I intended to change our smoke detector batteries when we turned our clocks ahead for daylight savings time over a week ago.
Bought a dozen — only need 7.
I got a good deal on 9-volt alkaline batteries — 12 for $20 — at Home Depot. Then I kept hinting to Charlie to make the change.
The smoke alarm on the ceiling of our conservatory.
The alarms are hard-wired together so if one starts beeping they all do. I especially hate when that happens in the middle of the night.
This is not an overexposed photo — we had a blizzard today.
I came home from work early due to a winter storm on the second day of spring.
Firefighter Charlie on assignment.
To “celebrate” Charlie donned his firefighter helmet and changed the battery in all 7 of our smoke detectors. (If one is changed they should all be changed.)
The battery compartment pops open by pressing it.
We’re set for another year.
Have you changed your smoke detector batteries recently?
We have decided to limit our new puppy’s ability to roam the house to the conservatory and the conservatory bathroom while he is a little puppy.
The conservatory-dining room opening.
After reading dozens of product reviews I ordered a
baby gate from Amazon to block the opening between the conservatory and the dining room.
Inside the inside box was a plastic bag with a pre-constructed gate.
The large box-in-a-box was delivered by UPS.
The template shows position of the wall brackets.
First we taped templates that came with the gates to the opening.
The template shows placement of the wall brackets.
Charlie marked the screw positions with a nail then drilled pilot holes.
The brackets are securely screwed to the doorway casing.
One suggestion of the product reviews was not to use the screws that came with the gate. We used screws we had on hand instead.
We can turn the gate to encroach on either room.
The fence easily installs on the brackets and divides the rooms.
This is a sturdy metal gate with plastic brackets.
When the gate (in the center) is open it snaps back and self-closes.
Dash will be here in 2 more weeks.
Now we just need the puppy.
What are you counting down to?
I had rewired a
vintage hanging light to use in the master closet.
Painted, rewired and ready to install.
I painted it and cleaned it up. Unfortunately Charlie (ahem) broke 2 of the glass panels so I just threw it away.
This one is a 12-inch square and hangs 4.75 inches from the ceiling. $219 — Acrylic shade with Satin Nickel
I was looking through the
catalog (where we bought Shades of Light a lot of fixtures on a road trip to Richmond, Virginia) and decided to choose a ceiling fixture to replace the trashed one.
This light is a 13-inch square and hangs 5.5 inches from the ceiling. $149 — Glass shade with polished nickel.
When I checked the website I saw something similar at a better price point. Now I don’t know which one to choose.
Pros and cons?
Last year at this time we had a
few projects remaining in the conservatory bathroom. The remaining items are written in orange.
The shower glass design.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.
shower glass was installed in January, 2016. We trimmed the
sink vanity with vintage wood.
The conservatory vanity needed to be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area. The completed vanity. We used the same wood to close the
plumbing access behind the shower head near the toilet.
The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
Charlie and I built the shelves in the conservatory bathroom.
4. The plumber returned to clear gunk out of the showerhead which prevented the water from freely flowing.
This showerhead had limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.
This showerhead is now working great.
5. We added
towel bars and a robe hook.
Towel bars have been hung near the sink.
The hook is very functional.
Touch up paint that’s been nicked. We have a few spackle repairs and touch-ups. Baseboard, door, and window trim has been painted.
The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is “Seed” by Valspar.
7. Hang a
mirror over sink.
This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.
The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.
8. Hang a cabinet over toilet.
The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.
This painting hangs there now.
9. Hang photos of the
rustic wood source used for the bathroom details.
This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.
The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.
Find a rug for in front of the sink.
tile backsplash behind sink.
The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
The tile backsplash adds some dash.
Paint the door and trim.
The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.
The door has been painted “Secret” by Benjamin Moore.
Install the round window trim in the shower stall.
The bathroom before shower glass and window trim.
The window trim is in place and painted.
We’ve come a long way.
Have you bought something recently for your home?
Today we threw a Saint Patrick’s Day tea for a dozen lovely ladies.
Tea cups are ready.
We served both savory and sweet treats.
Frozen puff pastry
I saw a
puff pastry hack on YouTube and asked Sug to give it a try.
Piece of puff pastry with jelly and egg wash.
First she cut a piece of packaged puff pastry into 9 pieces. Into the center she spooned a little homemade raspberry, put a little egg wash (a beaten egg with a little water) on the edges, then followed the cutting and folding directions on YouTube.
Pastry flowers ready to be baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
We baked them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
A sprinkle of powdered sugar finishes the baked pastries.
They are really pretty and really delicious.
The dessert table.
Tiny pastries are always welcome. Thank you YouTube.
Have you tried any YouTube hacks?
Charlie and I will be heading to London this fall.
Our tickets are on British Air direct from Baltimore to Lodon’s Heathrow.
I have some ideas of what we’d like to see.
Charlie doesn’t like heights but I think I can convince him to hop aboard.
In the city we’d like to visit: the London Eye,
In 2018 the tours end on September 30th.
Hoping to catch a service, not just a tour, at Westminster Abbey.
Westminster Abbey and Saint Paul’s,
We’d like to see the Egyptian exhibit in the British Museum.
and the British Museum.
Stonehenge — morning or late afternoon?
Out of town we’re planning a day (or two) trip to Stonehenge
and Windsor Castle.
Don’t worry, pub stops will be included.
What have we missed? What is a must see? In what part of London should we plan out accommodations?