From the Top!
Back when we were replacing our ceiling, new renovation-related lyrics for “My Favorite Things” popped into my head. Today WordPress posted a lyric writing challenge, even using that song as the example, so here’s my response.
Nail guns and glue guns
And cordless screwdrivers
Paint chips and tin snips
I build like MacGyver
Lock nuts and hex nuts and nuts that have wings –
These are a few of my favorite things.
Wood clamps and work lamps,
Two-by’s and zip ties
And sturdy work benches.
Paint that will cover with no need to prime –
These are the things that I use all the time.
When the floor sags,
When the pipe breaks,
When the deck looks bad,
I simply run out to my local box store,
And buy lots of bead board and sliding glass doors,
And then I don’t feel
Contractor trash bags
And needle-nosed pliers,
Boraxo and shop rags,
And electrical wires,
Lasers, stud-finders and all of that stuff –
These are the things that I can’t get enough!
When the roof leaks,
When the paint peels,
When termites eat the wood,
I go back again to my local box store
And buy lots of plywood and tiles for the floor –
And then I’ll need faucets and boxes of nails,
And look! All the granite has just gone on sale!
And even the store clerk can’t believe the amount
As little by little I drain my account –
And then my house looks
BROOLYANT !!! [grin]
This is amazing–I like it MUCH better than the original!
The original provided a good foundation to build on. 🙂
I used to sing along to the Lennon Sisters version back when I was growing up – and I had no idea what a “schnitzel” was!
This is brilliant! What a clever take on “My favorite things.”
Thank you so much! I had fun coming up with it. I was only sad that I couldn’t work in “subway tiles” and “liquid nails.”
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Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.
Thank you, I am very happy about it! And more than a little surprised….
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Love it. Great way to lighten up home repairs.
You have my permission to sing it at will – maybe it will cause your home repair partner to say, “Enough! You go on, I’ll take care of this myself.” That’s what I am always hoping for. 🙂
Great! thank you!
Amazing how DIY can drain the account! I’m a big fan of nail gun, they fix so much. Good post!
Yeah, it’s depressing – you have to just focus on how much more it would have been if you had hired professionals!
Our house was built by my husband’s parents before the use of nail guns and such – I am always in awe of how much they accomplished the old-fashioned way, and how much easier our job is now thanks to power tools. 🙂
I wish we could all still do the ‘old fashioned’ way of making things! These old methods really stood the test of time! But then I guess they are time consuming and I love the instant fix of glue guns 😉 Job done!
I do a lot of things that people consider old-fashioned, like weaving and quilting – but I bet if I really had lived in the olden days, it would have taken me so long to do the things I needed to do to survive, that I wouldn’t have gotten much else done. I am always in awe of what people accomplished back then!
Totally. And also the quality of their work, when I find some old needlepoint work in museums it is usually perfect! I’m sure your quilting is fab.
Love this version more than the original!
Thanks! I had so much fun writing it.
Very clever I do like that a lot, let’s hope he is not broke when he buys all that stuff.
We can afford the paint and plywood, as long as we give up on buying boats, motorcycles, jewelry, cruises, etc. 🙂
That is wise.
well done! congratulations
Ha! Brilliant! 🙂
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this is so very clever!
Don’t show it to any clients that are considering a “fixer-upper”! You wouldn’t want to scare them! 🙂
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Memories … In my extended family, you do this only when the wife is pregnant. So there’s real memories here.
That’s true! Also, I should have worked “August heat” into the lyrics somehow – although we do usually reserve any attic work or outdoor projects for then, to maximize the misery. 🙂
This is lovely, and sounds so good.
Hehe !! cute & funny.
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Wow, you are blogging my life. I could have written these lyrics but was spending too much time at my local building supply store (and weaving in spare moments). Brilliant!
It never ends, does it? While we are working on a project, I can’t wait to finish so I can get back to weaving and quilting – when I am weaving or quilting, I look around and see what we need to renovate next! 🙂
So clever! Congratulations on being on Freshly Pressed!
Thank you! And good luck with your blog! I dropped by and it looks like you have lots of good ideas.
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I read this, got to the chorus, reread it singing it with the theme of My Favorite Things. love it
I’m glad you like it. The very first part got stuck in my head while I was propping up ceiling panels, so I was glad to write it down and get it unstuck!
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