And that's as far as we got.
Before putting the lights on, we had to let the tree warm up and relax, and while that was going on we went on a cleaning binge. Mrs. Fungus worked on the living room and I worked on the basement. I threw away a lot of junk from downstairs (mostly old boxes that I don't need, but some other things) and made room...which we promptly filled with dining room chairs and some other things.
Look: we don't need six chairs in the dining room. When we use that table at all, it's her and me; the room is cluttered enough and hard to move through.
In 1992 (I think it was 1992) Dad had a fireplace installed, which denies us one wall of the room for placing furniture. The result is that the sofa must be on the east or west side of the room (it's been on the east side since 1992). With the sofa on the east side of the room, the hutch cabinet cannot be on the east wall of the the dining room, because that would require that the dining table be jammed into the south east corner of the dining room. The piano sits on the short south wall of the living room.
The piano is on the order of a century old. It's been sitting there since 1992, and it weighs so much that I think it's warping the house. There's nowhere else in the house we can put it, and even if we could move it I wouldn't want to try. It hangs past the end of the wall, covering the end of the hutch.
Result: there is perhaps two feet of space between table and hutch, and there is nowhere to move anything. We moved three of the chairs downstairs to make the room feel less cluttered, and now it's a lot better than it was.
But of course it all comes at a price: the room I made in the basement was taken up with chairs from the dining room. *sigh*
Doing all that work yesterday--and on five hours of sleep!--left me unable to do anything else useful once the lights were on the tree. We're going to decorate it sometime in the next few days, but at the moment it just has lights on it.
One step at a time, I suppose. *sigh*