ROM loves holiday lights, and his love seems to increase every year. It all started when we were living in an apartment and he got into a competition for display space with a lady from New York. It got ugly, but it's a hilariously funny story. Then we moved here with a big yard and lots of space for his lights. He always has more lights than anyone in the community-he cruises the streets at night making sure no one has surpassed him.
All was fine until the Cougar down the street turned her cub loose with a never ending supply of lights. They scored major points with all their lights but then lost major points for having a snowman. Snowmen in FL. are just lame and aren't a fit here. We all came here to get away from snow. But still the Cub's lights made ROM nervous, Cub was getting too close. Of course we had to put more lights up, dontcha' know?
So out came the ladder and he announced we're putting lights on the palm tree trunks. He climbed to the top of the 1st palm tree and I'm assigned the task of walking around and around the trunk of the tree. Over and over again. I'm soon staggering and dizzy as I wobbly made my way around the tree a few more times. Finally it's covered to the bottom when ROM realized he started with the wrong end of the lights. Six strings of lights wound around the tree and it all had to come off. I mumbled and grumbled about how people can die from dizziness. He completely ignored me and climbed back up on the ladder and I'm circling the tree again, this time the opposite direction taking them off. Finally they were unwound, we quickly changed ends and then I walked in tight little circles around the palm tree, again and again and again ... At last it's done, and do I get to sit down until the world stops spinning? Oh hell no- he held me upright and walked me to another tree, leaned me up against the tree as he went to find more lights in his stash.
Back up the ladder he went and I started staggering around yet another tree. I glance up at the sky and notice these storm clouds moving toward us. I told ROM to get down because it was going to rain soon. Of course he wouldn't even consider it might rain. He was on a mission. We kept going and sure enough it was soon raining. I suggested we go in but he argued we were already wet so why stop? I resumed my staggering shuffle around the tree with rain water dripping down the crack of my ass. We finally finished the tree and all I could think of was a warm shower and dry clothes. We were done, right? Oh hell no!
It had stopped raining and ROM saw no reason for us not to continue on to the next tree. I explained to him I was dizzy, wet, and cold. He assured me the last tree wouldn't take long, and the total look would be ruined if all the palm trees weren't lit up. As I walked around and around that last tree, I decided if the Cub put any more lights up I would cut his wires. But finally we were done. And as of right this moment ROM is still King of the Lights in our neighborhood. He has already started making plans for next year... and here is ROM's wonderland of light.. click all photos to see full size
Side of house
Wicker deer and sleigh
Christmas tree of lights around pole light with bougainvillea blooming
On the lanai, the Christmas cacti are putting on a show. I love my Christmas cactus and get so much enjoyment from watching them bloom through out the month of December. I have two red, one white and one gold. The buds on the gold are a very soft gold color but once the bud opens it looks more white. I want to get some more colors, but for now the white are my favorite because they flower so heavily.