Ah, The Lights

I brought down from the attic the large silver bin with the strands of Christmas lights and began to plug each strand.

Wouldn't it be great if all these strands of lights worked?
Wouldn’t it be great if all these strands of lights worked?

Some of them were still in original packaging but only half of the bulbs actually lit.

A shopping bag full and two 200 light strands that don't fully illuminate.
A shopping bag full and two 200 light strands that don’t fully illuminate.

We had marked some with tags that said, for instance, “working colored lights” or “working blinking colored lights”.

Most of the vintage colored lights strands seem to work just fine with a few exceptions. (I prefer white lights, of course.)
Most of the vintage colored lights strands seem to work just fine with a few exceptions. (I prefer white lights, of course.)

This is the year extraneous, non-working junk castoffs will be expunged from The Glade.

I'll be taking the non-working lights to MOM's for recycling.
I’ll be taking the non-working lights to MOM’s for recycling.

To that end our local MOM’s (My Organic Market) is accepting broken lights to recycle in exchange for a  coupon for 15% off energy-efficient LED decorative lights from HolidayLEDs.com!

Drop you lights in the bin and ask for your coupon at the information desk while you help yourself to organic snacks.
Drop you lights in the bin and ask for your coupon at the information desk while you help yourself to organic snacks.

Even if we don’t buy our lights at HolidayLEDs.com just having 1 million linear feet  of broken lights out of the house is satisfying. Check that off the list.

What are you checking off before the end of the year?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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