A friend drove over from Morristown to Morris Plains (New Jersey) today. It’s where I spent a decade of my growing up.
Photographed this evergreen for me. Sent me the photo. Between 40 and 50 feet tall now. Wow!
I was wondering if it was still there after all these years.
We had a live tree with the roots encased in a burlap sack just that single year. I remember how we watered it and of course it was really heavy to get out of the living room.
Usually we’d get a cut tree, close to Christmas Eve. You know the ones- sometimes hard to get level in the metal stand or the base of the trunk is too thick so you get a metal bucket and some rocks, the fresh trees that drop needles before Epiphany, or you grab the trunk and are dripping with sappy gum. These real trees evoke Christmas of yesteryear with the pine fragrance. Not a candle or soap or air freshener. True woodsy clean fresh pine along with a tangerine peel says Christmas to me.
This Christmas tree was planted behind St.Paul’s Church in Morris Plains where our dad was the rector. We lived in the Rectory across the street.
The photographer prefers anonymity to a photo credit but I’m grateful for the effort and can’t wait until my brother and sister see this magnificent tree. Thank you.
The Hendricks Family Christmas (1963) Tree today. 2-10-19
Saturday night after the anniversary party, we spent the night at the farm in Crestline. There was blowing snow, drifting across the roads. The roads too bad to drive back to the city in the dark.
Sunday morning we had a nice breakfast and watched Chuck blow and plow the quarter mile drive to the main road. Charlie has fun watching and the dogs were in and out.
Then Charlie bundled up and went outside-tried his hand at shoveling- but not for long.
It was too cold.
Today’s post is from nine years ago-
“Photo from the archives. V suggested posting an occasional favorite photograph from before I started the blog. She requested this one.”
Anna, Erika and Michael walking in the apple orchard. Jack was home napping with Mark. Maura was born Nov 2008 the month after this photo was taken
Here’s my son-in-law James creating a Bumblebee Transformer from cardboard, devising a special costume for Charlie this past Halloween. What a transformation! It was impressive. He watched a YouTube video about creating Transformer costumes. Then came up with the plan.
May your birthday today be the beginning of a happy and healthy new year. Lots of love, from your MIL Ruthie
p.s James bought the “Have a Great Day” pen and ink drawing by Addie Cheges and gave it me to several years ago.
This morning it started at Halloween Storytime at the Clintonville Whetstone Library.
Charlie wore his astronaut costume and after the songs and stories the kids got treats from different stations in the library. The first was at the RETURNS slots. Stick you hand in and get a treat! I thought that was so creative. Then you had to know where to find the Shark books. There was a shark passing out festive Snoopy and Great Pumpkin pencils. There were so many cute and creative costumes but I try to not photograph children I don’t know so it looks like Charlie was on his own which was not the case.
Later Charlie wore a BumbleBee Transformer costume his Dad created from cardboard and duct tape. It was a lot of hard work but came out great. It was fully operational and folded so Charlie could transform from a car to a Bot. The neighbors had a mask Charlie could borrow. Laura passed out the treats. Their neighbors dog, Hudson sported a HOT DOG costume.
At 6:30 I got in the car for the 15 mile drive to Mark and Erika’s to photograph my four grandkids. It was dark and rainy by the time I arrived. Michael was inside the house taking a break….scary mask. And then I found Maura the unicorn her friend, a deer and and tried to capture them Trick or Treating. No flash to be had. Anna was at swimming practice and didn’t get home until after 8. Jack was a soldier and all the kids gave me their Almond Joys cause they aren’t keen on them and they know I like them!