Day 328 – November 24, 2018
The plan was to get the outside decorated while the boys were home to help. Best laid plans, right? … I started with one strand of lights last night so that I would have a starting point. By putting the LED color changing string up, I was able to compare colors right away so that I could start up the old imagination and map out how and where the outdoor lights will run. My tendency would be just to drag them out, grab a string and just start hanging. Ten years ago, after many years of hanging, taking down and placing somewhere else, I had finally had enough and was determined not to fall in that trap again. Hence, the lighting map was born and a new Thanksgiving tradition was born. I tend to “geek out” when it comes to outdoor lighting, especially during the holidays. When the kids were younger, I would have the yard covered with displays. As the displays became more light projection based, the desire for the inflatables became less and the ability to go theatrical took over. I am much more in my element with lighting. So when I woke up, expecting to make a dent in the outside plan, my plans came to an abrupt crash. The glistening sparkles, off the branches, were not the strand of lights I hung, but a healthy coat of ice covering just about anything the splash of freezing rain would contact. Little did I know that we had been and would be under a winter weather advisory, and the lights would have to wait, for safety sake. So the plan will have hold for better weather. Not a big deal, just more time to assess the light plot. Have a super Sunday!