A couple weeks ago Rob and I found a large package from the home shopping network on our doorstep. This was a little odd, since we hadn’t ordered anything from the home shopping network. Initially we figured it was for our neighbor downstairs. He’s a musician and is constantly getting really cool things in the mail (like reeds and sheet music). Upon further inspection we discovered that the package was not his, and was actually meant for someone in a far off land who had the same street name and number as us. For example we live at 1234 5th Avenue, Ourtown USA, and Suzy (the intended recipient) lives at 1234 5th Avenue, Someothertown USA.
I was a little nervous the package might contain a bomb, and wanted it disposed of. My husband (good samaritan that he is) vowed to find the package’s rightful owner. First we called the home shopping network and they said we should give it back to the shipping company. Which shipping company? They didn’t know. Rob, bless his heart, spent the next week glued to the window in an attempt to locate the FedEx guy. After chasing him down the street one Saturday afternoon, we were able to ascertain that FedEx was not responsible for the accidental delivery. My husband began attempts to locate the UPS guy. Different day, same story. No one wanted to claim this package.
By this time the home shopping network had already vowed to resend Suzy’s package, and when asked what we should do with the one we had they didn’t have any bright ideas. Now you may or may not remember in elementary school those big posters that hung on the wall saying “Never give up! Stay focused! Stay positive! Stay strong!” well I think my husband must have had his desk next to one of them, because when it came to this package he was not going to give up on finding it’s rightful owner. Despite my encouragement to fogetaboutit, he was focused on the task at hand.
I was dying to know what was inside the box. It sat on our coffee table, taunting me daily. It took a lot of willpower not to rip that thing open and find out what was inside. I no longer suspected it was a bomb on account of the fact that we had had it for several weeks without an explosion and it’s existence had been acknowledged by the home shopping network.
Finally, after a social media search turned up empty, and calling the white page phone number listed for Suzy didn’t yield a response, I broke my husband down and he agreed to let me open the package. It felt like Christmas morning tearing through that cardboard to discover what was inside.
Christmas lights. Strings and strings of Christmas lights.
Guys, I LOVE Christmas lights.
My husband on the other hand, does not love Christmas lights. He thinks we have too many already. I think Christmas lights are like Oreo cookies, one can never have too many.
Since these Christmas lights were so especially awesome, and I was so especially excited about them, I decided to do something especially fun with them. Tomato Cage Christmas Trees! You all know I am not the most crafty person out there, but this decoration is super easy.
-Garland (I used this snowflake wire garland)
-String of Christmas Lights (you can purchase your own if the home shopping network doesn’t accidentally deliver some to your doorstep)
Step 1) Set tomato cage upside down. Use a twist tie, twine, or the end of your light string to tie four posts into a point. Wrap string and garland around tomato cage. I wrapped the two together first to make it easier, but do whatever is easiest for you.
Now I know what you’re thinking, where is the perfectly pinnable image of your tree outside with the lights turned on Erin? It doesn’t exist yet. My husband is a firm believer that Christmas decorations should not be put outside until Christmastime (aka after Thanksgiving). Also, we’re out of batteries. I’ll edit this post with some pictures in the next few days.
Looking for a few more especially awesome Christmas ideas? Check out a few of my gal pal’s blogs.
6 Ideas to Stay on Budget for Christmas, Little Blog on the Homestead
Vanilla Bean Almond Cookies, An Aiming High Wife
Baked Corn Casserole, Cook. Craft. Love.
Gingerbread Loaf Cake, Goodie Godmother
Tomato Cage Christmas Tree, No Bohn’s About It