22 December 2010

What Kind of Christmas Light Would You Be?


My choices:

  • Teardrop-shaped mini LED lights that my DH purchased for the tree. My father's 92nd birthday was December 13th, had he lived. My mom passed away last summer. Those lights were an accidental purchase, but they seem right for this year. The new LED lights use less power but you can keep them on all the time and not waste energy kind of like my BIC time has been recently.
  • An old line of electrical lights that keep sputtering but then sometimes are blazing bright.



Some other choices from friends:


Laurie Alice Eakes--Lady in the Mist from Revell Books, February, 2011. Read an Excerpt at:


When I was really small we had those awful, dangerous, but oh, so beautiful Christmas lights that were fairly large, got rather hot, and had the silver reflectors behind them. They were different colors, too. If one died, you unscrewed the bulb and put in a new one.

I think that's my heroine in my second midwife book-multi-faceted, burning hot to the point of being a bit dangerous, as in she could start a fire with too much kindling. Not a literal fire, of course, but she is bold in what she says and does, and not everyone appreciates it.


Second choice: blinking lights that blink on and off in waves around the tree.


Deb Kinnard

Bubble lights – they have to be plugged in properly to work right and bubble, like being connected with the Holy Spirit. I loved them on Grandma's tree when I was little. We kids used to plug the tree lights on and then sit (quietly, for once!) waiting for the first bubble.
If they're not wired in, or don't connect properly, you don't get a single bubble. So am I when I walk away from the one true Source of power. Once I'm connected, though, I bubble along quite brightly in all sorts of colors. Absent the Power? Nothing.


Gina Wellborn


Love the mini LED lights. Tree in living room has 6 or 8 strands of lights. Sadly we're down to only 2 or 3 working. Been calling it our zebra tree. So hubby went and bought 3 more sets. Yay him! Unfortunately to put them on the tree, we have to take all the ornaments off. *sigh*

Christine Lindsay


I'd have to chose an old-fashioned candle. I'm literally a lump of useless wax unless I'm lit by God. And if I stay close to Him, and let him trim my wick, I burn brightly. If left to myself, I wallow in melted goo.



Kim Taylor – Also identifies with the old-fashioned kind like Laurie Alice mentioned.


Narielle Living – the blinking kind, on-off-on-off.


Angie Gaspar – bubble lights.


Rachel Smith – twinkle lights with different settings.


David Williams - luminescent concrete bulb. (What do you expect from a Psychology professor?!)



How about you? What kind of Christmas tree light would you be?!


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19 December 2010

Maid to Match – Book Review

Written by Deanne Gist

Audiobook narrated by Suzy Jackson



Set at Biltmore mansion in Ashville, North Carolina, Deanne Gist once again delivers a wonderful story to the reader/listener. Characterization, as usual, is spot-on, and the story line richly complex. She delivers a satisfying ending and wraps up the many threads of the story. I particularly loved all the elements that brought authenticity to the people who live in the southeastern mountains, e.g., whittling little figures for the children (my Kentucky-born grandfather did that for us).

Maid to Match was a very satisfying historical romance and Ms. Gist an excellent storyteller as well as reliable in delivering the goods. I love to find a reliable author, one who won't disappoint me, and Deanne Gist is on my short list!

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