Speaking of three Christmas's ago, we got a nice tree that year and set it up in our dining room. We have several really good spots in our living room/dining room, and this was the first year we placed it in the dining room. It was nice, since it was right next to the serving window to the kitchen, so we could see the tree from a several different angles. About a week later, I noticed a very small small insect that looked a heck of a lot like a miniature praying mantis. Upon closer examination, I realized that's what it was. Soon, though, there were several of these little bugs wandering around the house, then there were a LOT of them. They kind of minded themselves, and I was scared to just kill them since Mom always told me that this was illegal (it's not). Anyway, I put two and two together and realized that the mantises had come in on the tree. I found the nest near the lower part of the trunk. I guess, once the tree had been brought into the house out of the cold, the mantises hatched and started to wander the house looking for food. None of them ended up surviving, and I found the carcasses around the house for months afterwards.
So we found a really nice tree, cut it down, threw into the back of my Jeep (along with my parent's tree), and we headed on home, over the river and through the woods. If you haven't been out to the TLV Tree Farm, it's worth the drive. It's in one of the most scenic parts of Howard County, so the drive is part of the fun. Santa is there on weekends, as well, and they have lots of goodies for sale. Check it out if you like cutting down your own Christmas Tree.
I've been waiting for a few months now for the health unit at my office to get a shipment of flu shots, and it hasn't happened yet. I get one every year, and I truly believe they work. I haven't gotten the flu in years. This morning, I wasn't feeling great. I actually didn't sleep well the last few nights, and have had some pretty bad congestion. So sitting at my desk this morning, I was feeling uncomfortable. Achy joints, congestion, cough, itchy eyes...I'm definitely coming down with something. By the time we got home, I was feeling miserable. We called off dinner with my in-laws, since I just wasn't up for it. I had some good soup for dinner, instead, which was really the best thing for me. This is really rotten timing, since I have a pretty important management summit meeting over the next several days, with several of my colleagues having flown in from Oklahoma City. I can't miss it. I hope to sleep well tonight, which may help. Your prayers are appreciated.
Have a great evening, everyone! <><
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