Sunday, December 20, 2015

Shiny Brite Tree and a Anniversary

Finally the Shiny Brite tree is up.  For those of you who follow my blog and the Shiny Brite journey, you will remember that I had a really tall tree…like 9 1/2 to 10 feet tall.  It was just TOO much.  We barely got it in the air last year.  So I sold it.  Yup not the ornaments just the tree.
This is what it looked like last year.
The whole tree
Chance and the Shiny Brite tree 2014.
I purchased a 7 1/2 foot tree after Christmas last year knowing that a shorter tree would be better.  This one I can set up all by myself.  Next year I must put the tree top ornament and a few ornaments on the very top before I put it all together.
Chance at the Shiny Brite tree
In previous years Chance would come up the stairs all by himself to check on me and look out the door or cuddle up on one of the beds and nap.
This year he had to be coaxed upstairs, the cold weather that settled in really kicked up his arthritis.  Mine too …such is life when you are older. 
Chance hiding his face
He really didn’t want his photograph taken. 
The tree is done Dec 19
This year the tree is in front of the french doors.  I have decorated it all around, front and back and sides.  Not sure how many ornaments are on the tree…enough.

Lots of memories on the tree, many ornaments are named. Some are still with us and some have passed on.   Grace, Rae, Lillian and Susans, JoLynn, Edie, Sandy, Chance, Gene, Madeline, Minnie, Tom and Lindas, Leann and last but not least Jennifer.  I think of all these people that were so kind to gift me with Shiny Brites over the years.  My Sandy’s were purchased at her estate sale and my Minnie was a gift from Edie. All special.

Today is our anniversary!  We have now been married 46 years, through thick and thin want and plenty, better and worse, richer and poorer, happy times and sad times we muddled through together.   We will celebrate when Far Guy feels better.  
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37 comments:

  1. Your Shiny Brite tree looks great! So smart of you to get a size you can handle. No worries, more fun to decorate - all the way around!
    Happy Anniversary! We marked 46 years last March. Lasting life partnerships are a wonderful thing.

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  2. The tree is gorgeous and I'm happy you purchased one that is more manageable. Love that last pic with Chance. Happy Anniversary to you both and I hope you guys feel better soon.
    All of your ornaments are so special and how thoughtful of so many to remember your passion for these pretty collectibles.

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  3. Oh Happy Anniversary ours is this week too. People thought we were crazy to get married days before Christmas but as you know all the very best things happen before Christmas.
    Shiny Brite tree was very big:):) Merry Christmas and Happy Anniversary they should have cards for that:):) HUGS B

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  4. Beautiful tree! And Happy Anniversary!

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  5. I don't know which is more beautiful, the tree or the background! Hope Far Guy feels up to a little celebration. 46 years sounds like a lot but all of us of a certain age realize it's only the blink of an eye. Congratulations!

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  6. Ta-dah! There it is! It's stunning and in from of the snowfallen background it's really spectacular. Well done. I have to ask . . . is that a Shiny Brite finial atop the tree? I only just read about those yesterday. Well done! So sweet that you've named your special ornaments. I like that. A bit of heaven and earth together on that tree. Sorry that the cold has affected both you and Chance. I totally get the arthritis pain. Happy anniversary to both of you and I hope Far Guy feels well soon.

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    1. Yes that is a Shiny Brite Topper, Far Guy gave it to me for my birthday one year...the original box too:)

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  7. Happy Anniversary to the both of you! The Lord continue to bless your marriage with much Love & Happiness.

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  8. Congratulations to both of you! Today my husband, Phillip, and I have been married 40 years. We will celebrate later. My Aunt Emma's funeral is at 1:00 p.m. She was 90 and was a quiet, kind, and gentle lady. We have wonderful memories of her life.

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  9. Your tree is absolutely beautiful, not just the Shiny Brites but the memories they hold.

    Happy, happy anniversary!!!

    May all your Christmas season be shiny bright!

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  10. I hope Far Guy feels better soon, and that Chance's arthritis eases up so that he can get around better. Congratulations on a very long marriage, and your amazing dedication to the Christmas spirit!

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  11. Happy Anniversary and congratulations on your long, successful partnership. That is a rarity these days. What a wonderful example you have set for your children and their children.
    You sure put up tall Christmas trees and I don't know how you manage. They are beautiful.
    I hope you both start feeling better soon. Tell Chance that cold weather makes my osteoarthritis hurt more, too!

    Shirley H.

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  12. Congratulations and happy anniversary! The tree is beautiful. I love it in front of the french doors. The picture looks like a post card. It would make a pretty Christmas card. Chance is so sweet.

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  13. Congratulations on your anniversary!!! Your tree is beautiful and I'm like you, each year my tree gets shorter. Hope your bones and Chances feel better soon.

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  14. Happy, Happy Anniversary to you and Far Guy! May you have many more together. You Shiny Brite tree is gorgeous and chance is still the Handsomest Border Collie. Hope you all are feeling better soon.

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  15. It's really beautiful. I looked at your header and was a little anxious until I found Chance under the tree. Happy anniversary to you both and I do hope FG is on the mend by now. Your tree is WAY better this size. :-)

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  16. Fantastic job on the new tree. The ornaments look fabulous on the tree and will catch the light perfectly from the Feench doors. Enjoy!

    Happy Anniversary, too.

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  17. Beautiful tree! And, yes I love getting out the ornaments every year - such memories attached to many of them. Happy anniversary to you and your hubby!

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  18. Happy Anniversary, Connie! Tomorrow is our 48th!

    Linda

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  19. Happy Anniversary! to you both and many more.

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  20. I am so very glad you did get a smaller tree! You can rotate out the shiny brites from year to year, as I am sure you couldn't fit them all on the tree--LOL! Chance did not look too happy--but his picture by the new tree looks good.

    I hope you and FarGuy are both feeling better soon. Happy Anniversary!! Love and hugs from Fargo!! :) :)

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  21. Happy anniversary! Have a great day! It's interesting that you named shiny brights. It's a good remembrance of people.

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  22. Happy Anniversary to you both ! Hope Far Guy gets better soon ! Oh your shiny brights and tree are always soo pretty ! love that you named the shiny brights as well . It is chilly here and we are still snowless temps on Christmas day are to be 12C eh? and sunny unusual for us who have always been known as the deep north of Ontario Canada lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  23. The shiny brites are looking good. It is a lot of work to get them all on there. The big tree was a good one but it does need to be manageable. I placed a platform at the bottom step of our back steps for Barney. It took him a week to make the transition of getting up the one step four feet deep and then going up the next two steps with ease. He has never been able to go up our stairs to the second floor even when he was young. My shiny brites are still in the storage room. I am behind on everything. Congrats on the anniversary. Far Guy needs to get better so he can have steak.

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  24. The tree looks gorgeous! It's so lovely to have ornaments that have such meaning and memories.

    Congrats on your 46th wedding anniversary, that is quite the milestone. I wish you many more years together.

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  25. Happy Anniversary! Your tree is beautiful, Chance is looking pretty good too, even if he doesn't want his photo taken.

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  26. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY AMD MERRY CHRISTMAS

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  27. Happy Anniversary! I love your tree. Both the really tall on and the one that is the replacement. Those ornaments are "to die for". Wonderful memories!!

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  28. Happy Anniversary! Your tree looks wonderful! And sorry to hear about Chance's arthritis - that's what Oscar had. He became a new dog though on meds.

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  29. Well, at least you had the room to put up a ten foot tall tree! Better that you downsized, though. Who wants a wrestling match at Christmas?!

    Congratulations on forty six years! Wonderful!

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  30. Your tree is lovely but more so those 46 years of wedded bliss (and not so blissful). Happy anniversary!

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  31. beautiful tree. beautiful dog.
    Happy Anniversary.

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  32. Happy Belated Anniversary! 46 years? Wow! Congratulations to both of you! Beautiful tree and such great memories attached to the ornaments.

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