I'd hoped to buy a Christmas tree at Albion Orchards on my way home. My friend Scott Lunau owns the farm, and we've talked daily for the past 3 days about his problems getting his order of pre-cut trees delivered before the weekend. When I arrived, there was a crowd of eager families and a fairly small pile of trees. He caught my eye and said sadly, "They shorted me. Look - there are hardly any."
He also grows trees so I took pity on him and decided to take a saw, head out to the back field and cut down a Christmas tree for the first time in my life. Naturally, I chose a fairly large tree that was near the back of the field. It took me awhile to cut it down as I lay in the mud in my (formerly) clean down jacket. Then I had to carry the heavy tree back, scrambling up and down hills and getting sap all over myself. It was awesome.
At home, I carried it into the back yard, levelled off the bottom, trimmed a bunch of branches, heaved it into the stand, and added half a dozen strings of lights. All this Christmas lumberjack (lumberjill?) work made our 2-hour run seem easy!
Tomorrow we celebrate Hanukkah with 'Bent's family. It will not be loggable on Attackpoint.