Here’s a simple evening exercise to help you gently step away from overly complicated living. One of the greatest conveniences of brief mental time travel (or going off the cultural grid) is that it doesn’t cost anything. No fancy machinery, expensive tickets, long lines, or invasive security searches need be involved. In fact it’s the opposite!
One of our wedding gifts was a pair of brass candlesticks that we decided to place in Wayne’s office. When I saw how nice they looked I wanted to keep an eye out for others knowing they add a romantic touch to winter. It’s always a difficult mental and emotional transition in November when the sun sets before 4:30 p.m. so natural light is a gift. Then, a few weeks ago at an estate sale I saw vintage brass and hand blown glass candlesticks on the floor and mantle of the home’s fireplace! I made a beeline and bought all of them for only $40. (It was also Wayne’s first ever estate sale with me since he used to work Saturdays until recently which makes them extra special.) As a wedding gift to ourselves we completed them by ordering a beautiful selection of beeswax candles made in the U.S.A. to replace the cheap and toxic paraffin tapers in use.
After I bought my house in 2009 I researched the original owners and discovered they still lived in town. I invited them over and they brought photo albums of my house and neighborhood. The above photo is my fireplace in my house being built in the 1950s. I love the warmth of the mason and dog looking at one another in an otherwise dark room lit by a hanging light bulb. Adequate illumination is not all about brightness, but the visual warmth and glow and how it influences our mood. With daylight becoming more scarce I have implemented safe flameless firelight therapy.