"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Thursday, December 1, 2016


..."there never seems to be enough time
to do the things we want to do
once we find them..."

how true, how true.   How is it that the time has passed so quickly that we are now coming into the last month of the year.  The last season of celebration before we start all over again.  I really don't see how that can be possible.  Where did the time go, and why oh why is it moving so very quickly?  Or is it me?  It seems the older I get the more I want time to slow down a little but somehow it got put on fast forward and the days are flying be.  This could turn into a melancholy post if I'm not careful so moving on...

Between my house and the river, about 1/2 mile, lies a working Christmas tree farm and although we have lived here for fifteen years we have never gone down there during the tree season.  The rest of the year the farm, which is quite large, is mostly a playground for the neighborhood kids and dogs as we hike the trails down to the river. 

That is, until today.

After our weekly coffee date we decided to drive home the long way (through the neighborhood) and followed the signs to the farm.  See?

In the most bizarre, not-so-well-thought-out, directions the road takes you to the end of the neighborhood and through the side yard and then the children's park, down a rocky hill, through an iron gate, and finally into the tree farm.

I had no idea it was this large or the amount of trees that are available for cutting.  It is solely a u-cut farm with the trees running around $60.  Is that a lot for a tree?

 They've got Nobles and Douglas Fir, big and small, and lots of tall dried out grass to stomp through.  It was quite the muddy mess but as I recall from our days of tree-cutting with the kids, this only makes it more fun.

The road winds around and around, past the saws and twine shack, to the loading zone and then the cashier after which it leads back towards the park and pops you out into the middle of the neighborhood only to shake your heads and wonder what were they thinking here?!  There surely had to be a better way to design this.

Not putting up my tree yet...how about you?


  1. From Henry Van Dyke "
    Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity "
    My days are always too short, or things take too long to accomplish, or life interrupts. I think of you so often, and your words from C S Lewis, and apply them to my life often. Now the busy days are ahead, I am not planning anything fussy, spectacular, or even decorative at all this year, but am being thankful for our safety here, our friends closer by, and mine all over the world, and our family. If you were down here Joanne, your windmills would be spinning fast with all the gusty wind lately.

  2. I think sixty dollars is about average for a live tree.
    We don't really do trees any more. Sad, but there it is. We have too many cats, haha!

    It isn't just you, Joanne. The years are going faster for everyone, I think.

    A blessed Christmas and New Year to you and yours, Joanne. God bless.

  3. Time is flying by for me as well. I don't know where the year went. I can't get into the Christmas spirit yet. I've downsized on trees and decorating. I put out a 4 ft high (with lights already on it) taken down from the attic, no ornaments,a few odds and ends and I'm done. It's early to say but I hope you have a wonderful December and a very Merry Christmas! And no, $60 is about right :)


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