Friday, December 18, 2009


I'm having a Dad moment.  The Dad moments are what Susan & I lovingly refer to as that "should take 5 minutes, 3 hours later you have it done" projects.  Sometimes the Dad moments involve running out for parts you don't anticipate needing, or you have things that don't fit together, or something gets broken while working on the project.  These moments can happen anytime and I'm sure you all have them, but probably use another name.  Mom doesn't understand these moments and very rarely do they happen to her.  Susan & I however have them happen often.

That said, the tree above is my Dad moment this morning.  My son got on the bus at 6:41 AM this morning.  I came back to post this right then.  I had my extension cord ready to go.  Thought that I would plug it in behind my son's bass.  No such luck, the plug was too big to plug into the socket by the closet Dad built for me.... huh.  Not enough room between the socket & closet.  At this point I realize this is going to be a Dad moment that Dad is indirectly involved in.  Dad, if you are reading this, I love you and love the closet.  So now I must plug in under the computer desk.  No problem there is a plug open in the surge protector, I just have to unplug the shredder.  After unplugging the monitor and the shredder, I realize there really isn't enough room on the surge protector for the plug here either.  When did I buy this thing?  And no I'm not going out to buy a different cord.  I am starting to feel like the dad in the Christmas Story at this point & am wondering what fuse is going to blow.  Then I see that there is a completely open plug on the wall.  As my son would say "DUH".

At this point I am getting a little frustrated, but I still haven't had to go to the store to buy a new cable.  I hook up the tree and plug it in, the lights work - what luck.  Now I need that little piece of Colts material in the drawer of my sewing machine cabinet.  A few drawers later I find the elusive piece of material and while trying to close the drawer I catch my finger.  A little cussing, but I don't think it's broken.  I am however getting a lovely bruise by my fingernail.  Geesh! 

Somehow, the material wraps around at just the right point to see clearly the Colts & Helmet.  How did that happen.  On to pics.  These new blue LED lights don't photograph very well.  Way too bright.  So I took several shots with different settings on my camera before I figured out what would work.  I better write it down for next time.

It is now almost 8:15 AM.  So on to some details. I used the football cut on the Sports Mania cart for the footballs.  I was really happy with the way they turned out.  It really helped to put in a new blade and I used a new mat.  They are cut at 1.5", but even the little threads cut without tearing. I copied the helmet images, printed & cut them out.  The tree topper is an antenna topper for cars.  I thought it worked out to use it as a star.  My son & I are huge Colts fans - Yeah Colts last night against the Jags - so we thought we needed a little blue for Christmas this year.

As many of you know I hate to journal so I will be printing this post for my scrapbook with the picture of the tree.  That should only take two weeks to figure out and finish.


Susan De Crafter said...

Leslie, I am rolling on the floor laughing. HOW did Dad get the closet too close to an outlet?? Wait, you don't have to tell me. I can picture it... Your tree is beautiful. You did a wonderful job, but you didn't tell us exactly how long it took you. Good luck on that journaling project!

The Scrapoholic said...

Great story! Absolutely LOVE the tree!

~BridgetL~ said...

I love your Colts tree. My BFF would really love it. I want to do this next yr and add all my raider stuff to a tree. TFS.

VickieW said...

Love this!!! I want one too.