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Brain cells re-activated by ancient varnish fumes?

30 Oct

While the electricians were busy installing the new lights and taking down the mammoth front hall chandelier (that I need to bring to be re-wired and give a proper cleaning to), I was busy heat-gunning the last section of pocket door.

Last door heat gunned.

Last door heat gunned.

I still have to do the second round on the bottom, but tomorrow’s another day.

Here’s the chandelier awaiting re-wiring:

And this is the spacial hole left behind:

But the inspiration I had was to fish out the super heavy duty curtains I’d made several years ago for the downstairs front door (out of school uniform fabric that cost about 99 cents a yard on sale at the late lamented Hancock Fabrics) and use them in the kitchen. The orange velvet wasn’t working for me, and after spending all that money on the electricians and new eyeglasses, I didn’t fancy buying a bunch of fabric and insulation and making new drapes.

I think these plaid blue ones have a nice Yankee feel to them, and they’ll look quite dapper indeed with the black ceiling that is to come. I felt absence of draft as soon as I put them up. Three cheers for the brain restoration powers of varnish fumes — hip hip.. gaaarrarra…………


30 Oct

I got rid of my TV in August. I’ve been really intrigued by some people’s responses to this. Many people have reacted with outrage/shock, saying “What do you do with your time?” or “Don’t you miss it?”. Well, I read a lot and don’t miss tv at all. I felt like it was adding no value to my life, and when I had it, I’d turn it on rather than read (even when I really wanted to read), because it took no effort.

I’ve been really taken aback by the strength of people’s reactions — like I said I’d just drowned a puppy or something. It’s just a stupid tv!

I was listening to “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” on the radio today (I am an epic radio listener) and they mentioned a study linking depression with enjoyment of television viewing. Here’s an article about the study.

Who knew? I’m definitely happier without the telly (not that I thought I was depressed or unhappy with it – -just wasting my time), and I’m certainly reading more. I’ll direct my interlocutors to this study the next time they give me the old shock and awe about being boob tube-less.

New lights in kitchen

30 Oct

Hooray! The electricians (Ron and Dave) who did the work in my bathroom came by today and installed the pendant lights that I’d gotten on Craigslist (for ten bucks) in the kitchen (installation cost a bit more than that…. eek!). So now I can see — well, kind of, because I’m also aged and am awaiting new specs from the optician (bifocals — the eye doc kindly informed that after you hit 40, your eyes basically start turning into marbles. ok…) Anyway, now my marbles and I can see in the kitchen. And when I paint the ceiling black, it won’t be so dark.
Here are some daytime photos — am looking forward to nightfall tonight for the full lighting effect!

However, since the job cost about double what I expected, I may have to postpone sanding the pocket doors. I’m working with the heat gun now and was planning to buy a new fancy sander with a bag to sand tomorrow. I have to have a good look at my finances before deciding on whether to sand or not to sand…