Harvey and Greg struggled to bring the pine tree inside that we had just cut down at Greg’s place in the mountains. He had a surplus of pines and needed to clear a few close to his cabin.
I busied myself getting the warm water in the tree stand, adding some green food coloring, a trick my mother taught me to keep the Christmas tree greener. I brought it out and while my husband and friend secured the tree I put on Christmas Carols.
Drinking Hot Toddy’s we strung lights, put up glass decorations and lastly tinsel. I love tinsel don’t you? Yes, I know it makes a mess but…it’s Christmas.
Jasper came around the bend licking his paws. His hackles went up; he glared at the tree and sprang toward it faster than any of us could catch that cat. Up to the top. I feared my glass ornaments would get broken.
A hiss, a howling meow and down came a squirrel and Jasper right after it, tinseled tail and all. Around and around they ran between the tables, chairs and tree. Harvey, Greg and I all gave chase. Finally, I threw a towel over the squirrel and we laughingly released it into our backyard.
Writer’s license: I wrote the story in a fictional setting, but I heard that this really happened to someone on the radio last night. There was no mention of tinsel, something I don’t allow in my house do to the mess.
Now onto my blogger award.
L’Aussie created this award: L’Aussie Fair Dinkum Award
Isn’t it awesome? A picture of oz. Yes, apparently so. She awarded it to all her fair dinkum blogging friends. I’ve been called a lot of things but never that. And it seems an honorable thing to be identified as. I got the award because she thought I was someone special. Super cool, anyway, I commented on her blog and that was one reason.
She gave it to a lot of folks. I’m not sure I can do that. For one thing, if I give it to everyone, we might run out of people who blog. I have chosen three fair dinkum bloggers.
1. Emma de Mattos at The Voices In My Head, because she is Dominic’s daughter and she and her dad came up with this really cool writing game that I will be sharing later this week. I mean, two writers, a dad and a daughter both blogging. How much more Fair Dinkum can you get? (I won’t give to Dominic, that way she can.)
2. Misha at My First Book who is a full time student, blogger and aspiring writer and even so tackled NaNo…that’s more than I would do. She lives in South Africa and actually follows me. So she’s definitely Fair Dinkum.
3. Jules at Trying To Get Over The Rainbow who writes the most fabulous blog post and can create a story out of almost anything. I bow to your great abilities. If she ain’t Fair Dinkum, then I don’t know who is.
Recipients of this L'Aussie Fair Dinkum award are asked to:
• leave me a comment on this post, telling me what you think Fair Dinkum really means in 30 words or less - not just in the blogging world, but in your whole world view. Do you know some fair dinkum people? Tell us about them.
• tell me why you think I chose these particular images to represent Oz
• post on your blog, linking back to me if you're pleased to receive my award
• pass the award onto the 'fair dinkum' bloggers in your life - as many/few as you like
OPTIONAL: Write a blog post on your thoughts about being fair dinkum but please link back to me so I can read it!
By the way, L'Aussie isn't saying what fair dinkum means until later this week. So I may be totally wrong. Whatever it turns out to be, I think it's worth a laugh.
Have a great day and be fair dinkum to all.