March 2013 update: I am told that these candle are available during certain time of the year when candles are more popular. I think Christmas may be one of those time of year. Ask about them at your local Trader Joes.
It's Thursday...finding things to do on Thursday can be really hard! Like a child on summer vacation when the weather is cold and windy, Mom and Dad are at work and you are at loss ends, Thursday can be hard. That is what retirement is like. Thankfully we are old enough to read and make soup! Sigh! The photo above was taken yesterday after a cleansing 1/2 inch of rain. Today the mountains are black and the wind is howling.
I have a wonderful product for center pieces when you are entertaining. It is candle season in the northern hemisphere and candle season everywhere in the world. Candles can warm a dark room, provide light when the power goes out and even get rid of the smell of cabbage cooking! I have probably bought enough candles in my lifetime to fill a semi-truck. Finally, I have found the perfect affordable solution to the dripping messy taper dilemma. Trader Joe's carries a wonderful product called Eight Candles. I doubted their claim to be a dripless and self-extinguishing candle. You know what...they really are. I used them for a party of 60 last week and placed them on rented table clothes. They burned for the whole evening without a sign of a drip. (Trader Joe's says they will last 6-7 hours.) The wick is treated with a non-flammable solution that makes self-extinguishing possible. I bought several packages and paid a little over $3.00 per package of eight including taxes. I love them.