Rainy Tuesday

5 Mar

You guys, this weather? With the rain and the gray and the cold all the time for days and days? It does not make me want to blog. I try not to whine about winter weather because I think that people should be allowed to whine about either hot weather OR cold weather but not both because lo, that is tiresome. And I like to save up all my griping for when it is October and I am still wearing flipflops because WHY is it so hot and I am so tired of looking at feet, both my own and other people’s. Tennessee is really a lovely place to live, weather-wise and it has a climate that is usually what I consider to be mild and temperate. Of course, the other places I have lived are Phoenix, San Antonio, TX and New Hampshire, and anything looks mild and temperate compared to those places. But this rainy gray mess is hanging on a bit long and I am ready to put the Ugg boots away.

Anyway. Remember the cuckoo clock? It is fixed. Much to the Mister’s dismay, it cuckoos loudly, proudly and often.
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If you need a clock repaired, Clock Wise clock repair does a nice job, and the owner also has a booth in Gas Lamp (the original, not Gas Lamp Too) where he sells restored clocks.
003 He had to replace the cuckoo bird, which was missing, but found an antique bird to use. The beak opens and closes when it cuckoos…it is very cool and my 5-year-old loves it.  Fun fact: a cuckoo clock must be hung seven feet from the ground. This is to accommodate the chains and weights that hang down and keep it running.  It is a loud clock–the ticking is noticeable, but I like a little white noise, so it doesn’t bother me.

As for the new house, the Mister and I closed on it last week and are proud new homeowners. We are now mired in the tedious and nerve-wracking process of attempting to find a contractor or design/build firm who can renovate our kitchens and bathrooms on our budget in our timeframe. (PRAY HARD PEOPLE).  Also, I have noticed that the former owner of the house had a serious affinity for nipple light fixtures and now I have to replace all of them.

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This is what a nipple fixture looks like, in case you were wondering. I don’t think that nipple fixture is the technical term, so please don’t waltz into Lowe’s and ask a sales associate to show you their nipple fixtures or anything. I am concerned that most of the light fixtures in this house look like glowing boobs and that is not a style that I think is classy, nor does it light up a room very well. Oh, we also have a chandelier in the dining room that is a brass pineapple with arms (but not nipples, thankfully). So, I am in need of some lighting. And a 30″ vintage stove. And a contractor. And more time. And some nicer weather. It’s a long list, y’all. xoxo, LaurenT

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2 Responses to “Rainy Tuesday”

  1. Pam Jardine March 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    Lauren, now Aunt Pam can’t look at her hall light fixture without laughing! I’ve been able to ignore it for 40 years. Am glad your mom told me about your blog. Since I never get to see you, this is so much fun to read and “feel” your personality. Love, Aunt Pam

    • apronstringsvintage March 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

      Hi Aunt Pam! Thanks for dropping by, and have Matt replace that nipple fixture with something fabulous! Love you.

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