How long does it take to change a light bulb?  Normally, my answer would be 5 minutes. Today, it took 5 hours! Okay, not just to change the bulb, but to get the light working again.

When I came home Wednesday night, I flipped the light switch, the light flickered, and then it went out.  I assumed that the bulb had burnt out.  One of my to-do things today was to fix it.  As you have guessed by now, the bulb was not the problem.  So, I became an electrician and found that the switch was broken.

Why am I writing about this on a blog about Tippy?  Because, she got to go to Lowes today.  Twice!

Yeah! I get to go for a ride! It’s a great day.

On the first trip, I got the switch I thought I needed.  Tippy was a hit.  She always thinks that everyone is there just to see her….well, all of the women and kids.   She even put her front paws on the counter and gave the cashier a kiss, which she loved. She is getting better with letting men pet her without fear growling.

When I got home and started to replace the switch, it was not what I wanted.  The old one had the wires stuck in the back.  While this switch had holes for that, they were not big enough for the wires.  The switch did have screws on the side I could use, but I really wanted one like I had.  So, back to Lowes we went.

Where are we going this time?

Not sure what that look is about.  She really was excited to go.

The ladies at the return desk all loved on Tippy.  I think they may have needed it after a long day of dealing with Black Friday shoppers.  I got help this time and found out that they no longer make a switch that will accommodate the size wire I have.  Shoot!  At least I had remembered something else I needed from there, so it wasn’t a wasted trip.

We went through the same checkout line as we did the first time.  Lots of Tippy lovin’ ensued.  No wonder she likes going to Lowes so much!

That was fun. Do we get to go again?

So, 5 hours later……

We have light!

Why is it that home maintenance seems to always take longer than expected?





    1. My husband taught me how to do a lot of things. He was a great handyman and I always helped. I’ve been a Tomboy all of my life and enjoy doing things like this. I can do minor plumbing too, which is a great help.


  1. Why is it that home maintenance seems to always take longer than expected? Well if you are like me you probably have an older house that was wired to the best practice of the time it was built. Everything works perfectly – as if should. However, times and practice and equipment change and the trouble is that what was state of the art XX years ago, is no longer used now. Frinstance, modern light bulbs are screw in – mine are bayonet, so if I need to change a light bulb I have to go looking to see who still has some. It’s not too bad at the moment and I can still get them, but it is getting harder.


    1. My home is only 18 years old, but, it still seems when I go to replace something it is no longer made. Sometimes it can be frustrating. I’ll bet you do have a hard time finding the bayonet type light bulbs. If I were you, I might stock up while I could.


  2. Hi Tippy. I just saw that your mom clicked on something I liked over at Choppy’s site and loved your photo. Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I think you’re really cute and bless your biped’s sweet heart for rescuing you. Me and my hubby have been helping to rescue dogs for 28 years. Always happy to meet another kind-hearted animal lover. Paulette ❤

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    1. Thanks you for those kind words. Tippy is indeed a sweetheart and I don’t know what I would do without her. Thank you for rescuing dogs for 28 years! It’s sad that there are so many strays and unwanted animals in the world today.

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