That was then.
Now we hang a sparkleball year-round. Just one, off the garage outside the front gate. It’s set to a timer to come on at dusk, off at midnight. It also comes on for a few hours before dawn.
I don’t know who enjoys it more, me or Steve. Our everyday, non-holiday sparkleball is always a happy sight when we arrive home, whether from the evening dog walk or a holiday away. It feels more special than ever.
The current version is in honor of El Niño and the record-setting rain predicted for San Diego this winter. I mixed 3 strands of lights: one Halloween orange and two white. The glow is golden and cheery and just perfect for a wet January.