Sunday, December 7, 2008

Tree catastrophe

Soooooooo yeah...


Remember yesterday when I said I was going to get all of the Christmas stuff done and out and all the bins put away? Well, I did. I got it ALL done. And I was basking in it all evening. Even got to bed before midnight.


This morning we woke up to this:



I didn't cry.


Close.


I didn't cry.


Our ten foot real tree, base filled with water...on the floor.

Oh for all that is good, you've got to be kidding me.

I've had a real tree almost every year of my 33 years and nothing like this has ever happened. While we struggled to get it back up, I realized the stand was cracked and that's why it fell.

The floor was soaked. And the ribbon got soaked. And stained the floor.

Big. pink. spot.

Yeah. Really.

Took a trip to Target, got a new stand, new bag, new ornaments. I'm OK.

It is still in the old stand, barely hanging on. I'm waiting for it to fall any second...Hubby is performing at a show and Sister isn't home yet. When they get back we'll get everything back to normal. Till then even the cats aren't allowed to breathe on it.

And I'll show you our magnificent tree later. Sniff.


I'm not crying.


I swear.


50 comments:

  1. Oh, Sarah!! That is so sad!! I wish I could help you!! Believe me I would have been crying. Did you get the stain out of the carpet???
    Hugs, Terrie

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  2. Oh my goodness...what a nightmare! I'm so sorry! Don't worry, you're a powerhouse. You'll be able to fix it all. I just know it!

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  3. Oh gosh I know how you feel! Our very large puppy had ours over within an hour of it going up and the new glass decorations smashed everywhere! So I had a terrified puppy, broken glass and a very annoyed husband! Turns out the base wasn't set right (by hubby!) and he knocked it over again the next day!! It's now weighed down totally ;)

    I hope your stain comes out and enjoy redecorating your tree x

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  4. I am SOOOOO sorry, That is all of our worst nightmares. Last year I was sitting on the couch and I kept hearing something behind me and I thought it was our dog. I go to turn around and our tree is starting to fall over so I jump up and get it before it falls. I had to hold it until the neighbor came over and fixed it. (hubby was at work) I hope you get it all cleaned up and fixed.

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  5. Oh No Sarah! I feel your pain. It's ok to go ahead and cry...it might make you feel better. That happened to me on my very first married Christmas. We came home from work one night to find the whole shebang crashed on the floor, with all of my prized ornaments I'd been collecting for years, underneath. Luckily, most of them made it our alive. My dear sweet ingenious hubbs ended up wiring the whole thing to the wall. Yes, you heard me. I said wired. I am sure our landlord wondered what we'd been up to when we moved! I hope you can get that stain out of your carpet...what a bummer! Good luck.

    ~Amanda

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  6. OMG!! That is awful! No one would blame you if you cried.

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  7. Oh no!! I know how you feel because this happened to us our first year of marriage!! Except it was on hardwood so all our ornaments shattered! I'm sorry!

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  8. I would be crying, for sure... or more like, BAWLING my EYES out!

    Can't wait to see the decorated tree.

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  9. This whole thing is your decorating party and you can cry if you want to! I think I have anger issues because stuff like this doesn't make me cry - it makes me furious! I get sooooo mad. I know you will re-beautify it in no time.

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  10. So sorry to see what happened...such a bummer! Bless your heart! I think we're all stressed with Christmas right around the corner, that anything becomes a very big thing. Hope it all gets resolved soon...hang in there!

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  11. Oh my gosh, Sarah!! I am SOOO sorry. You are a better woman than I am because I DEFINITELY would of cried!! I am sure the "new" tree will look even better!!

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  12. You don't have to cry - we're crying for you! I know this is exactly what would happen if I had a real tree this year (like we always have had in the past). Except mine would be on the floor from a 4 month old kitten - not a cracked container! One word - throw rug!

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  13. Awww, so sorry!! Are you going to be able to get the stain out of the carpet? Show us the tree after you get it fixed. I'm sure you will, and I'm sure it will be beautiful.
    :)

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  14. Aww...that is so sad. I'm so sorry. Did you get the stain out?

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  15. I have to tell you this would be the last time I had a real tree if I were you!!! I love my fake trees!!! The best part is no mess! No water! AND thet stay green. My last real tree came home BROWN. We couldn't get it clean. Never again.

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  16. I, would have cried. It just looks so sad laying there. I know you're going to get it up and beautiful lickety split!

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  17. Oh, I'm so sorry that happened. I would have cried. We do have a fake tree even though I do love to have real pine branches, etc. to fill the need of real greenery.

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  18. Hello! My first time commenting here. :-) It takes a lot of work and time to put up a tree so I can't blame you if you feel like crying. Don't be sad because it will be up before you know it. :-)

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  19. oh my! breath! I can't wait to see the finished tree!

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  20. I cried yesterday when I realized on of my kids scratched the leaf to my dining room table up. SO, I think this is a good sobbing cry worthy! Plus, I love that just one side is decorated??? We do that too! Is that being thrifty??? Aren't you blessed though to have a tree that's so beautiful. So cry! Go ahead you will eventually!

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  21. Sorry about your tree, but hopefully you'll get it all fixed & it will be beautiful again. Love all your decor so far.

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  22. Oh girl, it's ok to cry. You'll be laughing in years to come. It sure is a lovely tree.

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  23. Oh NO!!!

    I'm crying for you, but then, I just had a baby and basically cry about everything these days...

    Bless your heart!!!

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  24. Love your blog sweetie! And I am sorry..but, I couldn't help but almost pee in my big girl panties when I saw the fallen tree! What else could one do but laugh, otherwise I am sure you would cry....xo..deb

    (just to make you feel better..this happened to me one year and I actually had to tie it to hooks I put into the wall so the tree would stay standing!)

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  25. I found your blog as I was trying to recruit tree disaster pics for my blog Contest! (BTW- I listed your pic and linked to your blog) Now that I am here- I just love your blog!!!!!! I will come back and visit!!!!

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  26. Cry away! I would be! I worked so hard on a peppermint wreath, giving myself a 3rd degree burn the size of a quarter on leg in the process. And I finished, admired my handiwork, and set it down on the table to go and get the sealant spray. It feel off the table and the peppermints shattered. I WAS DEVASTATED. And like you, I didn't cry, but I sure did want to.

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  27. oh no I would be crying! Glad you got it fixed!

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  28. that is so crazy! I totally would have cried!

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  29. I'm not laughing.

    I swear.

    Too bad you can't blame it on the kids. At least you could sell them...I don't think anyone will buy your cracked stand.

    You mentioned that you went and got new ornaments. Is this like when I say we need a new (fill in the blank) and my husband says that the one we have is fine and then the one we have gets (mysteriously) damaged so that we HAVE to get a new one??? Just checking...

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  30. Ohhhh, let it out, cry, you'll feel better!

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  31. OMG, I feel for you...I've had it happen before (minus the pink stain)! Although my daughter "painted" her cream carpets pink with mummies good smellin' lotion a while back...that was fun :-) Hope you get it back up okay!

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  32. omg this happened to me yesterday while we were sitting here watching tv and my tree fell and broke a lot of oranaments and yes I did cry.... So sorry for your tree I hope the stain comes out of the carpet. Good Luck
    julie

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  33. Ok, Tar's feeling snappish, and it isn't even my tree! I'm sure that's just what you needed. I hope tomorrow will be a much better day. You might want to buy some anchors!

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  34. Oh, I'm so sorry....mine tumbled one year and I had to totally redo all the lights....my least favorite job anyway! Who knows why it fell, but it was tied up with fishing nylon after that. I tied it to a door knob behind it!

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  35. Seriously, I can't believe that happened to you. I was in my kitchen this morning and looked over and my tree tipped too. That has never happened to me either. How weird is that! Good luck fixing it, yours sounds a lot worse than mine. I wanted to cry too!

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  36. Oh, I'd be crying!! I am terrified this year that my toddler will pull mine down! I know you'll get it fixed and it'll be better than ever.

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  37. I'm so sorry! What I love most is that you are sure to take a picture so you can blog about it! You are a real trooper! I hope you are able to get the stain out, too. Feel free to cry...

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  38. Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!

    This has happened so many times at my parent's house thanks to the parade of pets over the years that there is a small eye hook tucked on one side of a door frame and a matching one hidden in the side of their mantel. When the tree is ready to be positioned, my Dad wires the darn thing to the wall!

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  39. OH! NO!

    My dad used to hammerour tree into the wall growing up. Used fishing line as a guide wire. I swear! Just call us reds. Embarrasing but true. My mom would just roll her eyes.

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  40. Oh my! That's terrible! I think the most upsetting part is the stain on the carpet! That would have had me in tears for sure!

    We had real trees, when I was growing up, until 1 very memorable year. My Dad had spent weeks working on a special train village to go under the tree. He used his train from we he was a kid. It looked awesome.

    Then, we went out of town for 1 night and came home to the tree on the floor and a soaking wet and warped train village. I have never heard my Dad use all of the words he used that day since! LOL!

    The train village had to be thrown out and we got a fake tree.

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  41. OH-MY-GOODNESS!!!

    I'm crying for you. :(
    Seriously I am so so sorry. Bummer.

    It looks like you got it to all work out though..:)

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  42. Oh my stars! I'm so sorry!

    I had a similar incident today, but with our Christmas cookies. I just posted about it. You have to come see.

    http://sugarmommyof4.blogspot.com/2008/12/its-beginning-to-look-lot-like.html

    I had to fight not to cry over the cookies, but I don't think I could have not cried over the tree. And a red stain on my carpet would have had me in hysterics. I hope you get that out.

    Maybe you can find a pretty throw rug. Or a chair. You're resourceful. You'll come up with something!

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  43. Oh my GLORY, girl! It's even worse then my garland disaster! You are a stonger woman than I. I would have been in tears. And maybe cancelled Christmas.

    Kimba

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  44. Oh my gosh, I just read your other post and said this must not be good. Clicked over to this one and oh my lands that is awful!!!

    I am glad things are better now though.

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  45. Hi! I found your blog through Jennifer@love,laughter,&lyrics. You post about your tree looks just like mine!! Our 11 1/2 tree fell and I totally cried like a baby!!! Go take a look at
    www.balentinebliss.blogspot.com . I can sympathize!!!

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  46. Oh no!! I am crying for you! Let me know if you need any tips for getting the stain out of the floor!

    And you could always do what my neighbors husband did. After their tree fell twice he got tired of trying to fix it and nailed a couple of the branches to the wall!

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  47. Oh no! What a bummer! It looked soooo beautiful! I hope it all turns out okay...stain, tree, everything.

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  48. Thanks for coming to visit my blog! It is funny how much the trees look alike! I guess most trees would look similar when they are laying HORIZONALLY!!

    I LOVE your blog! Will be checking in frequently! Have a very merry Christmas!!

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  49. I feel your pain! our stupid tree wouldn't stay up either! The first time it fell down we were able to get it back up and get all the ornaments back on. My husband was pretty sure that the cat was to blame, so we exiled her outdoors and put her in the laundry room at night. The second time it fell down, I came running in, looking around for the cat whom I had assumed had accidentally gotten in. Well, I saw her- staring curiously through the back door from her spot of exile on the back deck. I decided not to put the ornaments back on until hubby and I had it secured. So far, it's still up, so it made it through the holidays, but we definitely had a few ornament casualties. I'm just happy it didn't fall on either of my kids!

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