Did you participate in Earth Hour? I sort of did. I was late getting my lights off but I did turn off all the electric lights in my house. I wondered if my neighbors would be doing the same. When I looked out, it didn’t appear that they were, except for the people in the house across the street. One thing I wondered about was why the electric utility didn’t turn off the street lights. The ones in my subdivision were burning just like always. Perhaps they thought it was a security issue.
What do you do in the dark for an hour? I decided to take a bath. I have my new tub which you must get in before you turn on the water so that would take some time. I gathered up the two candles I could readily find and took a bath by candlelight. Sure am glad I don’t have to do that very often! If I were to make a regular habit of it, I’d want more than two candles, that’s for sure. It takes a long time for the water to fill the tub so I still have not used the hydrotherapy feature. I get impatient waiting for the water to get high enough. Tonight I gave up when it reached about my knees as I sat in the tub on the built-in seat. I decided that was enough water for a bath.
When I was growing up, we lived in what was called a cold water flat. It was an apartment without hot water. To do anything requiring hot water, you had to heat it in a bucket or tub on the cooking stove. So I grew up taking baths in about two inches of water. Somehow sitting in my new tub in deep water just seems very extravagant and in some ways wasteful.
As I considered Earth Hour and why we turned off our lights, I wondered about all the lights on clock radios and microwaves and other appliances. I didn’t turn those off. Did you? Did turning off our lights really make an impact? What do you think?