No aurora in sight, especially this far south, ESPECIALLY with all of these city lights (hey, if it gets to the point where I can see aurora here under these conditions it will probably be a “bad day” – google “Carrington Event”) – but I did put some Christmas lights up on the north side of the property. Does that count?
Along the driveway there are some of those “big bulbs” that are just a little white LED inside a 3″ colored, lightbulb-shaped, plastic shell. The bushes there aren’t much more than knee-high at best, but they look great in this shot from low to the ground. All of those little rose bushes are there in between – maybe I’ll get another set or two of lights in there before we’re done.
It was sunset (nice), ten days before Christmas (coming at us like a freight train), during one of the very, very, VERY few chunks of time per week that I have as discretionary or recreational time, so what am I doing?
Putting up MORE Christmas lights, of course!
Some of these aren’t exactly what I thought I was ordering, but they’re not too bad. I think they’ll grow on me.
I got home tonight just in time to put the biggest & brightest ornament up at the peak of the garage roof!
It looks gorgeous up there. The best part is that it doesn’t cost a cent to light up like that!
Perfect placement, right there at the peak!
Wait! Wait! It’s floating away!
It got away from me. Too bad, it looked perfect there.
Well, the pictures are from last Friday. We didn’t see the moon or any clear sky here for the last couple of days.
After a long day of putting up lights, while I was starting to put ladders and boxes and extension cords and tools away because it was getting dark, I spotted the crescent moon and bright Venus off in the west.
I like my Christmas lights, but it’s tough to compete with the light show in the sky some times.
The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the first day of the Christmas lights going up. This year is the latest that Thanksgiving can ever be, November 28th, so there’s no time to delay.
After years of putting up massive numbers of lights at our old house, we moved about eighteen months ago into a much smaller place. So last year was a bit of a learning experience. This year, having one Christmas worth of experience, it went a bit better on day one.
While the lights often look like fine spider webs of colored or sparkling luminescence, there’s a blob over the garage door that defies that.
It’s more like a black widow spider web in form rather than one of those gorgeous, symmetric, orb weaver webs. Just a weird blob of lights in a glob or a clot.
Blob. Glob. Clot.
Might have to do something about that.
More Christmas lights have gone up at the new house.
Most of the new stuff has gone up by the garage, and on that tall, tall bank of cedar trees that line the north side of the driveway. I was hoping that the “wall” made by the cedar trees would be easier to hand lights on, but those branches are much more flimsy and less structurally able to hold the light strings that I had hoped. And the last thing I want to do is start damaging the trees.
The lights first started going up after Thanksgiving and it’s obvious that I’ll never have as many lights here as I did at the old house. (Who knew in 2016 when I wrote that, thinking it was the last year at that house, that we had one more to go – but now we’re out.) There’s just not as much surface area to the house, and there are far, far fewer trees and bushes and foliage to drape lights on. But this isn’t bad for what I’ve got.
I also fixed the “bag of electricity and water” issues and put some really nice digital timers on to replace the clunky and only marginally useful analog “clock-style” timers I had.
So now the four sets of outside lights as well as the Christmas tree in the big front window all turn on and off within a minute of each other.
I like it!