The plan was to take today off work as an insurance policy incase I’d run into any hiccups, if everything was on schedule I would be able to cancel the PTO. Although I was on schedule and had managed to remove all the hiccups I was still a little nervous because of the USB failure last week and tomorrow had also gotten very filled up with activities with the kids, for the bottle drive and just getting ready to have 50-70 people over. So I decided to keep my day off. Continue reading “And, I’m Done!”
This weekend was to be a big push towards completion, The goal was to just have a few of the decoration type props to put out by next weekend.
Continue reading “A big push to the finish”
There are always ups and downs each year when building up my display, I was feeling pretty confident in my progress so far this year. I’d managed to stick to the schedule I’d laid out and I’d been able to resolve all of the technical nuances that had shown up to date. Today was a day to forge ahead and knock off a bunch of my todos, but things didn’t go quite as planned. Continue reading “Not so fast…”
When I ordered my lights this year I decided to order a pixie 16 with 16 string of 50 pixels to convert my mini trees to RGB. For this I only needed 5 of the light strings but I figured since it was only about $100 extra to buy the package than the 5 sets of lights and the controllers I needed that I may as well go big. Initially I had planned to use a couple of the extra string to convert my garage trees to RGB. But what to do with the rest? Continue reading “Building a Matrix”
It’s been a busy couple of weeks getting ready to start my build for the year. First order of business was to turn my garage around from summer to winter mode. Once that was complete its time to clean up the yard, put away the furniture, drain the pond, and rake the leaves. I have a pretty strict rule that all these things need to be done before I can begin putting up my lights. I need to have this rule or I’ll get into the lights and leave the rest a mess that’s even worse to clean up in spring. Once all this is done I can start putting up my lights.
Continue reading “Getting going…”
Well the first major snowfall came much earlier than usual. Even last year it was pretty early on November 1st but this year it came October 2nd. I am really hoping it will all melt over the next couple of weeks so I can get the lights on the roof. Continue reading “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”
Once I put my Light-O-Rama order in, it didn’t take long for it to arrive. When it did my motivation started to pick up around planning for this years build; this includes the planning the physical build, the conversion of my existing sequences and creating any new ones I’m going to add.
Continue reading “Getting going on the 2018 Light Show”