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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Dec 26, 2015 4:50 PM CST
Sherry, loosening up, seeing the bigger picture and laughing at oneself is necessary in every step of life EXCEPT...... flinging tinsel!!!! No! That mental image is making me tense.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Dec 26, 2015 7:29 PM CST
Putting tinsel on the Christmas tree brings back childhood memories. We always put the tree up on Christmas Eve after dinner. Dad would put it in the stand and bring it into the living room. He and Mom would put the lights on, and then we got to help with the rest of the ornaments. Dad would sit back and watch the rest of us while he puffed on a cigar. My mother would put the tinsel near the top of the tree as we weren't tall enough, but we were allowed to put it on the lower branches. It was never as neat and evenly distributed where we kids put it on, but she probably went back when we weren't around and fixed things a bit. I can just hear her saying not so much on one branch, this stuff is expensive. I can still smell the cigar smoke, and see the twinkle in dad's eyes as he watched how excited we were trimming the tree. When the tree was all trimmed, we'd turn off all of the lights except the tree lights, and we'd sit back and just admire how beautiful it was, as we listened to Christmas music on the radio until it was bed time. We didn't have a TV. Then after Christmas when we untrimmed the tree, we took each strand off the tree and carefully saved it for next year. I haven't used tinsel since I started using artificial trees.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Dec 26, 2015 8:45 PM CST
Do you remember the metal-like tinsel that was very flimsy? It preceded the modern tinsel.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Dec 26, 2015 10:17 PM CST
I am not 'neat' with my tinsel, but there is plenty there.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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janwax
Dec 26, 2015 11:39 PM CST
That was a nice shared memory, Tom.
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Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
Dec 27, 2015 9:21 AM CST
Henhouse said:Ahhhhh tinsel... I haven't done it probably since the 70's.. but I was way too anal about it. Remember how several strands would be stuck together? Most *normal* people would just hang them like that, but I'd separate each one, place them hanging evenly on each side, and of course, make sure there was an even well-balanced placement. I had someone come over one time when I was decorating and asked to help. He started flinging the tinsel on willy nilly... I nearly had a heart attack... Hilarious! Sometimes it's really hard being a Virgo. Rolling my eyes.
I think becoming a parent (and now a grandparent) loosened me up a lot. It taught me to see the bigger picture, and also to laugh at myself.. which is loads better than people laughing at you. Whistling


Ah -- same here Sherry -- one single strand at a time -- starting at the back end of each branch, and working my way forward to the front of each branch. It would take HOURS for hanging just the tinsel alone!!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Dec 27, 2015 10:50 AM CST
Wow, throwing up batches is easier. ☺
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Dec 27, 2015 11:08 AM CST
I recall thinking the tree looked kind of like a silver Cousin It from the Addams Family, LOL!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Dec 27, 2015 1:10 PM CST
Neil, I couldn't have described it any better. Thumbs up
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Name: Cleta
Idaho Falls Idaho (Zone 4a)
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cbelt1
Dec 27, 2015 2:44 PM CST
enidcandles said:I am not knocking the other products. I have had Fiskars that were great. I buy a lot of garden tools with a 6 year old here and a 5 year old next door. I don't know what they do with them either. No one ever runs over them with the lawn mower...they just vanish!


I found all kinds of implements in my kids' sandbox after they grew up and we turned it into a garden bed. Finally, a truthful answer to the questions about "Has anyone seen my . . . " The sand monster loved spoons, scissors and trowels .
Cleta
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Dec 27, 2015 5:25 PM CST
Enjoyed reading about all of the tinsel techniques. I am a middle of the road person who puts several strands on each every other branch but never ever have I made each end equal. I do NOT however throw the tinsel on the tree. I love its shimmer when the blinking lights shine on it. I also have bubble lights from when my kids were little. Hard to find replacement bulbs but got some at the Christmas Store on the way to Mackinaw Island. So many memories in all of the ornaments I hang each year.
In regard to tools, I have both an apron for tools and a tool bucket with a strap but I always head out forgetting to bring them! I am in bad need of some good pruners so thanks for the advice.
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iciris
Dec 27, 2015 7:10 PM CST
Jane, could you post a picture of the bubble lights? I might have some if they haven't been thrown away yet.
The ones I think they are might have been from around the 1960's.
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Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
Dec 27, 2015 7:17 PM CST
I love bubble lights -- I remember them from childhood................ Smiling
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 27, 2015 7:29 PM CST
When our kids were young, Santa put the tinsel on the tree for a fun surprise when they clabbered down the stairs. We now only do an outside tree so no ornaments just lights and popcorn.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Dec 27, 2015 9:33 PM CST
Jane - did you go to Bronners? THE Christmas Store in MI. Seems likely to hit Frankenmuth on your way to Machinaw.
I love reading about tinsel. I loved tinsel but my cats outlawed it so I started getting collections of glass icicles. There is a Christmas place on the Outer Banks that got me started. They sparkle and catch the light like tinsel but are safer. Well except from Sawyer - she started trying to bite them so ..... Glare not so many on the tree lately. (Bless her memory but she was weird about chewing on metal and such).
Tom - after lasagna and all that you made duck! Wow. And YUM!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Dec 27, 2015 10:38 PM CST
I stopped putting tinsel when I got Wacko (the cat) I swear his eyes would glow at the sight of tinsel, curling ribbon, or bows.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Dec 27, 2015 10:50 PM CST
yes, cats are not good around tinsel.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Dec 27, 2015 11:51 PM CST
The cats are probably the reason I gave up tinsel..
We didn't have bubble lights as a kid, but I was always intrigued by them at other people's houses. I bought some a couple of years ago and after a few days, a couple of them didn't bubble as well. Last year we bought another string, and same thing. When I took them out this year and tested them, a light in each had dried up and a third weren't bubbling well. Dave (who knows all) says the old ones were filled with ether, and somehow they thought that methylene chloride (a known carcinogen) would be better/safer ?
I had years of collecting ornaments, and also bought many glass icicles. We got a small live tree this year, and I had to put unbreakable ornaments where my grandson could reach, so I didn't put very many on.. Less to take off Thumbs up
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iciris
Dec 28, 2015 1:15 AM CST
Jane, from Sherry's description of the bubble lights I'm sorry to say that is not what I have/had. *Blush*
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Dec 28, 2015 10:27 AM CST
Lestv said:Jane - did you go to Bronners? THE Christmas Store in MI. Seems likely to hit Frankenmuth on your way to Machinaw.
I love reading about tinsel. I loved tinsel but my cats outlawed it so I started getting collections of glass icicles. There is a Christmas place on the Outer Banks that got me started. They sparkle and catch the light like tinsel but are safer. Well except from Sawyer - she started trying to bite them so ..... Glare not so many on the tree lately. (Bless her memory but she was weird about chewing on metal and such).
Tom - after lasagna and all that you made duck! Wow. And YUM!


Leslie -- can you sow a picture of your glass icicles?
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)

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