DIY Project: Back Porch Light Fixture

NOTE:  I am NOT an electrician.  I’m sure there is an electrician somewhere on earth reading this right now and cringing.  I just like to do things myself.  If you do not feel comfortable working with electricity – don’t.


I love when I find things at yard sales or thrift stores for a great price.

I found this beauty at my local goodwill for $4.99.  In 2016.  Good grief.

See the date above the price?  Do you want to know how long it took me to change out the fixture?  Three minutes.  Or it would have taken me three minutes if the stupid mounting plate that was in the original fixture matched the new one. So in actuality, it took me twelve minutes to completely change the mounting plate and the fixture.  This is another example of my brain convincing me that “that’s going to take forever“.  Light fixtures are easy people!

Here’s what we started with.  I know.  That’s gross and disgusting and I should clean it.  There was nothing wrong with it other than the fact that it is 23 years old – I just don’t like it.

I do like this, however.  Isn’t it pretty? 

Like I said, light fixtures are easy.  First things first.  Before you begin dismantling your original light fixture, make sure that your breaker is off. Even if you know you turned off the correct breaker, test it out by trying to turn the light on. This is usually a quick way to make sure you turned off the correct breaker. However, for safety’s sake, you should still use a voltmeter to test the wires when you remove your original fixture before you touch them.

Then assess if your original fixture plate will fit the new fixture.  Mine didn’t.  To remove it, unscrew the two screws holding it to the wall.  Easy.  Screw the new plate to the wall in the exact same place and run the wires through and connect like with like.

I always connect the ground wires together first and wrap it around the ground screw.  It’s that odd greenish blue screw.

Next, connect the white wires.

Finally the black wires. Place the new fixture over the protruding screws and screw them down.

Lastly, hunt down the Deep Woods Off spray so that you can sit outside and admire your new light fixture.  Mosquitoes love me, unfortunately. 

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Grocery Shopping Trip 04.16.18

Do you see that!?!  That’s it.  I am so proud of myself.  I haven’t brought home an amount this small on a weekly grocery shopping trip in…… ever.  And you can see most of it is vegetables and fruits.  Yay!

Are the avocados in your part of the universe horrible right now?  Everywhere I’ve looked they are absolutely terrible.  At Wal-mart yesterday they had two kinds.  Rotten and rock hard green, which never ripen no matter what I do to them.  Wal-mart is also the only place I can get the plain Wholly Avocado mini cups.  Food Lion and Kroger only carry the ones that have stuff added to them, which no one at my house likes.  We eat a lot of avocados here.

I love having my upright freezer in the garage.  I told Denton that it’s the best present he’s EVER bought me.  I love it that much.  I stock up on meat and other things when I find them at rock bottom prices and I don’t have to worry if this week all of my grocery stores have ground chuck for $4.99 lb.  Because I bought it at $1.99 lb and put it away in my lovely, giant friend.

Lori, my cousin/sister/best friend (she’s all of those in my mind) said once that husbands should never buy you anything with a cord attached as a present, but I have to say I am making this an exception.  However, I also love my pressure washer…….

Anyway, here’s what we spent this week!

Wal-Mart  $91.65                Total spent for the Year:  $1,419.33

  • Got back this week:                            Got back for the year:
  • ibotta  $0.25                                            $13.45
  • Checkout 51 $0.00                                 $0.90
  • Receipt Hog  57 Coins                           328 Coins
  • Walmart Savings Catcher$0.00       $0.00

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What’s for Supper? Weekly Meal Plan 04.16.18

Wow, did it storm at your house last night?  In our area we had very, very heavy rain all evening and night.  The river is as high as I’ve ever seen it in the almost eleven years we’ve lived here.  Spring is here!  Our street looks like a movie set.  When the new neighbors up the hill moved in I don’t think whoever put in their driveway knew what they were doing.  Every time it rains it washes rocks and mud down the street.  Well, this time there is mud, rocks and boulders the size of a softball stretching over a good 200 feet of the street.

That’s your current weather update, here’s what we ate last week.


Monday – April 9

  • Hamburgers
  • Chips
  • Grapes
  • Raw onions and tomatoes

Tuesday – April 10

Wednesday – April 11

  • I have no idea.

Thursday – April 12

  • Chicken and yellow rice
  • Roasted veggies (potatoes, onions, broccoli and cauliflower)
  • Corn muffins
  • Coleslaw

Friday – April 13

  • Leftovers

 

Saturday – April 14

  • Pizza Hut and a giant salad

Sunday – April 15

  • Leftovers!

What did you eat last week?  What are you going to eat this week?  Inquiring minds want to know!

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All the Things. 04.14.18

As always, you can click on the photos to take you to items like these!

It’s finally yard sale season in my part of the universe again!  Woohoo!

You know the post I did yesterday about all the stuff that I took out of our house to the Salvation Army?  Yeah.  This isn’t that kind of post.  This is a post where I show you NEW to me stuff that I brought home with me!  Just keep in mind that I took 150 things away from our house yesterday and then count the number of things that I brought back in.

Justification.  Isn’t it great?  Here are the treasures I found.

Clothes are not my thing.  But, I do love my purses.  I constantly fall in love with a new one – all the time.  It’s a good thing I love yard sales or Denton would have to get another job to support my love of purses.  My brother told me once that he doesn’t want to wear anyone else’s name on his clothes.  I totally get that.  But, since Tommy Hilfiger trademarked my initials, I figure that I’ll let this one slide.  I found this one for $1.00.  Yay!

My love for candles is still going strong even though we have jumped on the diffuser bandwagon with the rest of the world.  Batman’s propensity to set himself on fire though has tremendously cut back on candle burning in our house.  I love these.  They are the battery powered flickering wax candles.  I really liked this pattern.  They were $2.00 for both.

Love them!

I stopped at a church yard sale where I found these little beauties.

Liv really loves stones and crystals of any kind.  I believe that these may be jade.  I am guestimating, but I think there may be a couple of hundred in this bag.

Remember when I talked about my hoard of magazines?  I showed you my copy of Uncle John’s bathroom reader.  Well, Denton comes down the hall the other day and asks me where I got that awesome book in the bathroom.  He loves it.  It’s been in our bathroom since last October and he just now noticed.  Anyway, I found this one for $0.50 and it’s going in his Christmas stocking this year.  Don’t worry, I guarantee he won’t read this, so I’m safe.Has your GPS ever gotten you lost?  Ours has.  We got off the interstate one day to have lunch and it decided to recalibrate its brain and that was that.  So.  I have decided that every single car we own will have one of these beauties.  I will always trust an atlas over a computer gadget any day.  $1.00 from our library.Dishes.  If it’s not books taking over my house it’s dishes and glassware.  I love these.  I have quite a bit of Princess House, but I don’t think that’s what these are.  I’ll have to ask Denton’s Mama.  She could curate for the Smithsonian, she is that knowledgable.  But, it doesn’t matter to me if they are real or not.   I love them.  And I will use them.  $1.20 for ALL of them!After I finished with the yard sales I stopped in my library to grab a few books and what did I find?  More beads and things.  I found YARDS of silk cording, clasps, beading needles, and all sorts of beautiful beads for me and Liv to play with.  When he added it all up it came to around $14.00, but he said since I bought so much they were giving out discounts and only charged me $10.00!  I think that we will give it about a week to see if anyone else wants to buy any of it, and then I’ll go back and buy the rest.  I never want to deprive anyone else of trying something new, so I’ll wait and see!

That’s it for our first real weekend of yard sales.  I am so pleased with what I found.  That’s the thing with yard sales, you never know what kind of treasure you will find.  Did you find anything cool at a yard sale yet this year?  I would love to hear about it!

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150 Things I NO Longer Need

I spent a couple of hours this past week gathering together things that I knew needed to go live with someone else.  Liv also had an itch to clear out some more things from her closet.  So I hauled it all down to our local Salvation Army this morning.  Where they were having a YARD SALE of all things.  It was really bizarre.  The store was open to customers, but in the back parking lot they had stuff piled everywhere and were hosting a yard sale.

If I had to take a wild stab in the dark as to WHY they were having a yard sale, it would be that the store is literally overflowing with stuff.  I’ve noticed over the past year or so that my local thrift stores have started to price their items like they think they are a retail store.  You will notice on my blog that I have actually bought very, very little from thrift stores over the past nine months.  The number one reason is that I am truly conscientious about what I bring into our home now.  I mean come on, this post is about me hauling stuff out of our house!  The pricing, however, is another deterrent.

Here is a perfect example:

Now I don’t know who has their hands on the pricing gun at my local Goodwill, but when someone can buy a brand new Garnier styling gel for $3.42 and have it shipped to their front door, I don’t know why they would pay $2.99 for one that has been partially used.  Especially when I can things like this for practically free.

Granted, I give things like this to my salvation army all the time.  If I try a shampoo or something that no one likes, I’ll take it to Vicky who runs our store and she’ll put it up front at the checkout desk with a price of about $0.25 to $0.50 on it so someone else can try it to see if their family will like it.  It freaks Denton out, but I just think it’s so wasteful to throw something like that away just because we didn’t like it.  I love to go through that box at the checkout desk because there is usually nail polish in it that someone has tried once and didn’t like.  I love finding $30.00 Chanel nail polish in the box.

Anywho, I didn’t mean for this to turn into a rant from me about thrift store prices.  On with the stuff we gave away.

Shirts that Liv decided she could live without.

More clothes that she doesn’t want to have around anymore.

I cannot believe that she gave up her Harry Potter shirts.  Or her Mortal Instruments one either, but with that one, I believe that shrinkage from the dryer was the culprit.

Dresses.  Liv hates dresses and I don’t blame her.

Poor Little Mermaid.

More hated dresses.

And, even more dresses.

I loved that canister, but it turned my brown sugar into cement.  No matter how much I love something, it has to do its job or it has to go away.

Glasses that don’t bounce do not live long at my house.  So these survivors can live out the rest of their lives with someone else.  Goodbye, beautiful butter mold.  It’s easier for me to keep my butter in the original wax paper it comes in.

Yet another food processor.  I tried to give this one to my brother, but he said no thanks, LOL.  This bread box is lovely, but my family thought it was invisible.  I would find the bread sitting in front of it every single day.  I hope someone else can figure out its true purpose.

You guys.  I am a cookbook hoarder.  Seriously.  I have at least 400 cookbooks.  And if you follow my posts about what we eat each week……well you know that I am not using them.  I gave away two today!  Yay for me. My magazine collection.  I have no problem with donating these each month when I’m done with them.

More.

And even more.

Two prints that were in the frames that I bought.  Someone will enjoy them.

Last but not least, a cheese plate that I have used for the past 15 years to hold up more plates.  Really.

Okay, that’s what I hauled away today.  Are you getting rid of things you no longer need?  I would love to hear about it!  Also, have your thrift stores lost their minds about pricing too?  Inquiring minds want to know.

 

 

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