Lights Out

Friday night 8pm and considering options for a non-screen family night in.

What to do, what to do?

Head for sitting room to encourage co-operation from son,

Thinking, thinking...

When suddenly the lights go out and the whole house is pitched into an inky blackness.

Somewhere outside house alarms are pealing in competition and the neighborhood is completely shrouded by the black dark.

What to do, what to do?

Initial shock is replaced with excitement of the relative rarity of the occasion, as we plan...

What to do, what to do!

Candles are quickly sourced and lit with the help of the battery operated Christmas decoration lights.

A fun Lego-man torch is found and the fun begins..

We three snuggle in our snuggies on the sofa whispering quietly in the magical candlelit darkness.

We make silly shadows in the wall courtesy of Mr Lego-Man.

We three become two as one leaves the party to head out through the dark night.

Now, what to do, what to do?

It's quickly becoming colder so we snuggle deeper in our snuggies.

Shall we tell scary stories? Make Them up ourselves perhaps?

No, son wants to hear stories of my 'old days',


I regale him as best I can and we chat about this and that.

It's getting very cold now so we decide to go to bed early. Mum and Dads bed tonight, for comfort and warmth.

We dive under the duvet in fleecy pajamas and place our snuggly snuggies over the bed.

We are quite cosy in the carefully candlelit bedroom.

We chat some more as we munch on Cadbury's Chocolate Fingers, learning that one does indeed lead to more.

The chat inevitably turns to the current favorite conversational topic.

He offers to build me a house and we discuss the choices I have.

A cosy cottage or a fort?

Oh, a cosy cottage I think.

Of red brick or wood?

Do you want some crops?

A crafting table?

Yes please, 

There's probably no electricity in Minecraft world either.

I thank him for offering to build me this virtual house.

He's happy

I'm happy

No screens needed here for either of us.

Then suddenly,  as unexpectedly as they left us, the lights return.

Intruding on the magic...

What to do, what to do?

That's easy...

We Turn off the lights, blow out the candles and stay in our cosy cocoon.


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  1. That sounds like bliss. And you brought my blood pressure down too. Thank you Jazzy.

  2. @Lizbeth: It brought my own down too! Nice to get unexpected moments like this..

    @Irishminx: My email shows your lovely comment but somehow it's not appearing here yet. Thanks and glad you enjoyed reading :-)

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

  3. What a lovely evening. Wish we had power cuts more often. Deb xx

  4. @Deb @ aspie in the family: Yes, I'm hinking of requesting a regular outage ;-)

    Thanks foryour comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

  5. What a lovely way to spend the evening. Of course there's nothing to stop us all doing similar any evening - but we wouldn't would we? Funny that.

  6. Jazzy, that is really lovely. You are so right about the chocolate fingers! :)

  7. @Midlife Singlemum: What a fantastic idea! Pretend 'Lights Out' ninghts.... I love it!

    @Di: Thanks.... chocolate fingers are deadly!

    Thanks for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

  8. It sounds like a lovely cosy heart-warming evening xx


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