(Wordless Wednesday) How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree — and Why It May Be Necessary

Try looking at the photo sequence first. Then check the rollover tags in case my idea isn’t clear enough.

20 Responses to (Wordless Wednesday) How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree — and Why It May Be Necessary

  1. Christina Cronk says:

    Traction? 🙂

  2. stephanie says:

    that is some clever up-cycling!

  3. Tony McGurk says:

    Clever idea LB. Look how much ice is on that path. We’re lucky we don’t get that sort of weather here in Winter. It rarely gets more than a few degrees below zero Celcius

  4. Seabrooke says:

    Creative problem-solving. Your high-school teachers would be proud. 😉 Hope it actually works – be careful out there!

  5. lavenderbay says:

    It does work, Christina, although what works even better is the saved ashes from the summer’s fire-bowl barbecue nights. (Not that we can access them right now, with the frozen-shut garage door…)

    Thanks, Stephanie! And when summer comes, we’ll burn the rest of the tree in our fire bowl, which will provide ashes for next winter…

    With consistently low temperatures this year, Tony, all the snow we got just kept piling up (and up and up…). The good news is that we’ve had very few days like the one pictured above — stuff needs to melt before it can turn to ice.

    Thanks, Seabrooke! Yeah, it works pretty well as a stopgap. The only problem I couldn’t solve today was the empty sunflower seed feeder, because the birdseed, too, is in the inaccessible garage. Sigh.

  6. livingisdetail says:

    That is very economical and environmental LB. The ‘slippery footing’ photo makes me think of the melting surface of a frozen pond. It looks treacherous.

  7. Binky says:

    That’s a great way to recycle, but my interpretation of your photos was a little different:

    Car was locked out of its house (garage), got hungry, ate the Christmas tree for revenge and spit out the gristle. (It’s a murder mystery)

  8. lavenderbay says:

    It can be, Livingisdetail. Older people, especially, have to be very careful in this sort of weather. I pity the posties and newspaper deliverers too, though.

    Okay, Binky, I’ve updated this response. Not only did our messages cross (yours was posted only five minutes before mine), but I didn’t even insert Livingisdetail’s name in my response to her, as is my usual habit. The mix-up made for curious reading. Corrected now.

    It is in no way the belief of this blogger, nor of her country’s government or medical establishment, that hungry, disgruntled automobiles pose any threat of feral eating practices towards our nation’s senior citizens, federal employees, or news agent workers.

    Thanks for your interpretation, though, Binky — it’s funny!

  9. Good thinking. No kittylitter?

  10. eyegillian says:

    And, besides, green-needled tree twigs look so much prettier than handfulls of soil-killing salt.

  11. lavenderbay says:

    We get the clumping kind, Barefootheart, which would, I think, turn to mud. Ick.

    You said it, Eyegillian! — not that I would’ve dragged a sack of it uphill from the Superstore anyway…

  12. Oh, of course. Clumping wouldn’t work. I usually have both around. Me and kitty litter are well-aquainted.

  13. S. Le says:

    I would never think to use nature to keep things steady under foot! Clever you! I just walk like a Conehead!

    Our snow is GONE!! Hurrah!

  14. lavenderbay says:

    I guess you would be, Barefootheart, with seven indoor cats. (Note to readers: if you’re looking for a last-minute gift when visiting Barefootheart, look no further than the pet aisle of your local grocer’s!)

    Thanks, S. Le! I call that ginger way of walking on ice “penguining” — The alusion is made even stronger from all those layers of clothing.
    Your snow is GONE??? Congratulations!

  15. Novroz says:

    Nggg…I don’t understand the pictures 😦
    Can you please explain it. Thx

  16. lavenderbay says:

    Sure, Novroz!
    1. After Christmas, I kept our tree to help shelter a new Elderberry bush from the winter winds.
    2. This past week, I wasn’t able to enter our garage because a recent rain-then-freeze has frozen the bottom edge of the door so it won’t open. I can’t chip off the ice because the garden shovels are in the garage. (Snow shovels are plastic, so they’re not strong enough.)
    3. The front walk and steps are icy. We have ashes and sand in the garage, but I can’t open the garage.
    4. I can’t drive to the store for a bag of sand, either, because my car is stuck in too much icy snow.
    5. I’m worried about the people who deliver our newspaper and mail.
    6. I go to the old Christmas tree, break off some of its limbs, and use them for people to walk on with less chance of slipping and falling.

    On the brighter side, we’re supposed to be getting highs of 3, 8, and 9 over the next three days, so I’ll be able to get that garage open again — and clean up around my little car!

  17. Novroz says:

    Now I can understand the pictures clearly, Thank you 🙂
    I guess the fact I’ve never seen snow makes it hard to understand.

  18. lavenderbay says:

    You’re welcome, Novroz!

  19. Binky says:

    That’ll teach you not to keep your shovels in the garage. What’re you trying to be, all neat and organized?

  20. lavenderbay says:

    I — I’m sorry, Binky, I’m a first-time garage owner. I’ll go out first thing this week and dishevel the shovels.

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