Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A List of Un-Fun Home Improvement Projects

Or Why I Took A Breath Before Buying A Camera Today
Where in the world are those re-organized pantry pictures you might be asking yourself...

Well, to the {long} list of technology items I have broken in my life, I now must add the camera I received for Mother's Day. It may be mere coincidence, but the day I figured out how to change the white balance in the camera so my pics wouldn't have that warm orange glow was also the day it stopped working.  :(  

I trundled off to the office supply store at lunchtime today to buy a new memory card to use either with my old camera or the one lent to me by a friend. Somewhere between here & there, though, I decided that this. is. it! I am buying a DSLR camera today! Not only would it be fun for making before & after photos here on Cosy Carolina, but I could use it at work (we have an event next week) and for family pictures at home. I have the money in the bank so there's no fear of ending up in credit card debt. The list of rationalizations went on and on...

But I also started thinking about home, about who I am accountable to now, and all the things we want to do:
  • The drain field we have to fix in the spring. 
  • All the different elements of refinishing a basement, and the expenses, even with most of it DIY. 
  • Central air conditioning since the current temp of 17 degrees will be a fond memory in the dog days of summer. 
  • Paint for the entire interior (and maybe someone else to do it).
  • The minimum three-months living expenses I want to save to ensure that if I ever lose my job we don't lose the house. 

So I took a breath. I put the camera down and walked away. Albeit with a fairly heavy duty pencil sharpener and these wall-pockets for organizing school papers. Someday I will blog about our home office/homework station. Someday...

The good news??? The pantry is not only organized but staying organized and functioning great!!! It really was worth it. I honestly can't wait to reveal the details!

Since I don't have any awesome pictures for you (yet!), here is a crazy coincidence I found on One Kings Lane today.

The Art Nouveau mirror on the left is EXACTLY like the one that had been my grandmother's when she was growing up. I am guessing our version must be from the late 1920s or early 1930s. ?? You can see it in a variety of places around our house in the two photos on the right. 

I'm in such shock to see it for sale that I haven't decided how I feel about its comeback. What do you think? Has this ever happened to you with a beloved antique?


  1. You have some really expensive things on your list. Our central air was a small fortune. Good luck.

    1. So true, Linda. I'm hoping the a/c won't be too pricey since the house is a newer-build, and I think all the duct work is there. But it might be smarter for me to get some estimates before I make any splurge purchases, even the good camera kind.

  2. Another essential aspect of home improvement should be to improve the safety of your house. This means installing up to date fire or crook systems, adding precautionary features, and building a surprise cellar or other protecting areas in case of natural disasters.
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