So what came of the FISH story (see fish photos here)? Besides giving us the best decorated tree, we had fun figuring out what bait it would take to reveal the instigators. We knew it was all in good fun (& had nothing to do with the cut/chomped wires). I was pondering different questions or techniques to get to the bottom of it and figured the knowing party would be at our house New Year's Eve. A fine time to extract the truth.
DH sounded like a professional fisherman though: "Just wait... not yet... just wait... let's see what happens." Hmmmm..... I'm not so good at that.
Then came the call. DH: "Our tree lights aren't on? You want to take a picture? I'll go check." After he has them working, the neighbors come over.... hmmm .... could it be? They HAD heard all of our tribulations of getting the lights to the top, and then the wire incident. Maybe they knew the tree still needed some tlc.
YES! A few laughs and then a confession. How does DH know this waiting technique will work? Turns out the neighbors had received them as a gift some time ago, had packed them along in a recent move and thought it was time for them to be back in the water, so to speak. (If you want to give them a "way to go" or "better watch out" note, you can visit them at Homesteading in the NW.)
And, yes, the water (err, tree) is fine. No more nasty boxes for them. They need to stay out where they can breath. But when will their time come to move on? Just wait... not yet... just wait ... let's see what happens!
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