Saturday, October 22, 2011


at my WHINE party!
Sorry about that.

I had a store credit at Menards, the hardware store. I'm not a big fan of the place since no one ever helps me. In fact some times I actually feel ignored. I usually go to Lowes but I had the credit.
I had seen that they had some of their light fixtures on sale. I need some light fixtures to replace 2 ceiling fans. One in the kitchen and one in the living room. I actually might just switch out the kitchen fan and put it into the living room after I "refurbish" it. I have a plan but if I describe it, it will sound TACKY. I need to do it and then SHOW it. Anyway, I had this credit burning a hole in my pocket. Never mind that the kitchen isn't painted yet and that I haven't decided what to do about tile and I haven't painted the furniture that I have collected. But I was obsessed with using this credit for a light fixture.
I had seen and wanted this:
but I bought this instead
because the glass part looks like my ceiling fan light and I could "refurbish" it TOO. To make it match. I got it home and this morning I unwrapped it and looked at it.
Too Matchy-Matchy.
I was wrapping it back up as my sister pulled into the driveway to take me to go and get my van.
After giving the van repair guy my carefully counted out bills, I drove home and got the light to return it. I was going to go back and get the one I originally wanted before the sale is over tomorrow.
I did like this one too:
but it's too thin, narrow, small, actually it's too LONG.
I have low ceilings.
I also debated over this one:
this is actually for use in a BARN, but I liked it. Very Industrial looking. I love that look.
I could spray paint it. But it was double the price so I went back to get the original one.
I stood there, staring at the  store ceiling for a very long time.
I walked over to the other side, by the ceiling fans and looked at them and then I squinted across the ceiling, back at the pendant lights. I picked up the fixture and carried the box around. I walked around some more. I went back and got a different light. They don't even have this light on their website to show you. But it looks like the first one up on top that I originally liked and the bottom looks like the bottom of this one:
Now, when I get the room done, I will have my light at the ready.

Later in the day I worked outside. I don't rake leaves in the Fall.
I consider them "mulch" to protect my plants.
I will rake in the Spring.
The other day I carried most of my blooming flower containers into the house. Temps were dropping at night and I couldn't just leave them outside to die. Last year I actually wintered over several annuals, so who knows how this group will do! The only draw back is that the house is looking like a garden nursery. I might try to hang them in the laundry room so that the cats can't get to them.

So I worked on my fence some more. I am unscrewing every picket that I put up on the old fence and screwing them onto the new fence if they are in good enough condition.
All this "work" must have released endorphins because I feel much better. I guess doing physical activity does help...
that and the Chocolate Chip Cookies that I made!


Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Sorry about your car...that sucks. The cookies look good. Yes, get that light fixture up so we can see it. I love shopping for lights but haven't done it in a long time. I had job interviews this week and a funeral. Loads of fun. I did have dinner at a friends house last night which was nice and met other friends for dinner and drinks tonight. And one of them gave me her used 3G iphone - which was super nice. So now I have a new to me fancy phone.

Anonymous said...

I really don't care how my light fixtures look like :-) :-) I just buy one that doesn't look to terrible and then I live with it until it breaks :-) :-) That doesn't happen often so I still have most of the old ones left in my home :-) :-) :-)

I hope the car repair wasn't to expensive!

Have a great day!

Robin Kent said...

Perfect feel-good combination: physical activity and chocolate chip cookies. No guilt either!

Georgina said...

Just happy to read you're feeling always helps!! LOL I love that industrial much wonderful potential. I'm of the school of KISS (keep in simple, stupid) Gene Simmons in this group!! LOL

Anyway, can't wait to see what you've done with your lighting and you deserve everyone of those chocolate chip cookies!!


Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Oh I love the cats but the chocolate chip cookies look scrumptious.. I love finding new hardware for our cabin. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart