But let me start from the beginning.
Shelby and I met him after work at Lowes. He gets there before we do. As we pass through the garden section into the building I see the artificial trees and give them a once over glancing. Let me tell you, the pictures on the Lowes site are useless. The trees I thought were ugly are not, the trees I thought were full and pretty, are not. The only thing I can figure is you have to bend your branches and stems just right so it looks good with no gaps and so I ended up getting something totally different than I thought I was going to get.
Shelby and I went on into the store and found Ian. It wasnt crowded, it was quite the opposite in there. As I strode by the pet section I snagged a bottle of Adams flea and tick spray. I need to spray my show birds with it, seven in particular right now this week as I am showing seven barred rock bantams this weekend in Dalton. Its more of a just in case thing. I checked them all over yesterday and didnt see any mites, but, if they are placed next to other birds in the show, you never know what someone elses birds might have. Its a good habit to keep them sprayed all the time. I usually use the Frontline Spray, but I am out of it right now.
On to the trees. You know how it is. You have to look them all over at least 27 times! You have to be SURE. This can be quite daunting for my family as their patience is next to none. Ian is not interested in getting a 'plastic' tree and Shelby has no interest in being at Lowes at all for any reason whatsoever. She is more tolerant when it is just her and I, because when you add Ian into the mix its like having two children with you. Add a lack of interest and it gets annoying pretty quick.
I was actually in a very good mood. I haven't felt in the Christmas spirit for a few years now. I am feeling it this year, and I feel like it is going to grow through December. I was looking forward to getting some new garland for the new tree that I finally picked out. I ended up getting one without the lights already on it. After inspecting closer I saw the lights were just twisted ever whichaway on the branches and I didnt much like the look of the tangled mess. I got three strands of multicolored LED lights over on the lighting aisle. I also got a beautiful huge crystal type star. Shelby said she thought it was pretty too. Ian walked around the corner and I kept staring at the star and I told him... well, I thought it was pretty...but, all I could thing of was those crystals looked like...well, your going to laugh, but they remind me of the crystals at the Fortress of Solitude, all sticking up out of that table or whatever they are all on. Yep, Superman Fortress of Solitude Crystal Christmas North Star. Thats what is going on the top of the tree. Too funny. He said that was just too sad, lol, but he could see what I was saying.
Before finding all the other odds and ends...I walked around and down each Christmas encrusted aisle, looking, gawking at all the pretty shiny stuff. Then I saw it. I think my face turned red as a beet and my head about popped off my neck from the pressure I got so excited!!! Wait til you SEE what I found. I found...wait for it...I found....
A lighted...Christmas....CHICKEN FAMILY!! Oh YES I DID! It can be used outside or inside. I am afraid it gets too windy out here for it to go outside, so I will probably set them up right next to the tree! They are SO CUTE! :) Ian rolled his eyes and Shelby was like OH MY GOSH MAMA like I had lost my mind over such a trivial thing...I dont care, I got excited!
I found a new ornament. Its a teeny tiny John Deere tin lunchbox replica...so neat.
I loved wandering the aisles, sniffing the candles. I found a nice cinnamon/pine scented candle that wasnt pungent like most pine candles. I will burn it so we can have that 'tree' smell in the house.
Now I must make something clear. Usually, I won't acknowledge Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday of all of ours and we want to give it our full attention. So when I wanted to go get this tree and browse at all the Christmas decorations and buy a few things more it was met with discontent and resistance by my family. Ian said it wasnt time for Christmas yet. I explained that he sure didnt want to come here the day after Thanksgiving, or any day after that. There would be no choosing which tree, you would get what they had left. It would be noisy and crowded, people and their kids up and down the aisles, stuff pulled off shelves, stuff missing that I would have wanted. It would have been less that a pleasure for sure. I was only trying to get the tree before all the chaos begins. I won't even be able to put it up until this Sunday.
I just felt happy. My family often comments about my moods, especially when I am in a bad mood. When I am grumpy. Most of the time it is because I am very tired and it is at the end of the day and I look around and there is still laundry to do, dishes to do...and I have no energy left to do that. I barely have enough left to cook supper. I pointed out that I was in a very good mood, but they were trying to ruin that mood with all the moaning and groaning. They should be thankful for when I am in a good mood.
We all know the saying. If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. ;)
Anyway, I have my PLASTIC tree. I have my light up Chicken Family. I have lights to go on the tree. I have a star and garland. I will get Ian to go up into the attic on Sunday and pull down all the bins of Christmas decorations. I thought all this warmer weather would make me not feel in the holiday mood, but it has actually been quite the opposite to my surprise.
So Ian says shopping at Lowes for Christmas decor has ruined his love for shopping at Lowes. I bet he will recover and live to shop again...at Lowes. ;)
They did like the little cardboard glasses with the lenses that made the lights on the tree look like certain shapes. They were such a simple thing, but so neat! One pair of glasses made the lights look like snowmen, another was snowflakes, and the last one was little Santa heads. It was really neat, so we got one of each.