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.
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!