We decided it would be too difficult to put up our regular tree which exceeds more than ten feet with very heavy sections. So my husband went to Lowe's and got an 8 foot tree we could manage. To our chagrin, the top section of the pre-lit tree did not light up. We did the usual troubleshooting and it still did not work so the next suggestion was "return to store." My husband was not happy to have to take the tree and expected to have to argue with some clerk.
But when he told the clerk his story, she looked deadpan and said, "Well damn! Let me go get you another one," He thought it was the best customer service he'd had in quite a while. Best of all the tree did indeed light up all the way and a smaller one seems just fine. He has enjoyed spending time selecting ornaments since we have far too many to fit on the tree.
Lucy was totally disinterested in the tree. Her only concern came much earlier when we moved the armchair that was in the corner. Like many other dogs, she does not like her environment changed. Once the chair was gone she pretty much ignored the rest of it. Alas, another sign of her aging. In the past she would have stuck her nose into every ornament as it was moved to the tree.
She manages the stairs more slowly but doesn't seem to have pain
In the den she enjoys her soft bed
And upstairs she finds the sun puddles wherever they may be
We have very strong predictions for heavy snow this weekend. All models predict at least ten inches for us and some of them say the snow will be measured in feet. We are prepared with plenty of food and a generator with a full tank of propane. We will dig out for Lucy first and then do the rest at our leisure. (Actually, my husband will do the digging. I use a cane for stability and can't imagine a cane in one hand and a shovel in the other.)
Experience has taught us that snow in the mountains is unpredictable. Often a small difference in elevation will make a large difference in the amount of snow. The valleys and peaks also make a difference. So I'm hopeful that we will get much less snow than predicted. I really should not mind the snow. After all, we have no place we must go. My chemotherapy treatment was Wednesday so that won't be a problem. But after 20 years in Wisconsin, I had my fill of snowy winters. It was great at the time and we enjoyed the outdoor activities. But now I will stay inside and enjoy reading and watching old movies.
The quote for today is from one of my favorite philosophers, Marcus Aurelius. It reminds us how important it is to think positively and with kindness and hope.
"The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts."
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK, EVERYONE
STAY SAFE AND WARM
AND THINK POSITIVELY