More Christmas Tree Fun.

Hello everyone!  All set for Christmas?  Muffin and I are getting there.  A fun filled day.  Opening presents.  Playing games.  Eating.  We have a great time.  Muffin has ordered my present so hopefully it will get here in time.  Yes, she buys me something each year, though I do have to help a bit.  I still need to get her something too.  She needs some new plastic balls to play with, they are so hard to find here.  Those plastic golf balls are the best, the colored ones, impossible to find here though so guess I will have to check that big online shopping place.  Anyway, on with today’s adventure…

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A chickadee on my hand the other day.

It’s that time of year again so dad and I were off to get our Christmas tree.  There was a small lake where we stopped to look for the tree.  There was nice looking trees on the other side, but nothing on this side.  Naturally.  Let’s just cross the lake here, said dad, it’s not too far.  Fine, I said.  You go first, said dad, don’t worry, it’s solidly frozen by now. Then why am I going first?  And why is dad staying 30 feet (9 meters) behind me?  We have had a lot of cold weather, so the ice should be thick enough.

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Female purple finches busy at the feeder.

About two thirds of the way across I heard a small cracking sound.  Hmm, not good.  A few feet later I heard a very loud and long cracking sound!  I froze.  There was no snow on the ice at this point.  I looked down at my feet.  That looks like water, I said as I turned around to dad.  There was slush in my footprints all the way back to where Dad was.  I say ‘was’ because dad was already heading back.  Naturally.  He stopped to see what was going to happen.  Thanks.  I hit the ice with my heel.  The ice broke.  Water came up on the ice.  This is not where I should be.  But I was. 

I should not be able to kick my heel through the ice like that.  That means very thin ice right there, too thin to hold someone.  Standing still was not a good thing to do, but, I really didn’t want to move.  But I figured staying put was not a good option either.  So I quickly and carefully walked backward.  There was lots of cracking.  I really didn’t want to fall through.  That would not be fun.  I prayed I would get out of there in time.  I just walked slowly and carefully back.  Dad was already back on shore watching.  That’s where I wanted to be.  Not out on thin ice.  It seemed to take so long to get back just to where dad had stopped walking.

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Another chickadee in the apple tree.

I will admit to being a little nervous that time.  Step by step.  Another loud crack!  More water showed up.  I stopped.  It felt like the ice was moving under my foot.  I pushed down and my whole foot ended up in water!  I really don’t like this.  I’m running out of directions to go.  I move over and start walking away from the area.  This is not getting me closer to shore, but hopefully away from the bad ice.  No water in my tracks which made me feel better.  I decide to turn now and head to shore.  No more cracking and soon I was standing on solid ground once again.  Didn’t realize my heart could beat so fast.

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A male downy woodpecker.

Dad made his way over to me.  Just a slightly wet foot, I said, you certainly left in a hurry.  I wanted to make sure I was safe so I could help you, he said.  He wasn’t sure what he could do, but at least he wanted to do something.  Right where I came on shore again we both noticed a very nice tree.  That worked out good, said dad.  Now, time for coffee, he said.  Great idea, said I.  We won’t tell mom about this one, will we?  She won’t hear it from me, I said.  Speaking of bottle digging in the spring, I said.  Of course we can do that, replied dad.  I was all smiles at that point.  What’s a slightly frozen foot anyway?

All for this one folks, I hope you enjoyed our little adventure.  Strange things always happened to us, this time to me!  Have a wonderful weekend and God bless!

Steve and Muffin.

© 2019 Steve McLeod.

47 Comments on “More Christmas Tree Fun.

  1. Wow ! I know the fear which you experienced on the ice…truly God was watching over you ! Love the “hunt “ for the perfect tree !

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    • Yep, didn’t like that one too much. That was actually the second time breaking ice. Happened 3 times altogether, once actually falling right through the ice! Thanks for stopping by Eugenia!😁😸☕⛄🎄🥶

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    • I’m kind of thinking of something new for the new year, a new addition, trying my hand at some fiction. It would be about a not so world famous private investigator Steve and his sidekick Muffin as they check out mysteries of all kinds. A comical kind of mystery.😀😀😺😺

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      • Thanks!! That’s the encouragement I needed to get that one going. I’m already working on the first episode. It will begin New Year’s day.😀😀😺😺🕵️‍♂️

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      • Wonderful! I’ll stay tuned for sure.
        Now hubby and I are off to demolish the inside of an apartment that hasn’t seen an upgrade in way too long. Hmmm…wonder what we will find under the old carpet? Yikes! I’ll bring my camera…
        See ya next time!🙈

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      • Oh boy! It’s fun for sure—when it’s all finished. Ha! So you know what it’s like—the demolition phase, tearing out the old and wondering “who does this?” Some of the strange things we’ve seen…and fixed.🙈😱🤷🏻‍♀️

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      • Yep, I was a carpenter and did a lot of renovation work. Too bad I never thought of taking pics of the before and after. It was always nice to see the change. Yes, you get to see some strange things, like weird electrical wiring, amazing some of these places never burned down.😬😲🤦‍♂️

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      • Right? Oh boy we had to do some serious electrical work—evidence of a ceiling fire at some point…and plumbing…whoa. 😱😱😱 but it’s something that we both really enjoy doing. Making homes nice and solid. A home that will last.
        Yeah, the before and after pics sure are fun.
        So you were a carpenter just like Jesus, eh? Nice.

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      • I do not like plumbing at all.😬 Horrible job.😳 I did work with a plumber for a while, he needed a temporary assistant and I wanted to learn the basics. We redid bathrooms in an old motel here in town, what a job!😱🤯 Looked nice when we were done though. That was more than enough plumbing experience for me. But it did come in handy a few times.🤪

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      • Yes. Very handy skill. So we had a steady drip in the wall in our guest room. I know cause one night durning a fight—I slept there. Drip….drip…drip…I didn’t sleep all night and was too mad and (ahem) proud to go back.

        Sooo, when we finally tore out the wall to find the problem. Oh man! Instead of using a cap—somebody pinched the end of a copper pipe and tried to sweat it closed. Who does that???? Just so glad it never burst open. That would have made for an even rougher night! Instead it was just water torture.
        Luckily one of our best friends (you kinda remind me of him) is a plumber and has taught us a lot of useful things.

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      • Yep, it’s amazing what people will do just to try and save a few pennies, or maybe they just don’t want to make another trip to get one item. I don’t know what it is, but some of the weird things that show up. Basically it’s people not knowing what they are doing. I have never seen that one though!
        In one place this lady said she kept getting shocks when using certain outlets, sometimes sparks would show. So I opened up the wall and the “electrician”🤔 had used bare copper wire for the hot wire.😲 Amazing the place didn’t burn down.😳🔥 That wire was touching metal all over. I got some good work out of it anyway.😁
        I remind you of someone? Scary.😬😳🙄

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      • Nothing alive. Aren’t you supposed to clean the floors before you put carpet down? And who uses that much chaulk? Chipped up the old tiles under the carpet too. Now we are back to bare concrete…ummm…whoa—some settling over the years. But I’m confident we can fix it. We’ve done it before. And we work well together—no fighting!

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      • I think sometimes people figure the new carpet is enough to hide all the dirt, etc, why do the extra work?
        That’s good, no fighting while working. My brother and I worked a bit together for a while, but it didn’t work out well, too much fighting! We were just so different in how we did things. I finally gave in and did things his way for some peace. But then he went off on his own.

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