Bright and early on Wednesday morning the crew showed up to work on the trees. This company was fantastic. I'll tell you more as we proceed.
It was an work of art. Bella and I spent most of the day just watching in amazement at the skill of these young men.
They certainly knew exactly what they were doing. Each branch that was cut off was tied to a rope and went down just where they wanted it to go.
When they got down to about 20' the cut the wedge in the bottom of the tree which was about 39" across.
Then, five of the guys pulled on the rope while the tree trimmer finished cutting thru the tree trunk.
And down she went!! I thought "I bet the neighbors think we've had another earthquake because it really shook the house when it hit the ground".
Anyway, they removed four trees, grinded all the stumps, trimmed the three big trees in the front yard, and cleaned up unbelievably.
Get this - they raked the entire front and back yard, cleaned out my flower beds, trimmed the hedge in front and back yard, swept off the front porch and even cleaned out my gutters!! All very polite and so professional. I have no qualms at all about recommending Watkins Tree Service. If you are in the Tulsa area, their phone number is on the first photo of their truck.
Since I was home all day, I decided in between running to the back to watch the tree work, to add a little holiday cheer to my guest room.
I used the Santa hat arrangement I had made for the Christmas Every Monday series on my little what not cabinet.
Over the bed from the bedposts, I hung a greenery garland, a red and cream garland and a ball garland made out of felted wool.
I put three little trees on this cranberry cake pedestal.
At the end, I decided to add a bow to each end of the garlands. I had found this gorgeous velvet ribbon with pom poms on both sides at an Estate Sale a while back.
A little story about the Santa pillow. My Mom did lots of arts and craft shows at Christmas. She made tons of these cross stitched pillows with Santas on them.
A lady called my sister Rita who lives in Pryor where Mom and Dad lived and said she had something she wanted us three girls to have. When she brought them, there were probably 12-15 of these hand stitched pillows my Mom had made and sold at a bazaar in Pryor. The lady who bought them had passed away and the daughter was cleaning out the house. She immediately knew who had made them because they had my Mom's initials on them. She insisted on giving them back to us to share.
So, they will always be really special and so will she.
Thank you sweet lady.