It’s Day 19 of Sprite Write’s Virtual Advent Tour and today I am thinking about light! Especially as we are drawing near to Winter Solstice which will usher in the gradual return of light!
There is no shortage of light at my house – the tree has a myriad of lights, the little houses on the mantle cast a warm glow as well.
Candles flicker all over and there are even lights outside that add our bit of cheer to the neighborhood!
However, some days even all that does not seem enough. They cobbled our furnace together with the promise of a return date of Saturday to finish the work (apparently installing a new furnace is not an easy thing to do…) when the weather vetoed that idea.
Ice Storm + power outage = no heat and no furnace crew. However, the ice did provide a lovely, if albeit dangerous view. Everything seemed to be encased in light!
I am thankful for a battery-operated light and a very good book to while away the 6 plus hours of no power.
Yesterday, they were here most of the day working and of course they are not done and won’t be until tomorrow – but at least we have heat in the interim!
Today the Electoral College votes and I wish I could say this would be an enlightening process. But, I did manage to find some enlightenment in history today:
Today in 1776 Thomas Paine published his 1st “American Crisis” essay, which included these much-needed words: “These are the times that try men’s souls” – yes, indeed they are!
In 1932 the British Broadcasting Corp began transmitting overseas. I am sure this was as significant then as it is today. I appreciate the BBC and their unflagging determination to report the news without bias every single day.
And, in 1958 the 1st radio broadcast from outer space transmitted to Earth via a short-wave frequency President Eisenhower said, “This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite circling in outer space. Through this unique means I convey to you and to all mankind, America’s wish for Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men Everywhere.” While the satellite was short-lived, the message certainly is not. Those words give me hope as Christmas draws near and I will be doing my part today as I knit my Peace Cowl and I send you all good will from my little corner of the world where the lights shine brightly and the door is open!
Happy Monday everyone!
More light (in every aspect of our lives) is indeed a good thing, especially when you also have heat! Hooray for the warmth!
Glad your furnace is getting fixed. No heat plus an ice storm can’t be fun (or safe!). I, too, am looking forward to the days gradually increasing in light.
A good book and battery powered light – very good things. Hope your knitting brings some peace.
Delighted that you have heat!
Dwell in all those things and activities today and for the next 4 years, at least, that spell P-E-A-C-E. That’s what I am aiming to do…and certainly visiting this blog is on my list.
My home is filled with light, too! It is also filled with hope, peace, and vigilance. I am SO happy the solstice is a couple of days away. This day is my celebration day!
I love all those lights, it’s the best part of the season. I feel like these are the time’s that try WOMEN’S souls even more than men’s souls.
Happy Monday! Such lovely light! Stay warm Kat!!
I’m sorry you lost power, but glad the heat had been brought back via life support prior to that. I hope they finish up the install soon. As as for the books, my grandmother used to say she felt so sorry for people who didn’t read, particularly during prolonged power outages. What did they do to pass the time, she’d wonder…
We have fairy lights strung up around the living room that will stay up even after the rest of the Christmas decorations come down to help me get through the dark days of winter ahead. I was just talking with someone last week who suggested the power of lighting candles in the evening. I’ll have to give that a shot. We do it on occasion, but not as often as I’d like.
Let’s keep the lights burning, Kat. And let’s do all we can to keep peace around us.
Praying for light, peace and good will. O Come All Ye Faithful just started on my playlist and I still hold the small hope that if everyone could just gather ’round, hold hands and SING, we’d be in a better place. I’m sure it’s the wine….
These times are certainly trying my soul. Today was our last chance for [something other than DJT]. Of course, that didn’t work out.
Your photos are lovely, and make the light come right out of the screen.
We have to hope for Peace. Or there is no hope at all.