Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It's a Jumble Over Here

Why? Because before Christmas I purchased one of those Light fixing kits. Need I say more?


And now that I'm an expert a novice on fixing light sets, I can truthfully say that perhaps one would be better served to use her funds on new lights. At the very least, have lots and lots and lots of replacement bulbs on hand.

John is getting ready to take down the tree so I must go pay homage.

I've not forgotten my promise...

Love Vee

40 comments:

  1. May the force be with you! ;-) xo

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  2. We have one of those "zapper guns". It works well sometimes, but when lights are burned out it's FRUSTRATING! Good luck!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  3. Oh that is so frustrating Vee. I agree that you could most likely have spent your money on new lights on sale after Christmas. I don't envy you your chore of dismantling the tree today. I do find it comes down faster than it goes up though. Have fun and then have a cup of tea.

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  4. So I should be glad I didn't pick one of those up?? Have fun!

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  5. Suddenly I'm glad my tree never made it up this year. Hope the "undecorating" gets easier for you!

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    1. It never got up? Oh dear. I worry about gals like you. My daughter is one of them. I would far rather have a jumbled mess than not to have put the tree up. To each her own, right?

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  6. I bought extra lights at the thrift store after Christmas. I think a lot of people donated....instead of repairing and packing up! heehee! Enjoy your day!

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  7. Have fun fixing the lights. ;-)

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  8. Oh, My yes...just buy new lights.
    I've given up on spending time with repairs here.
    But, if you insist...have fun!
    :-)

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  9. It's just too frustrating to figure out which bulb needs to be replaced. It's cheaper, I think, for both pocket book and the soul to replace the lights. After Christmas sales are great!

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  10. Your talents are always increasing, is this one of those "Dare" projects. I too am one that would rather fix it if possible. Good luck.
    I didn't get by yesterday as I was busy unpacking, and taking our tree down,. it smelled so good, so much so I wanted to bottle that fragrance.~smile~Congratulations on your new apron, we girls just can't have to many of those.Thanks for the link, I have bookmarked it and will visit her.
    Enjoy your day.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  11. Oh dear me, a Light Fixing Kit! "Auntie" doesn't think very highly of whoever talked you into this purchase. "Grrrrrr" sezzzzzzzz "Auntie," to that person or add. "Grrrrrrrrrr..."

    Ahhhh, your promise. :-) Thank you for not forgetting.

    Gentle hugs,
    "Auntie"

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  12. If Christmas lights weren't so good at adding atmosphere and beauty to the season, I think they would be banned. Not a year goes by that we aren't frustrated over them for one reason or another. This year we had 3 strands out on our pre-lit tree. Brett bought new strands and carefully re-strung them. I wasn't aware of this fix-it kit. Although at this point I'm not sure our patience could endure it. Good luck to you on getting all of the lights burning once again.
    I've already been over to take a peek. You have my curiosity peeked and I'm anxiously awaiting chapter 2.

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  13. Christmas lights just drive me nuts....it's the way only HALF of the strand burns out and the other half is still working great.
    I have NO patience with the fix-its....I just throw away the strand and put on a new one. Our pre-lit tree is about 8 or 10 yrs old and I have to add lights to it every single year. grrrr
    Whew, got my dander all in an uproar so I'll go fix myself a cup of tea...:))

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  14. I'm one of those who just throws out the lights and buys a new strand. It's too frustrating and time consuming to try to fix them.

    Color me intrigued. Can't wait for the next installment in your story. Btw, our fathers sound like they were quite a bit alike...at least in their parenting style.

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  15. If there are just one or two lights out I leave it, but we usually get half the string not working so I just throw those out and buy more! It has saved our sanity and our marriage! ;)

    I think you are so talented! I loved reading your story and can't believe you left us hanging! Well, okay, I can believe it, but wish you hadn't!

    Can't wait to read more!

    Deanna

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  16. ps- I love the new background! Very pretty!

    Deanna

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  17. I giggled ... one of my neighbors fixed a strand of lights I use on my back porch. Bless his heart. Would have been easier and quicker if I had simply ordered a new strand ... but it was summer time! Having lots of replacement bulbs sounds good to me! :D I have taken down all the outside decorations. Tomorrow I will start inside. It may take me a month or more. :D :D :D

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  18. You are a trooper--I had a 4 1/2 year old helping me!

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  19. I hide the burned out lights from Louis Dean - he DOES fix them! But I have SO MANY he can't fix them all and we usually buy in bulk after Christmas since I use them year round.

    You are such an inspiration!!

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  20. I just read that light strands ought to be tossed after three years as they become brittle and a fire hazard after that long. Sigh. Another expiration date to worry about. Seems like my folk had one strand with maybe a dozen large lights and that was that forever.

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  21. I'm better at chucking and buying new...than fixing! Mine usually decide to burn at 'half-mast' once the tree is fully decorated.

    So glad you are keeping your promise! I'll be back...to see what happened two years ago. Hmmm.

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  22. Ah .... lights. AUdley just trashes them if he can't figure out the problem. It keeps us both sane. Hopefully you'll have Christmas all packed up and it'll have been a fairly easy job.

    Enjoy!

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  23. I live with a "light-fixer." But even he, after years of fixing lights, said that we should get some new ones next year. Which means they will likely be LEDs which I don't like.
    By now the tree is likely down and everything is tidy and fresh again. Doesn't it feel great to have that job behind you?

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  24. Christmas lights - one of my favorite parts in The Griswold Family Christmas (with Chevy Chase) is when he is holding up that HUGE wad of tangled lights and hands it to his son to untangle. Just cracks me up every time.

    When we moved to this house (almost 10 years ago) we gave our huge tree to our daughter and bought a slim VERY tall pre-lit one, because it fit better in the space and, well, I liked it pre-lit. It's been great so far, though this year hubs was an angel of mercy and fixed a couple of areas that went dark.

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  25. I think we can flag this year with the title "Light Issues". I've never heard so many trials and tribulations because half the lights weren't working properly. I'm an advocate of "just buy a new string" at the half off sale at the end of the season....

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  26. Thats a beautiful church in the snow

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  27. I always just buy a whole new string of lights because I can't be bothered fixing them!!

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  28. I have no patience, I'd be hitting the Walgreens clearance aisles!

    XO,
    Jane

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  29. Those lights used to drive me crazy!! It's much easier now since I quit getting a tree. Boring . . . but easier.

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  30. Are your fingers sore from putting bulbs in and taking them out? Those little bulbs are bad that way. Plus I can never get them working again, so I'm with you!

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  31. Ohhh. I used to go through that excercise. Try to save the string of lights. Now I buy the week after Christmas 75% off and if one breaks it is history. Goodby. Gone!!

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  32. Vee
    I hate to admit it, but I'd rather buy new than fooling around with those silly bulbs!
    I like your new four seasons header!

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  33. HaHa! That would be the reason that we actually stepped out of the cemetery of dead light strings this year and bought some new ones to make a clean start. We're cheap to a fault, but we couldn't take the jungle.

    And as for the little link there, I know that you said we shouldn't leave comments, but I have to tell you this just one time: YOU, my blog friend, are a gifted, gifted, writer!! I love your writer's voice more than I can say.

    I can't figure out how we'll know when there is a new installment. I'll study your sideboard to see if I see a link. I really enjoyed that and am so glad that DARE was your word of the year. Please keep it up.

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  34. OK, found it on the sideboard.

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  35. I think I might've just bought a new set of lights!

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  36. I am enthralled about your new story page! And I got a great chuckle about the proper use of a pronoun.

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  37. I just found your first installment. You've got me wanting to find out what happens next.

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  38. We are planning on new lights next year. They do seem to get tangled with dud bulbs over time.

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