Monthly Archives: August 2017

A Bright Idea


A few weeks ago, I found a little white lamp with a wobbly top.  With my hopeful outlook, I figured fixing that little wobble would be a piece of cake.  After fiddling around with it a bit on my own, I turned to the internet for some inspiration and possibly some direction.  The repair sounded simple enough, but would require taking the lamp a bit more apart than it already was.  Not wanted to make a decision on the fate of this poor little FREE lamp, I figured I’d sleep on it (for a month or so).  Now, something I’ve yet to mention is that the very moment I acquired the lamp, my friend inquired, “Are you going to paint it?”.  At that point, I had absolutely zero intention in making this an even bigger project that it already seemed.  So, of course, my answer was, “no”.  Fast forward to today, after much hemming and hawing, I’ve come to the conclusion, that this lamp will be much more of a statement piece if it has some color to it.  Currently, I’m thinking orange.  I stopped by the local lighting store…which just happens to have a sign in a window advertising, “lamp repair”.  During my errands this afternoon, I brought my lamp along, in anticipation for a stop at the lighting store.  The person working at the counter was incredibly helpful and tried to tighten the loose part right then and there.  To no avail, as the nut inside the lamp was just spinning and spinning.  I inquired as to how much it would cost to complete this (seemingly simple) repair.  $30.00 was quoted in response to my question.  Well, for my lamp to go from FREE to $30.00 in one foul swoop was a bit too much for me to handle.  Needless to say, I passed on that option.  However, the stop at the lighting store was not a waste of time.  I was able to gather information on what tool would be needed to tighten the nut AND that the felt (on the bottom) would ultimately need to be removed and replaced.  Genius, I know.  With this knowledge now occupying space in my mind, I set right to work removing the felt AND loosening the nut.  That’s right, you read correctly, I (with assistance) loosened the nut…hence the reason why the whole top is flopping around.  You may be asking yourself, “Why on earth?”.  Well, the way I see it, it’ll be a whole lot easier for me to paint in disjointed pieces.  At least, that’s what I’m thinking.  That being said, things have a way of becoming more challenging before they become easier.

I suppose we’ll see.


Record Storage…Completed


Well, I figured before I post something about a possible upcoming project, I might as well give an update on what has been an ongoing project. After months and months of searching for the perfect piece and plenty of research on possibly building a custom piece… I am happy to announce that all of those records (previously stored in multiple locations around the house) are now stored in a great HON bookcase I scored off of Craigslist.

If you look at the actual design of the piece, it is very similar to one that I had located previously on Craigslist (in Seattle). The big difference is the lack of the individual dividers. However, with the 41 1/2″ of records I wanted to house together, the dividers don’t really seem to be quite as necessary as I first thought.  The records seem to be doing a great job of supporting one another.  In addition to being quite the work-horse, this piece has plenty of space for books and other decorative pieces, in addition to being up to the task of record storage.

So, there we have it, a complete record storage solution.

I know, I know…finally.

Solar Eclipse Soundtrack


Image result for people wearing solar eclipse glassesWith the total solar eclipse right around the corner, I figured I’d throw a little creativity into the mix.  I mean, creativity has a place in this blog, so I might as well use it as an avenue to share some of that creativity.  As the saying goes, I must give credit where credit is due.  Our local newspaper gave me the initial idea of putting together a soundtrack for the upcoming event.  Given my interest in music, I figured I might as well run with it.  So, what you have before you is a ‘custom-made’ list of songs just perfect to listen to during the upcoming eclipse.

Time to put on those solar eclipse glasses and enjoy this event with some great background music.

Let the countdown begin…

The Great American Solar Eclipse: 8/21/2017


Total Eclipse of the Heart-Bonnie Tyler

Ain’t No Sunshine-Bill Withers

Eclipse-Pink Floyd

That’s Life, I Guess-Billie Holiday

Sunshine-Jonathan Edwards

Here Comes the Sun-The Beatles

Dancing in the Moonlight-King Harvest

Steal My Sunshine-Len

The Surfer Moon-The Beach Boys

Good Day, Sunshine-The Beatles

Red Rubber Ball-The Cyrkle

Wheel in the Sky-Journey

Dark Side of the Moon-Chris Staples

Shine-Collective Soul

Moonshadow-Cat Stevens

Blinded by the Light-Bruce Springsteen

I’ll Follow the Sun-The Beatles

Sunshine on My Shoulders-John Denver

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In-The 5th Dimension

Country Sunshine-Dottie West

Walking on Sunshine-Katrina and the Waves

Bad Moon Rising-CCR

My Only Sunshine-The Beach Boys

Black Hole Sun-Soundgarden

You are the Sunshine of My Life-Stevie Wonder

Sundown-Gordon Lightfoot

A Hard Day’s Night-The Beatles

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore-The Walker Brothers

Blue Sunshine-The Red Wine Effect

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me-Elton John

Shine Like the Sun-Dolly Parton

Fly Me to the Moon-Frank Sinatra

We’ll Sing in the Sunshine-Gale Garnett

House of the Rising Sun-The Animals

Blister in the Sun-Violent Femmes

Weave Me the Sunshine-Peter Yarrow

Do You Know You are My Sunshine?-The Statler Brothers

Silent Sunlight-Cat Stevens

Jealous of the Moon-Nickel Creek

Wheel in the Sky-Journey

The Final Countdown-Europe

The Warmth of the Sun-The Beach Boys

Instant Karma!-John Lennon

The Sun is Shinning-Third Day

Sunshine Day-The Brady Bunch

Walkin’ on the Sun-Smash Mouth


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