CUSTOMS CHANGING – For nearly all of my life there has been a live cut evergreen tree placed carefully in a stand in our living room to assist in our familys Christmas celebration. When our sons were small there were trips to North Lawrence where the men in our household carefully selected and cut the tree for decorating. And then there were trips to McLeans Nursery and Cooks Greenery and even a few trips to our neighbors field for cutting that perfect tree.
A few years ago there was a perfect artificial tree completely decorated with strings of lights and bulbs, too, at the Hogansburg United Methodist Church Craft Fair. Although I never thought we would ever use an artificial tree, the time seemed right for this change to be made in our lives.
Our children are grown now and have Christmas in their homes with our grandchildren. They no longer travel to the north country for this special time together. The darling smaller decorated tree made its way to our Bombay home. For the next few years it stood proudly in our living room celebrating the season.
And then our new feline friend Tigger came into our lives. Last year our tree was placed in the living room only to find the newest member of our family attempting to remove every ornament, climb this small artificial tree and even attempt to eat the plastic branches. The tree was returned to its spot in the closet for another year. Tigger was not going to allow this tree to stand again this year, so once again there would be no tree in our home. And for that I was saddened.
And then I remembered the clock man turned artist a number of years ago. Yes the clock man painted our windows for the Christmas celebration when our sons were much younger. I made the suggestion that perhaps we could have a painted tree this year.
Paint was purchased, and the project was underway. The four legged ball of fur who seems to be in charge of the Emery household didnt think masking tape should be on the window sill and that was pulled off immediately with his teeth (there were a few unsuccessful attempts at window taping).
And then the painting began – it really is a beautiful tree. Tigger wasnt sure about this new tree, though, attacking the window as the tree progressed. This tree is complete with strings of lights, packages and colored bulbs. There was one last attempt to sabotage our 2013 tree as Tigger jumped to pull down the painted bulb. He was unsuccessful at making the bulb disappear – the bulb remained, although a bit smeared now. And our feline friend left the window with a painted paw and was not pleased at my attempts to clean that paw.
We now have a lovely tree in our Bombay home. It is one that will help us celebrate the season and one our dear, very busy feline friend cannot dismantle. And for that I am most grateful. The live evergreen trees were always so beautiful, but now with life with our energetic addition to our family perhaps it is time for a change as we prepare for Christmas this year.
EXCELLENT SERVICE – Last Tuesday I met good friends at Italian Affair for lunch. Time spent with friends is always a special time together with laughter and sharing and always good food. This last week there was excellent service as we prepared to share in our lunch. Our waitress Desiree (I was so impressed I asked for her name – not telling her why I might want to know) was truly amazing. She was at our table to make sure we had drinks at each place (and for me that steaming hot coffee – with a mug always full).
She then took the orders for five of us seated around the table. That in itself is not a miraculously feat, but the fact she had no notebook or order pad in her hand I found truly amazing. Desiree remembered each order, brought them to us without hesitation and was cheerful and friendly as well.
What a lovely Tuesday lunch and how marvelous to have Desiree be our server. Isnt the north country a wonderful place to share lunch with friends on a Tuesday afternoon? I certainly think so.
AND ON WEDNESDAY – Wednesday morning I stopped at Bears Den for gas for my daily excursions to Massena. Gas attendant Allen appeared at my window asking what I needed that morning. How friendly and cheerful he was on a Wednesday morning commenting on the warmer weather and the payment made.
Allens service made my morning so much better. With a larger vehicle in front of me prohibiting me from exiting (I had an early morning commitment and needed to be on my way), I thought perhaps I should back out of that area. I was so hesitant with cars parked behind at the restaurant. Allen didnt laugh or make fun of my concern, but he so kindly directed me in my leaving. And for that I am most grateful. What a wonderful community to live in and do business.
CELEBRITY NEWS – There was an art show opening and reception in Englewood, New Jersey last Thursday evening. This show featured the recent paintings and drawings of Gregg Emery, a Salmon River graduate and son of the clock man and a certain columnist.
Greggs parents were unable to attend so a link was sent so Mom and Dad could see the show via the internet. How grateful I am for technology at times like this. The site posted the photos of a local photographer who posted them on a site listing Celebrity News for Englewood, NJ. I clicked on each photo looking for the familiar face of the artist.
The photos were marvelous – there were some with visitors at the reception and of Gregg sketching during the reception. The last photo caught my eye, though – there were two familiar faces in that picture. Under Celebrity News there was a picture of Gregg and a friend from home who had come to the reception A.J. Adams. A.J. is working in New York City and took time to attend the show opening.
I was touched by this picture because it showed dramatically the meaning of friendship. The smiles on the faces of these two young men touched my heart – and then a smile appeared on my face as I thought about these two young men from the north country now depicted as Englewood Celebrities. What fun.
GOOD NEWS – There is good news to report in the sports world today. My NY Jets were victorious on Sunday – Quarterback Geno Smith even scored. Sunday was a very good day.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – It always seems impossible until its done. Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 – Dec. 5, 2013)