So, I asked the tree trimmers, “Can you trim the trees so there are no bare branches left sticking out in plain sight?” They assured me they could. They did not. So, I asked my husband, “Can you trim off those ugly, exposed branch ends?” “No,” he said, “It’s too tight and I can’t get the saw in there. Why don’t you paint them?” So, today I began painting the branch ends……but just one color seemed a bit boring. Since I have to paint 29 faces anyway, I decided to paint some gnomes, or at least my own version of gnomes. I’m not sure, when my husband said to paint them, that this is what he meant.