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12/18/2013 2:00:00 PM
Back Talk From The Back House
A little tree at The Back House. (N. Wilson photo)
A little tree at The Back House. (N. Wilson photo)
By Nancy Wilson

A little tree
A little tree from the woods around my house suits me just fine. Last Friday, my son brought one to me and set it up, giving me the task of stringing on the lights. As it turned out, Saturday was the coldest day of the year so far, so of course that was the day I chose to do the lights, just about freezing my fingers off; I couldn't wear gloves to do it right.

I checked out the lights inside first, to be sure each bulb turned on. Satisfied with that, Sam and I went out and hung them on the tree.

When I turned them on, I discovered I had missed a few burn-outs, but, procrastinator that I am, I decided to wait for a slight warm-up before I exposed my fingers to the cold again.

As you may have noticed, we had a delightful snow storm on Sunday, covering everything with its pristine white, making all around me look like a fairy-land.

Beautiful, beautiful!

Although I no longer ski, I certainly can enjoy looking at the snow, and reminiscing of younger days. I talked myself out of going up to get the paper, then found out it hadn't been delivered that day anyway, so I was off the hook on that.

I did notice, however, that the bird feeder was empty and the chickadees were hovering around, querying when I'd get to it.

I dressed for the great outdoors, and went out to get the feeder. I had filled my pockets with replacement bulbs, but only managed to fix two of them; the others will still wait for another day, but I do believe I have time.

I also took the camera out with me to capture some of this winter magic. I snapped my own tree and another tree over at the side of the yard, then caught a chickadee on the feeder.

Never having been able to get a photo of a bird before, I was quite pleased with myself that he stayed long enough for me to capture him, before I went back into the house to warm up again (it was still mighty cold out there).

My little tree is an outside one for only one reason; my house simply isn't big enough to put one inside. The cats, dog, and I would have nowhere to walk around if we put a tree in here, and it would have to be too close to the wood stove for safety, so I've had an outside one ever since I've lived down here, in the back house.

The tradition of a live tree is important to me, so I do keep it up, even though I'm here alone; a tree cheers me up, so I feel that it's worth the effort.

Now I have to get to work on the cards. I started making some of them from one of my photographs the other day, but my color cartridge ran out of ink and needs to be replaced before I can go any further. There is a remote possibility I'll get them in the mail before Christmas day.

Happy Holidays to all of you.

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