I am trying to think about how to start this post..I am between laughing, several glasses of wine, a lot of ICY HOT and VERY GRATEFUL that this happened when it did and no one was hurt.
I am really to tired to post this but I am afraid if I wait until tomorrow, I will forget the details. And I want you to know the DETAILS! This began as a very ordinary day....arrived at a house that I have done for probably 12 years plus. I KNOW this tree well and it is one I could do with my eyes closed. First of all they forgot to turn the alarm off, so when I opened the front door the entire neighborhood knew I was there. No problem. Just a few phone calls and we had it turned off, my elves arrived and we started in on our normal routine. This is a HUGE 10-12 foot FAT tree that stands in the middle of the room and you see the entire tree as you walk through the front door. One that is beautiful and fits the room perfectly. Early into the decorating we felt the tree was a little loose (that's a tree term) so we tightened the screws which we found VERY loose and noticed the center pole was a little bent... NO PROBLEM or so we thought. Middle of the afternoon, I knew we were within an hour of being done and was even thinking about going to get a new set of nails...the mantle was finished, all the decorations put in their place and the tree was 90% finished....I was working on the topper and within five minutes I would have been ready to start attaching it..Understand this tree was FULL and beginning to look beautiful!
I was standing back and looking to see where we needed to fill in holes. It just happened that all three of us were on the same side of the tree, none of us on the ladder (THANK YOU LORD), when in a split second the tree (probably one of the heaviest trees we work on) FELL! Just snapped and fell toward a couch. We just stood there in shock.....I think we all either said or thought the same word at the same time...(I need to interject here and THIS IS BRAGGING...we secure the ornaments so well that only 4 things came off and nothing broke.) BUT what TO DO???
We had no idea if the three of us could lift it up. After a couple of one, two, three LIFT, we finally got it upright. But we could not let it go...two elves got under it, worked with every tool we had trying to secure it while I held it from the top...NOTHING. The tree stands between two large columns. Our first thought was to move the tree to one side and wire it to a column... we spent lots of time moving it and TRYING to get it stable. We finally got it wired to the column, still swaying as in REALLY swaying. (not even sure if that was a word) Nothing was working. Then we decided to call my husband to go to Lowe's and get some bags of Quick Crete. We thought we could pile those up under the tree and cover it with a giant tree skirt. This was a stretch but we thought it MIGHT WORK! With that and securing it to the column, we felt like we COULD have a solution. Wrong again!The tree was just an accident waiting to happen. We used everything we could think of including a pizza pan to secure the base..absolutely nothing was working..Remember during this entire time one of us had to be keeping the tree upright. We will all have aching ARMS tomorrow and probably a few bruises.
Now we have been holding the tree up for well over an
hour...and are getting very tired...I happen to have two helpers that don't panic...along with a husband that nothing moves his needle...After he arrived and surveyed the situation and once we realized that nothing we had tried was making a dent...There was only ONE option that we could feel safe with. Take the tree down and buy a new tree. So my client/friend is out looking for a tree tonight. We totally stripped the tree and are now back to SQUARE ONE! In a couple of days when we have a few extra hours we will do the tree again. There are young grandchildren in the house often and it makes me sick to think that the tree might have fallen on one of them.
So TODAY was a FIRST, an exhausting day, BUT we will be on to the next tree tomorrow...I will post some pictures tomorrow night! Be sure and check out the post before this one and listen to some great music...it gives you a chance to win another GIVEAWAY!
PICTURES JUST ARRIVED
we never got a picture of it decorated and on the floor...as in no hands were available to get the camera. These will be very self explanatory!
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