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Cats, Dogs, and Christmas trees... 
Dec. 6, 2011 6:33 pm 
Updated: Dec. 10, 2011 7:32 pm
Just Sunday I went over to Denise's to help here set up her humongous tree... a bit of a challenge, as neither of us really knew just how to connect the wiring for the lights.  There are 4 sections, each weighing about a ton, and the connectors are not marked at all... first ya have to find the darn things, and then hope that they're all plugged into the correct "mate."  After around an hour, we finally had the stupid thing placed in her living room window, lights working...  It took her cat, Patches, all of about 3 minutes to decide that it was time to climb her favorite tree... at least a half dozen times!  Shoo her out, she'd run off, and around in a circle, right back up it again!

Well, this got my "juices" flowing, so yesterday I drug the box of one of my trees out of it's hiding place, along with a number of boxes of trinkets.  Put the tree up, strung 200 lights around it, and set it aside... 

Now, to back up a wee bit, it was several years ago that our Afghan hound decided that he liked the "sparkly" things on the Christmas tree, and would pluck a few off each time he was left at home without a human around...  Return from grocery, find an ornament or 3 broken on the carpet.  Heaven only knows if the idiot "ate" any of the glass, but as there were always shards, I hoped only that he didn't.  Boy was I thrilled the first time I found "shatterproof" ornaments in the stores!  Took all of the fun out things for him, to say the least, but I still find the occasional ornament on the floor.  At least they're intact and awaiting replacement on the tree.

Oddly enough, it's only been the tree in the living room that Kenyon has bothered...  This will be the 3rd year for two trees, "knock on wood."

Enter the new kitten, Pyewacket...  In 24 hours, she's pulled the lights off the tree in a couple of spots... now they're drooping below the branches, definately not where I had placed them.   Perhaps tomorrow I can finish decorating it... and we'll see then if the decorations will stay put or not, but this time, I 'll bet it's the kitten messing with shiny things!

I've still a "mess" of baking to do, and just today ordered a pressure canner, so that I might can homemade beef broth and French onion soup for Rose...  I got to thinking of this, as I've a ribeye roast in the freezer that I think has 5 good bones... should be able to cook them into "something," surely!  I'm also looking forward to canning a new batch of piccalilly.  Wonder if I can be coordinated enough to do both at the same time!  Doubt it, but perhaps the same day, as long as I'm at it! 

So, holiday plans are beginning to come together...  I ordered some yummies to be delivered to both sis and mom today, taking care of out of state gifts.  Now, we'll see how long it takes for the canner to arrive!

Guess I'm out of babble for the evening, be well all, and keep working on those holiday plans!  They alone are enough to make a cook crazy!
Dec. 7, 2011 6:16 am
LOL Reminds me of the days our tree had to be anchored due to the DS and pets. Everyone had to get older for the ornaments to move lower. This year with the DS in bootcamp, I got out the little tabletop tree and just put lights and candy canes on it. So far the cat in the Santa hat has pulled off candy canes and thrown them on the ground. Wonder if he is getting me back for making him wear the hat?
Dec. 7, 2011 6:50 am
My folks had a large white cat whose Christmas ritual was to get inside the tree, wrap himself around the trunk and lay down on a few branches and have his nap. Often, visitors would see the white fluff and ask what it was or would be taken aback when the ball of fluff began moving!
Dec. 7, 2011 9:00 am
Had the same problem wity my cat, he upended my tree, broke most of the ornaments and got himself tangled in the wires of the lights and couldn't get out. Much yowling and scratching, I was able to extracate him. Now I have a 3-4 ft. fake tree, snaps into a sturdy urn. Has fiber optic lights and the glass ornaments are all permanently fixed to the branches. Got it at QVC, worth its wt. in gold. This year the fiber optics quit, it is already up and decorated with additional ornaments (he leaves it alone thank the heavens) so I don't know if it just a bulb or what. I will have to take the urn apart. There is a motor in there and a colored wheel that turns around to make the lights change color. So I just strung it up with a strand of mini white lights and so far so good. If I ever see them for sale again, I will buy another one.
Dec. 7, 2011 1:28 pm
We had a cat like Mikes, he had to sleep inside the tree. We also had 2 large dogs who wagged their tails constantly, sending ornaments in all directions. I also had 2 toddlers along with previously mentioned animals. We finally got smart and went for live trees. The root balls were heavy enough to anchor the tree. We kept that tradition for over 10 years and planted a very nice living fence along the back property line. I doubt we could afford those trees these days. I have a table top tree and get my pine and balsam scents from live swags.
Dec. 7, 2011 2:15 pm
Funny stuff! I can relate... loving those shatterproof ornaments! But still awakend throughout the night with them being batted around on my tile kitchen floor!
Dec. 9, 2011 7:22 pm
Sorry, friends, but I'm losing track of time big time! Loved all of the comments... I'm guessing that with children or pets (is there a difference?) we all have similar tales to share! Deni's cat sleeps in her tree too! Be well, all... I hope to be back on track soon to post another blog (and answer comments!)
Dec. 10, 2011 7:48 am
I have feared putting up a christmas tree for the last 9 years for these exact reasons! :)
Dec. 10, 2011 7:32 pm
Katherine, if it comes down, or if a few ornaments get broke... what's the worst? A tree w/animals can be entertaining... so just don't put "prized" ornaments on it! Be well, and "go with your heart!" afterall, "tiz the season!"
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Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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