another favorite thing….

December 7, 2011 § 16 Comments

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oh yes, this “favorite things” thing can go on and on.
And shouldn’t be hurried, tho’ I confess, I’ve much to do after posting…because…

It seems the Grinch of Xmas nights
Has feasted on a string of lights
and I know that it’s not the misdeed of a mouse!
Fix it? or nix it? That shall be decided.
Having holiday lights “off” just can’t be abided.

Stay calm; have some dinner, methinks to meself.
Stress won’t make me thinner; how ’bout wine from the shelf?
Then when we’re warmer and grinning our grins, 
we’ll venture outside, fix the lights and come in.

and have some chocolate.
and write Christmas cards. 

Hmmm…ok, this is, in fact, more about an unfavorite thing:  Christmas lights that don’t work!
What is it with those strings?  Rather than just ignoring the loser light that causes the problem, the entire half-string goes out, as though to lend the little non-light-up  some sort of malfunction support. Grrr….
Humph. Should have chosen the ones that light no matter if one bulb or several choose to go out.
Are the commercial grade lights really better?

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§ 16 Responses to another favorite thing….

  • Dale says:

    I recommend you drink wine until the lights are no longer a concern. Repeat daily until it is time to take the lights down.

  • shoreacres says:

    And, while you’re imbibing, you could get on the phone to these folks! Hey – St. Charles, Florissant, Chesterfield and St. Louis! What’s not to like?

    • oh says:

      Sounds like a plan…for next year!….actually, HM went out there with a yardstick, reached up, jiggled them and tada, they went on again. Long live yardsticks, long arms and good old Yankee ingenuity.

  • Arti says:

    Stress won’t make me thinner?! What a waste! Maybe climbing up and down to hang those lights will. Should give it a try.

    • oh says:

      the climbing up and down, indeed! we got laughing over THAT! creaky knees, weak cores, etc. Who knew that Xmas lights required fitness? Next: go out on the balcony to decorate that – stay tuned!!!!

  • Kathleen says:

    Good luck fixing your lights! I love my holiday lights!

    • oh says:

      Hi, K – Yup today’s the day we replace some of them. HM had some small luck in hitting (gently) one lightstring with a yard stick, but as you can imagine, this was turning into a Chevy Chase kind of thing. So today, we get it done.
      And next year, maybe ask someone to do it for us/with us!

  • Bella Rum says:

    Lots of laughing here! Those cwazy lights. The wine is a most excellent idea. Is it Merlot?

    • oh says:

      Dear BR – We chose a really nice chianti. In the spirit of keeping things light. Today we stage the light “fix” and maybe add more to the chaos. And start wrapping? ahahaha!

  • aubrey says:

    If you drink enough, those lights will come on again all by themselves.

  • Typehype says:

    The”heavens” is the culprit. Mercury is in retrograde. After 12/14, electrical and communicational issues should greatly diminish. That’s no reason to not drink wine, however 🙂

    (Why, Mercury even interfered even when I tried to post this comment – 3 times!)

  • oh says:

    Aha! I think heard something of Mercury. That would explain things a bit. (I’m having trouble with the TV, too, tho’ HM thinks it’s because I can’t wield a remote.)

    Looking forward to post-14th improvements.

  • Corri says:

    Good idea – I’ll start with the wine before I even consider getting the damn things from the attic! You’re well ahead of me – but I remember last year. There’s always one that messes up the lot.

  • jeanie says:

    Great poem! I can relate — just bought a string from target, plugged in, worked fine. The first time. Then they didn’t go on. Checked the outlet. OK. Tried in another. No go. I’m sure it’s only one stupid bulb. Unfortunately, how will I ever find it? Hope you got yours settled!

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