F Simple and Serene Living: LET THERE BE LIGHT 09 10
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

LET THERE BE LIGHT

I have a really hard time imagining what it would be like to live without electricity. We take it for granted, and in these days and times we use it most of our waking hours.

That is why when the power went out a few days ago I immediately went into a panic. Yes, I have a gas fireplace that puts out a lot of heat, so I wasn't in any danger of freezing, but I suddenly realized that there were so many things I couldn't do. No internet, no lights to read by, no running the dishwasher.....That is why when the power came back on after an hour, I jumped up and took this photo. (oops, forgot to fluff the pillow in the chair)


How spoiled have we become? Everything is at our fingertips. Out on the road and you want to call up your 90 year old mom to check on her? Just pull that phone out. At an auction or a thrift store and want to check on the value of something? That same smart phone connects you right to the internet. I can remember the days of frantically searching for a payphone that actually worked just to let my parents know where I was. 


Going without power for even an hour was frustrating, but you know what it really shouldn't have been. It should have been a wake up call that I need to put all of that technology down more often. Do I really need to know what friends, that I haven't seen in 40 years, are doing with every day of their lives? I got along fine for 35 of those years without knowing. It's nice to catch up, but it can become overwhelming and believe me it is a real time suck. 


Tessa Kathleen would tell me, "it's easy Nana, just play".



She may be only two, but I think that kid is already way ahead of me.

The simple life is definitely better.


post signature
post signature

36 comments:

  1. I'm all for simple living. this post super-inspired me for my daughter's room!1 thank-you:)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I hear you! I love my lights and like a light-filled home but yes-constant electronic interaction does take us away from the simple things in life.. I love the dress your little cutie has on. That "collar" is darling. xo Diana

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am so happy that you are feeling better, Diana. I was having NanaDiana withdrawals :)

      Delete
  3. We have experienced days without electricity. Once during an ice storm and below freezing temps. We spent a week in a hotel. We were lucky as we could actually get out of our neighborhood from all the downed trees. Unable to stay in our home - no heat and no water.
    Another time for 5 days due to high winds from a weird windstorm. We survived. School even had to cancel because of no water. When you have a well you need electricity. And during this time the cell towers went out. No way of communicating. I was 2 hours away in the emergency room with my MIL. I had no way to get ahold of my husband.
    Just a couple years ago during the 4th of July. 5 days again. It was just unbearably hot. Our town celebrates the 4th in a very big way. The stores were all closed. The alley smelled of rotting meat from the restaurants. The linemen worked around the street fair. We were all cheering them. I had lasted as long as I could. I drove one hour to charge cell and computer. I was ready to check into a hotel. I walked in the door at home and the lights were on.
    It is terrible in this day and age to go through that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Going without electricity is really awful. Especially when it is super cold or super hot. Seems like they should be able to get things going again faster than they do.

      Delete
  4. Love it. We should all take her advice and play more.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi Laura, love this post!! So true.. Your photos are great too! I will be visiting from this blog. I will be closer to you than wordpress..lol! We will continue to focus on simplicity.. in fact I am ready to do a little winter clean up and get rid of somethings that are just occupying space..but not so easy to do so..Have a good day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Looking forward to visiting you and to see how you are simplifying :)

      Delete
  6. What a cutie! Good advise Nanna...just play! How cute

    ReplyDelete
  7. It is amazing how accustomed we become to every day conveniences. We lost power for several hours last Fall. I couldn't believe how difficult it was to function! To think we actually lived during a time without all this technology & now we struggle to get through a few hours without it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There are some days where I would definitely like to turn it all off, Gina :)

      Delete
  8. What a little cutie pie! Surely she is the "light" of your life!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Katie, She is definitely sparkly :)

      Delete
  9. she has your eyes! she's beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  10. A couple of years ago we did without for a couple of days. Wood stove heat and we cooked on it too. Good thing my Kindle was charged :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Having a wood stove would definitely be wonderful. I went out to the car and charged my phone just in case :)

      Delete
  11. Your little granddaughter is adorable and so right about life, in the eyes of a two year old. We make it too complicated. We do have a lot to be thankful for, like electricity and water and indoor plumbing! Power outages remind us of our blessings and we shouldn't take them for granted. Blessings. Pam

    ReplyDelete
  12. I live off grid with my two year old daughter and I am not so sure it is so simple. It does take planning and organization. I have to make enough candles for the winter, buy and then pack the lamp oil home etc etc. It is however for me a satisfying way to live.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. WOW!!! That is so impressive and it must take a tremendous amount of work. I would think that it would be a satisfying way of life and a wonderful way for your daughter to grow up, Ronda.

      Delete
  13. Yes, we used to it now. It will be difficult without these inventions.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. IT is difficult to go back, I guess, but there are definitely times I just want to turn them all off.

      Delete
  14. Oh I think Tessa Kathleen said it perfectly "it's easy Nana, just play" Our electric was out for five days during the icestorm a few years ago I honestly enjoyed the simpleness of it. Hug B

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Five days is a long time, but I think after the initial shock I would be okay. The problem for me is that I live in a city apartment where everything is electric so it would be very difficult to cook.

      Delete
  15. Every winter, during our coastal storms, we tend to lose electricity an hour or two... During my first winter in Brittany I was very surprised, now I'm used to it! But it makes you appreciate electricity even more!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It definitely does, Magali. We tend to take all of our modern conveniences for granted :)

      Delete
  16. Your granddaughter has the right idea! Kids seem to be able to make lemonade when handed lemons!!
    If the electricity goes out in the daytime, I can always read or crochet near a window, but at night candlelight just doesn't cut it! We do take it for granted, but I prefer my electricity ON!!!

    ReplyDelete

All verbal donations to my comment box are gratefully accepted. It is free for you and priceless to me.