I should have listened to that little voice in my head. I am always sorry when I ignore it.
A few weekends ago, I was determined to get our outside holiday decorating done, while the weather was still mild. Unfortunately, while they were stored away over the past year, many of our light strands had mysteriously ceased to work. But the time I sorted out what we needed to replace, daylight was vanishing and it was too late to get started outside.
|This photo shows some of the outside lights we put up last year|
Near the end of this past week, we were treated to a real warming trend, and all of our snow melted. I knew Friday morning that it was the perfect day to work outside. But I was still feeling lazy from our Thanksgiving meal and I had other things to do. I rationalized that I would put the lights up on Saturday, when my family could help me.
Friday evening, we went to a friend's house for dinner. We discussed the weather forecast; we had all noticed a winter storm was expected to begin about noon the next day. Our friends didn't have their lights up yet either - we all agreed it would be a good plan to get up early and get our outdoor decorating done.
Upon returning to our house that evening, it was 48 degrees F outside. We woke up to a chilly house - it always takes the furnace a bit to catch up. The world outside our windows was white, it was still snowing steadily, and the thermometer said minus 6 degrees F. (A drop of 64 degrees since the previous afternoon.) Not exactly ideal conditions for hanging lights.
I should have listened to that little voice!
We might get another warm spell - or we will eventually have to brave the elements if the lights are to go up. Either way, I am glad that a few years ago I learned an easy trick for hanging string lights in hard-to-reach high places. I once wrote an article explaining the technique. If you are like us and still have decorating to do, you may find it helpful. I will publish it here on my blog later this week.
Do you put up holiday outside lights - and have you done so yet this year?
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