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Eggbah

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Eggbah last won the day on December 20 2015

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About Eggbah

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too many to count
  • Location
    Woodstock, Georgia
  • Biography
    I have always been obsessed with Christmas and I am just now getting into really decorating hardcore. No more blah decorations for me.
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    Woodworking, painting, anything artsy.
  • Occupation
    Mom - basically, I do everything
  • About my display
    In process of creating a Christmas village in my front yard. So far, I have Santa's house - kind of looks like a gingerbread house.

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  1. Good evening my fellow Christmas crazies. I need a little kick in the tail. I don't like talking about this, I don't even talk about this with my doctor. He's in the dark with what's going on. Last July, the 31st to be exact, I was struck by lightning. It was storming outside and I opened up the metal storm door to look at the rain because it was coming down really hard. When I was holding the metal part of the storm door, lightning struck just to my right and I could feel it going up my arm. My right arm was burning inside and it was numb from my hand to my elbow. My ring finger and pinky went numb and half my hand. Arm was tingly up to my elbow. It itched really bad, like a wound that's healing. My vision was horrible, it was like I had cataracts - like I was looking through a foggy window (back to normal now). I had a horrible metallic taste in my mouth that lasted for about a week. It happened around 5:30 pm and I can kind of remember stuff from later that night, but not much. About a week later I found out I ordered jewelry when it arrived. I don't even remember buying anything. I sent it back (thank goodness, it was ridiculously huge and FAR from believable). When I was in bed, my toes on both feet and my knees felt like they were being electrocuted. Had a few headaches above my right eye. Now I have a rash over my eye on that side over a year later.Monday, Aug 1 2016, it felt like someone was stabbing my left sinus cavity. Hurt like crap. Since the beginning of time (my time), I have not been able to breathe out of my left nostril. As of that Monday morning, I have been able to breathe with no problem whatsoever.I went to the ER that day because my doctor insisted that I go b/c I was having a lot of symptoms that he was not comfortable with. I had a CT scan, EKG, x-rays, blood work and every test came out fine.I've had horrible ringing in my ears since the strike. My ears have definitely been damaged, I can't hear as well now. I was not able to spell very well at all. I never misspell words. The words that I tried to type, didn't end up on the screen correctly, almost as if there was a wire from my brain to my fingers that wasn't connected. I could see that it was wrong, so I had to erase a lot and type slower if I could remember what I typed.I had a lot of zingers all over my body - that's the best way I can describe it. It was just my nerves regenerating. The worst thing iss the short term memory loss. Drives me mad. It's much better now, but I still have to ask someone to repeat something they said 30 seconds ago sometimes. 2 weeks ago today, I broke a rib or two. I refuse to go to the dr because it's $3000 here, $4000 there and last night, thanks to a really strong gust of wind, we lost a large tree. I am so very grateful that it didn't crash into my house. It was about 10 feet away from taking out my dining room - I am so very grateful it didn't hit the house. Not sure how I'll be able to decorate. I could enlist my husband, but this is not his "thing" he doesn't know how things need to be done... I need my ribs to heal... like yesterday. I am just spent - mentally and emotionally. If you have any words of wisdom, scripture, anecdotes, please share.
  2. Annoyed

    Yes! They are safe as long as you do not look at the lasers. Blisslights sent a laser firefly (dispersed lasers, not a single beam) pen to me a few yrs ago and I will use it to knock out the pain instantly. Here's a link to a bunch of studies on lasers: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?linkname=pubmed_pubmed&from_uid=25354753 **I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on tv**
  3. Annoyed

    Sorry they make you grumpy. Just last week I posted something kind of similar, well, not really similar...I was uneducated about a topic (LOR type stuff specifically). It was my lack of understanding that made me not truly appreciate the flashy, animated, and very time-consuming light show type displays that is put together by some of the most talented souls on this forum. The difference between your post and mine, well, I'd never call anyone lazy or say that people are lazy for doing something...or not doing something per your standards (who knew there were standards to showing one's Christmas spirit? Out of curiosity, what is your bare minimum?) I own 7 blisslights, 4 blue and 3 green. I use them all year long. They look quite lovely in my yard during the summer. So don't let those evil lights ruin your day and suck the last bit of your Christmas spirit dry. Really consider the person that's putting them up. Knock on their door and ask them why they are so incredibly lazy. I'd LOVE for someone to do that here...then I can explain how I hung 10,000 lights while passing kidney stones and only stopping to go to the ER (it's like having an almost 10 lb baby all over again). Maybe the people that put you in a grumpus state have MS, had a stroke, maybe they had a baby, or fell off the roof and said "(enter colorful word here) the lights! Just plug in the lasers! Call an ambulance!" Anything is better than nothing at all. Maybe it's their first attempt at outdoor illumination, everyone has to start somewhere. Btw, green lasers stop pain instantly, red and blue helps the face (wrinkles and acne). My green blisslights have been very helpful with my 4 pinched nerves. (FYI for anyone that needs instant pain relief). The only time that lasers frustrate me is when I see them tilted up greater than a 45 deg angle. FAA guidelines say to keep it at 45 or below, especially within 10 nautical miles of an airport. Still have a few more kidney stones to go! I am still decorating and just started Christmas shopping and I still have a tree skirt that I have been working on for 8-10 hrs a day for the last 2 months and I am not even close to finishing up. I have less than 4 days before people show up. Must press on though, no time for pain no matter how severe! Merry Christmas!! ~A 36 yr old Lazy Laser Light Lover with 10,000 lights outside and over 3,000 inside + 5 trees + 4 kidney stones + 3 bottles of wine + 2 presents bought + and a partridge in a pear tree Edit to add: Look, I am not trying to sound snarky at all. Sorry if I have come off that way (kidney stones can make you lose your mind). Just that some people just can't compete b/c they don't really want to compete. They probably like Nat'l Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and it's probably the best they can do, lights are not cheap and $$ is tight for many. Just roll down the window and tell them they need 4 more to make an impact (in a lighthearted way, of course!)
  4. Same here. I really don't mind too much. I have to know b/c of my power usage on each breaker. The main one I don't like is "How much is your power bill?" I don't know!! I don't pay it! The husband deals with the bills. I do know that it doesn't go up much. I have no idea how many cords I have - not enough lol!
  5. Vintage Ornament Rescue

    I know this is an older thread, but I found the mushroom clip ornament on ebay for $45 and etsy for a little bit more. Great find! https://www.etsy.com/listing/450762756/clip-on-mushrooms-red-and-white-glass?ref=market http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-German-Glass-Clip-On-Double-Mushroom-Christmas-Ornament-T25-/110921290222
  6. I will admit it, I love the lasers as long as they do not move. I have 7 lights (four blue and 3 green) and they aren't cheap - $150 each. Could have bought a lot of lights with $1,050 or hauled butt to Miami for a short cruise. They look awesome in the backyard during the summer and I let my son's school use them for dances and other events. I wish I had a pool b/c they look killer when pointed into a pool! Two of my laser lights have a 16 color LED light and I have the option to turn the laser off and just leave the LED light on. As for the competitive spirit, you probably wouldn't have your display at the level that it is without bouncing ideas off of the guys here, none of us would. Smile, take a deep breath, and go over there and chat with the guy. He may have some really awesome ideas that you could snag for yourself, even if only in the setup. I wish every house on my street would just light up their yards!
  7. You guys rock! Bill and Stephen - oh my goodness!!! STUNNING!!!!!!!! I'm not sure what my sub is rated, I'll have to pop down there and check. I have empty slots a totally useless 30 amp dual pole that needs to go, so I have plenty of space and power available, just not available yet. :/ The pizza guy just left, we always ask him if there are good lights in the area and he said that my neighborhood is the only one that's super festive this year. I'm a bit bummed that people have slacked off in the area. Ted- I knew what you meant I was just letting you know that the green was a success. I was really surprised at how close the two greens are. From the street, I cannot even tell that they are different. LEDs are just so bright in comparison. I did step out of my element, I have a tree that has a few multi function strands on there. It's my first true "flash"
  8. Annoyed With Neighbor Help Please

    Sounds like Mrs. Scrooge needs a box of lights. lol
  9. Thanks for clarifying! I looked at LOR 2 yrs ago briefly...but didn't get it so I moved on. My son (he's 10) totally gets it. Two of the breakers have 2 outlets, one breaker per garage bay. The 3rd breaker controls my back deck outlet and the basement. The guy that lived in the house before I bought it ran a body shop. The garage has its own subpanel. I need a very creative electrician that's not afraid of my ideas (all within code, I hope). I need more everything... As far as mixing LEDs and incans, I've been somewhat successful at it - I've mixed LEDs with green incans on bushes. This is what I've got out right now (seriously lacking in the wow factor):
  10. Bummer. I was hoping they would be a bit better than that. I'm going to stick with LEDs since the RGB strips suck power. I'm losing a lot of power thanks to my C7s. I need to kick the incan C7 habit. I have C9 covers for minis that I need to utilize.
  11. What do you mean not at the same time? Sorry - LOR illiterate I'd like to get to that pretty number you have! Just curious, how much power would 50,000 LED lights on the strips use? Assuming that's what you have... I am using 3 breakers at 80% (-400ish watts free) right now.
  12. I started switching to LEDs last year. Best decision ever. Still have a lot of incans. Warm or cool LEDs, I love them both. I'll bookmark your site! I guess I'd like the RGB/LOR/DMX stuff (clearly you can see my total ignorance on the topic) if I understood it a bit more. I'd love to be able to keep the striips up all year and just turn it on the day after Thanksgiving. Obviously I can't do that with regular lights.
  13. Christmas light fight 2016

    I quit watching when they stopped showing how things were done. I need to see the creative side first.
  14. Surely I cannot be the only one that doesn't find the super flashy LOR/DMX stuff appealing, or am I it? Many of the displays are beautiful - until the flashing starts. I guess I am just a traditionalist at heart...a traditionalist that gets massive migraines and the flashy displays hurt. I know that it takes more work to put one of those sets together than I could even imagine, but have any of you extremely talented LOR/DMX people out there ever missed the regular displays of your childhood? I have a ton of respect for those that do all of that, heck, I have a mini engineer that has an LOR system on his Christmas list in my house and I was raised by an electrical engineer. Please do not think that I am bashing, as I do want to figure it out one day - perhaps completely avoid the flashing and music stuff (there's only so much trans siberian orchestra this girl can handle, 1/4 of a song - that's it). Is it possible to have it just stay on like traditional lights? My main problem is that I am out of power - tripped a breaker for the first time ever the other night. I am stuck at a hair under 10,000 lights outside and roughly 3000 inside. I'm looking for ways to expand my lights without spending my way into bankruptcy. I know this is like 2-3 posts in one, I am rambling...mainly out of frustration due to my lack of wattage and lights.
  15. Project #10: Simple Sign Post

    The problem with snow #1 was the school glue. It dissolves in water. Snow #2, not too familiar with acrylic paste. In my experience as a self proclaimed artist is that anything with acrylic paint needs to be heavily sealed with an outdoor safe acrylic sealer (found in craft stores). The best fake snow for what you are doing is caulk. Pure white caulk. I used it as "icing" on my 4 ft gingerbread house. I think I have had it for 3-4 years and it has held up very well and glitter sticks to it. I still sprayed it down with a sealer b/c of the amount of glitter I use. If you are not using glitter, you don't need to spray. I've said this on this site before, you can never have too much glitter.
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