Today, Mom is planning to bake some cookies for neighbors. Well that’s what she says, but we know she and dad will eat as many as they give away. MOL. And Dad is getting ready to e-mail “Blues’ News,” our humans’ annual holiday greeting. The snail mail version will go out sometime before the new year.
For the last few days, we have been offering some of our on-line friends the opportunity to make a wager as to whether or not Mom would be ready for Christmas prior to Valentine’s Day. Well…we didn’t get any takers. Probably smart on their parts as the trees are finally decorated and the gifts are wrapped and beneath them.
Did we say, “trees?” Why, we did indeed. And that is where the whole story begins.
We always have two trees. One is a small tree, which is called “Twinkle’s Tree,” and only has unbreakable decorations. We have had this since our angel sisfur, Twinkle, went to the RB after being hit by a car when she was only four years old. None of us lived here then. For some reason this tree is always crooked. We think maybe Twinkle’s spirit visits each night to climb it and play with the ornaments.
Normally, our second tree is a nine-foot, artificial tree which is erected by mom over a number of days. This is an un-lit tree, which she usually spends a couple more days stringing with about 2,000 lights. Then even more days are spent adorning it with the ornaments she has been collecting for the past 40 years. Do not ask us how many that is ’cause we don’t have enough toes between us to count that high.
This year, however, we have three trees…yes, Santa Paws, there are three! Twinkle’s Tree, our now five-foot, formerly nine-foot, tree and our old, losing-all-it’s-needles, had-to-have-all-the-burntout-lights-cut-off-a-few-years-ago, seven-foot tree.
“So how did all this come about,” you ask? As mom was assembling the big tree, she found three limb supports near the bottom were broken. After multiple attempts to affix the branches, with various types of wire and then zip ties, to no avail, Mom removed the lights and deconstructed the tree. Being the queen of reuse, she dumped the bottom four-foot section, put the remaining two sections together and stuck them into the stand. That tree being way too itty-bitty for more than a couple of tubs worth of ornaments brought about the need for the third tree. Of course, after putting on too many ornaments to remove and start again, two entire strings of lights went out on this tree.
And she still had to put lots of ornaments on garland around the door to the sun porch, which she does every year. But some poor, forlorn ornaments have had to remain in the tubs until next year.
This actually has been a total win for us as the five-foot tree is in the dining room AND we have access to it. Astrid and Lisbeth spent Monday morning playing crazy cats and knocked several ornaments off. According to Mom we cannot break any of the ornaments on that tree. Now, that sounds like a dare to us.
So, what makes this story totally S-T-U-P-I-D in our opinion? Mom ordered a new nine-foot tree that was pre-lit and only had four pieces to put together. It arrived in two fifty-pound boxes, which sat in the foyer for several days. When she finally opened one box, put two sections together and looked at it, she decided she hated it and back it went!
She says the seven-foot tree will be donated after Christmas, and she is hoping a tree she has picked out from Sears on-line will go on sale. We really hope Santa grants her wish ’cause we don’t want to go through this craziness again in 2014.
Meowy Catmess! MOL, HO, HO, HO, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Lisbeth and Calista Jo
so nice of you to make cookies for others.. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas
It sounds like your house is beautiful with lots of Christmas cheer. We hope your Mom can get that tree that she wants. We are not allowed to knock anything off of our tree either. Why do our pawrents put sparkly dangly things on trees and then tell us not to play with them?
Our Mom showed our Dad Mauricio’s 12 Days of Catmess Song. It made him laugh and he said it was really cool. He thinks Mauricio is a very talented mancat. Love, Cali, Andy,Tater and Shelly (C.A.T.S)
Sounds like you guys had an awesome set up for Christmas! All 3 of the trees look beautiful. Your mom is awfully nice for letting you play with one of the trees. I bet that was a lot of fun (and will continue to be until your mom puts it all away again! I hope that you all had a very merry Christmas and got all of the things you asked Santa for. 🙂
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you.
Merry Christmas to you and yours from Deb, Dan, Harley, Zee, Zoey, Mia, Peanut, Rolz, Kizmet, and our Angel, Mr. Jazz
My goodness……getting ready for Christmas is a whole PROJECT at your house!!! I love the idea of multiple trees (we never QUITE get all our ornaments on ONE tree so rotate them year to year) and your trees (all of them!) look GORGEOUS. We didn’t take up the wager because I just KNEW you’d get everything done – you’re a bundle of energy (you’d have to be with all those kitties in the house!!)……and here we are – Christmas morning and I’m SURE you’ll have a magical day – because you SO SO SO deserve it – all of you. Sammy and I love you!
Merry Christmas to all………….with love………..and hugs
Pam and Sam
MOL ! The story sounds familiar to us, right Dad ? Meowy Chrissymouse to you all ! Purrs
Eat (ham) drink (cream) and Sniff Nip!!
Love, The Katnip Lounge Kats and Mommy Trish
Yow dat tree iz sumfing else!!! We finkz ya iz all so lucky to haz som many treez to play in, er me meenz admire!! MOL…
Now on to da Phank YA’z…Aunti Janet ya gorz me a PONY!! Me BERY OWN pony!!!!!! Me almost fell over when Mum n me opined da box at 6:30 am diz mornin!!! Me cuud not beelieve me eyez…Mum finkz ya iz super sweet fer doin diz fer me!!! Phank ya so much 🙂
Den Mum opined her pressie n da leeky eyez started n she waz kinda gulpin fer air….me went to see why she waz so shooked up n me saw meself!!! Dat paintin iz absolutely amazin…Mum iz speechless n ya nose she iz NEVER quiet! Miss CathyJean took us to da Vet’z today n she came fer lunch n Mum showed her da pony n da painitn n she got all leeky eyed too n said Oh n Ah….Mum sayz yer pressiez are her faveritez..me gotta agree…now we must figure out what to name da pony…hhmmmm diz will be sumfing to puzzle n ponder….
Many phankz again fer yer kindness n lubliness…it iz beecause of peeple like ya dat me haz lived so long…da LUB haz carried me thru….
Much Lub n Merry Catmess frum Nylablue n Sherri-Ellen xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
WOW, such beautiful trees! Merry Christmas to all of you from all of us!
Heeeee!! You guys are totally taking her up on that challenge, right? About breaking ornaments? Just checking….
Holy cat! Everywhere you turn in your house, there’s a tree. We hope you ahve a very merry Christmas.
WOW! It’s like a Christmas forest — in your house! 🙂
Merry Christmas to you all, dear friends. Sending you all much love, and wishes for a holiday season filled with peace and joy.
Psst…. Can we say something?!!! Your Mama is GRRRRREAT!! Three trees?!!! Holy Merry Christmas and some kind of FUN!!!
Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.
the critters in the cottage xo
Lovely! We wish you the warmest holiday purrs of love and peace. We’re not blogging today but will be back with a Christmas wish tomorrow.
We don’t have ANY tree up this year. My human said instead of putting up a tree she wrote the story about the bad Christmas kitty! I think it is just an excuse. 😉
That’s just great that you have so many trees! We didn’t even have ONE this year. We bet that puts Mommy on the “Naughty” list!
Merry Christmas, everyone!
OMC! How lucky that you guys got 3 trees this year! They all are so pretty! Your mom did good. We’ve got 2 trees…one small one that doesn’t have many ornaments on it…like your small one, they’re all unbreakable. Then we got our big tree with all the fun toys…er, we mean ornaments on it! That’s the one Ernie likes to climb. He’s broken the bottom branches and every year the mom says we gotta get a new tree. But when Christmas rolls around, she somehow fixes the bottom branches so they don’t fall down and that tree goes up again. Now some of the lights don’t work. Oh well! Maybe next year we’ll get a new tree!
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for your furiendship. ♥
we hi jacked a mobile dee vize two day ta say merry christmas
two all R werd press palz…. merry christmas guyz!!
so beautiful,don’t for get to send them in to my mum for my count down you have till 10 pm to night uk time,xx Speedy
Beautiful trees, all of them. Merry Christmas!
Yous guys has 3 cat toy trees!!! Wow!!!
All we has is the little tree that we had in the condo because Mommy did not want to pick up the big tree a zillion times.
Me hopes we can has our big tree next year, as we too has a zillion ornaments accumulated over the last 40 years.
My how beautiful your trees are. Our Mom used to decorate a 10 footer and then it became too much for her, the base itself weighed 50 pounds. Just too much heavy work for her and Dad. Then she opted for a slim lined 7 1/2 footer. That was nice before there were kittens in the house. After the kittens she went to 4 footers on table tops, but this year it was all she could do to find some predecorated 2 1/2 foot trees. She did finally break out one tree and decorate it with all of the kitty ornaments so she did make more progress than she thought she would.
Glædelig jul og godt nytår
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Wow your trees are fabulous. We like very much.
Have a terrific Tuesday.
Best wishes Molly
he he – we’re laughing over here cuz we know other people who have done that too. M says she has enough trouble putting up one tree. Your trees are beautiful tho. Like your mom, she has 40+++++ years of ornaments, although she has gotten rid of a lot when she downsized last year. Merry Christmas – hope you have a good one.
Merry Christmas, my friends. HUGS.