Some of you have seen the video, below, but if not, it’s worth a watch, when Ayla was a puppy with our first Anatolian.
Note: David and I look a bit older now because of course we are, but we have always half-way joked that Ayla took years off our lives because she was always such a night-time barker. She has amazing hearing, even mice in bushes 100 yards away would set her off. She has a number of raccoons under her belt and also survived a fight with a pit bull (it was her fault, she wandered onto its property one day when she decided to just go check out the neighborhood after nine years of staying within fences. Never did figure out what that was all about.
Here is a gallery with more before/after pictures. Appreciation to Moore Flooring in Oroville for the floor work and to Freck Kohring (brother-in-law) for assistance with baseboard replacement.
She got her cast off! (She broke her back leg a couple months ago).
She almost qualifies for a new label: “attack goat”. She was so happy and excited she just dove for me a few times.
Gallery of Trees, 2007 – 2019
In 2016, the venue changed when we moved. We still do 13′ trees that we harvest (with $10 permit) from the national forest land 25 miles up the road from us. When lack of snow allows, we go to around 5,000 feet elevation and get what locals call a ‘silver tip’ (a cross between a red and Douglas fir). In deep snow years, we get what we can get. Not sure which of the trees above was what we called the “heart attack” tree. No, we did not get heart attacks, but we said never again will we haul a giant tree up a steep hill in deep snow through dense thicket. Now we look for proximity to road, downhill, and as little snow as possible, even if it means driving up and getting the tree right after Thanksgiving. The current home also requires trees which are less dense and smaller diameter. These are usually lighter trees, which is fine by us these days.
Photo log for 2019 tree, from forest to fully decorated (below).
To hold a heavy, 13′ tall tree, we had to come up with a suitable stand. David saw one priced at about $500 on the Internet. It looks like a great stand! However, with materials at-hand, I made our own.
- 1 discarded, hollywood bedframe,
- 1 piece of 13″ steel pipe,
- 4 large, long bolts with matching nuts,
- 1 piece of sheet metal,
- 1 1/4″ lag bolt 3″ long
- a can of green spray paint
With an ox-acetylene torch, cut the bedframe into 4, equal lengths. Use the torch to cut the desired length of pipe and to cut a piece of sheet metal for the base and to heat the bolts to bend their ends into something like large eye-bolts for easier hand turning. With an arc-welder, weld the pipe to the sheet metal base, ensuring solid weld for no water leaks. Weld the frame to the sheet metal base to support it. Use the torch to cut four holes near the top of the pipe (at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock) to accommodate the bolts. Weld a nut onto the pipe on the backside of each bolt-hole. Weld the lag bolt upright on the sheet metal in the center of the pipe. This bolt will help keep the tree centered in the stand while the bolts are tightened. Wire-brush after welding and paint. The bolts adjust as needed to straighten tree and hold it firmly in place. It will not tip over, probably even if we climbed the tree!
- Harvest turkeys a few days before (photos not included)
- Start cooking the day before (pies, cranberries, and other sides)
- On Thanksgiving Day, get up at 5:00 a.m. to stuff the turkey
- Put turkey in oven at 6:00 a.m.
- Guests arrive at 12:00 p.m. with additional, amazing food contributions
- Take turkey out of oven at 12:30 p.m. to rest
- Bake bay-leaf-scented spoon rolls
- Eat Hors d’oeuvres