Here is the tree, with the apple and orange garlands and the paper stars. When we decorated it, I put a lot of vintage ornaments on it, then stood back to look. We both agreed--it was too much. So many ornaments were taken off the tree, and we like it better like this. What stayed were the beaded ornaments my mother made, a few that Tommy made, one I made when I was about 13, a bell from my granddaughter's wedding, and just a few others.
It is by far the simplest tree I've ever had, but it suits what we want this year. The older ornaments went back into the boxes for another year. Next year I will undoubtedly want a different tree.
The last photo is of Larry's fireplace. I call it that because he built it with stones from our land. Every night during the winter we have a fire in it, and every night I am amazed all over again at my husband's ability to build something like this with what is at hand. He always said what this house needed was a fireplace.
He was right.