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Updates

 

December 4, 2017

Alrighty. I got the controller issue resolved just now. A dad gum 6ft long cat5 cable was bad. The controllers are fine. There are some partial strings of lights that are not on. Probably a loose plug. There are also some things that are not coming on when they are suppose to be. The roof elves will be here to get the roof squared away this week. I will correct the other issues on Saturday, if not sooner. Just depends on work this week. In the mean time lights on!! Thank y'all for your support and patience!!

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 December 3, 2017

Well, the roof elves were held up by rain on Thursday. Then, the fog and no sun yesterday, kept the roof from drying enough for the roof elves to safely do their work. I decided to go ahead and run the display without the lights until they can get out here. It might look a little awkward but, its only temporary. Today, I took care of some minor things and turned everything on to start testing the controllers. 3 of them weren't seen by the computer. Great. Here we go again.. I corrected the problem with one but the other 2 are still having issues. I just now came inside and those 2 are still a problem. Very disheartening. I'll get out there tomorrow afternoon and swap out the problem controllers out with spares. I'm hoping that will do the trick. I'm really sorry about the issues. Maybe tomorrow night will be better. I will let y'all know tomorrow. Say a little prayer for me in church tomorrow.

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November 27, 2017

Well, sad to say that the roof elves were unable to get to the roof done this past week. They're really busy and wont be able to get here until Wednesday. so, it looks like it will be Saturday or Sunday night before the display is up and running, barring any unforeseen circumstances. In the meantime, I worked all weekend getting everything else ready so the only thing left to do will be the roof. If something changes, I will let y'all know.

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November 19, 2017

Another great setup day today! All 11 trees were finished today. I have never, ever, gotten the bottoms of the large trees done in one day. That's a first. I actually had 10 done and it got dark. I wasn't going to be denied today. I pulled the truck up to the last tree and turned on the headlights and got it done. I talked to the head roof elf and he said he would get me fixed up by Thanksgiving. If they get me worked in and the weather holds up, I just might make lights on Thanksgiving weekend. THAT will be a first, too!! Y'all keep your fingers crossed for me! I'll update again later as things progress more.

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November 10, 2017

 Judging from the number of views of my web page, I know some of you are probably wondering if I was going to do the display this year. I usually start posting on this page in October but, I've been busy at work, and that's a good thing. This year has been very hard for me. Unfortunately, I will probably have to recycle some of the older songs this year. I just haven't had the time to get any new music programmed. The most difficult part of the year happened at 9:25pm on March 25th. That day, life forever changed for me. I lost my best friend, my hero, my dad, John Athanasios Zgouvas, to Parkinson's disease. Dad loved Christmas as much as I do, maybe more. Dad loved the display. He was always asking me questions about it. Have you started yet? Are you adding anything new this year? How many new songs do you have this year? Is it on yet? I thought about not doing it this year but, that thought vanished about as quick as the thought appeared. Dad would have never gone for that. So, last Saturday morning, I got up, threw on my clothes and out to the carport I went. It was the best first day of display set up. Ever. All of the bushes had all of their lights on them by the end of the day. Sunday, I started wrapping the large trees. Things are going well with the display. This year will be bittersweet with dad being gone. So, this year, I'm going to dedicate the display to the memory of my dad, the man, along with my mom, that taught and showed my 3 sisters and me, the real meaning of Christmas. I love you, dad and I miss you more than you know. Oh, and don't let the "bah humbug" shirt fool ya. It's an inside family joke

 

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December 9, 2016

All of the problems are corrected!! I'm at 100% tonight!! Come on out and enjoy yourselves!! Christmas is coming fast! And, dont forget to come and like the display's Facebook page at  tzchristmas-on-facebook

 

December 8, 2016

 Okay. Y'all want the good news first or the bad? The good news is that the display is running. The bad news is that everything is not lighting up. I've got some loose plugs that I'm going to have to track down and granny Christmas isn't working. I should be able to get to it all squared away Friday afternoon. So, please bear with me while I get it to 100%. In the mean time, lights on! Thank you all for your patience and your support. 

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December 6, 2016

Rain kept me from doing anything with the cat 5 cable or the controller yesterday. I checked things before coming into work this morning but, everything is still too wet to do anything with it today. I'm going to let things dry out today and then tomorrow afternoon, I will get outside and get to the bottom of the issue. With a little luck, I will be up and running tomorrow night. Check back tomorrow evening and I will let you know. 

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 December 5, 2016

Well, I got it all done and turned on to see what was working and what wasn't. I'm having an issue with one of the controllers so it wont be running tonight. I'm hoping its just a bad cat 5 cable or the controller. I will get the cable changed out tomorrow sometime and see if that does the trick. Rain and work have me messed up today. It might even be the rain that's causing the issue. I will let y'all know whats going on tomorrow.

 

 December 3, 2016

Well, it was a full day working on the display today. Getting the roof done took half the day. That's twice as long as usual. Reason being, the old plug-in strobes had just about run their course. I couldn't find plug-in replacements so, I had to go with screw-in type strobes.  That meant having to use new cords that took screw-in type lamps. Screwing in new strobes to the new cords took a lot longer than I expected it would. This year, the strobes will be the usual clear ones with blues mixed in. I hope it turns out looking great.

The only thing left is to tie the controllers together with the cat 5 cable and then to the computer. It shouldn't take more than  2-3 hours. No sweat, if it doesn't rain tomorrow. Yeah, I know. I saw the forecast. 100% chance of rain. I'm hoping that it will be an "on and off" kind of rain. That way, it stops for any length of time, I'll be on it, until the rain starts again. I plan to go back and forth until I get it wrapped up. If it stops enough times, I think I could get it done. Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer that it comes together. I'll post again tomorrow night and let y'all know whats going on.

 

November 27, 2016

Another long weekend of putting out lights. Everything is moving along well. A little slower than last year but hey, I'm not gettin' any younger lol I finished up all of the lights, set all 15 of the mini-trees out and started wiring everything back to the controllers. The roof elves are coming this week so,if the weather holds up, I'll wire in all of the roof lights, finish up the ground wiring and tie the controllers into the computer. I think Sunday night will be lights on! Keep your fingers crossed for me!

 

November 19,2016

Slowly but surely, I'm making progress. The top halves of the big trees in the front yard are complete. No more ladder work! YAY! lol That leaves me with finishing out the bottoms of the trees Thursday and Friday.  I should be wiring everything Saturday and Sunday. I haven't talked to the roof elves yet but, I doubt they will be able to get the roof lights on this week due to their prior commitments and Thanksgiving. I'm on track to make "lights on" December 4th. Stay tuned. The updates will be coming often as we get closer to lights on.

 

November 12,2016 

It's that time again! Actually, its been that time for 2 weeks now. This year I decided to re-make the 15 mini-trees. Two weeks ago, I pulled off all of the old LED lights. They were starting to get a little weak. Most of them have been on those frames for 10 years. I re-wrapped them all with fresh chicken wire and restrung them with new LED's. 15 mini-trees and 15,000 lights, in total. Last weekend, I started the lights in the bushes. I got about half of them done. Today I finished up the last of the bushes. That's another 18,000 lights. WOW!  I never realized that I have almost as many lights on the mini-trees as I do on all of my bushes. That means that I have almost half the lights up. I don't believe that. I think I'm going to make a new count this year. Tomorrow, I will start the big trees. I really need to pick up the pace if I'm going to have the display running Thanksgiving weekend. Stay tuned. I'll be doing regular updates. I'm really looking forward to seeing the display this year! There seems to be a little more joy in the air these days.

 

January 17,2016

Have you seen ABC's, "The Great Christmas Light Fight" ? I got an email, a couple of days ago, through the website. First thing I thought was, is this for real ? The person in the email asked me if I would consider applying to be on the show. I know the show is legit because I watched it the last 2-3 years. I did a basic Google search and it appears the person in the email is a real person. I  think I will answer and see what she has to say. If it is real though, I don't think I have a snowflake's chance in August, in Alabama, of getting picked. Like I said before, I have seen the show. Those people are light years ahead of me lol I'll let y'all know what happens.

 

January 13,2016

I thought that i would let everyone know that this year, the display collected $2,536 for AGAPE ! Thank you all for your support and all of your kind comments about the display. I am so glad that it brought so much joy to so many !! next year, I'm hoping to do a few other things and add some more new music. in just 316 days, 13 hours, 11 minutes and 44 seconds, it will be lights on again !!

 

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December 27,2015

It has been a good season for the display this year. The traffic has been steady all year. The rain, my goodness, the rain ! The display doesn't like rain ! There were some breakers that tripped and had to be reset several times. Lightning got the main control board. Thank goodness I had back-up board. Everything is running well now with maybe 2 exceptions.  A section of green lights and blue lights are not coming on when they're suppose to. It just needs another day to completely dry out ! The display will be running for one more week. Better hurry up and come out before it goes dark for another year !

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December 7,2015

I think I got the problems fixed. The strobes on the roof are not working. I suspect I missed plugging in a string that all of the other strings are plugged into. Easy fix. As much as I wanted to get up there tonight with a flashlight and fix it, I thought it best to stay on level ground and daylight until Saturday morning. That being said, come on out because... LIGHTS ON !!

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December 6, 2015

Well, I got the display running tonight, for a little while. I have a problem controller that kept me from running tonight. Actually, it would run but, it wouldn't continuously loop. It would run once and stop. There are also several strings of lights that aren't working. Probably some loose plugs. I'm hoping that once I swap the controller, all will be well and the display will come to life tomorrow night. I'll let y'all know tomorrow night. Thanks for your support and patience !
 
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December 2, 2015

Thank goodness for some good weather and a day off from work ! I made a lot of progress since I last updated. All of the lights are up with the exception of the roof. The roof elves will be here by Friday to lay the lights up there. Saturday, I'll climb up and wire in the 1,600 feet of wire. When that's done, I'll wire everything on the ground. I don't think that I'll finish on Saturday. Sunday will be more wiring to the controllers, then the Cat 5 cable to the controllers and finally, the controllers to the computer. If all goes well, I think Sunday night will be the night. Keep your fingers crossed for no computer problems and continued good weather.

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November 27, 2015

I guess y'all are all wondering, where is he and whats going on with the display ? Well, it's been a busy year. Demands of work and just regular life didn't leave a lot of time to devote to the display. I haven't posted because I wasn't sure if there was going to be a display this year. I usually try to start on Halloween weekend. It rained that weekend. A little disheartening because it meant that i would miss my first goal, lights on, Thanksgiving night. I guess there's always next year. Then, the following weekend, more rain. The first 2 weekends that I was suppose to be outside stringing lights, it's rained. That's not good.  I really can't take off work right now to make up time either. I started to wonder if there was going to be a display this year. THAT, was tough to think about. I couldn't see doing the display for just one week. I decided i would just double up on the effort. I would get up earlier and see if I could make up the lost time. The 14th was the first day I could get outside and start stringing lights. I got all of the bushes done in one day. Usually, it takes an entire weekend to do the bushes. I had made up one day. I could start the large trees on Sunday instead of waiting until the following weekend.  I was thrilled ! Sunday was another good day. Long story short, I'm close to being back on schedule with the usual time frame. It's still tight but, I'm going to give it the ol' college try. I'm going to need some help from Mother Nature. The roof elves have to be here this week and there can be no software glitches.

I will keep y'all updated regularly now. Thank you for your continued support and don't forget to like us on Facebook at this link ----->>>> tzchristmas-on-facebook

 

 

January 4, 2015

Thank you to all of the visitors and everybody that donated to AGAPE. This year, the display collected $2,158 !! Thank you all, so much !! There were not as many visitors this year. Compared to last year, about half as many people came by. The weather was probably the reason. It' rained hard at least one night, each weekend and two nights during Christmas week. Hopefully, this year mother nature will be kinder to us.

I just came in from outside. I've done it several times tonight, and probably will a few more times before I go to bed. It's cold and lonely in my front yard tonight. The lights are off for the 2014 season. No lights. no cars. but if I listen real hard, I can here the voices of the children that visited the display this year. I can see them, some in pajamas, their heads sticking out through the car windows and sunroofs. Their parents holding onto them. I can hear their ooh's and aah's, Their laughter. i can also see the church mini-bus with elderly people in it, I can see that their eyes are as bright as a 10 year olds. I could see them them reliving memories of Christmases past. The yard looks sad, and dark and cold but, it also brings to mind something Dr Seuss once said, "Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened." Right then, I smiled because I knew, that in 325 days, 22 hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds, the display will again come to life and create more memories. And you know what ? I can't wait !!

 

December 9, 2014

LIGHTS ON ! Well, there were some minor issues with a couple of strings of lights but, it wont stop the display running nightly. When you put out 80,000 lights, there are bound to be a few plugs that didn't get pushed in enough or some loose wires from pulling the light strings tight around the trees or in the bushes. Aside from that, it's up and running. I'll take care of the minor issues on Saturday. In the mean time, come on out and enjoy the Christmas season with me !! And don't forget to like us on Facebook at this link ----->>>> tzchristmas-on-facebook 

 

December 7, 2014

Today was a good day ! Well, almost. The roof elves didn't make it out today. I really didn't think they would since it was Sunday but, all of the controllers are wired in to the computer and all of the lights are plugged into the controllers. The controllers have been tested and all is well ! Later tonight, I will test all the lights for bad strings and loose plugs that may have happened during set-up. Hopefully, it will be minimal. I have a project due out of the office tomorrow so I wont be able to take off to wire the roof lights. Tuesday, I will be on the road for work so, I won't be able to do anything with it then. It's killing me to be so close, yet so far from lights on ! I apologize for the display's late start. The rain cost me 3 days this year and the roof elves starting late delayed me.  It looks like Wednesday will be lights on ! I will update so you will know, for sure. Thank you all for you understanding and your support !!

 

December 6, 2014

It was a tough day today ! I only got one controller wired and the roof elves didn't get finished with the roof before the rain came. After the rain left, it was too wet to do anything. I don't know if the roof elves will be here tomorrow or not but, I will be out there wiring everything except the roof. I'll let y'all know whats going on tomorrow night. Keep your fingers crossed ! 

 

November 20, 2014

I'm slowly making progress. All of the lights are in the bushes. 3 of the 10 large oaks are wrapped in lights. They sure did grow a lot this year. I could barely get my arms around 2 of the 3 large oaks. It took me an entire day to get lights around 2 of the large oaks. Each tree took 4,800 lights ! It's time to call the roof elves and see if I can get them out next week. If they can make it, we'll be on track for lights on 1st week of December ! That's about all for now. Don't forget to check back for updates and come follow us on Facebook  tzchristmas-on-facebook 

 

October 25, 2014

Wow ! I didn't realize that I haven't updated the website in so long. If you're looking for videos from last year's display, they haven't been uploaded yet. Mr. Video-man has had problems getting them finished up. We usually tape the display late at night, to keep traffic from being in the videos. It never fails that somebody will turn down the street, see that its on, and then drive up and stop. in an effort to eliminate the cars, the display was taped without audio. I figured, if there is no music being broadcast, nobody would stop. It worked fine until we tried to come back and dub in the audio. I'm a stickler for timing on the videos, so, Mr. Video-man hasn't finished yet. He hopes to have them uploaded in the next week or so.

This weekend has been spent re-stringing the mini-trees. I had forgotten how much work they were. It's been quite a chore. This weekend was spent doing work in the front yard to get ready, Next weekend I'll be trimming the bushes and putting down straw. With a little bit of luck, I may be stringing lights next Sunday. Its time to get busy. The clock is ticking !

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December 9, 2013

Well, it turns out that it was a bad Cat6 cable that got me. It's been replaced and everything appears to be working OK. I will not be able to get outside until later this week to see if its all working right. I'm just too under the weather. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy whats there.

 

December 8, 2013

Everything is wired up and ready to go, or so I thought. I ran through some diagnostics before starting the display, and, oh what a mess. I'm not sure whats going on. The computer isn't recognizing half the controllers.  Sound familiar ? Adding insult to injury, I've got a big time cold now, too. This is so disheartening ! Stay tuned for updates.

 

December 7, 2013

I was blessed with no rain today and was able to get all of the roof wired. Tomorrow, if I can get a rain free day, I'll wire in the controllers and hopefully fire up the display. I wont have a chance to troubleshoot it very much. If its running tomorrow night and you come by, it may not be 100% what I programmed. I rewired everything except the roof so i could try to simplify things. The extra time spent this year should pay dividends next year and beyond. Say a little prayer for me. I'll post a status update tomorrow and on Facebook. Check back before driving out.

 

 

December 5, 2013

Rain, rain, GO AWAY !! Because of the weather, I haven't been able to complete the wiring of the display. I will be hard at it between showers all weekend. If it rains all weekend, I will be taking off on Monday to get it wrapped up and HOPEFULLY have it running Monday night. Stay tuned for more updates and don't forget to like us on Facebook..

 

November 24, 2013

 Setup for the display is moving along better than I expected, considering the uncooperative weather during the last 2 weekends. I've made great progress this weekend. I still have one large tree to wrap with yellow lights. As i was putting everything away tonight, I noticed that I had not finished a foster holly from a previous weekend. How could I have forgotten it ? The weatherman says that rain is coming tomorrow night and will continue through Tuesday. No problem since I'll be working. It's suppose to move out Wednesday morning and clear up. So, I should be able to get that done Wednesday. Thursday will be a full day of wiring and trying to finish up programming on another song. I called the roof elves Friday and hope they will make it by so I can wire those lights up on Saturday. Right now, everything hinges on the roof elves. If they can come Friday, I might be able to do some testing and have the display running Sunday night, It's an ambitious schedule but, I'm up to the challenge. Check back later for more info or follow the display status on Facebook. I've been updating there as well. . 

 

November 10, 2013

 I cant believe that I haven't posted any updates since the middle of January ! It sure was a quick year, again ! And just like in years past, I didn't get to spend a lot of time on the display during the off season. I wont have any additions to the display but, I will some some new music this year. I hope that y'all will enjoy them.

I started putting lights out today. The first day is always the hardest. It was slow going but, I got about 2/3 of the bushes done. I should have all of the bushes and foster hollies finished Saturday. On Sunday, I can start wrapping the large trees. I try to get the larger trees done first, since they take much longer to do. They hold anywhere from 7,000 to 9,000 lights. Those larger oaks are about 60" in circumference. The small diameter oaks go a lot faster. They only hold about 3,000 - 4,000 lights.  If the weather holds out, I'm hoping to start wiring everything to the controllers over the Thanksgiving weekend.  I'll start testing then. If everything goes well, I should be up and running sometime during the following weekend. Be sure and check back. I'll be updating, at a minimum, each Sunday night, so check back for the latest.

In the meantime, there's a jacuzzi in my bathroom thats calling my name lol I've got a feeling I'm going to be a bit sore tomorrow but, ya know, after I'm finished and you come out to see it, I know it has been worth it and always will be !

 

January 17, 2013

 Two weeks into the new year and time to start thinking about what to do with the display. The 2012 display was a combination of the 2010 display and the 2008 display. I had a lot of irons in the fire because of the "events" of 2011 and didn't have time to plan anything for 2012.

2013 will be the 10th year of the animated display. It's hard to believe that I've been doing this for ten years. Seems like it was yesterday when I saw that HGTV Christmas special about a guy in Tennessee that did an animated display. I remember my first display. It was a spur of the moment thing that I threw together in about 2 months. There was so much to do and in so little time. I had no idea how long any of it was going to take. I had to buy lights. LOTS of lights. Then, extension cords. LOTS of extension cords. I had to get the controllers ordered and here, quick, but the toughest part of creating the display was learning the software. It took me two months to do two songs. I worked on the programming with every spare minute, of every day, until I moved the controllers out of Christmas Central to the front yard. I used those original songs again this year, for old times sake. Do you remember what they were ? Nah. There weren't a lot of visitors that year. 

It was basically a bunch of "blinky-blink", on and off, flashing lights. The lights were all incandescent mini-lights then. I only used three colors that year because it saved time. I used net lights on the tree trunks because it was the fastest way to wrap them. They were wrapped only as high as my arms would reach. No time for ladders or lifts. There were no roof lights or tomato cage mini-trees, and no Nativity.  It was just the bushes and tree trunks.  I never did video it or take pictures of it because it really wasn't what I had wanted it would be. I wish I had some video of it now. It would have been fun to watch and compare to last year's. It's come a long way but, there is still so much that I want to do, that I haven't been able to because of space limitations.

I'm still looking for acreage to be able to do build a home and a small shop on. I need the acreage so I can expand the display. The shop will be where I set up the controllers and make the things that I've been thinking about doing.There's so much that I'm really am dying to do ! The sooner the economy turns around, the sooner I'll be able to fulfill that dream. In the meantime, 2013 will see all new music. I'm also going to try and add to the Charlie Brown segment and incorporate more of the nativity scene into the new music.

I guess that's about it for now. Check back again for more updates. Also, if your on Facebook, come over to my display page, Thyno Zgouvas Christmas Wonderland, and "like" and "friend" the display. I'll be posting updates there, as well. 

 

January 2, 2013

Its raining. I guess we will see how the display acts tonight. Probably not that big of a deal. Everybody is settling in tonight to get ready to go back to work tomorrow. I always say I'm going to let the display run until epiphany, but it never works out that way. When I look out the window and there are no cars or donations, I turn it off. For most, the display will soon be a distant memory.... 

 

December 25, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS !! I sure haven't done a good job of keeping up with the web page over the last couple of weeks. If you haven't already, come over to my Facebook page, Thyno Zgouvas' Christmas Wonderland and "like" or "friend" me. I've been updating it daily.

 

December 8, 2012

I went outside tonight, after the display went off, and did some testing that I couldn't do during the week. I figured, midnight should be OK. The lights were on, but only in a static mode, so I could check each channel. I had my notebook out and was making notes of what I needed to fix. It was funny that cars would pull up and stop and watch, thinking that the display was running. See, my radio station plays Christmas music when the display isn't running. I kept on working on troubleshooting. eventually, somebody would roll their window down and ask how come the lights weren't "dancing". I'd explain to them that the display was off for the night and I was just doing some maintenance. They were disappointed and some were surprised that it wasn't running at midnight or at 1 in the morning. Crazy lol Anyway, around 1:30 I figured out that the replacement controller was misbehaving. I got it straightened out. Tonight, all should be working the way they were intended to be. Say "hi" if you see me.

 

December 3, 2012
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couldn't leave work today to try and troubleshoot the display. The good news is Tommy has a cable tester and will come over tomorrow afternoon to help me troubleshoot the cables. To be on the safe side, I ordered some new cables that will be here tomorrow, just in case. Thank you Janice for offering Mark to help out. I would have responded directly instead of here but, your email address was incomplete =) Y'all keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer for me.


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ecember 2, 2012
 

Well, the good news is that everything is done. I wired the roof lights and tied everything back to the computer. All wired up and ready to go. The bad news is, I fired it up and the controllers were all over the board. It showed controllers out, that were on and vice versa.  I think, or should i say, I hope, that its just a bad cat 6 cable out there somewhere, that is sending intermittent signals. I tried replacing some that I suspected. Didn't work. Actually, it showed others as being out when they were on, before. Sheesh !  I just ordered all new Cat 6 cable. will be here Tuesday. I'm hoping it will solve the issues so i can be running Tuesday night, if it doesn't rain Tuesday. One of these days, maybe this thing will start without a hitch !

 

November 22, 2012 

I sure do live in a fantastic neighborhood ! All afternoon, the neighborhood was busy with people walking off their Thanksgiving meals. Everybody that walked by wished me well and gave a "welcome back" to the display !  YAY !

All of the lights are on the trees and the bushes. That's 4 miles of lights, if you laid them end to end. All that's left to do is set the mini-trees out and hang the nativity scene on the wall. Once that's done, I'll print the wiring plan out and start connecting up the mile and a half of extension cords to the controllers, along with about 600 feet of Cat6 cable.  The roof elves were suppose to come and roll the lights out on the roof yesterday. They didn't make it. I'm hoping they'll surprise me and show up tomorrow. If they do, there's a fair chance that I'll be able to fire the display up Sunday night. If not, it will be on next weekend, for sure. Check back again and cross your fingers that the roof elves show up !

 

November 18, 2012 

Everything is moving along pretty well with set up. All of the lights are in the bushes and 9 of the 11 large oaks in the front yard are finished. I'll be outside on Thanksgiving day, wrapping up the last two trees. If I can get the roof elves to my house by Friday, I'll start the long process of wiring all of the lights to the controllers and then, from the controllers back to the computer.  It will take a full day to wire the roof lights. I know that's a lot of time but, I always go really slow on the roof. I've had too many close calls when I tried to go a little faster. Things can get pretty messy up there with 1,200 feet of wire running from one side of the house to the other, so, its safety first !  Sunday, I'm hoping to get the remaining 7,000 feet of wiring completed and start some testing. Usually, something isn't working right that ends up putting me off to the first weekend in December for lighting up. Do you think this will be the first year that there are no bugs to work out ? I'm hoping so. I guess time will tell.

 

November 3, 2012 

Wow ! November !! I cant believe that its been another year! It's been an interesting one, to say the least. I didn't get anything accomplished with the pixel lighting. I've got so much still to learn. I spent the entire year preparing for something that didn't come. I did learn a lot about some other things, so it wasn't a complete waste of a year. Because of that, I didn't have time to plan for anything new in the display. It will pretty much be the same as it was 2 years ago. I am trying to get a new song synchronized so there will be a little something new this year.

There have been some changes in the neighborhood. I found out that I am blessed to have so many friends; Friends that I never knew I had. The neighborhood still has concerns about traffic, but as I was told by a couple of former board members, we all know that something can be worked out. A friend told me about the "VIP" program that's sponsored by the Montgomery Police Department. I don’t know much about it, but I'm going to talk to them. I think it will help a lot if it works like I've been told. You, as visitors to Eastern Forest will have to help out and do your part too, please. If everybody follows some simple, basic requests, it will make for a better experience for all. Please click on this "Visiting Tips" link and review the helpful information.  In the mean time, today, the lights start going up !