Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Our first Christmas in the house...

We have curtains for interior doors, no kitchen cabinets, and no baseboard trim, but that hasn't kept us from moving in.  There are very few pine trees on our farm, so last week, after the kids got out of school, we went to farm about 15 miles west of here and cut our first Christmas tree for the new house.

When we got back to the house, I took the spare tire out of the back of my truck and bolted the tree to it to keep it upright.  I just hope I don't have a flat tire out on the road before I get the tire back in my truck.

Rhonda and the kids have done a great job decorating it.  The two younger kids got bored quickly though, and moved on to a game of cards.  Our older boy wasn't there for the tree cutting, so he's the one on the ladder decorating it.


Blogger karl said...

Congratulations on your move to the house. I'm very happy for you guys. Have a great Christmas and i'll go out on a limb and say we are all looking forward to interior photos now that it's furnished...even though it's not yet finished...

On the interior door note, I remember the custom doors and those look great. When I was building my timberframe, for many of the interior doors I used antique ones (stripped off the paint, got new antique hardware or restored the stuff that came with the door), mounted a new jamb (which is child's play compared to the big stuff you've done) and mounted the door on some new ball bearing brass hinges. Endless compliments follow. One trip to an architectural salvage place will have you in really good shape very quickly. Ebay tends to kill you on shipping for doors.

Happy 2010 while I'm at it and may it be a successful one for your building and political aspirations.

December 23, 2009 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger brad_bb said...

Big tree. No water to keep it hydrated? Be very careful man, you know what can happen with a dry Christmas tree and the perils of the house in the worst case scenario. Merry Christmas, Brad

December 24, 2009 at 12:11 AM  
Blogger Thomas Massie said...

Merry Christmas Brad!!! And thank you for posting the warning about dry trees. My truck rim had a dish shape to it, so we were able to fit a perfectly sized punch bowl under it for the h2o. Only about 1 inch of the tree trunk is under water, so it requires re-watering about every day! I did the old trick of re-cutting the base of the tree after we got it home (it had already healed itself up with sap). Maybe next year I'll weld up something more stable and easier to water.

2 more minutes until Christmas!!!!!

December 24, 2009 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger STG-UNITECH said...

...My congratulations...Splendid work.
All good in new year 2010.

Stan from Poland

January 9, 2010 at 2:33 PM  
Blogger Rusto said...

Does this mean no more TF blog?
You've been my biggest hero since I stumbled across your site about a year ago. I've been telling everyone I talk to about it.
I've been trying to convince my wife of doing the same thing only smaller.
Recently I reread all your posts and have come up with several questions on different topics and was wondering what would be the best way to ask you with out having to post them individually in each topic area.
Thank you so much for doing this blog.


February 22, 2010 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger TBeaulieu said...

OH MY! What a gorgeous house!!!

March 31, 2010 at 7:37 PM  

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