January 7, 2022

Temperature 75 Degrees

Five Minute Jobs

So let me ask, what do you see when you look at the above picture? OK, yes, this is sort of a trick question. At first glance I’m sure to most of us it looks like a wall switch. That’s what I saw at first. But oh no, it soon became one of those famous five minute jobs.

You know the ones I’m talking about. Give me five minutes and I’ll have a new switch installed. Sure.

A wall switch is usually a wall switch unless it is a wall switch in a manufactured home. Such as our home. Now in our home the switch is rather unique. It is a box with a back underneath of which you’ll find the wires pressed in place. Meaning, you can’t just run down to Home Depot and grab another switch and install it. You either have to find an exact duplicate switch which means finding a store that sells fixtures for manufactured homes. Or, you can get brave and bold and charge forth and change the switch out for the type found in most normal homes. Which means first purchasing an old work electrical box and modifying the wall opening to accept it. Next, you need to get a typical wall switch and plate and install both to the box you just put in place. See what I mean. Just give me five minutes!

Here’s another one for you. What do you see on the front of each of the drawers above? Careful how you answer. My first answer would be drawer pulls. I’m sure you answered the same. Well, normally. Just give me five minutes and I’ll have them and all the others in the kitchen changed out.

OK, all those on the cabinet doors were one, two, three. Unscrew the old from the screw holding it in place and screw the new one back on. Why should the drawers be any different? Why, I don’t know but they were. The front of the drawers were thicker, the screw was longer and it would not, I mean would not screw into the new pull. Here we go again. Now, we need to take a twenty minute ride to the Depot. Once there we needed to find the right aisle and bay. Now, screws in hand and paid for a twenty minute ride back home. Finally, I can finish putting the new pulls in place. Just give me five minutes.

So it goes at Elvira’s Roost. A switch here, a cabinet pull there, lights in the shed, the outside porch light, and so forth, and so on. So many five minute jobs. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. In a weird sort of way I’m having a lot of fun.

Thanks again for stopping by today  We always appreciate your company, and your comments and suggestions. Keep safe, keep healthy, live to the fullest the days that God gives you.

Our continuing mission remains the same: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before.


  1. All of this makes a house a home. You are putting your heart and your mind into every little detail there. It is becoming your accomplishment as well as your comfort. I am sensing not only an acceptance but also an endearment of this new place. Plus you will still travel 6 months! I think you’ve set you and Barb up for the best of both worlds! Enjoy your day!


    1. Yes, I’ve accepted our new status. And I’m beginning to really enjoy living here. It’s fun when you have the time to work on your home, in the past I never did since I worked seven days a week. And travel we will, we’re both looking forward to being back on the road beginning in April. Have a great day.

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