“Get the biggest aluminum tree you can find, Charlie Brown, maybe painted pink.”

Today is definitely chillier than the last few days, but it’s sunny so I’ll take that and be glad. Gracie and I will be hitting the dump today, her favorite stop of all. It even beats Agway where she gets to shop with me and have a few treats.

My house still needs to be decorated, but I have a Christmas timetable starting tonight with the cards. My second box of cards arrived a couple of days ago so no more excuses. After that I need to buy the tree and then decorate the house. I’m thinking a smaller tree this year, maybe even a couple of small trees. That’s on tap for the weekend.

The Tale of a Mouse is the name of this paragraph. Those of you who are a bit squeamish should move on. For the rest of you, this mouse tale starts a couple of weeks ago when I went down to the cellar to do laundry. The cellar, particularly near the washer, smelled disgusting, and I know a dead something was somewhere down there. I went looking and found nothing. Over time the smell weakened, and I stopped hunting. On Tuesday I decided to bring up all the gifts from downstairs in preparation for wrapping. I grabbed my large plastic tub to fill with the gifts so I would only have to make a single trip. Yup, you guessed it. The mouse had been trapped in the tub where it met its demise. It was disgusting. I opened the cellar door and tossed the remains outside then scrubbed that tub. The results remain: tub -1, mice-0

I know they are perfectly ugly, but I have always wanted a tall aluminum tree with a color wheel. It would never be my only Christmas tree. Nope, my tree has to be real, one that fills the house with the smell of Christmas, but there is something about an aluminum tree which has always attracted me. I just can’t explain it. My sister gave me a small one last year, but it is too small for a color wheel. I didn’t decorate it last year as I didn’t open it until Christmas Day, but this year I’m putting red ornaments on it. I think aluminum and red are a great match. This small one will satisfy me for the meantime, but I’m still on the look-out for its bigger, uglier brother.

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30 Comments on ““Get the biggest aluminum tree you can find, Charlie Brown, maybe painted pink.””

  1. im6 Says:

    Know you had to adhere to the Brubeck tribute, but thought this song was perfect for today’s musings. I included Michael Franks’ original version on my holiday compilation last year, but found this one for today’s coffee:

    • im6 Says:

      Then there’s also Donald O’Connor & Debbie Reynolds’ “Chrissy The Christmas Mouse”, but I thought this was more fun…

    • Kat Says:

      im6,
      You are right-this is perfect. Now I need to find a plastic star!

      I need to hook up my external hard drive to the laptop as all my Christmas music is backed-up on it, including last year’s compilation. My PC is still as dead as that mouse. It just smells better!

  2. olof1 Says:

    I have to admit that I’ve never longed for a aluminum tree 🙂 But it would look great with red ornaments. Anything looks great with red ornaments 🙂

    The roads were hellish this morning but rather good on my way home but now it snows again 🙂 I’m tired of it already but even I have to admit that the world looks fantastic right now 🙂

    Poor mouse! I think I would have thrown that tub away and never looked at it again 🙂 I have a couple of mice skeletons behind the wall upstairs, there’s a small hatch on each side of the cottage and I guess someone once put rat poison there and forgot about it. I’ve been thinking of buying some kind of see through plastic to preserve them as they are 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • Kat Says:

      Christer,
      I think because it is only ugly I just have to have one. My tree, the one I love to decorate, is always real and wonderful.

      Red does show off the aluminum tree and the real green fir tree.

      The world always looks wonderful after it has snowed as long as you can look and not have to drive in it or shovel it.

      You think the tub is gross, how about those skeletons?

      • olof1 Says:

        But those skeletons have been there for ages 🙂 There wasn’t even a single hair left when I moved here 🙂

  3. Hedley Says:

    At some point in the 60s my Mother acquired the much coverted silver aluminum Christmas tree, but it came without the color lamp. Each branch was stored in an individual paper sleeve and inserted in to the wood pole.
    That meant the end of many things, the nursery rhyme Christmas Lights and, of course, the annual clumping of the tinsel. Dont really know what happened to the tree, I will ask my sisters.
    Tomorrow our green version comes up from the basement and will be assembled and lit ahead of the decorating skills of the Prince.

    • Kat Says:

      My Dear hedley,
      We never had anything but a real tree until long after we were all grown and out of the house when my mother couldn’t cope with putting up and taking down a real tree.

      We all,my sisters and I, still get real trees as do all of my friends. I think we are all caught up in the memories of when we were kids, and that’s what everyone had.

      Nothing is more fun than decorating a tree, and I expect the Prince is quite excited with anticipation.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Poor little mouse. I, too, would have thrown the plastic bucket away. Eww.
    I have several dead mouse stories. The most recent one was when I discovered, after 63 years of living in this house, that there was a light socket behind the furnace. I put in a light bulb and turned it on. I looked down at my feet and there was a little dead mouse up against the wall. I may have levitated across the cellar. I don’t remember. I left the mouse there, too.
    It’s sunny and cold up here, too. It’s okay because the porch is nice and toasty with heat gain. Rocky was out there soaking up the sun but he got too hot and came in to join me on the couch. I’m goofing off. 🙂
    Enjoy the day!

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I see it as one less mouse to contend with. My house can afford to lose a few of the population which lives in the cellar.

      I had one I said committed suicide by drowning. He was in the dehumidifier and couldn’t get out.

      Why did the mouse die? Was he cornered?

      It’s is cold here today and no toasty porch for us.

      I did a few errands and then helped Rosana, my cleaning lady, clean put a cabinet. Rosana went crazy went she got to the back of the cabinet because some of the can goods had expiration dates of 2008. She is still making fun of me!!

      Now I need the couch.

      • Caryn Says:

        I’m assuming the mouse came across a hidden stash of d-Con. I had put some down several years ago and the mice moved it all over the house. I recently found some stashed inside the hose of an unused vacuum cleaner and some more pellets behind a storage bin in the back hall. The spawns of Satan also moved a lot of it around when they invaded my house a year ago.

  5. Birgit Says:

    To be honest, in my wildest dreams I couldn’t imagine an “aluminum tree with a color wheel”. I looked it up and now I’m blinded by glitter. Help!
    Are you sure, you don’t prefer this Charlie Brown Christmas Tree?
    http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Charlie-Brown-Christmas-Tree

    Happy Saint Nicholas Day!
    He usually brings sweets on Dec 6th over here. No sweets for me , but we got snow.

    • Kat Says:

      Birgit,
      Exactly!! Blinded by the glitter, the red ornaments and the turning color wheel. It was a sensation in the early 60’s.

      I prefer my live tree and I love Charlie Brown’s.

      Happy St. Nicholas Day to you! Snow is a special treat!

  6. Caryn Says:

    I forgot to say that I think blue ornaments go wonderfully well with aluminum trees.
    When I saw the aluminum tree in the opening photo the first thing I thought of was the ones that had the color wheels and the hot pink ones. 😀

    • Kat Says:

      Caryn,
      I think I haven’t ever seen one with blue ornaments. I’ll have to go to Google images.

      I always hunt for black and white pictures, but before I did I saw the colored aluminum trees and a couple were that pink you mentioned!

  7. Kat Says:

    im6,
    I remember that song well!!

    I watched Love Actually! It was wonderful!!

    • im6 Says:

      Whew! Glad to hear you liked ‘Love Actually.’ You know how I feel about it and can imagine how excited I was to see a new review of it in the Dec. 6 issue of Entertainment Weekly. “In the course of the past 9 years, ‘Love Actually’ has stealthily ascended into the pantheon of Great Christmas Movies…” The cult grows!

  8. Bill S. Says:

    I lived in Florida for two years, when I was 13-14, having moved from Ct. We had an alum. tree with color wheel, but it wasn’t the same as what we had in New England.

    As for Brubeck, I once heard a live performance of Blue Rondo on a pipe organ–even better than the original.

    Don’t forget Straight No Chaser’s 12 Days of Christmas for your compilation.

    Sunny and cold here in NH, but tomorrow should warm up to 40+.

    • Bill S. Says:

      Straight No Chaser’s last section reminds me that I also had Christmas down in Africa (3x).

    • Kat Says:

      Bill,
      I didn’t know anyone who had an aluminum tree. We were all fir tree people. I think the color wheel is my favorite part.

      I’ll have to look up Straight No Chaser’s 12 Days of Christmas as i don’t know it.

      Same weather here today and tonight is really cold.

  9. Bob Says:

    An aluminum tree with the color wheel would look very 60s cool. When I was a kid in the 1950s we bought a large plastic Chanukah menorah with electric lights instead of candles. We put it in the front window but lit a real one with candles at the table. Another high tech choice would be to connect your iPad to your big screen TV, Apple sells an iPod to HDMI cable, and find an app that displays a Christmas tree. Then you can sit by the big screen TV and not have to worry about pine needles. It would be like having a digital pet, or a pet rock 🙂

    I would have thrown the tub away also. They are cheap enough 🙂

    • Kat Says:

      Bob,
      I put the roaring fire on the TV on Christmas Eve and listen to it crackle, but I do miss the aroma of the fire burning.

      I really do like the real thing though the TV would be easier and a whole lot cleaner.

      The tub was bleached and cleaned.

  10. Bil S. Says:

    Kat:
    These guys got together at Indiana U., then reunited years later, and are still going strong: http://www.youtube.comwatch?v=2Fe11OlMiz8


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