“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”

Today is still warm but cloudy and lifeless. I don’t even see the birds at the feeders. The animals, as usual, are having their morning naps. I showered, read the papers, gathered my Thanksgiving decorations to put away and got caught up in my book for a while, but I disciplined myself to stop to get busy with Coffee. I have several errands today so Gracie and I will be around town for a bit. She’s always up for a ride.

Christmas lights are up all over. I noticed them the other night. I think it has to do with the warm weather. People don’t mind being outside putting their lights around when it is in the 60’s. I love the lights, and I love the ride to see the lights. I still do it with just Gracie for company. I talk to her and let her know which houses are especially pretty.

I’m a colored lights person myself. It’s a throwback from my childhood when everyone used those big colored bulbs. Today I need a couple of new timers, a few more light sets, a spotlight and a giant wreath for the fence then I’m good to go.

When Gracie was a puppy, she was out front as the fence hadn’t yet been erected in the backyard. At Christmas time she amused herself by pulling the garland off the fence and chewing on the light cords until they split and the lights died. I had to replace several sets of them. Why she wasn’t electrocuted I’ll never know. I eventually unplugged the lights each night before I went to bed then plugged them back in the next night, but that didn’t stop her from dragging the garlands and pulling the lights. It just prevented her electrocution. I got quite expert at unwinding and rewinding sets of lights.

The winter nights are long, dark and cold, and I have always been thankful for houses bright with Christmas lights. The lights brighten the night and bring a sense of warmth and a burst of color. It’s like a bit of summer drops by for a quick visit.

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6 Comments on ““In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.””

  1. Zoey & Me Says:

    We are thinking of stringing white lights on our Palm Tree out in front but that would be a day long job. Our thoughts come mainly because we decided not to put up lights this year and found the long string of white bulbs that dotted our fence line on the main road. So we may end up doing that if the urge hits us again. At least the lights would be in front of the house where we could see them. I’m sure out feral family would climb them, that’s a drawback. They climb all the trees out there in the woods. Seal training I think.

    • Kat Says:

      Some of my cats have climbed the Christmas tree but never touched the lights. They mostly sat under. I think it’s the warmth they like best.

      I’d light up the palm tree. There’s a TV commercial for some brand of alcohol. A lit palm tree is part of the commercial, and it looks tremendous.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I was thinking as I did my errands in a long sleeved t-shirt that in three weeks time the days will start getting longer again. It hasn’t been too tough so far this year and I will gladly take some more of this kind of weather.
    I had to drive home from an unfamiliar destination Saturday night and decided to use my GPS. For some reason, it does not believe that I-95 exists so it always takes me through every Middlesex village and town to wherever it is I need to be. I let it do so because I was in the mood for a mystery tour even in the dark. It turned out to be a lovely trip because many folks had used the warm weather to put up their lights and lots of houses were all lit up. It was a magical mystery tour indeed. Just when I was thinking I didn’t know where the heck I was I realized that I was in Stoneham square and could shut the damn GPS off. πŸ™‚
    Enjoy the rest of your day.

    • Kat Says:

      Stoneham Square, wow! That’s the town where I grew up, and where I always went to the Saturday matinees. Now I see a play or two in the same theater every year. I laugh when I see people in the balcony-off limits in my day.

      When I was a kid, the square was the only place to shop in town. It was all lit up as was the fire station and a chorus from one of the elementary schools used to sing on a bandstand they’d erect for the season.

      I love mystery rides.

  3. olof1 Says:

    It is a miracle that our dogs still live πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I once had a dog chewing on an electrical cord and after making a hole in it she peed on it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I woke up in the middle of the night when she screamed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ After that she never did anything indoors again πŸ™‚

    I’m a white light person. When I grew up I don’t think I saw more than one tree with colored lights πŸ™‚ It’s just recently that colored lights has become popular over here. This year I even bought colored lights myself (but I have to admit that it was because they didn’t have that small lights in only white πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ )
    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      One other dog chewed through a light here in the house. That was the same dog who ate all the chocolate I had bought for Easter for my nephews’. She was just fine.

      Colored lights were all we had around as kids. White lights came much later. I’ll do a combination on the mantle and in the middle of the tree I use white lights then colored lights all over the rest. The white lights make the middle look like stars.

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