I’m a bit late getting this post up for you this week, but it’s been a crazy week. We are on day three with no heat and the four apartments upstairs that have stoves have been unable to cook due to a gas leak some where under the ground. The owner of our property opted to hire independent contractors to locate the leak instead of paying the gas company to do the job which has resulted in them having to dig the area up in hopes of locating the area causing the problem. The problem could be anywhere between the end of our building and the blue building you see in the distance.
This isn’t the only place in our area that has found gas leaks now that the deep freeze has ended, trucks are out repairing gas lines all over the area. Between aging infrastructure and the very real possibility this area could see more of these kinds of winters it makes sense to look for alternatives to the way we heat our homes.
While freezing inside putting together the Friday Faves would have been a nice way to spend some time while curled up under the covers but Thursday morning I had to have the bed moved out for a repair to the ceiling and the cable for the internet was pulled out of the wall leaving me without internet for 24 hours. I was reminded of the old superstition that bad things come in threes when I learned the rains we are having will be turning to snow later this evening. This is one week I am glad is coming to an end.
In light of long week, today’s Friday Faves are uplifting and fun. I hope you enjoy them and if you want more to read, you can check out an interview I did with Christy at The Simple White Rabbit.
do it yourself
- There is nothing better than good storage. Evelyn came up with an idea which her husband was able to make happen that adds hidden storage in a small kitchen. I think this is the best idea I have ever seen, wish I had thought of it myself.
- Do you have access to pallets? Then your problem areas have been solved with 107 Brilliant Wood Pallet Projects. You will find everything from small items like a bed tray to feeding bins for farm animals and a playhouse with everything in between including every kind of furniture you can think of.
- Disposable lighters are made to….dispose of when empty, right? But a simple deconstruction of the lighter with a little imagination will make them anything but something to throw out.
- I’ve shown you plenty of painted wood before and after projects, but metal is another story. Some paint holds up on metal some doesn’t. I found this easy to follow instruction on preparing metal furniture to ensure a new paint job will always last.
- After venting about the Cadillac commercial I have to say one father has a better way of handling the media messages his daughter may encounter, this being just one example of his actions to raise a happy confident young woman.
- Need help connecting to nature? Here is a beginner’s guide to loving nature in spring.
- Children inspire me to live each moment fully. Last week I watched two of my grandchildren so mom and dad could go out for a bit. Trying to keep them awake just a few minutes more I introduced them to shadow puppets. Shining the flashlight on the curtain and making puppets with our hands the squeals of laughter was the best part of the evening and they haven’t stopped talking about it. Joy shares how to Recapture a Child’s Sense of Wonder.
- This was sent to me by Lynn, and after watching it myself I shared it with the grandchildren who were so impressed they had to show their parents. It is so touching it was the subject of many conversations since. I hope you enjoy it.