A post from Kelli–
Jason has been gone lately…like gone a lot. This harvest season has been very long. It seems like just as soon as thing are up and running, something else breaks, it’s a holiday, or there is some thing else that needs immediate attention. Normally, Jason works from like 6 in the morning until 9 or 10 at night. Lately, he’s been working til midnight or later more nights than he isn’t. This makes for having any semblance of a relationship quite difficult. Add in my schedule between my two jobs which covers days, nights, and every shift in between and it’s not uncommon to go a week or so without seeing each other awake for more than 10 minutes. A couple days ago, Jason called to see if I wanted to ride in the combine for a bit and of course, I said yes! After a bit, I even got to get in on moving some machinery around and this was what I got to do–Drive the combine!
While we were in the combine, we got to talking about getting a Christmas tree. It’s a debate that we have every year. I always want a real one….Jason thinks it’s a bad idea. His response is usually that the real trees make a mess. I then continually remind him that he doesn’t clean up any messes and so if he doesn’t clean up the messes, he doesn’t get a say. We go back and forth for a bit and really never come to a conclusion.
So on Saturday I was in town for a Small Business Satuday shopping event and this tree just so happened to jump into my car!
It didn’t completely fit into the backseat and since I had to go to work before I was able to get home, I couldn’t pop it in the trunk and leave the trunk open because it would run by battery down.
I had picked up shifts all weekend at the nursing home, so I didn’t have time to get it set up, but that was first on my list for Monday morning. Mom reminded me that I needed to cut a few inches off of the bottom of the tree to make sure it could “drink” some water. I mentioned this to Jason and asked him to help me cut it. As expected, he wasn’t too thrilled and on the way to a dentist appointment so he mentioned a Saws-all and I asked about a “circle saw” which he quickly informed me was a circular saw. He was pretty much running out the door, but didn’t really have any further instructions on where either thing might be at. I figured that I’d walk out to the shop and try to find it myself. Boy was I wrong….
Checked the heated part of the shop–No dice!
After another walk through, I did end up finding the circular saw.
I tried plugging it in, but couldn’t find how to turn it on. I figured I’d look it up online, but they wanted to tell me about safety type things and I wasn’t really interested in that…although I sure should have been! I just called Buck for a quick little lesson, however his lesson was that I needed to put it away immediately. Apparently he had a bad experience once and refused to tell me how to turn it on, so that option was out. I called Jason quick who was on his home by this time and he said he would bring me home a hand saw.
By the time I got home from running Ruby to the vet, Jason had dropped the saw off and I set to work. Needless to say, I would make a horrible pioneer! Between not being able to shower every day and having to saw down trees, I would probably be dead after a week!
After much whining, complaining, and sawing attempts though, I got it figured out!
So for now, it’s up! No decorated as I needed to grab a few things at Walmart to get my ornaments up. I’m hoping to work on getting it decorated this afternoon or night. I’m going with a gold, red, and burlap theme…mostly cause those are the decorations I already have and I’m trying to watch my spending a bit more.
As for Jason’s thoughts, I had it up for three days and he didn’t even notice. Last night when I finally pointed it out to him, he just informed me that it wasn’t quite straight…But he did drive my point home–Having a real tree doesn’t really impact him much at all! I’ll call that a win!