Ever feel like you simply can’t find a spare moment? That’s been me since the week began. With each passing year the schedule seems to get more and more insane. Life is all hustle and bustle now days. A week and a half ago I’d just come off a family vacation that hadn’t allowed for any down time, including tweeting and social status updating. No time―none! Upon my return I got so sick that bed was the only option for almost a week.
When I finally peek out from under the covers a multitude of delicious items awaited me (kids with stories, family desperately wanting Christmas decorations, school issues need resolution, out-of-state visitors, masses of packages in need of mailing, and THOR! …to name a few).
Yes, Thor was waiting to check in when I pulled myself out of my debilitated state. During his missing time he managed to travel all the way to Finland where he “graced” the industrious Reetta Raitanen with his glorified presence. Since Monday she has been patiently waiting for me to come through as a proper hostess.
*Drops head shamefully*
Better late than never, as my father always said.
Without further ado…
Swing by Reetta’s breathtaking blog and see what out mini sized Norse god has been up to this time.
Finding ten minutes to sit still and write was not easy. Sorry it took me so long, Reetta.
The rest of my week has merged into a blur. My theory on time is this…if you move at too quickly a pace and don’t slow down to enjoy the moments they are less likely to make a long-lasting impression. Such are my days, hours, and minutes, all of them blending into the next as I rush from one place to the next taking care of the “family” business…doing my “Mom” job.
Wisdom of the per-lit Christmas tree
Yet, despite all that our tree has experienced massive black outs. By that I mean large portions of the tree no longer light. This has happened to many people I know and the frustration is beyond irritating. Rather funny when you think about it. After all, when we were kids there was no such thing as per-lit and we always had to string the lights on the tree.
For the last year or so I had been do just that, filling in the blank spaces with extra strings of lights. I also tuck twinkle or sparkle lights in-between everything. I like a lot of lights and a lot of sparkle. This year when we rolled the tree in and plugged her in the entire top half was black. That included all the added lights from the previous year. There were large dark holes along the bottom and mid-section, as well. The undertaking was a holiday nightmare.
Ultimately, the decision was to replace…AGAIN.
Except, before I spent the money to change my tree once more I wanted to up my knowledge on the subject. Turns out there are two very important things they often neglect to tell you when you purchase your per-lit Christmas tree. Things essential to maintaining its longevity.
Your tree is an investment and you should treat it as such. Take precautions with all the sensitive strings of lights weaving in and out, up and down, and around your tree. Always use a surge protector.
Leaving a burnt out bulb, especially one that has begun to brown can lead to the entire string blacking out. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Inspect your tree regularly for bad bulbs and switch them out as needed. If you don’t have bulbs that fit you may need to thread a new light bulb into the existing base. It’s tedious, but easy to do.
Two simple steps to insure the life or your tree…and yet they are two steps often overlook, as their importance is not generally realized. Having learned these two points I feel better about making the investment and starting anew with another tree.
As for fluffing the whole thing from the start—I think we can all agree that wasn’t included in the “fun” part of decorating.
Have you ever owned a per-lit tree? If so, did you ever have issues with the tree lights?
Fun Holiday comments from Sleepy Hollow‘s Ichabod Crane