Saturday, December 16, 2017

Surgery, Coffee Table and Making Memories

Sorry I've been away for a few days. I've been running around trying to get a few things done before my surgery, which has FINALLY been scheduled for December 27th.  Two days after Christmas and on my granddaughter's birthday.  ::sigh::  But, I need to get this over with so I can get back to a normal life.

One thing I must do before surgery is go to the DMV to change my driver's license.  My medical card expires at the end of this month and the doctor who usually does my DOT physical told me that I can't get a renewal until I am finished with this worker's comp thing.  So, I have to downgrade to a regular license and then I have one year to get my commercial license back after I can pass the physical.  What a pain.  

Who knew a stupid fall could end up like this?  You just never know.  I may not go back to driving, because it's too hard on my body and very unhealthy due to lack of exercise.  You can't sit on your butt 12 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week and maintain your health.

On a happier note, I finally finished the coffee table.  I wanted to allow ample drying and curing time, so I didn't rush this project.  I love how it turned out!

Gel stain is my new favorite make-over tool.  Most people use General Finishes, but I used Minwax in the Coffee color.  It does a great job for a lot less money.

I have several projects that I plan to use this on.  One being the little corner built-in I have in the dining room and the matching end table to this coffee table. I also tried wipe on polyurethane for the first time and I love that too!  Goes on so smooth and dries evenly and streak free.  Much better than with a brush. I used two coats and the finish is so pretty.

When I first moved into this house 6 years ago, one of the first things I did was replace all of the outlets on the top and main levels.  This house was built in the early 80's and they were so worn out that whatever you plugged into them would fall out.  I decided to get started on the ones in the basement, because I turned it into a playroom and media room for the kids and I.  And none too soon.  

I was a little horrified at the condition of some of them.  This one above was the worst.  I can rest a little easier now that they've all been replaced.  They're very easy to do.  You don't need an electrician.  Just a little common sense and the right tools.  Just look at the way the old ones are wired and remember where the white, black and ground wires go and you'll be fine.  Surely it goes without saying, but just make sure you turn off the electricity first.

My little granddaughter, Zaylah, and I have begun a little nighttime ritual.  Not sure exactly how it got started, but every night, without fail, my daughter brings her upstairs for her bath.  While the tub is being filled and pajamas and supplies are being gathered, Zaylah sits on "Me-Maws" lap and we watch sing-a-long videos for children.  

After she gets her bath, she comes back in and we watch a few more while I comb her hair.  She goes off to bed easily and quietly.  I think it relaxes and calms her and that's why she sleeps so well.

I love the back of her little head.  Hahaha

So, my posting may be here and there for a little while.  I have preparations to make for convalescing and to get through Christmas.  I have a little over a week and a half.  We also have two birthdays to celebrate, so it's a busy time.  I'll try to chime in when I can.

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