Monday, December 14, 2015

Holiday Cards

So I've been prepping our Christmas gifts to Swe-cha's teachers this year and I hit a snag - I ran out of "Holiday" cards. All I could find are "Christmas" cards and now I'm bummed because I so wanted to get all these done by tonight and send them off to school by tomorrow.

Kainis how everybody is so careful these days because we're all afraid to offend other people but I think if one were to greet me for a holiday that I don't observe, edi dedma! Why would I be offended?
Lalo na kung may gift diba ?

I am so tempted to just send these gift cards out enclosed in CHRISTMAS cards and a note that says to please send the gift cards back if they don't celebrate Christmas.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

LED lights

We had around 50 people over at our house last weekend, we hosted this year's Christmas party for our group (this will be a separate post, if I feel the urge to do so). Ang saya rin. This was the first time that most people have been to our home so maraming questions.

The most frequently asked question was "anong pinagawa nyo dito sa bahay ?" and our answer was "painted the living area lang, everything else came like that already"

Now that we've gotten a chance to take a breath and think about it, hindi lang pala yun. One of the most significant updates we did was the lighting. Hindi lang obvious because you don't normally look up. The recessed lighting (can lights) were already there, we just replaced the bulbs and the switches since the old dimmers didn't work with LED lights.

Check out the picture on the left, see all those bulbs that aren't in boxes? Lahat yan pinalit namin and all those came from the living areas - imagine how bright it can be when all the lights are turned on! We love it :-)

These BR-40 bulbs which are 100 watts each. Someone remarked "ha ? that's like a whole refrigerator and freezer!". Yep. Those first few weeks at home when we still had these floodlights installed ? I kept following my boys so I could turn off the lights after them, iwan kasi nang iwan ng ilaw, they are so not conscious about the electricity! Actually, even now that we have LED lights and have a solar power source, conscious pa rin ako about turning off lights in rooms which are unused but it's not heart-attack inducing na.

The bulbs in boxes are spare bulbs which the previous owner kindly left for us.

I've been trying to give them away, I posted them on freecycle a few weeks ago and I finally got some takers today. We're giving away all the BR-40 bulbs, yung mga PAR-20 & PAR-30 bulbs and candelabras, we'll keep in the meantime since we may have some use for them.

As I write this post, I see a car stop in front and pick up the bulbs, ayan 15 have been picked up na.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Tambour Door

See that picture ?

That, my friends, is a Tambour Door.

For the longest time, we just called this a plain ol' roll-up door. Sometimes, we call it the appliance garage roll-up thingie.

Anyway, we have two of these corner appliance garages in our kitchen. One of them was broken when we moved in and we never made any effort to fix it. The end that's attached to the dowel has become detached so when the door is open, the rest of the door dangles in the back.

Tonight, I found hubby trying to fix it when I got home.  (Finally!)

Being a typical man, he went about it in brute force fashion. Kung ano ano ginagawa nya trying to attach it back.

In typical me-fashion, I decided to consult my friends Google and YouTube. We learned a couple of new things today.

(1) The proper name for this is a Tambour Door.

(2) We learned how to attach it correctly. If we hadn't found instructions nor watched the installation video we found in YouTube, there was no way that we can ever guess how to install it - we'd give up in frustration first!

(3) Since we're fixing a door that's already attached, we needed 4 hands :)

As we were testing our fix by rolling the tambour door up and down, hubby kept muttering "2 years!" under his breath.

When we were satisfied (and ecstatic) that everything was working great, he gleefully exclaimed one more time, "TWO YEARS!".

Yes, we ignored this for 2 years. Kaya naman namin, we just have to put our minds to it.