Last Christmas, Lily knocked over the small tree in our dining room more times than I could count. I put no decorations on it other than a string of lights and garland. Every day, it looked more and more bedraggled, as did I.
This year, I decided that I would outsmart Lily. Motivated by my desire to hang my growing (and very fragile) collection of Shiny Bright ornaments, I tethered the tree to the bay window with fishing line and twine in four places.
While not especially attractive, the tethering does seem to be working. This morning, one ornament was on the carpeted floor, but the tree was still standing. I'm sure its days are numbered, though. Even as we speak, Lily is testing my resolve with her very sharp teeth.
She obviously thinks SHE is going to outsmart ME...and I think she's right!