Saturday, February 03, 2007
The photos seem to make things look dark but its not. I sat and read the paper by one oil lamp with no problem and my eyesight isn't that good. There was a nice fire in the stove and with the oil lamps the house was nice warm and cozy. If you ever use oil lamps and need extra light just sat your lamp in front of a mirror. The light reflecting will give you that extra light needed for projects. You can find oil lamps at flea markets, thrift stores and yard sales. These are usually the older ones which have a little history to them and seem to work better than then new ones you can purchase at walmart. I was fortunate to be given my step dads mothers oil lamp and one from my dad that was my grandmothers. My daughter Megan gave me one she found at a flea market and I found one in a thrift store that had a beautiful glass shade. Any chance you have of picking up oil lamps do so. You can have them for when the power goes off, when you want to eat dinner on the deck. Just fill with citronella oil and it will keep the bugs away while you eat. But oil lamps are a part of our history. Everyone of us have ancestors that used these everyday and its just a way to bring back part of that history and for some of us the memories.