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I’m a fan

Of… fans. Texas is hot. Ok, well usually. Not today. Our spring that has been in full force for well over s month decided to go away and let cold back. But usually? Hot. So fans are great. So are lights. Best combo? Ceiling fans with lights! Maybe not the most beautiful or historically correct, but pregnant lady + Texas heat= design compromises.

We bought a fan for Lily’s nursery. But now Lily is 20 months old and shares a room with Patsy. The nursery will be for Violet, but we still have to finish it. This ceiling fan was nice in there, but the electrical box fell out of the ceiling, leaving the fan dangling. Given the fans miniature dimensions (24″), and need to re do the ceiling box anyway, we figured we would put it to use in the laundry room and get a new one for the nursery once we get the box fixed. This has been on the to do list for months, but it has a big scratch through it now! Well, it would if our to do list lived anywhere besides our heads.

Since Lily decided 6:45 was as late as she cared to be awake, Joe, bug and I teamed up to hang the fan in the laundry room. Pure scooters are actually awesome diy project helpers. You know those tiny itty bitty screws/nuts/washers/random unnamed bits that inevitably fall while you’re on a ladder or awkwardly holding too many things? Yeah, kids are great at playing detective and finding them. They are short and close to the ground and have eyes that are 20/20. We rent Patsy Lou out as a helper by the half hour. Just be sure you’re willing to answer 5932580629 questions about the project. And the weather. And princesses.

So after finding and reacting all the pieces, with the addition of a down rod, Joe got the thing hung up, turned on the breaker (which we knew was right since we used a current tester! Look at us doing it the right way!), and…….. it worked! Both the lights and fan worked amazingly, un-wobbly, fantastically well!

While up on the ladder, Joe also pulled the last of the hangers from the old drop ceiling and closed up the dangling open smoke detector. The old style ones tired to the previous security system don’t work, and we have plain battery ones now. To avoid even more exposed wiring though, we haven’t taken down the old detectors yet. Once wet get around to patching the ceiling, we will cap them.

Best of all,  I can now see what I’m doing when I’m doing laundry at night, and I won’t die of heat in summer!

And no proof reading today. Lily’s early bedtime meant the morning started at 4:45am, so my functioning brain cells are very limited!

Here’s the finished (except for replacing the broken light cover and adding longer pull chains) project. In the middle of an entirely unfinished room. 🙂



Because smelling stinks

I spent yesterday morning attacking my to do list like a kitty on a cat nip bend. It was do much fun to get so many things DONE! I finally finished packing the “Christmas parade”as bug calls the little nativity figurines. I unpacked random bags & boxes & created homes for things. I washed all the non dishwasherables that had piled by the sink. I even got the laundry room mostly cleaned. I don’t have anywhere to store  my pants, do they live in a pile on the dryer. There are things I can’t find homes for that live on the laundry sink. Joe did some small but hugely helpful projects in there, too. He hung our free hooks from Liberty Hardware on the wall between the laundry room & kitchen. It’ll be awesome to finally have a place to hang things that aren’t quite dry, or extra jackets, or random decorative things that keep it pretty but serve zilch got function. Who knows.

He also installed a second threshold on top of the old one because wr has a huge gap at the bottom of the door. Like, could fit a small child through huge. Adding the second threshold was the easiest solution we could come up with & it’s worked! It’s much warmer in there now, & critters can’t welcome themselves in anymore! Now they have to walk all the way around to the other kitchen door & crawl through that gap. 😉  Pardon the grossness ok the floor/door. This room was the drywall mud mixing area last May & both got very beat up. Someday, We’ll have a pretty door, pretty hex tile floors, a clean white solid surface counter ovrr the appliances, a better cabinet for the awesome antique sink, no contact paper covered metal cabinets & a door between it and thee kitchen. And paint. Oh, and a light instead of a hole in the ceiling. Someday! But only after the nursery is finished, which hopefully happens while we still have a baby. Guess that to do list isn’t exactly done yet…