Deck the halls………………..

We’ve been quite busy today having walked into town and purchased some lights and tinsel.
Hubby has wanted to put up lots of lights for years, but other than those on the tree, we’ve made do. Until today.
Note to self: read (and understand) the instructions and measurements on the box.

When I was a kid, the fairy lights for the tree came in a string of 20. If one didn’t work, none of them did, and it was always amazing that when they were put away, they all worked, but a year later, zilch. Not so modern lights, and our original set had more not working that alight, so last year we bought some new ones, and they did look very pretty.
Photo: Tree 2019

Today, Hubby was really pleased with himself having found a box of lights within our budget. His brain stopped at 5 metres of cable, and didn’t register the 500 at all.
The result was we had thirty metres of lights twinkling along the floor, just to test they all worked you understand, and no idea really how or where to hang them!
Hubby decided to go out for something to use, and I did the tree in his absence. The train set from last year is set up on the table, with the tree in the middle.
Hopefully Santa will come to our house and put a few parcels under the tree for us.

Hubby came back armed with a ball of string, some thumb tacks and a couple of suction cups with hooks to put on the windows. For the next hour or so, we were trailing lights everywhere and trying not to tread on any as we tried to stream them across the windows.
Plans A, B and C didn’t work, so having measured the window (98 inches), we laid the tape measure on the floor and started to ‘knit’. We then tied each end and secured those to the window track, lifting it in the middle to form a wide W. This is the result:
Pretty, isn’t it.
The lights are red, blue, green and orange, and have a variety of ‘pulses’. We have them set on two colours and fade, then the other two colours and fade, rather than flashing all the time which could trigger migraine for me. It’s all rather restful actually, and because they are behind the blinds facing outside to the world, not dazzling in your face.

I’ve hung tinsel up over Barney, Kizzie and dear Maggie, and we’ve put our cards on string using pegs.
Now we are feeling quite festive, and with the tree lights on, have our own grotto.
Welcome to our Christmas!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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16 Responses to Deck the halls………………..

  1. Chel Owens says:

    Even with ‘modern’ lights, we had half the string going out. I finally threw up my hands and purchased a new string!

  2. Liz says:

    Looks very nice.

    I am same when it comes to lights. Not the migraine part. But I don’t like them flashing.
    My lights, (the blue ones) come in different settings and out of them I like twinkling, or stay on. Mostly, I have gone with the stay on setting.
    No tree for me this year, so second year I not bothered. I gave away my yree earlier in the year and its decorations. But not the lights.
    I was going to put the lights up. But not done it, than the ones I have all year round.

  3. ghostmmnc says:

    All your lights and the tree turned out so pretty! 🙂

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! I think your decorations look absolutely beautiful 💜🙂

  5. Sadje says:

    This looks so nice and festive.

  6. murisopsis says:

    Lovely!! For my cards I have 3 pieces of ribbon that I loop through a plastic ring. Then I secure the ends with some tape to form a “tree” and then clip the cards to the ribbon using heart shaped paper clips. I like your method too – I might have to try that next year.

    • Now your idea sounds good too, so we can try that next year, and I’ll keep a lookout for pretty paper clips. We have pegs, but they’re very flimsy and the spring tends to ping off!!

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