I’m back at the keyboard again. Life got in the way recently but now I’m making time to post some thoughts that are important to me and hopefully at least interesting to you.
Last summer a Thundercloud red plum tree, resident in our small front yard, reached the end of its days and began to lose in the never ending cycle we call life. Leaves fell, limbs began to droop. It just seemed to lose interest in continuing in this existence.. I was at a loss as to what to do since this very tree held bird feeders, bird houses and crafts that I wanted to display. It was also the central point of a flower garden that my wife used to display her beautiful flowers.
I thought about building a pergola. I considered just placing a series of posts to hold the feeders, houses, and crafts, but could not come to a solution that suited me.
Then my wonderful wife, as if it were just so obvious, mentioned in passing that we should simply make lemonade out of the lemon in our front yard. She said “Why not just trim the tree and hang everything on it?”
An Ornament Tree was born. With Christmas approaching it seemed appropriate to make large wooden outdoor ornaments and display them. The result is what you see. I think its just beautiful and will start a trend.
Of course when the Christmas season is over the tree will be beyond supporting anything and will be cut down, put in the gutter for the city to pick up, and eventually it will return to the earth from which it came. But for a moment, in year A.D. 2014 it was the Lemonade from the Lemon we all know is possible.
Next year there will likely be a pergola with the same ornaments on it. The tree, even as it passed on, served a grand purpose.
Have a Merry Christmas!