Lighting! Fancy! Happy!

Beltane Greetings to the pagan pals! Labor Day/May Day greetings to the socialist/communist buddies and family! I’m boycotting whatever I’m supposed to boycott, which is easy, since I don’t really buy stuff now.

This is what a maypole looks like when you’re finished with the dance. I miss our old church maypole. Photo by @comeilmare via Twenty20.

Ooh, yesterday did not start off at all well. I had a great deal of trouble keeping my cool in a meeting at work. I have a lot of issues with people who “mansplain” and treat me like I’m stupid, and talk right over me. I’m really glad I had witnesses so it won’t be made out that I pitched a hysterical woman fit or something.

Then I broke one of the crystals for my new chandelier. And my foot has not stopped hurting. Oh woe is me, but WAIT. There’s LIGHTING over at the Pope Residence!

Speaking of lighting, Chris painted the giant chandelier in the main office white. It looks like coral to me.

Yep, the Taylor Electric folks came over and got to work installing all the lighting at our new offices. Interesting note: the owner grew up at the Rattlesnake House, back when it was a really cool family home. His dad is doing well, now, and lives near the ranch.

It’s hard to know where to start, but I’m going to say how happy I am with how my office chandelier came out (I won’t add the bling until the floors are done).

A couple of the fixtures didn’t work out so well. We broke one of the shades in the main bathroom, but Chris is gonna get a new one. And we definitely had the WRONG Edison bulbs, so they will get returned. And, while we had carefully arranged the recycled white fixtures in the stairwell to where they lined up evenly, though they hang from a sloped ceiling, they were put in backwards at first. They got fixed, and the upstairs sconce got raised up.

Other stuff looks great. Lee’s and Kathleen’s office fixtures are really perfect in their respective spots. Lee’s shows up really nicely against his shiplap wall, and Kathleen’s little wagon wheels are just what she wanted: something decorative but not too bright (she doesn’t like overhead lighting).

The fixtures in my bathroom are 50/50. My blingy one is cute, but the one for above the vanity I wonder about. I’m glad the white hunk of wood sort of disappears into the trim, and we do need different light bulbs.

Looking out of the bathroom to my office.

The BEST as far as I am concerned, though, are the hallway lights. Wow, they make the place look FANCY. They don’t make the ceiling too blinding, either. Wow. And they do show up through the stained glass at the front door.

A parade of beautiful hallway lights.

My favorite, though, is the lamp in the hallway leading into Lee’s office. I love how it looks against the transom (which WILL get cleaned when we’re done).

BJ admires my favorite light fixture area.

Now Chris is off to complete the trim in the remaining two offices and put in all the miles of crown molding. Plumbers should come soon, and we’ll have sinks and toilets! And then, the floors. Lots to look forward to. This would help anyone cheer up, right?

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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