Let There Be Light! Adventures In First Time Home Owning

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I am a sucker for twinkle lights. They are so frikkin magical I could just explode.
I have an alarmingly large number of things that make me go absolutely giddy with glee. Like warm socks, good books, dark roasted coffees, anything that has anything to do with cats and, of course, twinkle lights. My mother in law has caught on to these quirks of mine, and so I am pretty much an easy target when it comes to buying the perfect Christmas gifts. This year while visiting the in laws for the holidays?
MOTHER IN LOVE CONNIE JO GOT ME TWINKLE LIGHTS!! (Thank you Connie Jo!)
Literally the second we got home, before we had even unpacked our bags from our trip to Washington, I had Jonathan outside, perched up on our little step ladder, stringing up the twinkle lights over our front porch. And, my goodness, are they the most enchantingly enchanting enchanters!
Buuuuuut, heres the deal.
Our little ranch style house was built in the 1950s when outdoor power outlets apparently weren’t really a big thing. And while our house has gone through some nifty upgrades from various owners over the years, no one thought that an exterior power source would be a good idea.
So for the last two years whenever we need ANYTHING that requires electricity in the front or back yard, (weed wacker, Christmas lights, etc.) we have to literally crack open a window, feed an extension cord through and leave the extension cord outside for the duration of its use.
This means ALL DECEMBER LONG we have a cracked window so we can have our twinkle lights powered. Our heating bill hated us for that one.
Now that we have these lovely al fresco dining lights that I want to have available year round, finding a permanent solution that doesn’t include open windows was a must.
Now, my husband is an Aviation Technician in the Navy, so he basically works as an electrician ALL. DAY. LONG. So I did the naggy wife thing, (in the most endearing way possible) and insisted that he put his magical United States Navy electrical skills to work on our house. And.. he did!

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A quick trip to Lowes and an hour later.. we had an outdoor power outlet! WHAT?! He could it that quickly?! We had been living without exterior power for two whole years when it was a $30 and one hour job?! Yes. Yes we had.
Now, we are not done yet. We need to plaster over the hole hubby sawed into the wall. Our house is also in serious need of a good power washing and fresh coat of paint, which is on our mile long bucket list of household upgrades in the coming years..
But other than that.. we have power outside! Which means gorgeous outside lights! No more cracked windows!! Wheeeeeee!!! This just might be the most exciting homeowner thing I have done in 2016.
Add this one to the list of You Know You Are An Adult When….

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

83 thoughts on “Let There Be Light! Adventures In First Time Home Owning

  • 15 February, 2016 at 3:45 am
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    Gingi I’m with you about lights… if I owned a home I’d have white lights up all year… they make things pretty and sparkly xox ♡

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:16 pm
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      Yeah, this has been on my homeowner bucket list for a LONG TIME now! <3

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:17 pm
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      Thanks!!

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:17 pm
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      Thank you!! I think my little one is a doll!

  • 15 February, 2016 at 11:53 am
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    Oh, I love, love, love these lights! You are motivating me. I want to string some out on my patio this year. I think we have an outlet out there, but I”m not sure. As soon as the snow melts, I’m going to go look. They look terrific!

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:18 pm
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      Thanks!! I am actually SO THRILLED with how they worked out! They are the PERFECT length for our patio! <3

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:18 pm
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      Thanks!! <3 <3

  • 15 February, 2016 at 12:47 pm
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    Yes, mam lights like this make the house so much happier :)We have twinkle lights all over our house. The yard, the porches, even in a window.

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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      Awwwww, I am among kindred spirits! LOL! I am scheming on where to put more twinkle lights!

  • 15 February, 2016 at 1:17 pm
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    Love your twinkle lights and I’m envious of your electrical outlet! We have a 1956 home with no electrical outlets in our bathrooms, though we do have them in various places outside the house. What’s up with that? ~ Elle

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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      None in the bathroom?!?! WHAT?! Thats crazy!! lol!

  • 15 February, 2016 at 3:04 pm
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    this turned out so well!!! i love it. i am a huge fan of twinkly lights 🙂

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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      Thanks!! <3

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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      <3 <3

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:20 pm
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      ^_^

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:21 pm
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      I always get sheer white Christmas lights for that reason.. I like twinkle lights, I am just always scared it will look to cliche Christmas decor, ya know?

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:21 pm
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      Thanks Tash! <3

  • 15 February, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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    Electrician skills ARE magical. Use them if you’ve got them!
    Also, I too love twinkle lights so very much.

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:22 pm
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      Thats what I have been telling him! Haha.. glad he finally listened! 😉

  • 15 February, 2016 at 5:30 pm
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    Hehe, I can so relate to this! 😀 I love shiny lights and I will most definetly want lights in my garden when we one day have our own house. Until then I’ll settle for hanging different lights indoors in our apartment 😛
    But wow, these lights of yours look amazing 🙂

    • 15 February, 2016 at 6:22 pm
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      Thank you Annika!!! <3 <3

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:42 pm
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      You too sweetie!! <3

  • 16 February, 2016 at 7:32 pm
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    How lovely. Fairy lights, candles, I love them all for how magical they make a place.

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:42 pm
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      Yeah, it completely changed the ambiance!

  • 16 February, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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    Annnnd….of course I want twinkle lights now.

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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      Go get them!!! haha!

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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      Thanks! <3

  • 16 February, 2016 at 10:04 pm
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    Love those lights! We are redoing our deck, and adding lights (and an outside outlet) is a priority!

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:46 pm
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      Ohhhh, you need to post pictures when you are done!! <3

  • 16 February, 2016 at 10:45 pm
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    Hooray for getting power in the backyard! Those lights are magical 🙂

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:50 pm
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      <3 <3

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:51 pm
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      Thank you! Im super excited myself!

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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      Yeah?! Small world! I think my mother in law got these for us from Costco??

  • 17 February, 2016 at 1:44 am
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    Your pics of your mini are so cute! Love the vintage vibe of those lights!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:52 pm
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      Thanks Jill!!! <3

  • 17 February, 2016 at 11:21 am
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    If I have a backyard or garden, I would love the idea of hanging twinkle lights too! Thanks for sharing!

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:53 pm
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      Of course! Thanks for stopping by Prudence!!

  • 17 February, 2016 at 12:48 pm
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    aww I also have this kind of lights but inside my house! cute photos <3

    • 17 February, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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      I want to put some in my daughters room soon!

  • 17 February, 2016 at 4:13 pm
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    That’s what I call dedication))) Great job and those lights are so worth it! Now you can connect anything outside and just enjoy the atmosphere!

    • 17 February, 2016 at 5:00 pm
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      Right??!?!! Huge weight off my chest! haha!

    • 22 February, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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      Awwww, I hope my girls have sweet memories of these twinkle lights! <3

  • 18 February, 2016 at 4:05 pm
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    Now I know why I like you so much. Outdoor twinkle lights!!! I have them hanging on my patio too. They make me happy. 🙂

    Love the pictures of your daughter. Absolutely adorable.

    • 22 February, 2016 at 1:25 pm
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      Hahahaha, twinkle light geek girls unite!! <3

    • 22 February, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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      You too sweetie! <3

    • 22 February, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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      Thanks!

    • 22 February, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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      Really?!?! See, I need dark to sleep.. but twinkle lights I will make an exception! haha

    • 22 February, 2016 at 1:39 pm
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      Thank you!!! You too! <3

    • 22 February, 2016 at 1:40 pm
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      Awww, thank you dear!

    • 22 February, 2016 at 1:40 pm
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      <3

    • 22 February, 2016 at 1:42 pm
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      You too!! <3

  • 22 February, 2016 at 7:49 am
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    Totally cool, dear! Love to have a handyman at home. My hubby is totally impossible when it comes to fixing stuff at home. Sigh! xoxo

    • 22 February, 2016 at 1:42 pm
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      My hubby and I are sloooowly learning the ropes of owning a hope and working on projects.. but yeah, it is super helpful having Jonathan around to help!!! <3

  • 26 February, 2016 at 10:47 am
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    I love twinkle lights too!!! Great job darling! *-*
    xoxo

    • 26 February, 2016 at 5:53 pm
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      Thanks! <3

  • 26 February, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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    Those lights look great.
    Love all your photo’s too – so cute your little one!

    Have a lovely weekend

    All the best Jan

    • 26 February, 2016 at 5:53 pm
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      Thank Jan, you too!

  • 29 February, 2016 at 2:51 pm
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    I love twinkle lights! I would love them in my yard if I could have them. That’s awesome that your husband was able to do that for you. I hope you and your family enjoy them. Thanks for sharing!

    • 2 March, 2016 at 4:11 pm
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      Yeah, he is my manly man, haha…

  • 20 September, 2016 at 6:31 am
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    Hiring a professional plumber just makes sense. Next time you are faced with your own plumbing problem please rely on the professionals.

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