So, over $1200 in recent (and unexpected) automotive repair costs have prompted the Western Tates to find some creative ways to cut costs on some common Holiday expenditures. I told Sarah I was going to scour the forest round about for a promising tree to haul indoors. After all we live squarely in the midst of a vast forest comprised primarily of evergreens of various sorts. Sarah gave me a look when I made the suggestion, which even I must confess was justified due to a fiasco I foisted upon her several years ago involving a scraggly cedar which she proved allergic too and which failed to bear the weight of our ornaments. You were right about that, honey- I concede. So I told her that I would take a picture of any promising trees I found and she could judge if they were worthy before I went to the effort of dragging it home. This was the best one I found- my first submission. Keep looking, honey? I know, kind of reminiscent of a Charlie Borwn Christmas, huh? Now, it wouldn't sell at a Christmas tree lot, but that's not the point. We know if we go this route that none of the wild trees round about will be able to hold a candle to those that have been farmed and carefully manicured. It's pretty bare, and scraggly even, but it is a fir. That's something right? At least it has the right pedigree. It has a relatively nice shape. I don't know, what do you think?