Okay.. so I'm standing in my neighbors yard shooting some video of the display when this sleigh pulls up (looks oddly like an SUV.. ) and LO AND BEHOLD .. the big guy himself gets out .. yes Virginia.. there is a Santa Claus and he stopped by our house tonight ...
Remember we have always said that becasue we live so far out of town the only people that see our diplsay is Santa Claus and low flying aircraft .. well .. we now have PROOF that Santa Claus has seen our display !!!
Thank you Santa for making this the best night...
Bob and Sandra
Last night we had a vist from Matt Weintritt, a photgrapher from our local newspaper, The Huntsville Item. Matt took several pictures and this morning I got a great birthday present. A nice article from Cody Stark on the front page of the Sunday paper. Thank you to Cody, Matt and the entire staff at the Item. We really appreciate being featured and allowing us to spread the news about our display. Here is a link to the article:
I've decided we need to buy ourselves a Farmers Almanac. It seems that they have an "in" with somebody. Between the cold and rain, this is has been a tough display season so far. Now we are hearing that the weather models are lining up for it to be a "Pipe Busting" Christmas with lows in the teens and and highs in the 20's on Christmas.... YIKES.... (keep in mind faithful readers that where you are, 20 degrees might be a heat wave this time of year. Here in East Texas...not so much).
Our display gremlins are settling down. There is a rowdy one that pops up every now and then and runs around the yard ... but for the most part.. everything is running great.
We are suppose to have a photographer from the Huntsville Item (our local paper) stop by. We are really looking forward to the opportunity of sharing our display with friends and neighbors here in Huntsville and Walker county.
Finally, if you have checked the website Show Status and seen that the display is OFF when it should be On.... Oopsie... my bad ... It seems that somewhere during the setup, I created two default gateways for IP traffic (geek speak) .. long story short ... it wasnt working. So, the automatic show status update to the website was NOT working and always showing OFF. I have resolved the issue and all should be back to normal. (with a little geek pride scraped off my knees...)
Last year we had so many new visitors to come out and see our display thanks in part to the Postcards magazine article about us.
Something amazing happened. Several visitors gave us money for the display. Of course we would never dream of keeping this money. We put on our display because we love Christmas and we love seeing the faces of the people that come out to see us.
So...when our local radio station KSAM 101.7 announced the Make A Smile Happen (MASH) event, we thought what a great place for the money that we received. It stays here in the community and will go to help others.
We aren't talking thousands or even hundreds of dollars here but in the spirit in which we were given the donation, we matched it and passed it along.
Thank you Cooter, Brooke, and all the sponsors for supporting this great event.
Bob and Sandra
Ok.. been a little bit busy, but we did actually manage to have the display (for the most part) going blinky/flashy on Thanksgiving night ...
In the past few days we have added the finishing touches and refinements.. and .. its actually doing quite well despite all of the initial gremlins haunting our display...
I've already started shooting pictures and video (before the cold, ice and snow?) set in this weekend ..
If you cant make it out to see us .. be sure to keep checking the website .. we will start posting very soon ..
Bob and Sandra Moody.