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Saturday, November 03, 2012

All my exploding water excitement occurred just before Sandy touched down and was totally unconnected to it. Toronto was largely spared. We had some strong winds. A young woman though lost her life around 5pm when a sign in the parking lot of a mall fell on her. Such a shock to everyone when it came across the news. There was an explosion around 2am on Queen West at the Roots Store - it was totaled by fire within the hour (not sure if it was storm connected) and a car was crushed on Front Street by falling debris at around the same time. Lots of trees were uprooted. I had a hard time getting to sleep. Schools were not closed and so I limped into work quite exhausted but had a surprisingly good day (started with a smoothie).

My friend came over two days before the storm to help me sort out the exploding toilet pipe. I ordered pizza and she arrived a minute before the delivery. She ran upstairs and by the time I had set the table, she was sitting smugly at the end of table saying the pipe was fixed. It took her under ten minutes.
What an enormous relief!

My friend is renovating her home and I asked her if she would like the chandelier back that she had given me a decade ago because I was thinking of getting another one and she said yes. So, earlier in the day, I ran off to West Elm to pick up a chandelier I had seen in their catalog. I decided to take a look in the Sale Section of the store because I'd seen another blogger mention they always took advantage of this. I was really in for a treat. The light I had wanted to get when I first moved in was there and BONUS it was on sale. We spent about an hour and a half getting hers down and my new one up but I think both of us were very happy at the end of the evening.

I think I might cover this light with some wrinkly ivory Japanese paper because the yellow colour doesn't really go with the ivory in the room AND it means I can make a frame and cover the florescent light in the kitchen to match. Both rooms are connected and I think it will look good.

It has taken a long time but things are falling into place. Slow & Steady!

I hope everyone is ok after Hurricane Sandy. So many people have lost so much. I am grateful for what I have and my heart goes out to those whose lives have been negatively impacted by it. Thoughts are with you.
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    It's so nice to have friends who are willing to share their skills and help you through things like exploding toilet pipes! We have such a friend (also female) who helped us numerous times in repairs to the house. She knew way more "fix-it" stuff than her husband did! Sounds like the chandelier change worked out even better than you could have imagined - wonderful for both of you!! I'm glad that you didn't have any damage from the hurricane; we just had one day of rain, which wasn't much different than most other days in FL, so I'm extremely thankful. I hope you have a great week!
    2055 days ago
    I'm glad you're safe and sound and that you got a bargain chandelier!
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    2056 days ago
    And that is something to celebrate as I am assuming you were in direct line of the storm. Am I right? I know a few people who got theirs on late yesterday. I hope all is well and your house isn't sideways like the picture!

    Or are you Alice in Wonderland where everything is sideways in your world... I have woken up there a time or two! LOL!
    2056 days ago
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