Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Monday, November 27, 2023
Rather than writing several posts I'm gathering my thoughts and writing one on what transpired in the week that just finished.
You've already read about our Thanksgiving meal. If not see Older Posts below.
Tuesday Dan and I attended the local Aging in Place group for a discussion of downsizing. We shared our experience with an online auction MaxSold.com in 2016 when we sold The Lodge and moved to an apartment in a retirement community. Others shared their experiences hiring people to help sort or just going on their own to sort and give away with the goal of avoiding the landfill.
One of the participants has slowly tackled closets in her home. In one she came across a framed photograph someone gave to her thinking it had been left behind when her mother moved out of our house. Yes, the house we presently own. Her mother bought the house in 1970 and lived here for 11 years. After the meeting the woman went to her car for the photograph to give to us. We learned a lot about the house from her: it had a coal stove in the front room, one bedroom, stairs to the attic space where the photo was found, and tin ceilings. The renovations to the house happened in the 1990s by the owner we purchased from.
Here's the photograph. More on this later this week.
The Tree and Decorating
As you saw earlier in November I had the tree up but not decorated. I got a chance to do it this week. I went with colored lights instead of white ones and a 58 foot strand did the trick. When the girls were young they would help with this but now it's my responsibility. If I go first I doubt that Dan would even bother with a tree.
Friday, November 24, 2023
Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Monday, November 20, 2023
Getting ready for the big holiday coming in December.
I'm almost done with the Christmas gift shopping too. Now to tackle Christmas cards then get on with the rest of the decorating.
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Dan learned Wednesday night at the volunteer fire department training that the tree was 75 years old. The growth rings were very widely spaced - a fast grower. It was there, though before the house was built.
Our neighbor's brother wanted her to have it cut down last year after a large limb came down in the driveway but she demurred. He persuaded her to have it cut this year again because of the fear of the damage to the house should another limb come off. Cutting it down after most of the leaves had fallen was easier than earlier in the leaf cycle.
Still a very sad demise for such a nice tree.
In my header above there is a very large silver maple tree.
Below I have cropped the header photo to focus on the tree in my neighbor's yard.