But my first priority, while there was still some daylight, was assembling as many candles as were available and lighting them around the house. I gathered 23 in all and had them strewn about the kitchen, living room and bathroom. I dug out my camping gear where my headlamp was stashed, and set about making my tuna salad sandwich, the only thing I could come up with that did not require cooking of any sort.
Then I sat down to a very lovely candlelit dinner while the chimes on my back porch played wildly in the wind that was undoubtedly the culprit for the loss of electricity. Aside from the chimes, everything was so silent...no sounds from the furnace or the refrigerator...those barely noticeable hums that our electronic appliances eminate that just blend in to the background unnoticed, that is until they aren't there.
It was quite a beautiful evening actually. Peaceful and calming. And I thought to myself, why don't I just turn out the lights and turn off the electronics and enjoy this same peacefulness more often? Why do I only enjoy it when it is forced upon me?
I couldn't help myself, but had to grab my camera and begin taking pictures of all the candles and the glow and reflections that they were creating. It was enchanting.
When the power did come back on around 10 o'clock, I decided that I would just leave the lights out and finish the evening by candlelight until bedtime. I did however appreciate having the furnace back on, as the house was becoming a bit chilly...