When you want to have a night in, nothing makes for better ambiance than lighting a few candles. They cast a soft, warm glow on everything that puts your mind at ease. This is truly a perfect pairing for a movie, warm blanket, and hot cocoa or a glass of wine. Their lifespan sometimes seems regrettably short though, and if they’re not placed strategically out of your way, they can toss wax on everything.
It’s difficult to try and go through a day without using an item that is powered by electricity. Almost all of the ways we cook food, communicate with one another, and work is plugged into the grid. That very reason is why it’s somewhat devastating for the power to go out. While it would be nice if a power outage didn’t affect us so much, there really aren’t any ways to keep things on, other than having a backup system. However, that turns on more lights than necessary, and you can’t run much on it anyway.
You don’t get many door-to-door salespeople anymore. They know it’s an annoyance, and a rather large waste of time on both ends. However, we all still get the occasional stranger on our doorstep. If you’re a bit more paranoid than most, you likely want a way to assess the situation before you even open the door.
Back in the olden days, people operated on a schedule that matched when the sun was in the sky. When the sun comes up, you get up, and when it goes down, that means it’s bedtime. While electric lighting has helped us in a big way, our body still gets better sleep when you follow the gradual brightening and dimming that is associated with day and night. We’ve seen alarm clocks out there that wake you with gradual light, and there are applications on your computer that will yellow and dim your screen to prepare you for bed. Can you imagine what it would be like if your whole house could do that?
There comes a time in life when plodding up and down the stairs becomes too difficult. If you’re living in a two-story house with bad joints, it just will not do. You can get a motorized chair to go over-top your staircase that will slowly glide you up the steps, but if you’re capable of standing, this can be a bit of a blow to your pride. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could instead have your own, personal elevator?
While most of the time we check our mail passively, without much enthusiasm, there are occasions for us to excitedly swing open the mailbox door. It’s all too easy to board the hype train when you know a special letter or package is coming your way. Instead of pacing to and fro, why not let someone else worry about when the mail person arrives?
Ever since we were kids, we have been fascinated by things that light up. Shoes with cool effects, lightning bugs, toys, and more always caught our eye. As adults, the same still holds true, though we’re a bit more practical in our approach. We buy flashlights, little, big, flexible, themed, and all other sorts of other lights. Every time we get a new one, we’re all giddy over how great it’s going to be, and just as it was when we were kids, we lose or forget about it. They all have their own purpose, and some even are multi-functional objects.
It’s time to make dinner, and just as you’re searing the salmon, the smoke alarm starts to panic. If there’s smoke, then that must mean fire, which means everyone should leave, right? Of course, while we hope our smoke alarm never has real cause to go off, it goes off a bit more often than we’d like. Crying wolf one too many times has us taking it down, or removing the batteries because it wants to chirp or blink constantly.
It seems sad that we have to pay for certain necessities. You can’t very well walk up to a stream and expect to pull clean water from it anymore, so you have to pay for the H2O you can drink. It’s sad, but the air we breath is slowly becoming fairly polluted as well. Thankfully the air outside has a long way to go before we start worrying about a big company selling it to us, but it’s a different story inside of our homes.
There have been all sorts of advances in technology that seem to make our lives easier, but can also complicate them. We didn’t need cell phones, tablets, or laptops, but now we can’t seem to picture life without them. Home temperature regulation systems, ceiling fans, and even locks on the front door now all seem to come with a corresponding smartphone application. This is all good and well, but what if the power gives out?