I'm sitting here going through morning email and WRECK posts. Sitting next
to me is a large dog and 3 big boxes of tangled exterior Christmas lights.
The dog is OK.
The lights are a different story because without opening the boxes I know at
least 1/2 of the strings are skrewed up. I waited until it got cold. I
have a lot of other things to do; not the least of which is building a
jewelry box for my wife and a some candle holders and frames for our kids.
OH WELL, I'll get over this long before the grandkids get here!
Merry Prelude to Christmas
For 38 years I've managed to find a reason not to put lights outside. Have
your wife call and I'll go over the excuses one by one.
But honey, the single candle looks so elegant, just like Colonial times!
every year they get better, cheaper and use less electricity... So
much easier to put the suckers up when they're new in the box..
take your time and do a great job on her jewelry box... place receipt
for lights in it with a few pics of the lights at night.. be prepared
I have yet to get the ambition to do this, but I've always considered:
1. Measuring my eaves
2. Installing eye bolts every 8 feet or at corners.
3. Cutting a bunch of 1x2's to size.
4. Putting (big honkin') hooks on the ends
5. Priming and painting to match eaves
6. Stapling on the icicle lights.
7. Making a storage rack in my attic.
That way, all I'd have to do is pull out the 1x2's hang them on the
eye hooks and be done with it.
Oh, I forgot a few steps..
8. Cursing that I forgot to label the boards on a diagram
9. Swearing and vowing I would label them next year.
Suggestion: I've seen, but can't find, bolts with _glass_ rings maybe
1.5" in diameter. Those would be _great_ for this purpose.
Why not just pull the strings through the bolt/eyes, space 'em at 4 feet, and
let tension keep 'em mostly straight?
I need to do something different, somewhere between your approach and mine
might be it.
10. Continuing to not label them year after year, repeating 8 and 9 as
11. Saying "Screw it, I'm putting up a wreath and a single spotlight
this year". (been there, done that, looks just fine).
We don't have a neighborhood association (which is a big reason why I live
here; neighborhood associations can kiss my lily white ass) but leaving the
lights up isn't really a viable solution. The year of sun and UV and rain
and UV and sun and UV and rain, and they're no good by the following winter
I think one of these days I'd like to do some fancy thing with track lights
built into the gutter permanently or something. Some kind of lighting
installation that can take the weather day after day. I've seen stuff like
that on commercial buildings.
Oh, but then where is the fun of having the star or the little lighted elf
ladder hanging from a slightly different spot from one year to the next?
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Linux fanatic, and certified Geek; registered Linux user #243621
My next door neighbors' father died 7 years ago
-- his expression was " "BAH HUMBUG"
--- they carry that in lights on their front porch today.
He was a Christian Minister.
SHUT UP, "Christians"
Saturday, my wife mentioned it was a nice sunny day. Good day to put up
lights. I was going to, but fortunatly, Iooked at the sun and it damned
near blinded me as it was so low in the sky. Had I been on a ladder, I
might have been killed!
Yep, that was j ust too close. Maybe next year. Today is out because it is
starting to snow. That makes it much too dangerous to attempt it.
On Fri, 3 Dec 2004 16:21:54 -0500, "Norman D. Crow"
If he eats like either of my teen-agers it would have been cheaper to
buy a new house that was already decorated.
What is it with big feet any more? When I was in high school I wore a
10 1/2 and it was considered pretty big. My 13 year old wears a size
14 and doesn't have the biggest feet in his class!
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