Shout-Out Sunday No. 12 – One Very Special Bloke

Today’s Shout-Out Sunday, for 23 March 2014, goes to a person, not a web site, and that person is Paul – that fabulous guy I married… seen below, in the mirror:

new ceiling light

Today was the day we installed the new ceiling light fixture in the new Reading Room. And it was, as predicted, a trying challenge for us.

When I first bought this light fixture, we planned to call an electrician in and have it done right. But once I went online to a few YouTube videos showing how simple a job it can be to replace a ceiling fixture, well, we thought about it and decided we’d give it a try ourselves.

Just for reference, here’s the old chandelier we had to take down:


and here’s the new one:

new ceiling light

and here it is all installed in the new Reading Room:

new ceiling light

This guy here (below) did it all, basically.

new ceiling light

He knew exactly ZERO about installing a light in the ceiling, or anywhere else, for that matter.

I supervised and read out the instructions to him while he sat and pondered how to go about this job.

I had visions of it just taking 10 minutes – put up the bar, attach the white and black wires to each other and the grounding wire, put the main light-holder on, then the light bulbs, then the shade and then the final wire thingy…. easy peasy, right?

Not so easy-peasy at all.

It took us a while to figure out which screws went where with the metal bar that holds the whole thing up. We were mis-understanding it at first but we had a mental breakthrough and got that figured out. Paul did the whole thing himself which meant that he had to stand there (he got out his step ladder) and hold that thing above his head for the entire time he was working, and figuring things out, which is not easy for the layman.

Oh, yes, he’s a strong guy since he IS a lobsterman, but like he said, he hasn’t worked for 3 months basically (winter) and his arm muscles have relaxed a bit.

I could never have done it myself, I know that. And part way through the operation, he started peeling off his shirts. He had three layers on and he was sweating bullets while holding that thing up there. I helped pull off his two outer shirts for him and he was down to his tee shirt.

Finally, about a long hour after we started this job, we finished it and he went down to flip the circuit breaker on for that room. At first he flipped the wrong one and there was no light… I was crushed! Then he realized he’d gotten the wrong one and flipped the right one back on and voila:

new ceiling light

This light turns on via a switch by the front door and we have a “dimmer switch” on it – the picture above is dimmed a bit.

We probably won’t really use this light much. We hardly ever used the chandelier in all our years here except if we had company over for dinner. Now that we have our reading lamps and the one larger table lamp, that’s what we’ll use regularly, but I like having this ceiling light, and I like the nautical design of it.

(I must apologize to my friend Sheila, though, for the color of it – brown! I thought it was a rusty red color but it wasn’t. I suppose I could paint it but I won’t… it’s up there and it’s staying up there!)

(BTW, Sheila is of the opinion that we have way too much brown in our house and she IS right, of course, but that’s just the way it is…)

So… our Reading Room is basically done now. I put a CD/radio in there and I have been enjoying this room just about every afternoon when the house is quiet, I’ve seen all the news I want to know about, and it’s a good place to be. Which is all I wanted out of this room.

The forsythia have bloomed and now are turning green.

reading lamps

I plan to leave them in the water until it’s warm enough outside to plant and then I’ll try planting these twigs into the earth to see if I can get a couple of forsythia bushes growing out front.

So, this is a big Shout-Out to that guy of mine – a man for all seasons, a man who will go the distance when I need him to even though he’s totally uncomfortable doing this type of work. We did it – HE DID IT! And I thank him very much, indeed.

new ceiling light

Cheers for our Life Partners!

Bex & Co.

It’s in every one of us to be wise;

Find your heart, open up both your eyes.

We can all know every thing without ever knowing why.

It’s in every one of us, by and bye.

~ John Denver & The Muppets ~

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16 Responses to Shout-Out Sunday No. 12 – One Very Special Bloke

  1. TopsyTurvy says:

    Great job, Paul and Bex!!! Yes, there’s no doubt that putting up electrical doohickies is a black hole for time. You think it’ll take just a little while and suddenly an hour plus is gone. DH and I have found that to be true, also.

    Love the little light fixture. So appropriate for your home.


  2. Annanotbob3 says:

    That was such a nice entry to read, Bex. I am so glad you’re with a good man, and your room looks lovely, just right! xxx


  3. Bex says:

    I am so happy we got it done, too, because the last job we had to hire out was for a plumber. Our kitchen faucet was too far gone so we bought a newer version of it and had it in the box for months, and then we had to find a new plumber (old one retired) and the new one did a fine job, indeed — just one little catch — it cost us $175. for about 30 minutes of his time… and WE bought the faucet which was not cheap either… Highway robbery! But I don’t think Paul could have managed that job himself… plumbing and a fancy faucet are a bit out of our league…


  4. Bravo! Rather than pay for an expensive electrician (unless it’s a major job) I have handy-dandy Andy – a neighbor who hires out for small installs and repairs. In fact he’s coming over tomorrow to replace a 3-way switch that’s flickering. I tend to be overly cautious for fear of fire. When homes burn where I live, they burn right to the ground because emergency vehicles are so far away. All of this is to say Bravo again and again!


  5. Eric Mayer says:

    Nice. Looks kind of like an old fashioned ships’s steering wheel.

    As for easy peasy…ahahahaha. The diagrams always make it look easy but somehow the real world is inconveniently different. I am no good as such chores. But you two did a great job together. You have a working light. No one went to the hospital and you are still married.


  6. Only one hour, from zero knowledge to great results, impressive! You are both “yes I can” people Bex, enjoy your beautiful new reading room!


  7. Joan says:

    Good for you and Paul working together! Hub and I hung a bunch of pictures today with only one or two curses from him.


  8. Bex says:

    No, Paul doesn’t even know how to turn ON a computer let alone read a blog, let alone mine… He has never and will never enter the E-world. He pulls lobsters out of the sea and calls it a day. Once in a while I’ll read him my blog if I think he will be interested, or some one else’s blog from time to time. He’s just from a different time and place than we are…


  9. Nina Camic says:

    Super sweet story. Brown is the new red. Seriously.
    BTW, does Paul read your blog? Just curious.


  10. sandy freel says:

    every thing in my home is brown or tan…I use color with pillows or stuff…I LOVE BROWN !!!!!!!!


  11. Bonnie says:

    Good for Paul and you for doing the research. As for your friend Sheila, throw some bright colored pillows or a throw on the chairs and that should do it. lol


  12. Bex says:

    STB Sheila????? C’mon… don’t keep us in suspense! You and your abbreviations, you slay me!

    ??”Seriously too brown” ???


  13. Sheila says:

    TLM= The Leccy Man.
    TDD=The Dynamic Duo.
    SWD=So Well Done.


  14. WendyNC says:

    Good for Paul and good for you. It’s not always easy for spouses to work on this kind of project together (mine and I can’t) but you got it done.


  15. l'empress says:

    That is special! My son and my husband replaced the one over our dining table; it took two generations of knowledge, as there was no internet then. 😎


  16. sandy freel says:

    Paul is one special guy…there are very few out there that is as kind and good hearted as he is.I got to spend some time with him when I went to England with bex…what a wonderful guy to spend time with..he always was there to make life fun for us.
    I am so happy to be able to call him a friend..yes even a best male friend.
    Great story you gave us today !!!!!!!


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