mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Titanic)
Back in May 2008, I replaced the windows in the living room. Remodeling follows the money and time, so they sat unfinished for a while. Before money and opportunity could coincide again, winter arrived, so the front of the house has been unfinished ever since. Last month I was able to spend a weekend and do some work on it, but then the weather turned cold again.

My father had a saying, apropos to today: "The man's an idiot who doesn't have enough sense to come in out of the rain."

Courtesy snip, for length... )
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Titanic)
Back in May 2008, I replaced the windows in the living room. Remodeling follows the money and time, so they sat unfinished for a while. Before money and opportunity could coincide again, winter arrived, so the front of the house has been unfinished ever since. Last month I was able to spend a weekend and do some work on it, but then the weather turned cold again.

My father had a saying, apropos to today: "The man's an idiot who doesn't have enough sense to come in out of the rain."

Courtesy snip, for length... )
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I am chilled this morning and cannot get warm. I've shut the door to my office to trap the warmth my PC and lamps generate* - in twenty minutes or so, the temperature in my office will have risen appreciably. I'm hoping it will help. Come lunchtime I'll have to go foraging out in the cold. I'll face that when I have to and not worry about it now.

I dreamed last night that we moved, significant for me given I've never lived anywhere else since I was four years old. The house in my dream was a blank slate, full of potential and floors that didn't bounce or squeak.  The basement of this "new" house was my real basement, which says something about my state of mind about the work we've been doing downstairs.

The downstairs is cleaner, and with a lot of stuff either put or thrown or donated away, it's more open, more inviting. Almost cozy. If I could find a place elsewhere to store all my leftover fabric I could clear out a LOT of space.

Thanks to the kindness of friends, we're expecting a new dishwasher this weekend. I need to get the old one out and curbside for whoever wants to try their hand at fixing it. Maybe tonight, depending on what's on the schedule.



* I don't use the office fluorescents. I've a "can" light in one corner pointed up at the wall, and a torchiére next to my desk, also pointed up. Both are incandescent and produce quite a bit of heat.

In every office I've ever worked since I started consulting, I arrive early one morning and pull the bulbs from the fixture directly over my desk. People say I love the dark, but actually I hate glare. Big difference. I strive for strong but indirect light.
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I am chilled this morning and cannot get warm. I've shut the door to my office to trap the warmth my PC and lamps generate* - in twenty minutes or so, the temperature in my office will have risen appreciably. I'm hoping it will help. Come lunchtime I'll have to go foraging out in the cold. I'll face that when I have to and not worry about it now.

I dreamed last night that we moved, significant for me given I've never lived anywhere else since I was four years old. The house in my dream was a blank slate, full of potential and floors that didn't bounce or squeak.  The basement of this "new" house was my real basement, which says something about my state of mind about the work we've been doing downstairs.

The downstairs is cleaner, and with a lot of stuff either put or thrown or donated away, it's more open, more inviting. Almost cozy. If I could find a place elsewhere to store all my leftover fabric I could clear out a LOT of space.

Thanks to the kindness of friends, we're expecting a new dishwasher this weekend. I need to get the old one out and curbside for whoever wants to try their hand at fixing it. Maybe tonight, depending on what's on the schedule.



* I don't use the office fluorescents. I've a "can" light in one corner pointed up at the wall, and a torchiére next to my desk, also pointed up. Both are incandescent and produce quite a bit of heat.

In every office I've ever worked since I started consulting, I arrive early one morning and pull the bulbs from the fixture directly over my desk. People say I love the dark, but actually I hate glare. Big difference. I strive for strong but indirect light.
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Gasoline was $1.52/gal at the Noland Rd./23rd St. QuikTrip this morning. Wow.  Apparently, my prediction was way off.

I neglected to take a decongestant before going to bed last night. I slept marginally better without the stimulus of pseudoephedrine, but now I'm a little stuffy (not too bad) and my eyes are watering (likewise, not too bad.)

Yesterday: fondue party.  Good food, excellent company, a happy end to an otherwise meh weekend.

This week: music (for me, and for [livejournal.com profile] aerie13 ); multimedia for church; possibly (finally) get the siding painted.

See, it was cold this weekend - well, cold and windy - and I knew, given those conditions, that I wasn't going to hang any siding, even in the shelter of the front soffit.  So, I didn't bother painting the siding.  This weekend will hopefully be warmer (Saturday predictions are hopeful).

Katie wants to learn how to sew, and at her grandmother's - with more supervision than I was mentally up for providing on Saturday - she showed an aptitude for it.  Need to figure out some good projects for her and start encouraging that.



mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Gasoline was $1.52/gal at the Noland Rd./23rd St. QuikTrip this morning. Wow.  Apparently, my prediction was way off.

I neglected to take a decongestant before going to bed last night. I slept marginally better without the stimulus of pseudoephedrine, but now I'm a little stuffy (not too bad) and my eyes are watering (likewise, not too bad.)

Yesterday: fondue party.  Good food, excellent company, a happy end to an otherwise meh weekend.

This week: music (for me, and for [livejournal.com profile] aerie13 ); multimedia for church; possibly (finally) get the siding painted.

See, it was cold this weekend - well, cold and windy - and I knew, given those conditions, that I wasn't going to hang any siding, even in the shelter of the front soffit.  So, I didn't bother painting the siding.  This weekend will hopefully be warmer (Saturday predictions are hopeful).

Katie wants to learn how to sew, and at her grandmother's - with more supervision than I was mentally up for providing on Saturday - she showed an aptitude for it.  Need to figure out some good projects for her and start encouraging that.



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I have started working my way across the front of the house, now, tightening up the siding around the windows I replaced earlier in the year.  Aside from one window done and two waiting (three windows, but only two openings to mess with, you see) there is nothing new to report.

Casualties: my right, middle finger.  Any sentence containing the two phrases "I lost control of the Sawz-All" and "I wasn't wearing leather gloves" is going to describe a situation the does not end well.  The injury is to the pad of the distal phalanx, and feels like it goes all the way to the bone.  Essentially, I was stabbed three times, very quickly.  The tip of my finger is fine, so I can type and play the guitar without discomfort, but I'm not tapping the steering wheel in time to the music.  It aches all the way up into my forearm.

Yes, my tetanus is up to date.  My last shot was four years ago*.  Thanks for asking.

The biggest disappointment is that I only have a stick and a half of siding left, and it's taking about four for each window.  Therefore, I don't have enough to finish the front of the house, and we haven't enough funds to buy another bundle.  We'll see how that situation goes.  I was hoping to finish before the really cold weather sets in, but that might not be an option.  It won't be the first time I've hung siding while it sleeted, and I'll be under an overhang for shelter this time. :)


* After, somewhat proverbially, stepping on a rusty nail.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Titanic)
I have started working my way across the front of the house, now, tightening up the siding around the windows I replaced earlier in the year.  Aside from one window done and two waiting (three windows, but only two openings to mess with, you see) there is nothing new to report.

Casualties: my right, middle finger.  Any sentence containing the two phrases "I lost control of the Sawz-All" and "I wasn't wearing leather gloves" is going to describe a situation the does not end well.  The injury is to the pad of the distal phalanx, and feels like it goes all the way to the bone.  Essentially, I was stabbed three times, very quickly.  The tip of my finger is fine, so I can type and play the guitar without discomfort, but I'm not tapping the steering wheel in time to the music.  It aches all the way up into my forearm.

Yes, my tetanus is up to date.  My last shot was four years ago*.  Thanks for asking.

The biggest disappointment is that I only have a stick and a half of siding left, and it's taking about four for each window.  Therefore, I don't have enough to finish the front of the house, and we haven't enough funds to buy another bundle.  We'll see how that situation goes.  I was hoping to finish before the really cold weather sets in, but that might not be an option.  It won't be the first time I've hung siding while it sleeted, and I'll be under an overhang for shelter this time. :)


* After, somewhat proverbially, stepping on a rusty nail.
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Had to do something physical; there's been so much computer work in the last month my entire body was starting to atrophy in a sitting position. Couple of weeks ago, we bit the bullet and bought a bundle of siding: 6" cedar finger-jointed lap siding, to be precise. Since replacing the windows on the front of the house and the one in the back bathroom, the "skin" of the house has had holes in it. With winter coming, I needed to get the siding done.

Courtesy snip... )

Sold some thread today, about a dozen cones for pennies on the dollar, but every little bit of money that comes in helps. Still trying to sell the big serger.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Had to do something physical; there's been so much computer work in the last month my entire body was starting to atrophy in a sitting position. Couple of weeks ago, we bit the bullet and bought a bundle of siding: 6" cedar finger-jointed lap siding, to be precise. Since replacing the windows on the front of the house and the one in the back bathroom, the "skin" of the house has had holes in it. With winter coming, I needed to get the siding done.

Courtesy snip... )

Sold some thread today, about a dozen cones for pennies on the dollar, but every little bit of money that comes in helps. Still trying to sell the big serger.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Weekend Recap

  • Ceiling fan, J's room
  • New ceiling light, recessed, compact flourescent, J's room
  • Ceiling fan, K's room
  • New ceiling light, recessed, compact flourescent, K's room
  • Replaced tape junctions wherever found with modern metal junction boxes and nutted connections, per Independence Municipal Building Standards code
  • Installed outlet, three light fixtures and piloted lightswitch in attic
  • Replaced the hallway light fixture with newer
  • Replaced back entryway light fixture with antique hanging fixture
  • New storage shelves in the basement, so bolted fabric is back to being organized
  • Mowed the front yard with a self-propelled mower whose self-propeller is fucked up
  • Washed the dog
GodDAMN I'm tired.  G'night.

mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (Default)
Weekend Recap

  • Ceiling fan, J's room
  • New ceiling light, recessed, compact flourescent, J's room
  • Ceiling fan, K's room
  • New ceiling light, recessed, compact flourescent, K's room
  • Replaced tape junctions wherever found with modern metal junction boxes and nutted connections, per Independence Municipal Building Standards code
  • Installed outlet, three light fixtures and piloted lightswitch in attic
  • Replaced the hallway light fixture with newer
  • Replaced back entryway light fixture with antique hanging fixture
  • New storage shelves in the basement, so bolted fabric is back to being organized
  • Mowed the front yard with a self-propelled mower whose self-propeller is fucked up
  • Washed the dog
GodDAMN I'm tired.  G'night.

mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (hat)
So, when you're so dirty that soap beads up and rolls off, is that bad?

Just finished half a day in our unfinished attic, through the heat of the day working in extremely cramped quarters, rewiring some frightening connections and replacing an inefficient lamp in the center of the ceiling with a fan.

Courtesy snip )To recap: the light in the center of J's bedroom ceiling has been replaced with a recessed light by his closet, and the center space filled with a ceiling fan. Much nicer.

Tomorrow: K's room gets the same treatment. Man, I'm tired.
mapsedge: Me at Stone Bridge Coffee House (hat)
So, when you're so dirty that soap beads up and rolls off, is that bad?

Just finished half a day in our unfinished attic, through the heat of the day working in extremely cramped quarters, rewiring some frightening connections and replacing an inefficient lamp in the center of the ceiling with a fan.

Courtesy snip )To recap: the light in the center of J's bedroom ceiling has been replaced with a recessed light by his closet, and the center space filled with a ceiling fan. Much nicer.

Tomorrow: K's room gets the same treatment. Man, I'm tired.

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