jolly Olde has a venomous viper known as Vipera berus, the common European adder or common European viper.
YES! Even more reason to Brexit!

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: December 25, 2018, 8:19 am

Are you going to use those hops? What is the variety?

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