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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Out With The Old…Even If It Is Beautiful.


This tree is about 45 years old. It once belonged to me…but before that it was enjoyed by to my ex-husband's Smile Nana and late Poppa.

When Nana and Poppa moved from their house to an apartment, they needed to have a smaller tree and this one was slated for the garbage.


I was very tickled to hear my ex-husband Smilesay that we could have the tree! No one else in the family wanted it. I was absolutely in love with it…and just knew it needed to come home with us. I am a very sentimental gal, and thought that it would be a wonderful reminder of Nana and Poppa for our family.


The first Christmas that we had come after we brought it home....I felt like the tears were welling up in my eyes as I set up the tree. I had never seen such a beautiful is absolutely exquisite...even with nothing on it! The "snow" actually looks like real snow...and it is soft...not that brittle fakey plastic that most “snow” trees have. ....I feel in love with this tree.


Two years ago was the last time I set up this tree. I actually set it up three times that year. I just could not bare to look at it. The memories that it held for me were simply too painful to be reminded of, and I had to take it down. I did it three times in total in the year 2009. I even tried to change the look of the decorations, but it didn’t help. It just was too hard…too many painful memories…


When Christmas of 2010 rolled around, I decided I couldn’t even look at it and never even took the tree out of the box. I decorated with another tree and that was the last of the decorating of the “snow” tree.

When my lawyer told me that we were going to possibly have to sell the house, I decided that it was time to let go of some of the old memories, and get ready to start my life again. I donated this tree to a local charity that supports the homeless in our city. They were going to auction it off I think. Although it was difficult to let it go, I felt that it was even more difficult to set it up again, and decided to say goodbye. I had offered this and a few other family items to my ex-husband,Smile but he didn’t want them…so sadly the tree had to move on. It really is too bad. I hope the tree got a good home with someone who loved it as much as I did!

I will admit that I sort of miss that tree…and hope one day to have another one similar to it…one with happy memories attached to it.

I am happy to say that there is a company that my Mom and Dad deal with, that sells trees that are almost identical in “snow” as the snow that adorned the branches of this one. I am thinking about possibly purchasing one for next year! This year I don’t have any decorations set up at all…they are all in boxes on the floor in the living room…lol. To read more about Tootsies New Start…just click this line

My house is now sold as of last week…and we are going to be moving very soon. I hope that this move is swift and painless…and that kids and I will have a fresh and happy start to our new lives…filled with wonderful warm memories of family and friends…and lot of happiness and love.


Thanks for popping over today…I hope you all are getting your decorating done for the holidays! I always love the holiday posts…they are filled with such inspiration! I look forward to sharing my new start with you all in the coming posts!

Until Next Time….Happy Holiday Decorating!!!

*)*)*) to my special three: Happy Holiday decorating!!! And to one of you in particlular…I love how you are trying to compete with me, when honestly you can't compare to me…give up sweetie…you cannot spit polish a turd! hee hee!

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Terra said...

Glenda / Tootsie, I did not know how eventful these past months had been for you. Your blog is a joy to visit, the snowy tree so pretty, and perhaps you will buy a similar one in future.

CiNdEe said...

I hope your move goes smoothly too. It sure isn't the best time to have to move. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas in spite of it all. Hang in there I will be sending happy thoughts your way!!!

Sonia said...

Hi Tootsie,
Well I too did not know you sold your home. Being a sentimental person myself I can identify with your post. I pray that you new start will bring all the blessings you and your children deserve! Your new tree is so pretty! So glad that your old one went to a good place. I will pray that all goes wonderfully for you in the days to come. Hugs to you!! Merry Christmas!

Miss Bloomers

GardenofDaisies said...

Thinking of you and wishing you a Merry Christmas! Hoping that as you build new memories and traditions with your children, the pain of the past will fall behind you.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

I love ya my sweet daughter..from your California mama..

mississippi artist said...

I hope you have a wonderful life in your new home and make new,great memories there. I have been there and done that!

FlowerLady said...

Dear Glenda ~ My heart grieved for you reading this post. Letting go is hard, moving on will be an adventure. May your feel God's love, peace and strength surrounding you and flowing through you as you begin your new life.

Love and hugs to you and your kids,


Alberta said...

I love your tree sentiments and the memories you are keeping! Sad as it is to let some things go, it's exciting to see what comes into your life now.

Wishing you and the family a very Merry Christmas!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I'm sure somebody will give it a loving home.

sabri said... know we all loved this tree at one point..i am sorry it had to go...but it needed to be done !! i can't wait to see what your new journey will be like..i am sure it will be fabulous!! i love you merry christmas..

Lona said...

HI Glenda.Sometimes it is best just to let go and create new memories. I know how you feel sweetie because there are still things after all of these years that brings a tear once in awhile when because it triggers a past memory.Moving to a new home and making new memories for you and the kids will come. I hope your move goes well. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

Gatsbys Gardens said...


This tree is just wonderful and you know they are coming back! The florists manytimes supply these trees fully decorated.


Betty819 said...

It was a pretty tree but I agree with Lona will make your new memories at your new house for you and the kids. I know it is hard to let go of those old the pictures and move on..I've never been through a divorce but I think what you are experiencing is normal reaction. You will be happy all takes time. I hope all goes well with this contract and settlement and you get your fair share of any profits.

How's the greenhouse coming along; is it almost ready for your plants to come back home? Once they are back, you'll be smiling again.

Do you plan to make yourself a new header for your blog once you move?
Do something special with the kids for Christmas; make new memories.
How's the new house renovation coming along? Hope you are taking lots of pictures to show us.

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Good things are ahead for you. Happy times and even more beautiful trees!!!