“Live in rooms full of light.”

Today is chilly. The sun and blue sky are back, but they don’t mean much when it’s cold: pretty, maybe, but useless. My backyard is winter dreary. The trees are almost all bare branches. I can see every neighbor’s house again. The gray squirrels are back from vacation. I suspect they’ll be around the feeders more often as the paper noted a scarcity of acorns this year.

I have been far busier than I want. I like my sloth days, and they have been few of late. Today the car is going in for servicing which means I’ll sit and read and wait. I wouldn’t mind if the dealership was near stores where I could while away my time, but there is nothing there but a whole line of dealerships. I guess I’ll bring my iPad and try not to look disgustingly bored. Now if I can only keep my foot from tapping.

My backyard has three spots where lights go on every night. The one on the left is the bottle tree where small lights are in the bottles and around the sort of trunk of the tree, another is where tulip lights are stuck into the ground and the third is a metal post tilting a bit to the right with colored lights wound around it. The lights go on at 5 and off at midnight. I like looking out the window at them. They keep the dark night at bay for a little while anyway. If I could, I’d wind lights around all the trunks of my trees so my yard looked like a fairy land. I have a feeling, though, my neighbors wouldn’t be as charmed. They think me crazy for leaving my window lights on all the time. One even told me that.

It is no accident that December was chosen for Christmas. At the darkest time of the year, the world is filled with light and a sense of joy. Even now, in a sort of practice for the season to come, my living room has glass lights strung across my mantle. The glass lights covers are turkeys, Indians, Pilgrims and cornucopias. A lit gourd and a set of lighted twigs are in the coal hod by the fireplace. I light them every night.

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12 Comments on ““Live in rooms full of light.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Lights on in the garden at night is getting more and more popular now, strange that it hasn’t been before considering the winters are so dark here. Some use solar powered lights but it is kind of useless since we almost get no daylight here during winter πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Even I am thinking of getting some kind of light in the garden it would be easier to see all the wild life then πŸ™‚

    Grey, dull and dark here today and something between fog and drizzle. Not an inspiering weather at all.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      I have a few of those solar power lights but they are single lights which look like flowers. They last about a year.

      The lights are beautiful to see. I go out on the deck just to see them or look through the window. Even the darkest nights have a bit of brightness.

      Sunny but cold here!

  2. Zoey & Me Says:

    We decided not to decorate outside this year. We always did it for the kids but this Christmas we go to their house now that we’re down to two grandies over in Sanford, Florida. I can’t string those lights anyway. Not anymore. I would have to get my son to come over. But I can’t believe we are already talking holiday season.

    • katry Says:

      I love my house with all the lights. I never had kids so I just do it because it looks so lovely on a winter’s night, especially in the snow.

      I haven’t strung them for the last few years. It all started with my sprained ankle when I hired someone, and now he comes every year. It doesn’t cost much, and I get a great deal of pleasure from them. My neighbors across the street like me parking in the driveway instead of the front of the house so they can see the lights from their windows. Last year only one occupied house had no lights. There seem to be more and more each year.

  3. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I’m overtired and can’t reply. My cat want’s food, and I want sleep. I have been doing too many things, and I need a nap but don’t seem to be able to fall asleep. My days have had earlier appointments , and my slothy self isn’t used to this. I don’t do much for the holidays, although I wish I had a really nice menorah to display.
    Sleepy Waves ( and I can see my the names of the songs you’ve provided me with some excellent tunes)
    P.S. Happy Purrday to Fern and Maddy

    • katry Says:

      I love naps and hope you were able to take one. My days have been failed far too much with stuff to do. Today it was the car for maintenance, but tomorrow I have nothing, Hooray!

      I will pass along the good wishes to the girls.

      Gracie will be 6 tomorrow!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,

    I don’t need lights in my back yard. The new street light that the town installed is one of the industrial park overkill ones and is angled so that it throws more light into my back swamp than it does on to the street. πŸ™‚ Inside the house is a different story. My house is too dark inside for me so I turn on lights during the day to make it acceptably bright.

    I have had to call the Spawn of Satan removal man. We were discussing which kind of Satan spawn I had because we have four species to choose from. I knew about the greys and reds but I did not know that we also have two kinds of flying squirrels and there are more of them than there are of the other two. We just don’t see them because they come out at night. Oh joy.

    Enjoy the day. And wish Gracie a happy birthday from Rocky and me.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      My street has no lights, and late at night it is totally dark. The only houses with lights are usually mine and some nights my friends at the other end of the street. The rest of my neighbors are early to bed people. My street is a private way so no lights, but I’m glad for that.

      I don’t think I have ever seen a spawn of Satan fly. Maybe when I thought I was seeing a bat I was watching a spawn exercising its wings.

      Aren’t you the lucky one with so many species-it’s like a spawn Day of the Locusts, a really bad sci-fi movie, when the swarms of locusts overran an entire town.

      Did he put out traps?

      I’ll give Gracie yours and Rocky’s well wishes. Right now it’s her morning nap time.

      • Caryn Says:

        On Monday the Spawn Removal Man is going to put in a one way door at the entry point and set traps next to it. He wouldn’t put out traps until then. It’s a state law that the animals can’t be in the traps more than one day so the firm doesn’t trap over the weekend. I don’t know why they are so nice to the little monsters. They are going to kill them anyway. Also a state law.
        The man did block up the hole that the spawn chewed through the pantry wall. At least I won’t have to spend my weekend clubbing it with a broom.

  5. katry Says:

    Maybe he is being nict to you so you don’t have to hear them scurrying in the cages.

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news but spawns find new way to come in!

    • Caryn Says:

      I know they do. Squirrel removal is guaranteed for a year. He will just have to come back. The wildlife guy, not the spawn. If that doesn’t work, I’ll apply for an FID, get a small rifle and start popping them off from an upstairs window in the early hours of the morning so the neighbors won’t know. πŸ™‚

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