Let There Be Light!

My dearest husband is, among other things, a licensed electrician.  We own an electrical contracting company.  And, if I do say so myself,  he’s the best around.  My older son, who works with him, is right behind him in skills.  They’re both very neat and make sure everything works perfectly and is the best it can be.  They can go into a house and do a job, and no one would know they were there until they tried the new device, or whatever it was that the Quality Electric guys did.  This amazes me, because they can walk through any room of my house and leave destruction in their wake.  But that’s another story.

There are good things and bad things about being married to an electrician.  I know that our house is very safe as far as the wiring goes.  And we sometimes have the coolest gadgets around.  But, like the shoemaker who has barefoot children, after you’ve been electrifying all day, you just don’t want to do more when you come home.  So our house is, um…on the dark side.  I want a light over my piano – smack dab over the keyboard.  But my electrical advisor says it would look stupid.  I don’t really care.  I just want to see.  Our kitchen had a light over the sink when we moved in.  It turned on every time the main light came on and my electrical advisor didn’t like that either.  So he disconnected the sink light.  Now we’re lucky if the dishes are clean, because it’s very difficult to wash dishes in the dark.

We also put in all new devices (i.e. switches and plugs) when we moved to this house 25 years ago.  Previous owners had painted over the old ones, and that drives the man crazy, so he changed them.  Unfortunately, he ran out of cover plates, so there are several switches in the house that don’t have plates over them.  My mother swears one day she’ll get electrocuted.  I told her, “Just turn the light on or off.  Don’t stick your finger in the hole.”  After 25 years, I’m kind of used to it.

More recently, my dearest had to turn off the kitchen light “5 times in one day.”  I don’t think that’s excessive.  I’ll often go into the kitchen and start cooking, then work on my laptop at the dining room table while the food is cooking.  I’m not in the kitchen, but I’m cooking, so I leave the light on.  The mister doesn’t like that.  (I refrained from pointing out the number of times I’ve turned off the family room television after he’s left the room for an extended period of time.  He’s responsible for the electric bill, so if he wants to pay for unwatched TV, that’s his choice.)  So yesterday, he had Jon put a motion sensor light in the kitchen.  If you take two steps into the room, the light comes on.  Sometimes I don’t need the light on.  If I’m just getting something out of the fridge, or grabbing a cup of coffee, there’s enough light from the dining room to see what I’m doing.  But now I have a light.

Here’s the down side.  It takes 10 minutes for the light to turn off after you leave the room.  That’s 10 minutes the light wouldn’t be on if it was on a normal switch.  And if you’re in the kitchen and aren’t moving a lot – like if you’re eating breakfast, not dancing around – the light goes out in about 1 minute.  I haven’t figured out how it knows when I’ve left the room and it should turn off in 10 minutes, and when I’m just standing there so it turns off in 1.  I have to wave my hand like “Stonewall” Jackson or develop some other twitch so I’m not standing in the dark with my toast.  It’s very annoying, and so far, the only person who likes the light is Mike.  Hopefully when we get the next electric bill, there either won’t be a significant difference so we can go back to normal, or it will be such a huge change that we’ll all love the extra money we saved.  And the three of us who are resistant to change will get used to it.

This has nothing to do with light or electricity, except that my stamp room has lots of light and it’s my happy place!

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Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral; Ink:  Jet Black StazOn; Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo stampin’ write markers; Distressing Essentials kit – blue distressing ink; Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight card stock; Watercolor paper; Patterns designer series paper – brights; Other:  Regal Rose 1/4″ taffeta ribbon, Adorning Accents edgelits, Manhattan Flower embossing folder, 2-way glue pen, Galaxy glitter stack, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, brads – Brights, stampin’ dimensionals, paper piercing tool, mat pack, Vanilla Shimmer smooch spritz

This design was a sketch challenge this week, and the technique on the flowers was my take on a technique tutorial on splitcoaststampers.com.  I stamped the flowers in stazon, then streaked the petals with markers.  Then, I used the blue distressing ink from the Distressing Essentials kit and smeared ink all over the flower.  I spritzed it with water (the more water you use, the more your flower shows up), then cut it out when it was dry.  Finally, I spritzed it with smooch spritz, but it blotched a little more than I wanted.  For the most part, though, I really like it.  It’s very shimmery and sparkly!

Thanks for stopping by.  In case you were wondering – the mister and I have a wonderful relationship, and I love and respect him very much.  But for over 20 years, I was on the receiving end of a lot of his “sermon stories,” so now it’s my turn to get even.  And after 30 years, I have to say if I had to choose all over again, I’d choose him – even knowing all I know now.  Have a great day!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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3 Responses to Let There Be Light!

  1. Sandy says:

    Tee, hee. Love your story about the motion sensor in the kitchen. Wonder if the bathroom is next! (ROFLOL!!) I understand only too well. Having said that, I know both you and Mike very well, and I know he is a keeper, to say the least. Oh, and by the way, love your card. ha ha ha ha……….

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  2. Luralyn says:

    Oh, Buffy! Once again we are on the same path! I can soooo identify with your “married to the electrician” stories! My husband of 31 years is a carpenter and general contractor in a very small company (he and his partner), and I, too have unfinished projects around the house. The ones that bug me the most are the baseboards that have never been replaced after the new flooring got installed (after 10 years of waiting for it to become a priority for him) — not all the baseboards, just the ones where we ran out before it all got replaced! And the missing trim around the “new” bay window that they removed from someone else’s home remodel and installed at our house about 15 years ago!!

    He, too, installed a motion sensor light–in our bathroom, after many lectures to me about leaving the light on! Well, you can imagine, if I sit too still for very long in there, the light goes out, and sometimes if I “wave” too quickly after it blinks out, it gets confused and doesn’t want to turn back on again, so I have to sit patiently in the dark for a short spell before waving the light back on! Not to mention being SURE to turn the light ON before getting in the shower, haha! And we have no window in there, so it gets awfully dark. Well, I AM grateful for the things he does take care of around the house, saving us money, just wish our priorities were more often in line!! Keep your funny stories coming. Your stamping sister and sometime twin separated since birth! Luralyn of Lexington (KY)

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    • buffycooper says:

      This was so funny. I was laughing so hard, I had to read it out loud to my husband (of almost 30 years; we really are twins!!). If he goes near the bathroom with a motion detector light, I’m going to duct tape his hands to his sides!

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