Just as I think I have a handle on making a header, I fall apart. Now’s it’s the background that’s driving me crazy and I’m sure I’m going to do change after change. It’s all so red now that if a bull saw it, he’d charge the screen. Well, this is a work in progress and I’ll fix it by Christmas (maybe).
I’ve decided to do a little Christmas decorating this year, which is a step up in my mood with Mom not here anymore. Better little steps than no steps at all, right? Anyway, I’ve fallen totally in love with all these new gizmos of decor that do not have to be plugged in. No more cords! The first purchase was window candles, then I went wild over swags, and then over string lights. I have plans for all of it, but I never thought at all about the batteries until this morning as I was walking from room to room and counting first the windows for the candles – 20 windows to deck and that’s 2-AA’s in each. 40 batteries. Then the swags, as I gulped at the thought of my checkbook dwindling, at 4 swags using 3-C’s, so that’s 12-C batteries. Then on to the string lights which use 3-D’s. I’m only using 2 of those strings on some plants in the living room, so that 6-D’s to buy. I’ll bet these batteries end up more expensive than the amount of increase I would have seen in the electric bill with cords! But still, any woman will tell you that all those cords twisting around everything is enough to make you want to pull the plug on the whole house. Not men, though. They don’t care if cords are swinging through the air, hanging from the ceiling, and draped over every piece of furniture in the room. I take that back. Don’t drape cords over the favorite chair OR the remote. There, I feel better. No cords.
Here’s what the swags look like. No batteries yet, so none are lit with those little clear lights. Still, you get the idea. And one of these photos also shows my mistletoe in crystal. Yeah, sure, nobody will be under it except for 2 fur balls and myself but I like it and when the light hits all those facets, it’s terrific. Please DO click to enlarge:
Now, niftiest thing about these swags, candles, and string lights, is that they are programmable. YES! You set the time you want them on and the time you want them to turn off. I have been told by my neighbor (who has the same) that ONE set of batteries in each will last even more than the entire Christmas season. See? I just gave myself another reason of why I’m going to buy out the store in batteries. It’s all worth it!
Last, but not least, I am going to treat Beth, yes, our Beth in Illinois, bless her heart, to a horrible, awful vid I made for her last night, with none other than Lucy, the talking cat. Hey, I promised Lucy so what else can I do? Beth, FORGIVE MEEEE! (As bad as this is, you have to agree that you can tell Lucy is actually paying attention)