Andy was happy and excited when he came home Tuesday evening. He said, “Guess what Beate and Tim gave me! A tree!” They planted it for him that evening, and he’s hoping it will survive the transition from its old hothouse environment to the harsher conditions up on the land. As you can see he’s already tied the top to a pipe with a red rag — the stem isn’t strong enough to support the top cluster of branches without help. He’ll trim as little as possible to make it viable even when the wind blows.

The tag on the tree says it’s deer-resistant but not deer-proof. We’re not sure what that means, but we’re hoping for the best.

Do you ever get excited about gifts?

Thanks to Mike, Evan, Ursula, Cathy, tammy, bikehikebabe and Rummuser for commenting on last week’s post.

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13 Responses to Presents

  1. Mike says:

    That’s a wonderful gift!

    Do I get excited about gifts? Not really — I’m pretty hard to shop for.

  2. bikehikebabe says:

    WOW!!! Golly GEE WHIZ. I’m REALLY excited about your tree.
    Beate & Tim must really love you. And why not? You’re the Best!

    Me? I’d rather buy my own stuff.

  3. Mike says:

    bhb — That’s why I’m so hard to buy presents for. If it’s something I’d get excited about, I probably already have it or it’s too expensive for anyone to gift it to me.

  4. Evan says:


    I have an Aunty who is famous in our family for wildly inappropriate gifts.

    But a book voucher – now that is guaranteed to get me excited!

  5. Jean says:

    The neat thing about this one is that Andy couldn’t have done it himself. The tree is too big.

    They love Andy, and why not? They’re great neighbors (summer only), and they keep an eye on him when they’re there to make sure he’s all right. They’re about 28 years younger than he is. It’s touching.

    I buy a lot from Amazon, but even so I get excited when someone gives me a gift card there. The gift I’ve gotten most excited about in my life was a Snoopy watch I bought for Kaitlin years ago. I bought it in early November and could hardly wait until Christmas to see her open it.

  6. tammyj says:

    people know not to buy me anything. i’ve spread the word!
    but trees…
    that’s a different thing. i was given three trees for the wee blink bonnie. (then i bought three). i love trees as you know.
    to me … a perfect gift! they all were growing big and tall and thriving! now the family that bought the wee blink bonnie are enjoying them.
    i wish your beautiful little tree god speed!

  7. Jean says:

    It sounds like you and Andy agree about the ideal gift! We will keep you posted about how the tree does. I’ll also comment on some of the other trees he has planted. They’re a lot smaller.

  8. Cathy in NZ says:

    what a grand gift…hope it grows big and strong…and the deer leave it alone.

    A few years ago, I got a lot of gift vouchers and I actually had some difficulty with a few of them – too many choices…finally I used a few as part-payment towards something…

  9. Rummuser says:

    That is a very thoughtful gift because the recipient is someone who will appreciate it.

    It has been a mighty long time since I got a gift from anyone. I have received a lot of help during difficult times from family and friends which are, in my opinion, bigger gifts than things. I think that I accepted them, and continue to do so with humility and gratitude rather than get excited about them. I don’t know how I will react if someone gifted me with an Alfa Romeo.

  10. Jean says:

    What, if anything, do you get exited about?

  11. Rummuser says:

    My grand nephews and nieces.

  12. Dixie says:

    What a gorgeous tree! Love that and anything for my yard is a gift I’d love.

  13. Jean says:

    I seldom get gift vouchers, so I still get excited thinking about what to do with them. It sounds as if you made a good choice.

    This Thursday I’ll show pictures of much smaller trees. Some of them were appreciated gifts too.

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