In the waning days of fall, I stopped down at a local dealer that sold lawnmowers and after negotiating a bit, bought a new lawnmower on order to be delivered sometime in February. Like everything, they were backordered but I didn't mind. Although water tight, I still don't have siding on my storage building for the lawnmower and the lawn had already been mowed for the last time this year by the company we hire, so there wasn't a need to get it any faster. But it showed up anyway, many months early as I was outside hanging up Christmas lights on one of the final warm days of the season. I ended up going over the entire lawn mulching leaves and getting a feel for it before parking it in the shed for the winter. It definitely will take some getting used to but I'm looking forward to spring and next year's lawn mowing season.
When I put the above in my trunk, it always strikes me as very criminal feeling and so I always obey all traffic limits and signs... just in case. In this case, we were upholding a long standing family tradition and as a former blogger used to say, liberating a red cedar tree from it's earthly toil to use as our Christmas tree. My parents before me always went this route and it just stuck for me I guess. Now even my children say that those firs and pines sold at the big box stores don't look as good as a red cedar tree when it comes to Christmas so perhaps a third generation is being molded by this tradition as well.
Red cedars are wild trees that most consider scrub trees that prolificate quite easily in this area. On the farm we try to keep them in check and in fact, the last few years, it has been difficult to find one of the proper shape and size to liberate from its earthly toil. But earlier this year, I was over at some property owned by a friend of mine just outside of town and they were in the process of cutting down 40 acres of them. I asked if I could help by cutting down one a year and they graciously agreed. Most of the trees were way too large for our purposes but by looking among them, we eventually found the below specimen which we liberated from it's earthly toil. We took it home and let it take a long drink of water in a bucket laced with green food coloring and the tree greens up nicely. It also infuses the house with the smell of cedar which I will always associate with Christmas.