So I’m thinking about battery operated candles. Here’s why. Y’all know how much I love my candles. I burned so many candles in the last year (just in case I couldn’t take my bins of candles to Idaho with me), and I still had two bins left over (they did get to come to Boise, in case you were wondering). Loved every minute of burning those candles, too. And you know, I’m not even sure it’s the smell. Don’t get me wrong, I *love* the smell of candles. Especially the ginger peach ones from Pier One and all of the peach-scented ones from Target. But some days the smell doesn’t even play into it for me. Sometimes it’s the flame, flickering just over the rim of the candle. That always makes me smile. Other times, it is just the soft glow inside a candle that has guttered a bit so the flame doesn’t reach the rim of the candle. I love to walk through a room and see soft lights everywhere. Come to think of it, if I didn’t work with so much paper (tree-recycling accountant that I am), I would turn off those dangerous fluorescent lights at the office and light my workspace only with candles. I’m sure my two office mates would love having to work by candlelight.
Anyway, we’re in our rent house now, and I still burn candles all the time. I don’t even think about it until I snuff them. When I put them out, though, I do cringe a little and start thinking about LED candles, because some of my candles let off a good amount of soot when snuffed. And all of that soot has to go somewhere. My hope is that it doesn’t show when we move out, because we’d like to get our deposit back. Of course, the battery operated candles would do away with that little problem. That, and my fingers wouldn’t stain red every time I picked up a candle to move it.