January is typically cold in the northern hemisphere…maybe that’s why this is a slow news week, historically speaking. Throughout the ages, people were busy just trying to stay warm in late January….fuggetabout having any epiphanies.
But there are a few dates worth noting. For one, Coca-Cola was incorporated on this day in 1892. And in 1939, Jeff Smith was born. I loved watching the Frugal Gourmet on PBS when our boys were young – before HGTV and all the other reality shows were even a twinkle in anyone’s eye. (We also watched Justin Wilson and This Old House most Saturday mornings. Those were the days.)
On January 24, 1950, P.L. Spencer received a patent for a microwave. I remember our first microwave in the late 1970s or early 1980s. It was as big as a real oven, and we had a lot of fun figuring out what it could and couldn’t do with it. (We quickly discovered that it could soften chocolate chips without melting them. We also discovered it could burn chocolate chips.)
Speaking of chocolate, January 27 is national chocolate day. Of course, around here, ANY day is chocolate day if we want it to be. Why wait for one day a year to celebrate it?
And on January 27, 1880, Thomas Alva Edison patented the electric incandescent lamp.
I know I said – just yesterday – that my only two projects are focused on sprucing up the master closets and kitchen base cabinets…and they are. But I did talk Mr. Official into bringing home this new light fixture for the kitchen last weekend. (We haven’t yet decided if it will go over the bar or the table but both builder-grade lights are going to be swapped out for something with a little more pizzazz and panache.)
We have Pottery Barn to thank for this canning-jar-turned-light trend…they started it with fixtures like these several years ago. Pinterest is full of examples of people DIY-ing these fixtures, but I know my limits, and electrical engineering is definitely beyond my limits. So this fixture (from Lowe’s if you’re interested) fits my bill perfectly and I’m pretty sure between the two of us we can install a couple new fixtures out-of-the-box.