Monday, 12 February 2018

New lamps!

My bedside reading lamp died, JB's is fine. These lamps belonged to my parents. They may have had them for many years, but, for sure, they put them in their new home in 1991, when they sold their Toronto house and moved to Bala. We shall never know! The lamps don't owe us anything.
I found the lamp in a photo. Mom and Dad, and their precious dog Sabre, in Bala. This was 2002, before they both got sick. Mom had cancer surgery in 2002. Dad had a brain tumour in 2003.
There is the old lamp on the table!
I took a photo of our bedroom wall, as I thought it would be useful if we ended up driving around seeking lamps...

Then,  I went online to figure out what I could do with our décor and realized that a wall mount lamp would give us more space on the top of the bedside table. 
This caught my fancy. It was available from an American company, but they have a .ca website. That is a good sign, what with TRUMP ripping apart NAFTA, and charging tariffs to Canadians trying to sell things in the US. <rant> He calls it a 'trade deficit', but all that means is the we aren't buying as much as we are selling to the US. We have 36 million people to his 323 million. duH</rant>

We settled on this one.

On the lamp website you upload a photo and can insert the lamps into your photo of the room. Happily, I'd taken the photo above, and I uploaded that. I showed it to hubby, and he liked it. This is a screen shot. You can change the size of the lamp, then duplicate it and insert it again! Voilà!

I did a bit more research on the company, and they've been in business in California since 1976. 
There was free shipping on an order of this size. The order was estimated to take 3 - 7 days. I ordered them Jan. 28th, Sunday.
By Feb. 2nd, they had arrived in Detroit.

Then, Monday, Feb. 5th, it was in Windsor.

One box arrived on Tuesday, Feb. 6th. I told Kevin, our UPS guy, that I was sorta surprised! 
Wednesday I was plain worried, but it was a big storm on Wednesday! He usually delivers come hell or high water! I gave him one of my calendars for a Happy New Year. He's a nice young man.
 (We happened to be at the same traffic light one day!)
The second box, with lamp #2, was delayed with the storm. 

Happily, after the snow day, Kevin brought the 2nd lamp. WHEW!
They were really well-packed. Good thing, as one box had a dent in it, but the styrofoam absorbed the impact of whatever happened!

Since then, these ads have popped up everywhere! Google is watching!

The kids came to visit this weekend. Caitlin helped me hang the lamps. Jean-Luc was cooking dinner (duck)! Izzy came in at the end for the final touches. It turns out that the lamps' on/off switches are dimmers, and JB had actually bought dimmer bulbs, as a fluke. 
The painting is by Ivan. He paints right over the frame! It is in Lucerne, France.

Daisy babysat the babies. I don't know if she was reacting to her guests in her bed, or me taking a photo! She's learned to anticipate and loathe the flash.

Caitlin went to Taipei [My daughter took a trip...], I haven't seen her since her trip. She brought us souvenirs! JB, some authentic tea. For me, a lovely necklace, earrings, and coaster from an artisans' shop: A & C Cat.


Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
At first I thought that would be an expensive option as they would need to be 'plumbed' into the electrics - but I see they have cords and must, therefore, be plug-ins like standard table lamps. Very neat!!! YAM xx

Nancy J said...

Dimmers, swivels, perfect. Love the gifts too, what a wonderful visit for you all.And great timing, as assistants are always so welcome, Down here, Grandson fitted 2 new smoke alarms, he didn't even need a chair or ladder,I come to his shoulders now!!!

Christine said...

hope you are happy with the lamp, great the kids came to visit.

Anvilcloud said...

People bringing back souvenirs for others from their trips is an odd custom, but we all do it. I guess it's a way of saying that I thought of while I was away.

William Kendall said...

Daisy seems to take everything in stride.

My bedside lamp behaves itself, fortunately.

Olga Hebert said...

Hope your new lamp lasts a long, long time. How nice to have the traverler for a visit.

Nora said...

the lamps look lovely! Very fancy! Thanks so much for your comments on my blog. You have some lovely photos here on your whole blog, I love the deer.

Red said...

Shopping can be very different these days.

Kay said...

I love the lamps. I especially love the fact that they don't take any room on the bedside tables.

Powell River Books said...

I find I need more light to read these days. May be a sign my vision isn't what it used to be. - Margy