Thursday, December 5, 2013

Forgotten ‘curbside’ found tree


What a surprise was in the attic.  I went up there this morning to get the ‘huge’ tree down that I was only going to use half of and put it against the wall.  Well, there were three black tagged bags up there, one said top, another said middle and the last one said bottom. I brought them down and unbagged what was three sections to a tree, complete with lights.  I barely remember finding this after Christmas one year, just pitched on the side of the road.  I am a sucker for Christmas trees and Mark was a good sport especially if they were ‘free’. I now have 5 trees, three ‘free’ and two small ones we paid $2 and $3 for at yard sales. I can just hear Mark laughing at my finding this tree in the attic and enjoying seeing his RaineyWife setting it up, with a huge smile on her face. I just couldn’t get over it.

The only thing is, this does not have a stand so I had to rig something.  I’ll try to find something better for the next time I use it.

Three sections and the branches drop down and you fluff them into positions you want. At least 4 strands of lights, maybe 5.  I had to figure out how to plug them into each other to get them all to work.  I just can’t explain how happy this makes me.  A surprise tree, completely forgotten because I think it was just after Christmas 2011, it was put in the attic and a lot has happened since then.  Last year I used the Charlie Brown tree, our last curbside find together in September last year, I think.

Right now the sky has darkened so the house has darkened inside and the tree looks so pretty lit.  Thank you God for another gift.




Before I set the tree up, I went out to mow and was sweating in December.  It is very warm and humid, does not feel like Christmas at all. I just checked the weather and it’s 81. Not as bad as it gets in the summer, but come on, this is fall/winter time. The a.c. is running.

Right now I feel like taking a nap, so I think that’s what I’ll do. Decorating the trees can wait and I’ll just take my time and enjoy doing it and all the memories attached to the ornies will fill my heart with love.



Rose ~ from Oz said...

Gorgeous, what a find Lorraine! The temp sounds awful leading into Winter!! Same here though sometimes winter is a joke.
I hope you feel refreshed after your nap Lorraine.

organicgardendreams said...

Dear Lorraine, how wonderful that you found that forgotten Christmas tree in your attic! It fits your cottage perfectly! Wishing you fun decorating it with ornaments. Have a nice rest of the week!

Jeri Landers said...

I adore you arched doorways. It's always a treasure hunt in the attic! There are so many Christmas bins, I never know what I will find. What makes this most fun, is that you can put up a different style tree each year from your varied "collection"... as you have done.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That tree is beautiful.

sharon said...

very festive...great job

Nancy J said...

A tree to lighten your heart and home, perfect. and way too hot for December I'm sure. Time for a rest. Greetings from Jean

denimflyz said...

What a hoot, Lorraine. 81. At the time of my posting my comment, its 6*F with a windchill of -8*F. It is supposed to get to -8* air temp with windchills of -25*F. BUUURRRRRR
I love your beautiful tree. The only tree we have is a small tabletop tree. I think that I will dig it out and then go to Goodwill to see if I can find a few evergreen ropes to decorate the tv entertainment center. That's about all I have in me to decorate this year.
I have another box of goodies to send to you. When I send them I will let you know so you can keep track of it.
Hugs my friend.

It's Just Dottie said...

So pretty,my friend. It makes me happy too.
Hugs, Dottie

Sunray Gardens said...

That one is a really nice find. Looks really pretty in the house.
Cher Sunray Gardens

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

So beautiful.
You make me smile with your words.
Not planning on putting up a tree this year and after reading your
post - I wonder should I go up to the storage room - bring down the tree and start going through
boxes of special items
from over the years with so many memories - I would probably cry.
Now if I was your age
it would have been done a few days ago...
Thank you
always for your special words.

lil red hen said...

This makes me happy for you! I usually wait until about a week before Christmas to put up a tree because I want to go out on the farm and cut a live cedar.

Yes, your weather is playing tricks on you! We're under ice, sleet and snow this morning ~ too early for that!

By the way ~ I love your new header picture.

Betty W said...

Your tree looks lovely. I too have put things in the attic and forgot they were there. Just a few days ago in was close to 70 and now it is 38 and snowing.

Sandy said...

The tree is beautiful!! Enjoy decorating it and holding those wonderful memories close.
The weather is funny everywhere it seems. Near 70 here the last couple of days, doors open. Strange for December. Not to worry though, back into the 40's tomorrow and 30's at night. Much more like Christmas weather.
Have a lovely weekend, dear friend.

Mrs. Mac said...

What a good find. It looks wonderful. Your wooden ceiling is very beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I love it. . . what a great surprise!

sweetbay said...

The tree looks lovely!

Almost that warm here today, but not for long.

Flower Freak said...

Hi Lorraine, Your Christmas tree is so pretty. I love roadside finds! I also have 5 Christmas trees and a collection of nativities and Santas......
Our computer is kaput and we are using our son-in-law, Dave's laptop for now. I haven't posted because I haven't been able to download pictures. I miss it....So glad you are enjoying preparing for Christmas.
God Bless, Sally

gld said...

The tree is beautiful; what a great find.

81°; we are at 4°! A slight difference....and there is wind.

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

First of all, love the new header photo. What a great greeting when I opened your site.

The Christmas tree looks wonderful. I can see all the lights. What a bright display it must make.

Lona said...

Your tree is beautiful Lorraine. Hope you are doing well and wishing you a Merry Christmas to come.

camp and cottage living said...

Your Christmas tree looks mighty good for a curbside freebie!
Happy Holidays!

KathyB. said...

Who would know except you posted it, that this tree was a curb-side find. What a lovely tree and even better, how happy it makes you. What a precious joy. And a nap after all that joy seems very fitting, sweet dreams were had I hope.

Deb said...

I love this post. That is a great tree. Christmas is such a wonderful time of year! Enjoy!

Kit said...

Oh my dear friend your tree looks so lovely. Mark would be so thrilled! Love, Kit

Leslie said...

I love to get little glimpses into your fabulous fairy-tale cottage. All your Christmas decorations are so charming!