posted on Oct, 8 2007 @ 12:40 PM
This last weekend I did only one thing out of the ordinary: turned off the lights! Yes we still used electricity and running water and all the other
'stuff' but everything we did in the evening hours was by candle and hurricane lamp. Wow it's dark at night! LOL
I learned that I don't have enough lighting, and that one bottle of lamp oil fuels two lamps for about three days. That isn't as much as I thought
it would do.
I taught my daughter to maintain and light the hurricane lamps. Just the mechanics of filling them with oil, how to adjust the wick, where the
replacement wicks and additional oil is, how and where to light them and place the chimney without burning any fingers.
I keep a lot of candles and only two lamps and I realize that is nowwhere enough lighting. The hurricanes actually give off a little bit if heat.
We cooked, cleaned, ate meals, bathed, read books, even did a tune up on my car by coleman lamp (I know not to use propane lamps indoors) and all the
other mundane family things all without flicking a light switch. Holy smokes it's different.
When my daughter tried to show me the gaping would made by our indoor mountain lion (the four month old kitten) I told her that poor kitty didn't
leave any scratches and she insisted it was there but I just couldn't see it because the lighting was so dim.
I can see I have my work cut out for me...