Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Monday, November 9, 2009

Level Headed

The east and west side walls are complete (picture center bottom). Phew!  During this process I was reminded that my husband measures everything with a micrometer which measures in 1/1000ths of an inch (pictured on left).   
"Who's going to SEE the siding this close to the ground? Squirrels? Bugs?" I asked.   "I'll see it," he answered.  (you can click to enlarge photo)

Okay, he does not literally use a micrometer, but if the edges of the wood siding, correction, VERY HEAVY wood siding were even 1/16th off, he demand I hold the siding level.

In the kindest words my numb-with-cold lips could utter, I'd assure him, "Good night nurse! I AM holding it as level as I can while standing on my head! May I add my nose is running up my face?"     

Yeah. It wasn't pretty.

You can click on photos to enlarge.

During these times I "go to another place" in my imagination. When I was a little girl we lived in a couple of places that had push-button light switches. They're back! I'd really like to put them in the Barn House, but with decorative plates (like the oiled bronze one showed) instead of slick stainless. What do you think?


Kellie Collis said...

Push button light switches - well i never! x

Karen said...

Oh, my, what a delightful posting! I love those light "switches". Hope I can find some!!
And I am soooo crazy about things being balanced. Even the weight of colors in a picture grouping can drive me nuts it is not even.
AND finally... my mother-in-law used to say, "Good night, nurse!" Thanks for bringing that to me this morning. I think she just sent a message to me through you. ;-)
Have a great week.
Ladybug Creek

Andrea said...

Balance is always good!
Blessings, andrea

Lissa said...

push buttons? how fun!

kimsound studios said...

Some years back I went to a home in a very historical part of Atlanta. The beauty this home brought to it’s neighborhood was astonishing. Inside the old home, in each of the many bedrooms, were push buttons that seemed so futuristic in the aged décor. Push buttons have been around longer then we may realize. I like the old bronze one!

Simply Stated ~ Rebecca said...

You always leave me smiling! Great work ~ and haven't seen switches like those in years...kinda cool how things come back around.
~ Rebecca ;-)

JB Knacker said...

Thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog thus allowing me to find this wonderful place! Thoroughly enjoying reading your posts! Brenda

Rylan @ Art and Appetite said...

Those are neat! I want some on mines!

seasons of my house said...

I've never seen such switches. Nice. Thanks for your lovely comment on my Blog. Karin

jennifer said...

Bless your heart! Sounds like it has been an adventure.

I LIKE the light switches. I could just imagine trying to figure them out though. I would be confused :)

Darlene said...

It is coming right along! I've never heard of those light switches....I like it!!

Sue said...

Wow, I love this contemporary update for an old-fashioned light switch. I was always fascinated with these. Same thing with my girlfriend's used Studebaker when we were in college.It was push button gear shifting!!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I'm so glad you got the walls up. Cute story too. I remember the push button light switches too. We never did have them here, but I remember them in the homes of relatives I visited in Missouri. I loved them. I didn't know you could get them again.

ohiofarmgirl said...

Thanks for visiting my blog...and ya know...our home has the original push button switches in it too....I guess I had forgotten that they were old and odd...lol.
I love old homes with lots of character....
You story sounds like dh and myself..aways working on something. Dianntha

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Those switch plates are really cool. I hadn't seen them. My husband's the same way. We built our house and our shop and I know all about their little quirks!

Annabelle said...

Hey, Janean! (I have a cousin named Janine.) Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment. This is my first time visiting yours but I'm definitely coming back. I've never seen a light switch like that...but I like it. I love barn stars. And...gosh...I'd love to have that old pickup. I have always wanted an old pickup (that runs) painted shiny candy-apple red. Good luck with your toolshed. :)

Suz said...

Thanks for reminding me how old I am...I remember those too...Had them inour home while growing up....along with the pullchain


Thanks for visiting me :)
You sure have a huge project going and looks like it will be great when it's finished. Hubby and I have done many projects on our 1955 Rambler and know that it doesn't always go as planned :)

Adrianna said...

I think it would be fabulous! What a conversation item. My kids would sit there for at least a handful of minutes clinking the switches!