Decorating My New Christmas Tree with my Right Brain


I usually spend the winter in Ireland, but since I have grandbabies, I now try to be in Ohio for Christmas every other year.  

When my boys lived with me, we cut down our tree at a local tree farm. Those trees stayed fragrant. How I loved the smell of the pine.  

Then, for a good many years, I went out and bought a small ( 5 to 6ft) real tree. I favored white pine, but they shed a lot, so I went on to fir trees. Those nursery trees are cut many months before the season and cold-stored, so they do not have the scent of a fresh tree. Finally, to be a nail in the coffin, the trash removal service at the condo association no longer disposed of real trees, so I went on to artificial trees.

I kept a tiny 3-4 ft artificial tree for the times I was home for Christmas. This year, for reasons Ill talk with you about in a later post, I just didn’t want that little thing in the living room. So last night I went out and bought a 6.5 ft artificial tree.

A great invention this tree is prelit with tiny LED bulbs, so I don’t have to struggle winding the lights around the tree.

However, after I put the three pieces together, mind you, I first put section two on the bottom but then quickly perceived my error after seeing a fat middle and slimmer bottom. I corrected the situation, and it looked pretty good.

If you know me well, you know I will develop SOME problem with this minor assignment. And of course, I did encounter a significant problem.

Wonderfully, I found the light center and the plug. Moving right along, I then figured out how to connect the top piece to the primary power source. But then for the life of me, I could not find the connection for that darn top piece.  

A thingamabob hung down from the top piece, and I did find a third connector at the light center. It had a cover over it. It was round and open at the end- A female connector, but I could not find the male plug. 

 After about a half hours of adjusting the lower branch limb looking for the piece as I went along, I gave up and decided to do something else for a while. Clear my head; I was getting perturbed!!!

Again my search did not find the plug. I decided to connect the tree to power plug the tree in to see if the lower section lights worked.

 Low and behold, they did. Not knowing what to do then, I just took that open plug from the top and jammed it into the female center plug and the entire tree lite UP!!!!

Now, I thought, that shouldn’t be; what the blazes happened. I took both plugs apart and looked. A female and a female plug…. but no- inside the casing around the top section plug hid the male component


All that nonsense for nothing. Now you might think I made this up, but I swear I did not. I am not known for my techy knowledge or intuition.  

I guess I am more of a right-sided brain person.  

Now I hear I may be wrong in that assumption. Of course!

The brain is a little 3-pound organ with the consistency of hard jello that contains over 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections.

Both sides of the brain look very similar, but scientists have found there is a difference in how the sides of the brain process information. Brain mapping has found specific centers perform certain functions.

Doctors discovered brain functionality over the centuries: a particular area was injured, and the person no longer could perform a specific function and so doctors assumed that that area of the brain was responsible. Later MRI and Pet scan allowed science to make more and more choices. But now more modern methods and technologies are questioning those theories.

We have a good idea where certain centers of function are located, but the connections in the entire process remain a mystery.

The new MRI testing does not support the idea of the right side vs. the left side. This theory is based on the fact that the brain’s two hemispheres function differently. 

This idea first came to light in the 1960s, thanks to the research of psychobiologist and Nobel Prize winner Roger W. Sperry.

The left brain is more verbal, analytical, and orderly than the right brain. It’s sometimes called the digital brain. It’s better at things like reading, writing, and computations.

According to Sperry’s dated research, the left brain is also connected to:

  • logic
  • sequencing
  • linear thinking
  • mathematics
  • facts
  • thinking in words

The right brain is more visual and intuitive. It’s sometimes referred to as the analog brain. It has a more creative and less organized way of thinking.

Sperry’s dated research suggests the right brain is also connected to:

  • imagination
  • holistic thinking
  • intuition
  • arts
  • rhythm
  • nonverbal cues
  • feelings visualization
  • daydreaming

I can see how Sperry came to these conclusions as I definitely see my self in the left side he describes. However, there are enough people who can be artistic and mathematically analytical, so I have developed my own theory.

I am not techy, and I get lost in a clothes closet, I could never figure out the math questions that involved shapes: I did well in algebra but nearly failed geometry. 

 I do understand and practice the concept of perspective in my drawings. With all that in mind, I think I was either dropped on my head as an infant or more likely, we are as the creator made us…each unique!!

So, people, that is my explanation on why I could not figure out the lighting connection on my tree for over thirty minutes.

NEWS- My friend came over today and told me she just decorated a new tree and the SAME plug issue happened.  She couldn’t figure it put either and solved it by just jamming the plugs together.  SMILE I don’t feel so stupid now. LOL

Anyone else with any ideas on if they are right or left-brained? Let me know.

But on the best side: I have a tree up and ready to decorate!!!

Post a few pix of your trees!

Thanks for the visit

Take good care

Talk soon



Hi, my name's Darleen.

This homebody works on making my own haven, and I would love for you to feel free to do this too. I lean toward a New England, English country decor, but you can adapt my ideas to fit your style. I write about decor, eating, gardening, travel, and antiquing. I am a fanatical devote of genealogy and love to assist other searchers. If any of this appeals, join me and make your home your haven.

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