Sunday, April 19, 2015

Appliance rescue, fans and lights

My friend Jeannette and her family moved from Tucson to Michigan last summer.  They bought a lovely house there and continued paying on their house in Tucson while waiting for it to sell.  They waited and waited and waited.  And then waited some more.  When it became apparent, in about mid-January, that the house was never going to sell, Jeannette and I hatched a plan.

The plan: Michael, his dad and I would go to Jeannette's house and take the refrigerator and washer/dryer and sell them so they could get approximately $1,000 profit out of the approximately $7 billion that they had put into the house.

Jeannette wrote a post about this months ago.  You can check it out HERE

It was very weird to be at her house without her.  We were in constant facebook messenger contact and I sent her lots of pictures.

There was a propane tank in the garage that we took too.  It was buckled up for safety.
The washer and dryer ended up being sold to a friend of Jeannette's and the refrigerator was sold to the daughter of the occupational therapist I work with.

Part two of the plan was that, as payment for doing the work for the appliances, we went back to the house and took all of the ceiling fans to keep for ourselves.

I thought I took a lot of pictures that day, but I was mistaken.

Three weeks after the big ceiling fan rescue Michael's mom and dad came up so that we could have a huge swap-out day.

First up, this light.  My dad actually took this light down at the very beginning of January, but there was a problem with the support box so even though we bought a new light for it months ago, we were lightless for 3 months.
Look at this hideous thing.  Our house was built in 1994 and this light is original, but somehow it seems to be from 1982. 

I was so glad to see it go. 

And finally!  The new light!

This thing was about $30 at Lowe's.  It is such a huge improvement. 

Next on the list.  The ceiling fan in the living room.  There was nothing wrong with it, but I was not a fan of the light blonde wood.

Ah.  Much better.  The ceiling fan from Jeannette's master bedroom, including its remote control, is a lovely addition to our home.

Project number 3.

Last year we went to a party at our friends Kathy and Bobby's house.  They had recently redone their bathroom and included a ceiling fan in there.  It was just about the most marvelous idea I have ever seen.

First, the current bathroom light had to come down.

The ceiling fan from Jeannette's living room went up.

OMG.  I love it.  This is going to make doing make-up in July so much more tolerable. 

And the last project.  Down comes the awful white and brass ceiling fan in Spencer's room.

And up goes a lovely cherry and bronze ceiling fan from a bedroom at Jeannette's house. 

We still have to do the ceiling fan in Elliott's room but for now I am a very happy girl with all these changes.  Thanks for the weirdest arrangement for payback ever, Jeannette.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Really lame

I sat down at the computer on Monday to download all of the pictures from my camera and my phone for the previous week.  Something like 20 pictures later, the download was done.  Apparently last week was a bit of a slow one in the picture taking department.  This week is shaping up to be similar but I will try to to get at least a few more so I can have something to blog about.  

Last Monday, the 6th, Spencer was a lucky 7 years 7 months old.  I'm going to blink and he'll be 8.  And then I will blink again and he'll be 18.

He wore the outfit he got in his Easter basket for the occasion.

On Wednesday I took Elliott with me to two different doctor's appointments.  It is going to be so nice when he starts preschool and I have an opportunity to do such things without a kid tagging along.  I got 4 months of that when Spencer was in preschool before Elliott was born.  But I was pregnant and uncomfortable the whole time.

First up was my skin check at the dermatologist.  I have to go every six months now.  She used liquid nitrogen to burn off a couple of suspicious spots.  Dang it hurt.  I was surprised.  My dad has it done all the time and he never mentioned anything about it being painful.

We had an hour in between appointments (the second one was with my plastic surgeon who is going to take off some moles for me) so we went to the outlet malls for some new clothes (me), new sunglasses (Elliott), iced coffee (me) and a smoothie (Elliott).
On Saturday I made bacon egg souffles for me and Michael for breakfast.  They came out of the oven all puffed up and golden and I was impressed with myself.  I snapped a quick picture before they deflated and looked awful.
Later that day Spencer smacked the ceiling fan with his light saber and got the chain all wrapped up and stuck in the motor.  He felt really bad about it, but even so, I still confiscated all the light sabers for a week.  I think we should buy one more so they can both have three.  That seems reasonable.
On Sunday Michael's parents came up from Tucson to help with the home projects that I will be blogging about soon.  Before they left we went out to eat at Cheddars.  Elliott had some carbs with a side of carbs on top of some more carbs.

And on Monday Spencer came home with this bruise on his leg.  He fell at recess.  He says it does not hurt at all.
This has been high on my list of fears for quite some time.  He has had thinning skin on his legs for a while because of the steroid creams he uses for his eczema.   It's called steroid atrophy.  Big bruises like this (that don't fit the injury) are a symptom of steroid atrophy.  So, I immediately called to get him in to the dermatologist.  First available appointment: early June.


Monday, April 13, 2015

Easter aftermath

I have been mentally working on three different posts.  I've been writing them in my head for quite some time, but until everything is "done" I can't really write them yet.  The first post is about some home projects that have been in the works since January, the second is about the surgery Spencer is having on Thursday and the last is about Elliott being evaluated for and qualifying for physical therapy.

In the mean time, her is an incredibly simple post about our Easter decorations this year.  I left them up for one week post Easter and now we're back to a regular, no decorations house until mid-June.

I'm getting fairly tired of the red wall above the mantel.  Any ideas for a different color?  Would black be just too much?

I bought these scratch art butterflies at Easter time last year but didn't open them until this year.  We all had a lot of fun scratching designs into them.

We forgot to take these magnets off the dishwasher so I might just leave them up until Halloween.

The boys got these cookie pops from Jerry and Lois on Easter.  We might just eat all the Easter crap by Halloween.  

I let them have them the day after Easter before they got really hard and inedible.

Michael's Aunt Linda gave us two of these bird nest cookies with birds and eggs.
And these are all of the chocolate bunnies.  This doesn't even begin to show all the rest of the candy.  One of those bunnies is mine, but I'm sugar free until maybe Mother's Day and if not Mother's Day, Michael's birthday.  I think it will keep.