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This was written by the Colonel while he was home on medical leave...ENJOY!

Lois’ husband checking in. I’ll be doing today’s blog entry.

First, I want to thank everyone for their prayers. The Army (on the advice of Airforce Doctors - LOL) has seen fit to grant me a couple weeks’ convalescence leave.
Yes, my condition was a little more serious than I fully appreciated at first.

I want to make it clear that I am grateful for the concern and attention from everyone here at Walking on Sunshine, our church family, friends from the neighborhood, and my unit.

That being said, I am going to make a departure from my physical health and bring up a much lighter topic. This is an awkward segue, but stick with me because this is something that has provided me with a certain fascination for a few years.

Night lights.
Yes, night lights.

When I was growing up in Queens, NY
I recall my parents had a singular night light.
It was a small plug-in model, with a hood and an old fashioned Christmas tree bulb. It was usually placed, if at all, on the outlet near the return vent in the hallway.
Occasionally I would find it plugged into the outlet above the sink in the hallway bathroom.

One night light.
If even that.

Well, how times have changed.
Even faithful followers of my wife’s blog may not know that for the first
2 years after we built this house, I was stationed in Atlanta and
flew up to Pennsylvania to re-connect with everyone every 4-6 weeks.

Needless to say, my family was not the only thing with which I needed to get re-acquainted.

Thanksgiving weekend, 2003 was the first night in my new home.
Lois and the children were already settled in, so I was the new, yet very
much welcomed component in this dynamic.
They had already been here for about 30 days.

On my first night in my new home, I got up in the middle of the night
to go downstairs to the refrigerator to get something.
On the way down, I was guided by at least a dozen of little glowing switches on the walls.
I was immediately struck by just how many.
Then down in the kitchen, there were more.
Plus the LCD clock on the stove and the microwave.

Today, now that the house is put together,
there are the lights from the phones -
the one in the bedroom, and the one in the library.

Then there are the switches and running lights on the computers and monitors, the printers. We have six smoke detectors with their little pinpoints of light
and a carbon monoxide detector with a full digital readout.

There is the light coming from the septic alarm next to the circuit breakers,
and there are the clock radios in our bedrooms.

Did I leave anything out?
Oh yes, there’s the glow from the garage door opener switches, as well as the running lights on the two garage door openers themselves.

This weekend, I did a tour of the house to actually count the glowing light switches.

I gave up when I got to 40.
That's a far cry from the one lonely nightlight I had in my house in Queens!

Have a blessed week everyone.


  1. I enjoyed this post...I won't count how many lights I have goin in this house,,,I wonder why my husband is still banging his foot though,,LOL

    It was a blessing dear brother in the Lord to pray for you...

  2. Hi Colonel,
    As a child we never had night lights in our home. The street lights would cast a dim light into most of the rooms of our modest cape home. When DH and I got married and moved to our first apartment, we had a corner unit overlooking the parking lot so again we had street lights to light our path at night. Now that we live in the country where street lights are only found in the villages we use electric candles with 2 watt bulbs all over the house so none of our rooms are dark. I never thought of alarm clocks, oven clocks, or garage door openers as night lights but I guess they are! Wonderful post! Blessings to you and yours. Loretta

  3. It is amazing and they can either be a comfort or a nuisance when you wake at night and see many little red eyes out there! So glad you are mending. Thank you for what you do for us.

  4. Even one of our fans has lights on it, as a matter of fact, several annoyingly bright lights on it. Sad to say, even with A/C on and the very large overhead fan in the master bedroom/sitting room, my hubby still 'needs' this standing 'arctic' fan! The lights look like something out of Star Wars!



  5. So nice to hear from the Colonel that we hear about so often:) that is amazing you have so many, you know, I never thought about that, but we probably have quite a few too!

  6. Too funny! Times, they sure have changed!

  7. Your post made me smile. I grew up in White Plains NY and remember walking through the house by moon light:) Now I need to put eye covering over my eyes to sleep with all the neon glows from the radio and the phones etc. Ironic:) I once paid to put opera lights in the hallways and stairs so not to put the big hall lights on to wake my kids. What was I thinking when they already had a night light in their rooms? Glad you are feeling better and thanks for serving in our military. Come back and blog again.
    Joyce (a proud army Mom)

  8. Hi Colonel! Thanks for posting. I never thought about it, but we certainly have lots of night lights here too. I think we only had one or two in our house growing up as well.

    We continue to pray for you!!

  9. I never thought about how many lights we have--now you have me curious! Glad to hear from the Colonel--and happy to know that you are recovering!

  10. Howdy Colonel,
    It was a priviledge to be able to pray for you and your lovely wife. I am so glad to hear that you are recovered so nicely!
    Your post is too funny. I have thought about counting all the lights that annoy me at night before. I really like for it to be total darkness in the house when I go to bed...BUT, not happening these days with all the gadgets that light up.
    Thanks for all you do for this country!
    HUGS from TEXAS.

  11. Oh yes! There's also the ridiculously bright clock on the vcr and dvd players in the bedroom, plus the light on the alarm panel, the clock on the oven, and the little red light on the camera battery charger, not to mention the neighbor's ridiculous landscape lighting. I like a DARK room for sleeping. I have been known to put black electrical tape over the vcr display!

    Have a great day, Lois! (Glad you are feeling better, Colonel!)

  12. Hey Colonel
    I enjoyed your post this morning.
    I never had really how many little lights we do have on at night.
    I will have to look into it.
    My prayers are for you and for the ones who serve.A big Thanks.
    Glad to hear you are doing better.
    God bless.

  13. My hubby ...cringes at all my little country lights...but they do make it look to homey. I dont think they cost that much on the power bill right???
    He is actually a disabled vet (AirForce). Hope your on the mend!!!

  14. great post, never thought of how many little lights we have on at night will have to count tonight. and to think they are all adding to the electric bill.

  15. Hi Colonel, great story! I've been smiling since I started reading your article! A great one at that I may if I might say. When I was young I can't remember any night lights at all, just the light from any street lights outside. Then I had 4 sons, while they were growing up I had them all over my home, gosh, it was like a collection of night lights all over! lol Small ones, pretty ones, ones that matched in colors, ones that matched the things that were in that think now all the money I actually spent on all those night lights! lol Now...I don't have a one. I have all of them packed away. Great story, thank you for sharing it! Have a wonderful day.

  16. How funny! I've never thought about how many little glowing lights are around - but there are a lot!

    I enjoyed your "guest appearance" and thank you so much for your sacrifice for all of us!

  17. I don't want to even think about counting all of the little lights in our house. I have three children still at home and I think every gadget they have has a light of some sort on it, not to mention the computers, etc. Glad you're doing better.

  18. Awesome to hear from the Colonel. How funny that we take night lights for granted. I can't even tell how many there are here.

    He should post more often.


  19. That is funny. Things change a lot huh? My grandparents always had a night light in their house, but we never had one in ours. I can pretty much walk around blindly! :o) However, I don't ever need to worry about that because we have several night lights around our home now!
    So glad to hear you are on rest. Your wife is just precious! I have enjoyed reading her blog these past few months.
    Take care!
    Tricia Anne

  20. Hi Colonel,
    I hope your condition is improving daily. I find it most interesting that you would post on Lois' blog. My husband would never think to do such a thing....and your topic! How funny that you would notice. I love the dark (not a lot of lights) for sleeping, but I do love some night light for getting around. Those kinds of lights are good for that. We may not have forty, but I bet we have at least 25 or 30.
    Glad Lois is enjoying her magazine that was a giveaway on my blog! I hope she finds some interesting things to share with you! :)


  21. I haven't counted our lights! I enjoyed the post. I'm glad I stumbled on this blog!

    Take care!

  22. So nice to read a post from the Colonel and such an interesting one as well. I have never counted, but I know there are lots of those little lights everywhere.

    Happy that you are feeling better!
    Kindly ldh

  23. Hi Colonel,
    Glad you stopped in; I enjoyed your post! Lois is a sweet lady and I enjoy this blog so much.


  24. Cute post! You are right times have changed. I guess I hadn't thought about how least not in this area. :-) Glad you are doing better!

  25. All I can add is:

    May we always trust in the One who said "Let there be Light!"

    Continued blessings to you and yours.

  26. ... and let there be light! Our newspaper deliverer once made the comment 'your house is lit up like a firecracker in the night'.

    TY for your sweet comments today. Mother & I were very close. TTFN~ Marydon

  27. Our house was built in the 50's so we still have a night light, although a modern version, in the bathroom. However, I forgot to plug it in so it is pretty dark when feeling our way around the corner from our room. However, without it I can glance out the window and take in the splendor of the moon or bright stars.
    I also remember street lights signaling time to come home. No more of those in my neighborhood now. Great post!

  28. Just wanted to answer your question about how to store the potatoes. We put them in large burlap bags and hang them in the back of our basement. It is cool there year round but not cold. The area is next to our furnace. My parents store theirs in wire racks in there basement next to the furnace. Hope this helps. My husband dug some today and said he felt like a pirate digging for buried treasure!:-)

  29. That is alot of night lights! I enjoyed your post!

    I appreciate your service too!


  30. Oh brings new meaning to the old song "You Light Up My Life" doesn't it!

    Hope your on the mend...

    Thanks for posting!


  31. It's nice to meet you Colonel. I'm so glad you are on the mend. You are so right about night lights. When I was growing up we only had one. It was in the bathroom. Now I couldn't tell you how many we have. I enjoyed reading your post. Have you ever thought of starting a blog? I hope you have a great day. Charli is sending you a get well hug. Thank you for protecting our country ♥

  32. Hi Colonel, that is too funny! You're right about all the glows that we have at night. Did you mention the security alarm panel, if you have one. We have one in our bedroom and sometimes I shut the little door to have more darkness. It is night time after all, right? lol

  33. So nice to hear from you, Colonel!
    LOL :D you are too funny!!!!

    Many Blessings~ Miss Jen

  34. Italy1111@aol.comJuly 25, 2009 at 8:29 PM

    Well that was delightful!! Lois you should let the Colonel write some more!!lol!!

  35. Funny post, Colonel! Glad you are on the mend, and thank you for your sacrifices for our country.


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