12 March 2011

time change

in november, right around the time we new englanders returned our clocks to eastern standard time, i wove this string of miniature lights through fall garland on my fireplace mantle. i expected they might look garish, given the antiquity of the place. but they looked oddly cozy and homey, especially as the evenings got darker earlier. in december i put up this pine garland, keeping the lights, of course. after all, it was the darkest time of the year. come january, i took down the santas and christmasy things but convinced myself that i could leave the lights and garland because it all looked wintery and goodness knows there was still darkness to ward off. but now, with tonight's return to daylight saving time, it's fitting to dismantle it. in a small but significant way, the twinkling points have lifted me through darkness that will soon be pretty much over.  

7 comments:

Linda Chapman said...

I love your little lights! I keep some up year round.....I just enjoy the look.
The falling back in November isn't nearly as hard on me as the springing forward last night!

Gail Underwood Parker said...

I have two exposed beams in my living room that I wound with lights one Christmas years ago. We loved the evening light they gave so much that we kept them up. In the summer of course it is so light that we rarely use them, but all fall and winter they add the softest, most comfie light to the room that we hardly use any other lights.
Gail Underwood Parker
www.upbeatsanddownbeats.blogspot.com

~she~ said...

I love white lights! But I think removing them to celebrate Springing Ahead is a good idea!

Nora said...

We haven't sprung ahead yet, but I prefer it to falling back. Love your sparkly lights.

Kate said...

What a fantastic idea. I also think removing them for Spring is also uplifting. It's a comforting thought that everything will be filled with light soon.

Catherine Grace Life Photography said...

I love those little white lights...I'd keep them up all year if I could find a way to do it! :) Good idea to put them up and leave them up through the dreary winter.

Star said...

Love the white lights. Good idea. Italy "springs ahead" the last weekend in March. I wonder if the rest of Europe is on that schedule, too. Means I'm one hour closer to family and friends in the States, at least for a couple of weeks, what a lovely thought.