Monday, February 24, 2014

Procrastination turned to ‘mission accomplished’

 

Good evening Folks ~ It is Monday almost 6 p.m. Moroccan Chickpea Chili is reheating for supper.

Today I stopped procrastinating and shed some ‘light’ in this little cottage.  I brought in a ladder, got a box of 60 watt bulbs and put them in 5 light fixtures. 

Bathroom

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Bedroom

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My creative space

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Kitchen

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Kitchen

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9 light bulbs later and there is more light in Plum Cottage.  I have lamps in rooms, but ceiling lights have been out for quite some time.  DH and I used to do this together.  He would be on the ladder, would unscrew the nut holding on the globe, hand the globe to me and the blown bulbs and I would hand him new bulbs, he would put the globe back on and we were done. Doing it myself is a whole other story. But, I DID it and was so happy with each fixture done and flipping the switches and having light. Yippee!! So many little things that he did or we did together now are more monumental, at least to me, hence I procrastinate. There’s no one else here, I am the doer and fixer of what I can handle. I thanked God with each fixture done.

I also did three loads of laundry, hoping my machine was going to hang in there.  The last time I did laundry there was a weird noise on the spin cycle.  It wasn’t as bad today. Maybe I need a new belt, I don’t know. This is a Maytag top loader, bought in 2000.  I’ll keep you posted and today I am thankful for the three loads washed, hung out and solar dried. 

We had a nice gentle rain yesterday, which did the gardens good. We could use some more and it’s predicted, but time will tell, predictions don’t always come to pass.

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Hope you all have a good day tomorrow. 

Look for the beauteous and be thankful for your many blessings.

FlowerLady

34 comments:

Morning's Minion said...

I have changed ceiling fixture light bulbs. I find the difficult part is keeping my balance on a chair or such while trying to get the globe in place without dropping it.
Do be cautious!

GRACE PETERSON said...

Hi Lorraine, Hooray! It's so nice to have light, isn't it? Little things like this can make such a difference. I love your attitude of gratitude for each accomplishment.

I'm glad you received a little rain and nothing more dramatic. Your flower photo is so pretty.

Nancy J said...

Very beauteous down here, sunshine, gentle breeze, 29C out, all windows and doors open, washing dry, emails up and running as they should be, I'm so thankful for all these and more. Fond greetings , Jean.

camp and cottage living said...

Lorraine
So glad you got all of your lights changed out. I'm sure it wasn't easy doing it alone.
I do love hanging my clothes out too . I can't wait until I'm able to hang mine out again!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

I'm sure it's much brighter at your place now! A little patience and all those things get done. Hope the washer keeps going for you.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Bravo for your hard work, it’s a good feeling when it’s all done. I love your ceilings, the tongue and grove boards make your place so warm and inviting. Leftovers are good; the flavors have had time to blend. I hope your machine keep humming along, we depend on them so much.
Lifting you up in prayer.

Terra said...

I think changing ceiling light bulbs is a daunting task, and good for you for accomplishing it successfully.

Teresa Schubert said...

Lorraine,
Good for you!! sometimes just getting started is the hardest part.
I can't imagine how many adjustments you've had to make, we rely on our Hubbys for so many things both big and small. I think with God's help, you are both brave and capable!
Blessings to you,
Teresa
sugar, spice and whatever's nice

sharon said...

proud of you..

Deb said...

Your washing machine has lasted quite a while. 14 years is good - especially for a Maytag. We never had good luck with Maytags for some reason. Changing light bulbs is a pain and a big job. So glad you were able to shed some more light on things at your house. Enjoy this Tuesday!

Sunray Gardens said...

Glad you got it done. I do the florescent bulbs now, especially in ceiling lights so I rarely have to change them.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Lorraine, I'm very proud of you! It's difficult to do all the little jobs once done by two but, with God's help, it can, mostly, be done. I tried to clean gutters yesterday but wasn't successful. We're supposed to have snow today and tomorrow so will put trying again for a while yet.

Sallysmom said...

Lorraine, get your machine fixed if you have to. We bought a new one last year and it is the worst decision we ever made. After we got the machine, I started researching and found out I was not the only person who hated their new machine. It's not one particular type or brand, it's the fact that government regulations mean you can barely have water in your machine. My other machine was about 16 years old, but I wish I had it back.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Finally someone came yesterday to change a lightbulb in my closet.
Have been using a flashlite :)
This home is small
but when building 4 years ago
wanted high ceilings.
Result
I cannot change light bulbs.
But
in this length of time
only one ceiling light has gone out.
Similar to you
this one likes lamps on tables
and candles..

Kit said...

I love getting things done like that. Way to go! Kit

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Dear Lorraine..you and Mark were married 43 years and so were Pat and I. Patrick has been gone now for 16 years this past December 15th and even after this length of time and even though I finally moved on with my life..I'm still not over it and never will be. Some days are still harder than others..and even after all this time he is with me..and never out of my mind. I think of him and speak of him every single day.
I know I shouldn't..but sometimes it just happens.
I would ask how you are doing but I know. I remember.
Pat and I married in 1954, the day after I graduated from high school.
Sorry to run on and on...it's just that memories come flooding when I saw the "43 years"..I guess I crumbled.
Take care. You are keeping busy and that's what it takes. For me, even that didn't always work.
Love,
Mona

Elizabeth Hart said...

Job well done, Rainey! And I agree with Sallysmom in regards to your washer . . . I'm on new machine #2 and I hate it. Nothing quite like the older machines.

Have a wonderful week. Looks like we have some rain and another cold (really just cool) front moving through.

Hugs,

eli

Rebecca said...

Congratulations on a big job completed! (Whenever "remodeling", we've eliminated ceiling lights. I really prefer lamps....)

How have I missed your new header???? It is absolutely gorgeous. I'm going to go back a few posts and see if I missed reading one!

I ♥ you, Lorraine! You are a like a breath of spring to me today :)

Barbee' said...

Wish I could hang laundry out of doors to dry.. sigh. My washer was purchased 1988, so now you and readers have me worried - yes, it's the same brand as yours. I love the colors in your header!

Barbee' said...

I meant to say: And the background color of your posts. It's all so soft and subtle, beautiful!

Julene said...

Hello! I saw your blog over at Kathy's on Cedar Pond. It caught my eye because of your name, FlowerLady! I love flower's as well! I live in Oregon and enjoy each day as it comes. Losing your husband is a tremendous loss and it is not easy, I am sure. Good job changing the light bulbs! It was not a small thing!
I hope you come on over to my blog and say "hello!"

Darcie said...

You NEVER cease to amaze me!

Jane Jazz said...

I have been away from blogland for so long, and much has changed - for me and for others - in that time. Catching up with you a little I can see how very brave you have had to be, and are still being, and I really admire your courage. Take care xx

M.K. said...

I drive myself CRAZY when I put off (and put off and put off) jobs that I really can do, and know how to do, and have all the supplies for. I put them off for exponentially longer than it actually takes to DO them :) We had a slow, steady rain all day today, but it's so very cold -- about 40º most of the day, and freezing tonight. Sigh.

Balisha said...

I don't like to replace bulbs in ceiling fixtures. Isn't it nice to have that done?
Have a nice evening....Balisha

Andrea said...

Hi Lorraine, it's good you're doing well on your own. Those things might be done easier by two of you, done by you because you are there, now we know it is a job done only by one! I do these things on my own since then, and i manage because i am alone, haha!

gld said...

I used to do everything when DH was traveling; then we retired and I have let him take over many things I used to do.

I need to get back in the saddle and start doing those little things that I can do. Congratulations on the light bulbs; it may seem a small thing but I know what it means to you.

Skeeter said...

We have the same light fixtures as your bathroom and Kitchen in our hallways! Changing light bulbs is not so difficult but one must be very careful when on a step ladder! I learned to do a lot of things by myself when my Saint was deployed to Bosnia for a year while I remained in Germany. I was amazed as to how much I learned to do from observing him when we did such things together. I actually had to retrain myself to "allow" him to do such things once he returned. I still tackle a lot of those jobs myself now as things such as light fixtures are always changing in the way in which one installs a light bulb...

Gayle said...

I also have the same light fixture as the first by the front door! You post made me think. I never change the burnt out lights. They are magically replaced (by my husband). It's rough how a simple task can become so sad. I am so sorry for you loss.

shirley said...

Congratulations on your great achievement. I remember having similar situations where I had to "fix" things that had been my husbands domain and was always so tickled pink that I could do them.

Climbing ladders at my age now though is out of the question but I know i could if I was younger.

Keep up the good work

Jeri Landers said...

May that trusty little Maytag live to a ripe old age. It's amazing how many little things we just take for granted when someone else is doing them. I think twice now about all the jobs my husband does, so that I don't have to. Here is sending you a hug, sweet lady, for all that you do on your own.

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Good Day Lorraine, It is always a good when ones accomplish a job well done. Love your beautiful rose. Hugs Judy

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Hooray for you...........it is wonderful to be able to get something done. I know how your feel........my husband is such a reliable source and comfort when things break. But I worry about what will happen when he is no longer with me for these things. So I have been having him show me how he fixes things........just in case. My washer is also making a bad noise on the spin cycle......getting another one right now is just not in our plans......sigh. Hope yours continues working!

Here I Am Carrie said...

Good for you girl. Lots of little things we are capable of. Just be so careful when doing the ladders. Nothing like a little more light to brighten your world.