Labor Day weekend was all about fixing little projects around the house. Mr. Ethereal wanted to do these things for a while and with a bonus just in, now was the right time…
Our Sears Kenmore washer and dryer are 25+ years old and these last few weeks as I have been using the dryer, it only blows warm air once in a while. The thermostat must be broken. We learned about five years ago now that replacement parts weren’t being made for our set anymore from a repairman who worked on our washer then, so it is time for a new set.
This has been a great washing machine even with its rusted out case.
Hubby and I have looked at what’s available on the market and I still like a top loader so that is mostly likely what we will purchase to replace these.
This vintage commode ran continuously and was too short for us and our aging knees, so we picked out a taller Kohler extended bowl style with a self-closing lid to replace it.
When Hubby pulled out the old toilet he found wallpaper still in place. We thought I’d better paint before he went any farther with the installation so I quickly added some Valspar Comet Dust #5006-1A I used in the craft room (post still coming ~ still need to finish putting some things away) to the area behind the toilet.
Any guesses on how old this wallpaper is?
Here’s the new toilet ready for its new area paint job!
The other bathroom project was replacing the moldy caulking in the master bathroom shower. After Hubby removed all of the old caulking I scrubbed and bleached the lower walls and joints to prep for new caulk.
When we moved into this house our inspector noted that the three dimmer switches in the living, dining and family room areas needed replacing. Hubby picked out these sliding dimmers with rockers which turn on and off the switch.
No more snap, crackle and pop ~ a good thing!
While Mr. Ethereal was doing these little jobs I’ve been working on a t-shirt quilt for our son’s birthday. Begun in June I have been working steadily on it throughout the summer. The seam binding is being sewn on now. I hope to finish it this week and to share a post with you soon.
Sunday is a day of rest, and sometimes we are just so busy
in our day-to-day lives that we need breathing space
to crowd out all of the noise.
This is what I think of white ~
white is ethereal, it is calming, it is gentle.
I was thinking of all the lovely white things in our home.
China plates stacked neatly on the buffet, white roses in a pitcher on the breakfast table and
my grandmother’s crocheted antimacassars. My father’s mother made all of these lovely doilies for her home. My favorites are two with the little boy playing with his dog.
🙂 I like to think that it is my dad running across the picture ready to throw the stick. I wonder if she was thinking fondly of my dad as she crocheted every evening… Rosa had certainly wanted a child and she and Luis adopted my father from a home in Boston when he was two years old.
My favorites are the two doves on the left and the little boy and his dog on the right ~ my grandmother Rosa crocheted this and its twin underneath as well as all of these others.
Some of these I purchased at different flea markets, some at thrift stores, and a few
which were too lovely not to pick up and bring home
from antique stores… 😉
One of my best finds from a market was this sweet morning glory tablecloth. I was told that it is Irish made and I love its shamrocks little “button” flowers and the morning glories.
I found it in England at the Peterborough Antiques Faire when my sister-in-law Linnea took me there during our Easter spring break holiday, April 2005.
It is a lovely square cloth with buttons embroidered in the centerpiece.
My sister-in-law and I went with our girls
to this antiques fair while my brother (her husband) took our boys to see an air show at a neighboring royal air force base. This was when my brother was stationed at RAF Molesworth, about two hours north of London, England. They lived in the lovely town of Sawtry in a former farm manager’s home called Woodfield Farmhouse.
Just a little love and family history while visiting our collection of linens. Sharing with Feathered Nest Friday ~ French Country Cottage