You know you’ve hit the Are You Kidding Me level of frugality when you don’t want to buy that nice bag of cinnamon-scented pine cones for your holiday crafting pleasure. That’s highway robbery. And so, obviously, the only thing to do is go out in the woods and find your own.

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These pictures were taken last Friday. Early December and just the tiniest amount of snow. There’s a little more now, much to my chagrin, but the lack of it on Friday meant the pine cones were easy to find.

Could I get these in the fall when they were nice and dry? No. No. Let’s get them in the winter when they’re wet and frozen. Beth has All the Good Ideas.

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After collecting far more than I have any practical use for, we kept on walking. It was nearly windless in the trees. With no cold wind and a fairly warm air temperature, it was a good day for walking.

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Once I figure out what the hell I’m going to do with 50 pine cones, I’ll let you know.

See you later!