Cindy's Country Mix

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What’s New?

What’s new?  Well, I finally added the curtain in the laundry room.  I made it to hide the ugly faucets and drain.  I picked a cheerful pattern of fabric from my local Hobby Lobby.  Don’t you LOVE that store?

Here is how it looks now.

Laundry valance curtain

I also hung the small bulletin board on the wall.  That’s where we keep our name tags and visitor tags.  It keeps them handy to grab on our way out the door.  We live in a gated community and they like us to wear them when in the community club house or other community areas. We have a lot of visitor tags, because we have a lot of grandchildren!  They feel special when they wear them over to play tennis with us.

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New Mailbox

I wrote this post on February 27th.  And just today noticed that it never posted.  It was still in the ‘drafts’ folder.  So, better late than never!  🙂

This was the mailbox at our new home.  It looks fine from the outside.  On the inside the bottom was loose and didn’t sit in the mailbox straight.  You could lift the bottom and expose a hole into the brick pillar.

mailbox replacementWhile at the hardware store, we picked out a new, simple mailbox of a larger size.   My husband removed the old one. Now you can actually see the hole in the brick pillar.

mailbox replacementThese are the two mailboxes, side by side.  From past experience, we have decided that a larger mailbox works better for most mail.

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The larger mailbox looks better on the brick pillar, also.

mailbox replacement

We think, possibly, a past owner had the mailman drop the mail under the false bottom in the mailbox, perhaps while on vacation.  Then, when they returned, they got their mail out of the pillar in the door hidden on the back side.

secret doorAs a child, I would have loved that hidden compartment.  Maybe I still do!

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Game Table Cover

Canned lights are complete and working!

canned lights

On our screened porch we have an air hockey table that the grandkids all love.  Being on a screened porch can be dangerous to the table.  Rain blowing could potentially damage it.  So, I went to Walmart and bought an inexpensive fleece backed vinyl table cloth and threw it over it.  The wind just blew it right off!  I put cute little birdy tablecloth weights on the corners.  They weren’t much help. Plus, my husband said, even with a cover, water would just pool on the top of it if it rained in hard enough.

After a trip to Home Depot for a sheet of styrofoam insulation, my husband cut it to just the right size for the table.

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See how it fits nicely?

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Then I laid the tablecloth upside down on the table and measured where to sew on elastic. You can see the marks I made with a black marker.

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I proceeded to stretch and sew the elastic onto the tablecloth.  It’s really simple.  You just pull the elastic taught while sewing it on.  It causes the fabric to gather.

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Now, the tablecloth is more form fitting and perhaps the wind will not be able to blow it off so easily.  I hope not anyway.

game table cover

What’s next?  A past due mailbox post!

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Canned Lights

While we are waiting for the very busy man to come and re-level our home, we are doing things that won’t be affected by that process.  He told us re-leveling could cause the new drywall patches to crack, so we are not doing anymore on the walls.

When we bought the home, these were the lights that illuminated the kitchen. You can see part of them in this photo of the fan that we removed. The lights were fluorescent lights in wooden boxes.  We removed them.  Remember, in January, I posted how they just about fell off of the ceiling?

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This is how it has looked for the past couple of months.  My husband had started to prepare the holes for track lighting, but we changed our minds (we have two of them to change).  We thought canned lights might work better.

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He made short work of the job, even adding a third canned light.  Today the last 4 rooms of ceiling are being painted, then the lighting can be completed.

canned lights

I am planning on finding something unique to replace the one single light above the sink.  I haven’t found the right one, yet.

You can see the vent with insulation stuffed into it.  There is one in each room and they are left from when the home was cooled by evaporative coolers on the roof. Now there is a refrigeration unit in the backyard and the cooling comes through floor vents.  We are leaving the ducting and vents, because you just never know.  If we ever installed gas packs on the roof, the ducting could be used.

On another note, my son just sent this picture to us.  It is a 360 degree view series that he took from the roof of the home we just moved from.  Yes, I do miss that view!

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