This year I cut a tree and put it up myself about a week ago. It really is a three handed job – best if one person holds it upright and straight while the other person is prone tightening the bolts.
Wednesday I had lunch with a friend and ran errands. While calling my friend to report I was home safe, I heard a plop. After hanging up the phone I discovered the tree on its side in a puddle of water.
After propping up the tree and mopping up, I got a screw driver and reset the tree. I inserted the screw driver into the tightening loops and cranked. Then I realized the floor was uneven so I moved the tree and gave it water.
The next day, yesterday, I restrung the lights and rehung the cranes and star.
I guess it was a good year to have paper decorations!