Dec 18, 2011

AUGH!!! and more trees

Hello everyone.  Today started off with me shaking in my red rubber boots.  I was proceeding to the cat condo (which now has egg-crate foam lined with thick sherpa) to feed the brats but not before I gave a panoramic snarl to the white crap that is now covering my yard.  Did I ever mention that I hate winter?  Something colorful and large caught my eye.  There he was.  The Godfather, the Drill Sergeant, Jack Hammer of the woods, the Grand Poobah of peckers.......the pileated.  Oh Lord I'm in trouble.   He's bigger than the cats!  Did his subjects call him in after being squirted off my house?  Did the clanging pans disturb them too much?  The sight of a wild woman jumping up and down flailing arms and screaming give them nightmares?    I was afraid to let him out of my sight to get the camera so I snagged this photo.

This Poobah Pecker can take the siding off my house in a half hour.  I'm providing nourishment (as recommended) for his #*$&*! subjects that were trying to nest in my house so he should be kind to me.  He's too big to land on their feeder - I'll make a larger feeder - and a sign with his image on it - with an egg-crate landing post.  Anything O Poobah.   I watched him fly away as I bowed, but I'm not leaving the house just in case. 

 Here's the results of the drawing.  I went to Random.org and entered all the names, it created a list and assigned numbers, and then two numbers were drawn.
I hope you like your gifts!
I decided to forget about stringing lights on the last tree so it is back in the attic.  This smaller version has been used for years and since it already had lights, I brought it down and decorated it the same as always.  The little schooler Santas that I earlier put on a wreath since I wasn't planning on their usual tree, and rust.  Rusty jingle bells, stars, and pine cones.  What a difference since staining them!  I like the tree so much better than prior years and am glad I darkened the light sage Aida.  It looks great with the rust and even better with the lights off.


The little stool next to it is something I found at our local antique mall a while back.  It's a darling little shoe shine stool.  Usually the lid is down and it looks like an ordinary little bench but the Shinola label matches the colors on the tree so I left it open and will fill it with greens and enormous rusty bells.
So with all these trees and others in the attic, why am I keeping the 3' I just purchased?  Because I may never find a little one with branches that stiff for heavy ornaments.  I think it's perfect in my tiny parlor.  The price tag is still on though, just in case.  I'm done.  So you've seen all trees.   Except for the main one...
 Which goes in front of the window next to the fireplace now that it's complete.  Now we're done.   The glass ornament filled with colored ribbons has "BJ" on it.  We have a local pet cemetery, chapel, and they also do cremations.  Any pet lost in the year is remembered with a personalized ornament at a chapel service held at Christmas time.  I couldn't go last year, but Mark did.  They would have heard me wailing downtown.   Anyone is welcome and it's a packed house every year for our pet service.  I'm crying already!  So that's it.  For sure.  I'm done.  Back to stitching.  I want to finish Frances Bliss and start on the Woodlawn that I plan to post for sure, next time.   I was planning to make our cottage cheese pierogis for Christmas eve, but none of the stores carry dry cottage cheese anymore and the regular (even well drained) isn't the same.  So I'll make some of our favorite cookies and try not to eat so much dough that I only get a half batch.  Stay safe, have a great week, thank you for reading.  My sincere gratitude to everyone that participated in the offer, and to followers.  Thank you!

26 comments:

Joy said...

I love your "tree stories"!!!! Your decorations are lovely. Glad you like your Santas now. For the tree, I say--keep it...next year it will be twice the price even on sale.

Wow! Poobah Pecker is scary.

Enjoy your day!

Margaret said...

Beautiful! I'd love to visit your house with all the lovely decorating. All your trees are so lovely. Sigh. That woodpecker is a huge one! Wow! Hope he doesn't bother your siding anymore. Or the cats for that matter.

Karen said...

Your trees are just wonderful! Love your Santa ornaments with the rusty ornaments....

hope you have a very merry Christmas!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
LOVE all your trees! Just beautiful. May I ask where you found your 3" tree with the stiff branches? I'd love to find one somewhere but there are no prim trees to be found in my little corner of the world. Maybe next year. Yeah, like I need another tree...lol!
I am relatively new to your blog and I enjoy it immensely.
Merry Christmas!
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wow, that is one big woodpecker.
I love all your decorated trees... it's such fun to visit your blog and see all the decorations.

cucki said...

i love your tree so much..your decorations are looking so beautiful..
have a lovely day..
big hugs cucki xx

Siobhan said...

Your trees are so pretty! I love the one with the Prairie Schooler Santas!

Poobah Pecker is beautiful--but yeah--big!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

That damned woodpecker is back! I can't believe he pecks on your house. I'd shoot it, I'm sorry forget I said that! We cut the tree down where our pecker was and he moved on. Then I found out that the varmints are federally protected. We'll squirt with the garden house in the future if he comes back and pecks on the wood trim again.
Your trees are wonderful. The story about the lost pets got me going weepy. It's so sad. A little boy down the street was posting lost posters for his kitten. I almost had to be sedated.
The stitched ornaments that you stained to go with the rust was the perfect touch. All of the trees look so pretty where you put them in the house.
Merry Christmas,
Susan

Beth said...

I have a Pileated that flits about our forest - I've never been SO close though - WOW - you are lucky! Your Christmas decorating is devine.

Shirlee said...

Wonderful visit to your blog as always : ) Beautiful trees, beautiful ornies, beautiful everything! We had a Pileated when we lived in TN. Loved having him come visit. He kept away from the house for some reason ... just pecked the trees. I absolutely love pierogies! Blessings, Shirlee

Bertie said...

Lots of trees!! love it. Your decorations are stunning on the trees, you need them lol. If I were you that little tree would be going nowhere!
Beautiful bird, and to capture him on a picture, wonderful.
Happy Christmas Marly and a Healthy (no finger cutting) 2012.

Mouse said...

ohhh love those trees and the little rusty bells and firs look cute with the stitching :) well done to the winners btw ... and that is one heck of a wood pecker .... rather you than me ..lol .. happy Christmas :) love mouse xxxx

Rebecca said...

Your trees are beautiful. Love your Santa ornaments.
Congratulations to your winners.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all your followers.

Ann said...

I LOVE how your trees are decorated. My vote is keep the tree! I really like it, been looking for one like it.

I never knew a woodpecker could be that big! We had one growing up that would sit and peck our metal mail box - he must have been lacking a few brain cells! ~Ann

Carol said...

How many trees do you have all together, Marly? Each one is so creatively decorated and I really like how the stained PS Santas turned out--I have a couple of older things that I don't put out any longer because my tastes have changed. Maybe I should try staining them, too...

That is one big woodpecker indeed! My brother-in-law lives in a log cabin and has the same problem with them...He sure is a beauty, though!

Carmen Sutton & Jean Hohulin said...

I love your christmas decorating. It is perfect.

Faye said...

I love all your trees~~ Wow...that PS tree has gotton me to thinking...I have always wanted to do those Santas...And I could prim them up....hmmmm... might have to go for it in 2012....

We had a Woodpecker in our side yard for a while...he must have moved on to greener pastures...Normally I am at work during the day, but when I would be here, he would be going at it~~~ Gotta love nature..........

Here's hoping your Christmas is wonderful..Enjoy your time~~ I sure have enjoyed following your blog this year!

Always, Faye

Varla Lee said...

Snif!! <_> But well done and i´m so happy for the winners ^_^
Your trees are lovely, i adore to come and read all about. You are the exact essample of my american friend who i love and miss so much!
Thank you very much for put me on your give away list! Happy stitching xtmas days.

Penny said...

I've only seen a Pileated Woodpecker a few times, and you are right, they are big! Hopefully he won't start on your house.
I don't even know what to say - your trees and decorating are absolutely gorgeous!
Have a very merry Christmas! :)

Del said...

Such pretty trees and lovely house and a wood pecker! We don't have them in Australia. Sorry you don't like winter. I'd swap you if I could. Summer is about to open its furnace door here and I'm a cool weather fan. Love visiting your site.

Mindi said...

I love your PS Santa tree! All of those santas makes me want to pull out my PS charts and start stitching one.

Isobel -Argante- said...

It's a really interesting post Marly :-) And your trees are wonderful! I'm finishing some Prairie Schooler's Santa, I hope to show them in few days...

Hugs

Sherry said...

I just love woodpeckers except when they bang on the gutters! lol. I never get enough of your beautiful trees! Merry Christmas.

The Scarlett House said...

Marly, we have a woodpecker that hangs out around our house. It loves to swing on the hummingbird feeder, and of course, all the nectar spills out. I've heard him pecking off the stucco of our house, too.
Love, love, love your trees!

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