Waning Light

Late Afternoon Stillness

Late Afternoon Stillness

The shadows are creeping across the ground and it is only 4:15 PM.  By 5:00 it will be dark.  My husband laments the shorter days but they will begin to get longer just before Christmas.  Meanwhile, as Kathleen Kelly said in You’ve Got Mail, I’ll add more twinkle lights.

I have a retail crush on strands of tiny LED seed lights.  Because they are battery operated, I can light my autumn and Christmas displays on table tops and mantles without running cords everywhere.  These tiny lights add sparkle to gloomy days.  Last year I splurged on two strands on sale but they were still a bit pricey for my taste.  Imagine my delight when I found strands for only $7.99 at my local T. J. Maxx store.  I bought two and went back for another a week later.  Yes, I am addicted.

The Garden at Twilight

The Garden at Twilight

I love twilight in any season.  The last slanting rays of sun cast the landscape into bright angles and shadowy corners, wrapping up the day in a cozy cloak of night fall.  With twilight comes the security of drawing together as a family in indoor light.

If wishes could come true, I would drape the garden with tiny white lights all winter to add sparkle outside.  I make do with lighted garlands on the front porch and the back balcony at Christmas.  Our electric bill demands restraint when it comes to lighting up my world.  Inside my Verilux “HAPPY LIGHT,” a gift from our daughter Kelly, contributes a soft warm glow to my computer desk.  She bought one for both my husband and me.  These lights supply some of what is missing when outdoor sunlight is limited.  Although I do not have a seasonal disorder from lack of sunshine which can create sadness and moodiness in winter, the Happy Light makes me feel like I have just spent a day in the sun, without the burn!

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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