Photo Challenge Day 6 – Shiny and Day 7 – Shopping

Apologies to the photo challenge followers.   Day 6 I continued to feel under the weather and although I did not post that day, I did take my challenge photo on day 6.   Today, day 7,  I am starting to feel better and we went out shopping and I was able to sneak in  a photo today using  my phone.

Photo Challenge Day 6 – Shiny

This was taken of a small vintage aluminum tree in a local store where I teach card making. The glitter covered ornaments just caught my eye and I knew that this was my shiny photo.   I played around taking snapshots of to the tree trying to find the right light and depth of field.    This one was the best of the what I came home with.

 

There is something magical in about this tree.

There is something magical in about this tree.

Photo Challenge Day 7  – Shopping

Those who know me, know  I am not one who enjoys shopping.    Today we went to town to do our adopt-a-family shopping.   RangerSir’s office adopts a family and the employees and several of the retirees all shop for this family.   Then the day of the office Christmas party they wrap all the gifts and get it ready for delivery to the contact person.    No matter how I feel about shopping I always find myself getting a little crazy picking out just the right things for the adopted family.   RangerSir and I hit the local store and it was not long until we had a full cart of goodies we had picked out for the family.

I am not going to win any awards for this photo, but I got more joy from this shopping trip that you can possibly imagine.

I am not going to win any awards for this photo, but I got more joy from this shopping trip that you can possibly imagine.

Like thousands of others who shop for others who are not as fortunate,  we dig up our best memories and try to share them with strangers by what we pick to give the family we will never know.    We want to help them create memories of holidays and family.   RangerSir and I by tradition always give pajamas and socks.    I remember having warm double brushed flannel PJ’s at Christmas.   I am not sure if they were a new pair or not but  I want these little kids to have something warm to wear to bed and lounge around in the evening.    My family was a great bunch of game players so we always get the kids each a game that hopefully they can play with their siblings.   Of course I have to add books to the collection, because they can take you places and let you do things you may never get a chance to do otherwise.     This year’s family of kids are being raised by a Grandmother and Great Grandmother.   I can not imagine have four kids under 9, as a grandma to raise, but thousands of grandparents find themselves doing just this.    Keeping warm in Montana is always a challenge.  My boss has a cuddly throw she swears by and I have one that I am sitting under here as I write tonight.    RangerSir and I decided that the grandma’s should have some thing like this as well.   We found one for each of them that we hoped each of them would enjoy as they spent time with their grand kids     Lastly like so many others in the group of employees we added a local grocery card.   The family  can buy what they need most or a special holiday treat. They know best for their family.  I came home feeling better about the day and encouraged that maybe I will make the holidays and the new year special for a family who I will never know.

Christmas Tree – Yes, No, Maybe

One of the many trees that RangerSir has brought home over the years

One of the many trees that RangerSir has brought home over the years

I am not sure if we will have a Christmas tree this year or not.   We do not always have a Christmas tree, and that is OK  with us.    The responsibility for a tree  falls to my husband traditionally because he loves having a tree.   It also falls primarily to him  because we still cut our tree out in the woods.   The woods, where most of the trees are not really Christmas tree material.     This means that starting about October RangerSir starts to keep an eye out for the perfect tree, perfect “Charlie Brown” style open with short needles.    He picks out several possible trees, never knowing if the snow is going to be deep and early, and some of those will not be accessible come harvest time.   He buys a tree cutting permit, throwing it in the glove box so he is ready when the time comes to cut one.   Finally when the mood is right, the roads are accessible , the weather is isn’t too cold and whatever other stars need to alight, RangerSir will make a detour on his way home from work and get the tree for our holiday.

This year he has been laid up, and there has been lots of snow since he last worked. He was still looking at trees and had not trimmed his list of possibilities to just a few.  He has no idea what roads are snowed closed and where we could get still with 4-wheel drive get in and out.   On top of this it is now bitter cold here in southwestern Montana, like the frostbite kind.  The man of our house will not be making a trip trip alone this year.     If we get a tree this year it will be a joint endeavor, a true family effort.

Will you be having a tree this year??  Is it one use or permanent?   Do you make it a family outing to go get a freshly cut?   Or is is simple and small, just enough to bring back memories and warm your heart?