Tuesday, December 10, 2013

O Christmas Tree

I am not sure how this will show on everyone's computer...it looks fairly good on my computer. Let me know if it is dark or light on yours.  It was taken at night several years ago.  The photos I took of this tree remain some of my favorites. 
I actually started wrapping presents today.  I always think of how we used to be so saving with wrapping paper when I was a child.  We didn't just rip open the presents, not like we do these days.  And we tried to save the best of the paper from one year to the next.  And we saved all the ribbons.

We almost always got a new jigsaw puzzle...it was such a treat to get one.  I think we used a big piece of cardboard to work them on, but I have no idea where it came from.  Or maybe it was a piece of thin plywood.  I really cannot remember which....but was thinking cardboard for some reason.

Anyway, we always laid out all the pieces face up, and tried to put like colors together, then found all the edge pieces and worked that part first.  Next we would each choose an area to work on.   I can remember my brothers getting aggravated at me for reaching across their view. 

I had a habit of when I actually put a piece in and it fit, I would give the board a little tap.   They always teased and said I did it to draw attention to the fact that I had just found a piece.  Who knows--maybe that is why I did it subconsciously.

I still love jigsaw puzzles to this day.  Just as when I was a kid, I have my favorite colors to work, or more to the point, colors that are much harder for me to work.   I find it hard to do anything else if I have one out, so I don't work one too often.  That was part of the reasons for wrapping presents...to feel freer to start something fun.  I wrap presents on the dining room table, but that is also where I like to work puzzles.  Thus, the wrapping needs to be done.


Ginny Hartzler said...

Oh my goodness, this picture is just gorgeous! I have never seen a Christmas tree like it. It is just perfect, the background is dark, but it makes the tree pop and stand out more, I LOVE it!

Judy said...

That is so pretty Rose, and this could be on a Christmas card too.

EG CameraGirl said...

It's beautiful the way it is on my computer, Rose. Puzzles can be very addicting, that's for sure. So is blogging and I can't do two things at once. LOL

Sandra said...

the tree looks beautiful on my computer and we always saved paper and ribbons to

Montanagirl said...

That's a really beautiful tree photo! It shows up just fine on my computer. I do Jigsaw puzzles in the same manner that you do.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi There, Gorgeous tree… It's just perfect---can understand why it's a favorite one… Wow!!!

I grew up saving wrapping paper and ribbons and still DO…..

I also love jigsaw puzzles --and even though I am not very good working them (especially the hard ones), I do enjoy them.

Had a nice service for Dad Adams yesterday --and got to see many old friends and family members. We also enjoyed a family lunch together. Dad is in a better place now… Thanks be to God.

barbara l. hale said...

Beautiful tree! And it looks fine on my computer. I am a fan of jigsaw puzzles. We always had one going when we were kids. When I had cats, the process got to frustrating as they would inevitably take off with a couple of pieces. So I quit doing them for a while. I do them now on occasion and enjoy them a lot still.

Dee said...

The tree is beautiful...such a pleasure to look at and it shows up well on my computer. I like to do puzzles on the dinning room table too. I may look for one for my Frank and I to start this weekend.

Quiltedtime said...

Wow! What a fantastic photo! As soon as I send this comment to you, I am going to go back and look at it some more.

CDH said...

That tree is stunning, I can see why its your favorite.
We used to open presents so careful and try to keep the paper and ribbon too. Well, mostly my sister did! :)

Small City Scenes said...

Wow! That is a perfect photo of a perfect tree. No wonder it is one of your favs.
the pic is dark for the background and the tree is golden lighted.
I like puzzles too. Always do the edges first and always on the table so I got a corkboard to put it on and that way one can carry it away when the table is needed.
We saved paper too.

Mary said...

The tree shot looks great. Another thing we have in common. I am a jigsaw puzzle nut. I have 3 sitting in their boxes waiting for me to start one...soon. Wanted to get the tree decorated first because I was using the card table to hold ornaments. At this time of year I usually get out the Christmas ones because they are nice and colorful and seasonal. I never do scenery or nature type puzzles. I like the collage type or anything with lots of color and lots of different stuff to look at. I have 100's of puzzles and re-work my favorites over and over. I find it a lot like working on a quilt and think that quilting has helped my eye for color when searching for just the right piece.

CountryMum said...

What a spectacular tree and photo. The snow and lights are gorgeous. Wow!! No wonder it is still one of your favourite photos.