Rambling threads, thoughts about quilting, gardening, and life in general.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Couldn't put it off any longer
The ceiling fan and light in the sewing room / guest bedroom had been acting up for a month or so. I would pull the string several times before the light would turn on or off. And yesterday it got a lot worse, so since Damon and I were going into town to run several errands I added getting a new light/fan on the list. What I was not expecting was the Damon was ready to install it right after we got home so the picture here it our actual fixture already installed! As with anything electrical in the house (as the original wiring is ancient) we stand back, flip the breaker back on, and see if anything catches fire. This install actually went pretty well, the wires looked to be in good shape and the box was already installed and secure in the ceiling. This does not use conventional light bulbs, and I think at the moment it gives off a bit less light than the last fixture, but it says I can up the wattage, so I may go back in a week or so and get the brighter bulbs.
The other thing we couldn't put off much longer, and one of the original errands, was to look into getting a new stove. The one that came with the house when we bought says it is an American Motors stove. Our best guess is that it is from the late 1940s or early 1950s. And it works great! - except that the big burner in the front, the one we use the most, seems to have lost its temperature regulation. We have made due for a couple of months using the other burners or just watching what we are cooking much more closely. Damon even looked into trying to find the part to fix it, but as you can imagine they don't make them anymore.
There are a lot more options now for stoves, so we looked and compared: coil vs. glass-top stoves, regular vs. convection and single vs. double ovens. After you make those bigger decisions you then need to look at brands, and for me and Damon also the look, feel and features. We did end up ordering a new stove, a GE glass-top with a double oven. We have decided this is our Christmas gift to each other this year. It should be delivered sometime before Christmas. Hopefully we will get the hang of the new stove in time for baking Christmas cookies and making Christmas dinner!