Monday, December 28, 2009

Blue Bottle Tree

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I’ve wanted one for years.  And my brother-in-law has been saving wine bottles for me for years.

On the day of my last chemo I took a picture of the dead cedar tree that Mickey had finally drug home from the lake.  The perfect tree. (Kind of like Charley Brown’s tree)

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  Notice the worm holes in the bark where it has laid up on the shore.  He searched for the perfect tree for months before finally bringing this one home!  So the day of chemo it was laying in the yard and I thought I would take some pics of it.  I was sooo proud!

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Mickey came home for lunch and wished me good luck at the treatment. 

When I pulled in the driveway I immediately saw it.  The bottle tree was “planted” and “growing” some beautiful cobalt blue bottles!  Mickey had done this on his lunch hour for me!!!  Of course I couldn’t even see it for the tears.  How sweet is that?  He knew how much I wanted it.

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It may seem silly to you guys, but this is, and will always be the greatest gift I have ever or will ever get!!!

Ever since, he has been searching Pier One and numerous other stores in search of the perfect cobalt blue bottle.  Found a few at Hobby Lobby too.  Knowing how much he HATES to shop makes it even better!

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Over the summer I was at a garage sale and the people had a whole box of the old Milk of Magnesia bottles.  They told me I could have all the bottles for a nickle a piece!!!  I think I got a dozen or so.  And there is a Kosher water that comes in the most beautiful bottles!

That was the beginning of December.  This was Christmas day…

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A Coopers hawk has found my tree and stayed for hours sunning himself on his beautiful new perch.  

I Love it.  Not so sure about the neighbors.  Paula said, “it’s so you, Sheri”  I’ll take that as a good thing!!!

Have a great week.




Kim said...

Very funky tree. I love it!

Taos Sunflower said...

Brilliant! I love it! I've seen walls made with bottles, but not trees. What a sweetheart he is to do that for you. Now that you've put the word careful! You could end up with tons of blue bottles and an entire forest in your yard (wouldn't that be so cool?). PS The hawk has good taste. XOXO

Corinne Burke said...

That is such a truly 'Christmas Story' Thanks for sharing.

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

The bottle tree looks great and the hawk looks like he is right at home on top!

Ter'e said...

Oh Sheri:
Isn't that the best story???? I loved it! Wasn't that sweet of your darling hubby???? Girl, you need to bake him some cookies!!!!

I was most thrilled to read about you "COMPLETING YOUR CHEMO TREATMENTS"!!!! Amen Sista!!!!! I am so thrilled to hear that.

katie said...

A beautiful tree and the last chemo, PERFECT.
Bless your heart Sheri

dulcy said...

Well....I feel so privileged to have seen the tree in person today. But....I must say, the coopers hawk was quite the photo moment! Jim that it was awesome! I'm already hooking away with the beautiful wool I got from you today. Lunch soon?


Rugs and Pugs said...

Sheri ~
I have a bottle tree but it was a purchased "tree" and not nearly as neat as yours. It looks wonderful, especially with your friend "Cooper".
So glad to hear you've completed your chemo. Good thoughts coming your way.
Happy New Year,
Pug hugs :)

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

When I read your bottle tree story, I thought of Lauren ~ who commented above ~ telling me she had a bottle tree! I've been wanting one forever and now I know two people who have one!!
Sheri ~ that is the sweetest thing your husband did for you ~ gotta love a guy who knows how to give a good gift!!
Onward and upward!!!

Jeanne (RED) said...

Hear I am, wiping tears because of your beautiful story. What a wonderful husband and what a fantastic way to celebrate the end of chemo!! Bless your heart! You Go Girl, Love, Jeanne L.

TamboinMO said...

It IS so you! And that IS a good thing!

Knatolee said...

What a fabulous idea! And the Cooper's Hawk is the piece de resistance.