In our family, October marks the beginning of the outdoor decorating season. I have to admit that I have a weakness for those wind-blown inflatable sculptures that reside on the top shelves of all the home improvement and warehouse stores this time of year. From pumpkins and ghosts for Halloween through the white rabbit holding a basket of eggs for Easter, something is always inflated in my yard during the cold months.
I justify my affinity for the blow-up figures through my son. He thoroughly enjoys watching them blow up each morning, and smiles when we spot them from our road. Although he is easy to blame, the truth is I had a size-able collection of the yard decorations before he was born. What can I say, they make me happy!
Not only do I smile when I see the large and jovial decorations, but they are surprisingly easy to set up. Compared to his peers, my husband has it easy when it comes to decorating for the holidays. We have perfecting staking and placing the inflatables, finishing the task in record time. Because our yard I strewn with a seemingly endless rotation of festive figures, we don’t bother hanging outdoor lights or other, more traditional, decorations.
Our only complaint with the inflatable decorations involved the cumbersome power requirements. For some reason, the original builders of our house failed to install any external power outlets. (Obviously a woman was not consulted before this decision was made!) Because of this flaw, all of our outdoor decorations must be plugged into an outlet inside our garage.
Needless to say, walking downstairs, running across the driveway (in the cold night air) to turn off the decorations each night became a huge inconvenience. Timers were cumbersome, difficult to program and (for whatever reason) often blew the circuit. After a few years of performing the midnight dash to turn off the decorations, we discovered a perfect solution.
This is a pocket magnifier that I’ve come to rely on more and more. I can’t tell you how many times it’s come to my aid. Even though I have reading glasses there are still many times when that is not enough. Prime examples are reading all the fine print on medicine bottles or trying to find a small town on a large map? Those are just two of the frustrating things that crop up and I alleviate them easily with my pocket magnifier.
This little gem is just an inch wide and 6 inches long and fits easily into my pocketbook. I never know when I will need it so I keep it there all the time. I’ve found it’s really handy when I’m in a low lighted restaurant. Now I don’t have to ask my companions to explain what’s on those (often) hard to read menus …especially the price tag!
Perhaps the place that I value it most, however, is when I go to the theater. Even before the lights go down most theaters are dim and I always had trouble reading those interesting profiles about the performers. I would bring the playbill home, of course, but it wasn’t the same as knowing the facts while they were on stage. Because the magnifier is illuminated I find I can easily read the playbills now and I love that.