Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Little Christmas Tree (insert Nat King Cole singing this song here)

On Saturday, we drove up to the mountains, over Berthoud Pass, to cut our Christmas tree.

Oops, wrong picture. That one is about 150 years old. Here's our photo. It was late afternoon when we got up there, so the sun was just setting.
Saturday night we stayed with our friends, Connie and Tony, in their cabin just outside of Fraser. Walking into their home was like walking into a Christmas card. A beautiful Christmas tree all lit up to greet us, fire going in the fireplace, stockings hung, the smell of chili and cornbread cooking. It was so lovely.

On Sunday morning, bright and early we drove up to the designated "tree cutting area." It was a bit of a hike to find the "perfect tree."
A beautiful view of the town below.
Sorry, there's a break in the photo story here, as I was busy traipsing through knee-deep snow to find the perfect tree. Then, I had to chop it down, because I'm the strongest of the bunch and that's why they bring me along on these excursions. I did manage to get one of the yahoos to drag the tree out of the forest.
But, not before getting a picture of them.
'Tis a beautiful tree. You'll have to take my word for it, because if I post the picture I have of it, in our living room in all it's glory, you would laugh. It needed a lot of TLC, but it is our little Christmas tree and we love it. And the weekend away from home, up in the hills, in the crisp mountain air with my group of yahoos made it all worthwhile:)

9 comments:

Joanne said...

You look like modern-day pioneers up there in the mountain pass! How beautiful it is, and the cabin sounds exquisite. What a truly peaceful time ...

Susanne said...

What a gorgeous and fun trip! I've never chopped down my own tree. It cracked me up when you said you were the official chopper and that's why they took you along. You go girl! LOL.

I've never heard anybody call their bunch their yahoos. I do that too! I knew I liked you!

Bee Jay said...

Beautiful photos Karen - they really tell the story! (love the afternoon sun setting) I almost can't imagine doing something like that in such cold temperatures - but it sure would be nice to do it sometime..
Blessings!

RIZZI said...

HI KAREN,
SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD A LOT OF FUN, I USE TO THINK IT HAD TO BE THE PERFECT TREE, BUT IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER WHAT THE TREE LOOKS LIKE, AFTER IT IS ALL DECORATED, AND THE LIGHTS ARE ON, THEY ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL. HAPPY DECORATING. I SEE EM HAS A SLING ON HER ARM, DID SHE HURT IT, OR IS THAT THE NEW STYLE? LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Judy said...

That's a nice looking bunch of yahoos you have there.

Inglesidemom said...

You must post a picture of the tree in all its glory! My mom's favorite type of tree is a Charlie Brown. I do remember one year when it was a little too CB. She wanted my dad to cut a branch off of the back (which was apparently not its best side), drill a hole and HOT GLUE it to the front in a very bald spot. And he did it! That is love.

Jen

Robin said...

What a fun family day! And your description of your friends cabin made me envious - wouldn't it be so lovely to live somewhere like that during the winter!
I love the cardinal on your header - I wish so much we had cardinals here - but we don't. I just love the bright red color against the white snow.
I'm sure your tree is lovely - we could go to the mountains and cut ours but that is something we have never done. Nope, we just pull the plastic one out of the garage!
And I love that you said yahoos - my dad always used to say that!

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh my, now that's quite a way to go cut a Christmas tree! You would laugh and probably be mortified to know that we just take ours out of the box every year :(

The pictures are awesome and it all sounds soo... Norman Rockwell! I still want to see photos though, come on, we want to see!

Jen said...

Sounds awesome...something out of a movie...I'm glad you had a good time...your tree is awesome! Just sit down with a glass of wine and watch it...:)