Thanks to John, the lights were put up this afternoon. He came home this afternoon around 3:30, and as we were sitting in the living room, I said.. "do you suppose we could get the lights up quick, between the two of us?" He said, "I don't know about quick, but we'll give it a shot." By 5:30, we were done, which was a good thing, because it was getting chilly! I'm glad he was willing to help this year, because the one strand that I swore I replaced last year, had a "dead spot" in the middle of the icicles. I was willing to toss it in the trash, and just go "short" for now, until I could make yet another trip to WalMart to get a another one.. but the electrician that he is, he started digging into his truck, and came out with "dikes", two rolls of electrical tape, and wire nuts. My job was to hold the wire where the lights stopped, until he returned with the "dikes", aka... wire cutters. I still have to figure out how to run power to my candy canes in the front flower bed, but all looks very nice, and John remained quite good spirited about the whole thing. Lesson learned... don't ask him during a football game, as in year's past. This improves the attitude greatly!
I'm off to bed, as we've got to get an early start, up to church for Christmas 4 Kids, and then... dum dum dum dum, dum, dum, dum, dummm... that's supposed to be the melody to the Nutcracker, but of course you can't hear it. Hanna was humming it quite loudly when I picked her up this afternoon, shouting to Mr. Eichorn the principal, "I'm going to see The Nutcracker!"
I hope they have the same Santa this year as last. He was truly a beautiful man, and he is the one I hope to get my pictures with this year! Not the mall!