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In Search of the Perfect Christmas Tree

Our good friends and their enormous newfoundland dog joined us for the day. After much organizing and loading we all squeezed into our truck and headed for the forest with our US Forest Service Christmas Tree Permits in hand. It was a perfect winter day with lots of sunshine and some fresh snow. Not too much snow. Last year there was so much we could not get to our favorite spot. We were in luck this time. This is our fifth year here and Ken and I have gone out on Thanksgiving weekend each year to search for our own Christmas tree together. We have gone from taking four dogs with us to just one. Sam is no longer limber enough to traipse through the woods and is content to stay cozy and warm at home.


But first, their was a downed tree across the road blocking our way


Steve and Ken made short work of it


Dogs romped and played before the unfortunate dog incident where 120 pound Micah pounced on 60 pound Luna.


This is the place.


Em is ready to help with his own saw as his mom looks on


That’s our tree! Thank you tree. And thank you Steve and Kim for finding it!


Luna is no longer comfortable with Micah.


There’s the happy family with their perfect tree!


And through the woods we go.


It was a parade


Ken likes this


The tree is just the right size for our house.

Such a pretty day.


Here comes Kim with their small tree.


And the guys brought in a big one for them


Em got to ski while the trees were loaded on the truck


First time this year. I think he likes it.


Short days


Headed home


Skiing isn’t just about gliding effortlessly through the woods on groomed trails. It takes some work to get to that point. In order to get to that effortless state, I really need to be in better shape. Around here, there are lots of top notch athletes who do make it look easy. One thing I can do to make skiing easier is to wax my skis once in a while, maybe once a week if I’m not overrun with other stuff to do. Last year I began waxing my own skis in order to save ten bucks each time I took them to town to be professionally done. I may not be as good as they are but I am getting better. A small greenhouse attached to our shed is a great place to wax skis on a sunny day.

First the wax is ironed on to the base



Pink wax for the forecast temperatures. That black stuff comes from the base of my ski. Sadly, the bottom is not perfectly flat.



That’s a pretty finished surface


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