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Remember the Visigoth?

So last weekend I broke down and undecorated the Christmas tree even though I didn't actually want to take it down this year.  Generally I'm antsy to get my living room back, but this year I really enjoyed our tree.  But it was past 12th Night, I needed my living room back in order to measure for a new sofa, and the tree had stopped taking water.

Or had it?

This is a shot of the bottom of the undecorated tree:

The contraption with the upside down Pepsi bottle is my automatic tree waterer.  A wonderful invention that has prolonged the life of many of our Christmas trees.  However, there is something wrong with this photo.  Let me clarify.

See that tube to the right of the trunk?  That tube is supposed to be IN the tree stand.  To allow the water in the bottle to flow into the tree stand.  So that the tree can drink it.  The DRY tree stand.  Note also the rutched up tree skirt.

I don't suppose anyone around here knows anything about how this happened?

Yeeeaaahhhh...... I didn't think so.


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Jan. 15th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
lol! Bad kitty! Make a note to yourself; next year get a twist tie or something & TIE the tube to the trunk. ;-)

Did you guys get a lot of snow? It looked like you might.
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
I actually contemplated it when I was setting the tree up. But since twist ties are their natural prey I worried that it might actually *attract* trouble. I'd been keeping a daily eye on things, but I tend to get careless at the end of the season. It wasn't a disaster. The tree was only just starting to dry, and I really did need my living room back.

We got less snow than I wanted and more than everyone else wanted. CT's topography makes for odd snowfall totals. We got about 6", the guy in the town just north of us got 10", and a coworker down by the coast barely 1".
Jan. 15th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
You have to admire his ingenuity....
Jan. 15th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
At least he did it at the beginning of January and not the beginning of December! When the presents were still under the tree they protected the tube from rampaging cats. But once the gifts were gone, it became a speedway. Like the rest of the house.

I'm just grateful that he's not a climber!
Jan. 23rd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Egads, I'm just glad the tree didn't have any sparks near it! One cat-based fire hazard, coming right up, sir!
Jan. 23rd, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Nah - no worries. Trees GO when they get dry. We also switched to LED's this year, which have almost no heat. The big fire hazard in this house would be the *fire* in the metal box in the kitchen. And that one is religiously controlled.
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