Monday, December 18, 2006


Last night saw several odd things happen, although one of them I didn't find out until this morning.

OH spent all day Sunday finishing up the tree that fell. He said he was feeling sick and so took a shower and went to bed at 6:30 without dinner.

Later that night, I had several appliances running: dishwasher, dryer and furnace. The lights flickered in the house. OH was awake and getting a drink in the kitchen and happened to look out into the backyard at that moment where he said he saw sparks and fire at the shed in the yard, as though it were coming out the electrical outlets. We had had some electrical work done earlier in the day to fix our bathroom switches that weren't done right when they were installed, so it was strange that it happened the same day. I don't know if the two are related, but he turned off that breaker to the shed which, luckily, doesn't affect the house.

I got ready to go to bed at 11:30, and not five minutes after that OH was up puking.


He didn't make it to the toilet, and instead stood heaving onto the bedroom floor. He had begun running to the bathroom, but stopped when he started throwing up, which, who does that? I urged him to go to the bathroom, uh, you know, quickly! Why he stopped to lose it on the bedroom floor, I have no idea. Luckily, we have hardwood floors and so it was easy to clean.

But still, ew.

This morning I got out to the car to take OC to school, when she told me that something was wrong with the car's gas tank. "What is it?" I asked. "The door is open, the little door," she said. "Oh, well would you shut it please?" "No," she said, "I can't because the thing is out, too."

The gas cap was off and lying against the car, as if someone had tried to siphon gas. I had filled the car up just yesterday, and with only 7 miles on that tank of gas it was still full. There were no marks on the car as if it had been forced open, but then again the doors were unlocked to access the switch that opens the lid. No one is around on our deadend street two miles from the center of town.

It was all just really, really weird.

Annoying things have been happening too, like finding out secret cat-peeing areas that are not Officially Designated Cat-Peeing Areas. ARGH!

Note to my cats: I know you guys are stressed out with all these boxes piling up around you, and you don't know what's going on. Why for the love of peanut butter and honey can't you express yourselves in other ways? Like by offering to field a few phone calls for me, or taking the kid to school for me? WHY MUST IT ALWAYS BE BY PEEING WHERE YOU ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO????


The credit union is calling this morning with another two loose ends to our loan. Will we close in time to move this year? Who knows.

Our tree is up. Guess where we got it? If you said "from a branch of the tree that fell in your yard"....YOU WOULD BE RIGHT!

And yes, it is a little ugly and a weird looking Christmas tree, but I'll be go to hell if I'm going to go out in the cold and mud to cut down a tree and pay $35 for it to stand ten days in the house and have to move the damn thing out so we can move our crap 126 miles to the new house. NO. WAY.

Ugly, free, branch-like tree it is!

It's.....I know. But the thing is there are presents under the tree, the kitties are happy to have it, OC is having fun decorating it, and it makes it smell really nice in here. And hey, the picture includes a cute little girl to distract you from that horrible tree!

Just don't look too closely at it (the tree). It might burn your eyes.


Anonymous said...

I think that's a cute tree! My mom, never really into buying a tree, got inventive when I was in high school. One year she just took one of her plants, stuck in in front of the fireplace, and called it the "Christmas Ivy." One of the cats would constantly try to eat the plant and she would shout, "Stop eating the Christmas Ivy!"

Sure, the Christmas Ivy was an unconventional tree, but I remember it more fondly than any other!

Anonymous said...

I feel your pain....There were quite a number of Christmas seasons that coincided with the need to top one of the property trees or utilize a downed tree......thus, the wee point of a huge tree, became our Christmas tree however mis-shapen and odd. The secret is lots of tinsel and ornaments and of course, the presents under it erase all errors of the tree.


marnie said...

That is one beast of a tree, but your kiddo is smiling, so it definitely serves it's purpose.

I think your cats are plotting a mutiny. Better get some catnip ASAP.

Lady M said...

What a clever tree. You can say you're being eco-conscious too!

Kristin said...

I love your little tree and OC makes it all the cuter.

It does sounds as a rash of weirdness is happening... puking on the floor? Missing gas caps? Sparking things?