Bob & Ellen's Excellent Adventure

Black Sheep Tower House


September 25, 2021 We’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and finally the real work is beginning! Brian the electrician has begun work on wiring the main house. Brian has been working with Scott for a long time, and comes highly recommended – he did amazing work on the properties Scott showed us earlier in the year. He’s a talkative kind of guy, which can be good when you don’t exactly know what you want, haha. That’s us!

We did not have a “lighting plan” from our architect, mostly because all those months ago, none of us could really even imagine living in the house…. Now that things are more cleaned and organized, it is a lot easier to walk the rooms and say, yes, the light switch should go there, and we need outlets over here. So, every morning Brian and I would go to the room or section he wanted to work on, and discuss the options. This is probably not how normal people approach this, but this house is not normal! After some challenging questions cropped up (how to light the 3 story high main room, for one), Brian recommended I talk to Cindy at Rockingham Electric, since she was a magician at lighting unique spaces. It turns out that Cindy has the best ever reputation, and has a waiting list of multi-million dollar homes and amazing commercial spaces…. but Brian convinced her that she NEEDED to do our house, because it was so cool. (I think people imagine that someday our house will be featured in a magazine like NH Homes or better yet Architectural Digest…) So, Cindy did come over (normally she just looks at people’s plans, but made an exception for us), and she thankfully liked us enough to fit us into her busy schedule. So now we have a Lighting Designer! 🙂 🙂

I dropped by Rockingham Electric to take a look at some catalogues and see their displays, and came away completely overwhelmed at the millions of choices available… and with a new appreciation of the work ahead. I know this makes me sound like an idiot, but thus far I hadn’t thought about exactly how many lights there are in a big house – exterior, interior, sconces, pendants, chandeliers, cans, strip lighting, under cabinet lighting, stair lights… After an hour, my brain was full. After two hours, my eyes were glazed over. I thanked Cindy and said I’d be back…

It is pumpkin time! Hard to believe that this is the second year for pumpkins on the wall. Tecce’s Farm, just a few miles away, has the best pumpkins, and I have fun picking out my favorites. Bob and I used to take Sydney out in the fields to select our pumpkins, but this year it is just me and the farm wagon. 🙂 Couldn’t resist the photo of the happy, brave chipmunk (yes, he is cute but he needs to GO AWAY).

A few photos for fun – the tower must glow orange for the season, and I am enjoying the lovely weather, driving Shirley out and about. Don’t you think one of those stars might look good in the tower? Now, for your periodic dose of adorable grandchild. I never thought I would be one of THOSE grandmothers who show grand baby photos to EVERYONE…. But, pigs will fly, and here they are! 🙂

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