From my window: The last tree and poof…gone!

Shortly before 4:00 PM (CST) yesterday, the tear-down began. There were still at least twenty or more trees left unsold, which would be hauled back to Wisconsin and run through a shredder. The Christmas Tree Lot, a tradition at this spot for many years, will most likely not be back, as Mr. James N. Pritzker (of real estate development/restoration fame) now owns the property…and there are plans for a four-story parking structure to be built on this and the property just north, which is now owned and occupied by the Shambhala organization of Rogers Park.  Apparently, their fine building will be torn down within the year!

Two customers watch as their tree is shaved down to fit their tree stand.

Two customers watch as their tree is shaved down to fit their tree stand.

The sawbucks used a support for the trees are dismantled, and the trees are laid out, ready to be hoisted onto this pick-up truck...there was a second truck off to the side, as so many trees went unsold.

The sawbucks used a support for the trees are dismantled, and the trees are laid out, ready to be hoisted onto this pick-up truck…there was a second truck off to the side, as so many trees went unsold.

The last tree being tied to the customers' car roof was a sad sight, as usually the Tree Lot remains open uintil Christmas Eve...when trees have been offered for no cost!

The last tree being tied to the customers’ car roof was a sad sight, as usually the Tree Lot remains open until Christmas Eve…when trees have been offered for no cost!

Here's Bob, this year's 'not-so-successful' salesman, readying the trailer for it trip back to northern Wisconsin.  Bob was a bit of a negative guy, and frequently trees were on the ground (not nicely arranged against the sawbucks, until early afternoon.  Not much of a 'go-getter' personality, which the previous salesman, George, had scads of!  And George had a great sense of humor, too!

Here’s Bob, this year’s ‘not-so-successful’ salesman, readying the trailer for it trip back to northern Wisconsin. Bob was a bit of a negative guy, and frequently trees were on the ground (not nicely arranged against the sawbucks, until early afternoon. Not much of a ‘go-getter’ personality, which the previous salesman, George, had scads of! And George had a great sense of humor, too!

One of the tear-down people collects all the 2x4s.  At that point, my window began to steam up, due to baking squash, and I was unable to see through the window for the rest of the night...but here's what the place looked like at 7:05 AM (CST) this morning:

One of the tear-down people collects all the 2x4s. At that point, my window began to steam up, due to baking squash, and I was unable to see through the window for the rest of the night…but here’s what the place looked like at 7:05 AM (CST) this morning:

Not the best focus (hand-held dusk/dawn shots never turn out!), but you get the idea of emptiness.  I'll go down today and check for pine cones...the lot has been a great source for small and medium-sized cones which I use in my decorations!

Not the best focus (hand-held dusk/dawn shots never turn out!), but you get the idea of emptiness. I’ll go down today and check for pine cones…the lot has been a great source for small and medium-sized cones which I use in my decorations!

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By the time…

…I shut down last night, I took one long look out the window and said aloud, “There won’t be any snow out of this!”…and I was right (again!  I should have been a weathergirl, in addition to being an artist, yes?)!  There is a meteorologist here (I knew him back when he started out in Milwaukee) who goes absolutely BONKERS when any amount of snow shows up on his very expensive radar equipment.  He predicts and predicts…most of the time he’s WRONG, as he was again re: this HUGE storm that was going to devastate traffic, and, oh, holiday shoppers, too!  Any sane being, checking the radar, then looking out their window, could have seen that the radar was WRONG!

According to this morning’s Chicago Tribune,

First snowstorm of season fails to measure up

Chicago’s first snowstorm of the season fell short of expectations, dumping far less than the 6 inches predicted for some areas and creating little of the havoc that hit the western part of the state and Wisconsin.

But it was still enough — barely — to end the record 290-day string of snowless days. The streak ended around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when a tenth of an inch of snow was recorded at O’Hare International Airport. Another tenth fell before midnight, according to the National Weather Service.

The heaviest accumulation in the Chicago area was 1.2 inches in Grayslake. In Chicago, three-tenths of an inch was recorded at Midway Airport. A few more flurries may fall today before the sky clears.

You can read more here, but it’s not really worth it!

As poor Bob at the Christmas Tree Lot next door has been selling very wet trees in the rain, I thought I’d ‘make’ my own snow, as he still has about 40 trees left…and a little snow would definitely put people more in the mood to purchase their tree!

Some Trees Left-Final