Thursday, December 04, 2008

Up On the Roof Top...

Casting my fear of heights aside, I finally got the chance to put the lights up on my house, thanks to my brother Rick's help in fixing them this year.

We like to keep it simple here at the Lee ranch... 2 single rows of C7 lights mounted on 1x2 furring strips clamped directly to the gutters. If there are no bad bulbs or fuses to replace, a normal installation takes less than a half hour tops.


So what about you? Are you an extravagant decorator, somewhere in the middle or nothing at all? Even more importantly...

... did I get my lights up before Maureen?

35 comments:

Bill said...

Did you clean out the leaves?

Maureen said...

AW CRAP!!!!!

YES! You win!

Hubby still has only half the house done because Canadian Tire ran out of the style he finally chose (of course three sets didn't work out of the box and they had none left to replace them with). He's waiting for re-stocking. I only pray that will happen before THIS Christmas season.

Dammit.

mom said...

If you are afraid of heights, why are You up on the roof, and Rick is down on the ground taking pictures?!!!

VE said...

Well now, there lies the dilema...more than half my bulbs ALWAYS go out every year! Do you think they could perfect these things just a TAD?

Michelle said...

Ummm. Yeah. No lights for us. I'm too cheap to pay for the extra electricity ;)

We do have a boy scout wreath hanging on our front door though (because my husband answered the door and doesn't know how to say no).

We'll have more eventually. I do a pretty rockin' tree. Congrats on the lights!

bon bon said...

i still need to scrape the frozen jack-o-lanterns off my front step.

Heather said...

We usually wrap a few lights around the railing of our front deck. Understated and simple. Or that's all we can stand to put out before we get cold.

Phil said...

I like to do the front porch up really bright and sparkly. Then, a row above the garage, and another row above the second story bedrooms. Last year I put a row at the very tippy-top of the roof. That made me dizzy. Mostly, I concentrate on making our front porch as bright as the sun.

Jeff said...

bill - We did. Just after Rick took that picture.

Maureen - Ha! Victory is mine!

mom - Cause he has a camera and I don't.

ve - I think Christmas lights are designed to fail randomly every year so you have to keep buying new ones.

michelle - So... you paid $25 for a wreath instead of $10 to run your lights for the season. Got it. ;-)

bon bon - Either that or paint them red and green.

heather - I know what you mean. Why do you think I designed the quick-install light sticks?

phil - Of course you do. You want to make it totally visible to Santa!

April said...

Very nice. Um, we go to my parents' for Xmas. There are reindeer there :) (I love the Capcha word: shisms.)

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

We're totally in the middle. It's been a few years since we did lights and last time we did it took us an inappropriately long time to get them taken down. Christmas in July anyone?

Drowsey Monkey said...

OOooh, so straight and perfect just like my dad used to do. Excellent :)

Glad you beat Maureen, lol. Damn Canadian Tire!

I used to deck the place out, but I'm in an apartment now and keep it pretty simple. I'm sure my former neighbours are happy about that, ha!

Drowsey Monkey said...

Oh, and your mom and dad asked very good questions, LOL!!

Dan said...

We don't decorate the outside of the house. Partly because it's still a relatively unusual thing to do in the UK, and partly because our house can't really be seen from the road anyway.

carlae said...

um kay, you are 6'12" and you're afraid of heights? Try living with a perspective of 5'2" for a day.
I always use the same method of putting lights up, Mitch does it.

Babs (Beetle) said...

Yep, we got ours up (over 2 days) and finished yesterday. Mo put lights out around the outside, half way up :O) I think maybe a photo on the blog might be good.

You did a grand job!

Mom Thumb said...

I never did outdoor lights but when we moved here Jess wanted to, so she and her friends put them up. Icicle lights all around the eaves in front, colored lights bordering the drive, more lights on bushes and trees. When they need to come down, her friends are all somewhere else, so I end up doing it with her and it's invariably on a nasty cold day.

Mushy said...

Don't think you could have gotten them any straighter! Good job.

Me, afraid of heights to, but really just lazy.

Elizabeth said...

Wow, you're lights look really nice. We don't decorate the outside of the house, but we've had the tree up and decorated for three weeks now! I love it when the room is all dark and only the tree is on. So pretty.

Jacki said...

I prefer simple, tasteful decorations, but if it were up to Peter, our house would look like National Lampoons Christmas. :-)

Diesel said...

I think I might work up the motivation to get a tree this year. That's about it.

Jeff said...

april - Reindeer? Do you parents live at the North Pole?

jen - It's ok to leave them up until July... as long as you don't keep turning them on every night.

drowsey - I know... I'm a bit anal about my lights needing to be perfectly straight. But if you try to hang them just by the little clips on the back they get all twisted and point all over the place. Yuk!

dan - You poor poor Brits. How does Santa ever find your house?

carlae - Being 6'12" just means my head is that much further from the ground when I'm standing by a high ledge. *shiver*

babs - Thanks. And yes, a photo is required. I'll wait here.

mom thumb - Sounds like you need to make Jess sign some kind of contract that she'll finish the job at the end of the year, or else! Ummm... or else you'll take them down.

mushy - Nope. I used a micrometer to measure them.

elizabeth - Tree? Oops!

jacki - Aw come on. Let him do it just one time. It'll be fun!

diesel - You think YOU need motivation... try trudging through 3 feet of snow to cut your own and dragging it a half mile back to your car. But it's a tradition and we'll keep doing it while the kids are still at home.

Fancy Schmancy said...

I do a little something on the outside, and go crazy on the inside. I also have a fear of heights, so anything that has to be reached with more than a 2 step folding ladder is just not part of the game. Although this year, I found out my son can reach higher from the ground than I can reach with the 2 step folding ladder, so things may change...

Windyridge said...

We just decorate the two bushes outside the window and the Christmas tree in the house is sort of in between the two bushes outside, so it looks really nice from the road.

Bee Repartee said...

I hope this wasn't right before you took a Peter Pan off the roof.

SOOO? House pics are in order.

PS. I had a dream about you that we did a harmonica duet. I can't play, so that was fun.

yellojkt said...

Those bulbs are old school. I put a few lights, but my next door neighbor puts me to shame. He has two wicker moving reindeer drinking from a pond of blue lights. And we live in a townhouse.

It's only going to be the high 30s this weekend which is mighty cold around here for putting up lights.

unfinishedrambler said...

The Wife and I have a hard enough time trying to get the inside of the house decorated, let alone the outside of the house. Our neighbors, though, leave up a string of lights year round to make us look really bad. Or do they look bad?

Mother Theresa said...

Very nice. No lights for us. Hardly anybody does that in Spain, but the streets are full of them, so who needs to bother with putting them up at home. All we have is a tree, which spends most of the time on its side since the cats have a fatal attraction to it. :)

Speedcat Hollydale said...

(still laughing at your Mr Rogers comment at Drowsey Monkey)

HA HAAAAAAAA !!!!!!!!!!!

My lights stay up year round, so I can just flip a switch. Hillbilly style :)

The Doozie said...

I like to keep the extravagance indoors. And I despise those blow up lawn deco's. I think this year I will take my shovel around and bash those things.

I think simple is good. Although what if you were Clark Griswold? He would not like your house

JD at I Do Things said...

We don't do outdoor decorations, tho I wish we did. Our neighbor across the street, however, takes care of the whole block in terms of lights, decorations, and any other X-mas atrocity you can think of.

Your house looks beautiful and tasteful. I wish I lived across the street from you!

JD at I Do Things

Anonymous said...

Send Rick home. I need my blogger fix!

Michelle said...

I'd like to add the addendum that *I* did not pay $25 for the wreath (and I hope it was only $18 but who knows), that was my husband. I had no say in the matter. I'm perfectly at ease saying no to the door to door people that I'm not interested in buying from. Girl Scouts beware ;)

Roger said...

I didn't even put up lights this year, figuring that I was going to be gone for most of the month anyway - oh and it got freakin' cold as well.

Father Muskrat said...

I put lights in the tree every year and wrap the columns on the porch with red stripes. But I don't do ladders, so, you win.