Clark Griswold taught me everything I know about exterior illumination

I decided to take Cosmic Mama’s advice and get pro-active about bringing holiday joy into our home. So as she recommended, I got the Christmas lights out and made it a family project to decorate for the holidays.

Holiday Cheer

That's me out there on the ladder.

I hung the lights inside the house and it looked pretty good. In a fit of goodwill towards Mr. Applebum, I decided to start the outside lights.

That’s when everything got dicey. For one thing, sunset is before 4:30 here, so it started getting dark quickly. There are also ladders involved and I’m never confident on ladders. And I was hanging lights on one of our itchier evergreens (I actually know all our pine trees well, this is one of the more difficult ones to work with) hence his new nickname: Itchy McRasherson. And did I mention it started raining?!