Let There Be Light

Last week, Cuz told me she’d come today to try to find out what was wrong with the kitchen light that caused only one of the two fixtures to come on. I’d gotten up at almost 8:30 (late again) but still wasn’t dressed when she came in. My quiet time was over, I’d had breakfast and I was fixing my daily cup of Dandy Blend when she arrived.

She was carrying two fluorescent tubes and proceeded to take the others out to check the wiring and ballast. Then she set to, to swap them out. As soon as she did that, they lit up. It was the tubes that needed replacing all along.

Then it was to the other fixture. She took the tubes out and examined the innards in that fixture. The ballast has evidently been leaking so it needs to be replaced. She put the tubes back and the lights came on. They’re full spectrum and the others aren’t so the light is different. We’ll see what happens in the morning when they’ve been off all night.

Her construction partner came in and gave his opinion. They both agreed that a new ballast could cost as much as a whole new fixture. I like the arrangement of the lights as they are so I’m not anxious to change them. I looked up both ballasts and fixtures on lowes.com and the former is anywhere from $15-30. New fixtures are more than $60 to the-sky’s-the-limit. We’ll check in person the next time we’re in town.

She grabbed the vacuum and gave the living room the once-over plus she swept the kitchen. I’d swept it but she came up with more. I hadn’t been able to bend down to use the dustpan so she took care of that and put the sweepings in the trash.

DD called after they’d left and we talked for barely more than half an hour. She’s puny and spent a lot of the conversation coughing, sneezing and blowing her nose. They’d been to merm’s yesterday and she said she really hadn’t felt up to it. I encouraged her to go to bed and I think that was where she planned to head after we hung up.

Before I went to start my supper, I checked Facebook. Kimberly had left me another message and asked me to call Genese. Seems she had a subscription she needed canceled because it required the Internet to be able to use it. Since she doesn’t have Internet, she couldn’t cancel it. I called her and got the info, took care of it and hung up from our conversation more than an hour later. Genese is really torn up about this turn of events. Being online distracted her from her pain, somewhat, and now not having it plus the tension is making it almost unbearable. I have asked for prayer from my online family and I’d appreciate anyone reading this to join with us.

One of Genese’s Facebook friends is sending her a mobile hotspot but she’ll need a data plan to go with it. Unless she has help from another source, I don’t know how she could afford it.

Cuz came back at about dark-thirty and sat down for a visit. She remembered she’d had a strange voice mail the other day. It was the doctor’s office calling her phone to remind me of an appointment. She’s down as someone they can contact with medical info, etc., but why I wasn’t called is beyond me. Maybe they think she is my caregiver and they might be right.

Today was my younger granddaughter’s 14th birthday. She’s impossible to buy for since she gets just about anything she wants and what she doesn’t I can’t afford. I sent her an Amazon gift card.

I mustn’t be up as late tonight as I was last night. No telling how long I’ll sleep in the morning without the light shining in my eyes. It’s going to be strange with it turned off.

6 Responses to Let There Be Light

  1. Mary Jane October 19, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    What a blessing that you have someone who can do all these things for you! And that you can do things for other people. Paying forward!

    • Tommie October 19, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      I don’t feel like I do anything for anyone else.

  2. Lila October 19, 2015 at 8:06 am #

    So sorry about Genese! Even those of us who are not disabled would want to be without our computers!

    • Tommie October 19, 2015 at 9:39 am #

      I know. It’s inhumane.

  3. Lila October 19, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    Have you thought of setting up a Gofundme, or whatever it’s called, for her benefit?

    • Tommie October 19, 2015 at 9:41 am #

      It’s tricky when disability is involved. I have thought about it. Will have to mull it over some more.

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