My yard work fantasy for this weekend has been blown to smithereens (literally!) by a strong northwest wind bringing temperatures with wind chills of 10 above zero F to zero! And tonight, down to 10 below zero, brrrrrrr!
My plans for the weekend being blown away, I decorated my Cardinal Christmas Tree instead. Prior post, with pictures. Here is the finished tree:
I had intended to keep the tree as it was, with pre-wired white lights that are plugged into an outlet. So, earlier this week, I decorated the tree with ALL of the cardinals (one dozen). I loved how it looked! But that cord. Oh no no no. I want to use the tree as a centerpiece on my dinette table. Short of cutting a hole in my tablecloth and running the cord underneath it (with resulting bulge), and then taping a very long extension cord across, underneath the table, down the center support and across the floor to the nearest outlet - well, just wasn't working for moi.
I briefly thought about putting the tree on the peninsula that separates my kitchen from dinette (there is a convenient outlet), but that's not what I wanted.
And so, Thursday lunch hour I ran to Walgreens downtown and hunted for battery-operated lights. I did not want to order them on the internet - too expensive (I had done a lot of checking around). Last year Walgreens had advertised three sets of 15-LED lights, battery-operated, for $10. And sure enough, Walgreens had them again this year and I found them! YAY! I'm not a fan of the blue-ish/grey-ish light of LEDs, but for the price and convenience of being able to move my Cardinal Christmas Tree wherever I want to, I decided I would use them. For the price, it's worth it. And, if I get ambitious, I will pull out my watercolors and paint the outside of the lights with yellow/brown mixed to create a warmer glow of light.
|Tree before being decorated, but with burlap wrap trimmed.|
|Battery-operated LED lights from Walgreens (I used 2 sets, but they were|
3 for $10 so I bought 3) and small ornaments I picked up at the downtown
TJ Maxx on the way back to the office, just the right colors I wanted!
Lots of photos of the finished tree (I may tweak the ornaments a bit, you know how that goes):
I'm very happy with how it turned out, but it really doesn't look much like my inspiration Cardinal Christmas Tree from Gump's (top image):