The Old Kerosene Lamp

Grandma Harper's Kerosene Lamp Burning Bright

Grandma Harper’s Kerosene Lamp Burning Bright

Life can change suddenly.  Central Illinois was reminded of that Sunday, November 17, 2013, when multiple tornadoes whipped through our area.  A tornado does indeed sound like a freight train. I heard it go over us just before we lost power.

Lessons can be learned from any catastrophe.  We are picking up branches and scheduling repairs on three roofs, but we were among the fortunate. Sitting in the growing darkness Sunday evening, listening to updates on a battery-powered radio, I reflected on just how prepared I was for another catastrophe that might “strike home.”

Candles were ineffective against the blackness of a November evening.  I had kerosene lamps that were used more for decoration than utility. Most of these had too little oil or wicks that were too short.  It is a baby step but the next day, I filled the lamps and trimmed the wicks.  Grandma’s ways may come in very handy in uncertain times ahead.




About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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