Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Not An Easy Job

Yesterday was a beautiful day. Lots of sunshine as the next warm/hot spell comes into our area. The high got to 29.4C or 85F. We are suppose to get as warm today and warmer for the rest of the week.


We started out the morning working the in the basement. The Spousal Unit did a bit of mudding and started to haul demo material out of the basement. He suddenly quit with a headache. It was gone by noon which was good but it left him feeling tired.

I primed the orange walls and some of the baseboards. I have a longer handle for the roller and it saves me countless trips up and down the ladder which saves my knees. I did all the cut in and then rolled.



The orange is still glowing through and a second coat of primer is needed. The cut in looks good so will check it out for some thin spots. I was finished just before lunch.

After lunch, I thought I would clean the smoker. An easy job, I thought. I can prime mid afternoon, I thought. The job took until 4:30 and I was exhausted from scrubbing. That easy job was a marathon cleaning spree. I had to use this degreaser to get the smoker clean.


This stuff works and I use it a lot. For the smoker, I sprayed, soaked, wiped and repeated many times and the results were great. There is a band around the heater that didn’t come completely clean but it is about 80% clean/shiny.

After the smoker was degreased, it was completely rinsed and wiped dry.


There is a reflection in there.


And because it is so clean and shiny, I broke out the cover and put it over the smoker.


Daughter-in-law said I can do theirs when I am over at the end of September. I will take that as a compliment. If the weather is nice when I am over there, I might just do it for her.

Today, I will prime the orange walls a second coat in the morning and then paint the ceiling in the afternoon. I really don’t have any “easy” projects to do today other than sweep and mop some floors between painting.

Until tomorrow…………………………

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Another Room Ready to Prime

Yesterday’s weather was cool until after a small rain. Then it hit a high of 26C or 78.6F. The storms have been around us causing my joints to ache like crazy. Though it is suppose to be warmer today, we will have those storms around us also. It is cloudy this morning and there has been a small shower gone through.


The walls are washed and the orange walls are ready to be primed. Yes, we are painting over them as this is to be rented out to people and we have been advised to use a neutral paint palette in the suite. What looked like “not too dirty” wasn’t. It took three buckets of soapy water to clean and that didn’t include the floor.

The window in that room had silver tape on it and the Spousal Unit got it off so I could scrub the window. He also put the first coat of mud on the tape in the living room. We finished about the same time; just before lunch.

After lunch we headed out to get painting supplies for this week. We also headed up to get some dishes. Which turned out to be and exploring trip also.

We had an extra piece in the fridge that we didn’t know what to do with. It turns out it holds pop cans and is for the fridge without the water/ice dispenser. Extra piece is now gone as we have the water/ice dispenser.

I had wanted this quilt for our bedroom. I actually hoped it would come in a duvet cover.

bedroom idea

We found it and the tan is not a grey tan but a yellow tan. We walked away from it as it isn’t the colour we wanted. On to the next idea which hasn’t begun to brew.

The last stop was to buy dishes. Our old dishes were over 25 years old. There was an issue with the glazing a couple of years after we bought them but the manufacturer would not recall them. Instead they discontinued the whole line of them. So we looked at a couple of sets I had picked out and chose these from Stokes. 


We can now choose our wall colour - the center of the dishes. I will get the paint swatches and start one shade lighter in the closets.

By the time we got home, we were tired and I was sore. We relaxed until bed time.

Today, the priming will be done - both coats on the orange walls and the baseboards. I may zip 7 minutes down the road to get the paint swatches for the upstairs. I do have to do some house work also. The Spousal Unit has to put another layer of mud on the wall downstairs today.

Until tomorrow…………………………….

Monday, July 27, 2015

Second Room Started

Yesterday was another cool day. It actually showered which was nice for everyone including the marathon runners. It kept the temperatures down in the cool range. It certainly didn’t get too hot as we only got to 20.4C or 68.7F. Up on one of the main highways about 15 miles from the city, there was a heavy rain and hail storm leaving the road slippery. There were some accidents as a result of that storm.


We had a very busy day and both of us felt good and tired when we stopped at 3:30 p.m. After shopping in the morning, I primed the sewing room closet.


Now I need to decide on the colour. While I did that, the Spousal Unit cut the tape for mudding the wall he finished boarding yesterday. He also did a bit of sanding where he had mudded yesterday. A good start to the work day.

After lunch we both headed downstairs to work. After taking down the shelf in the closet, I worked in the second bedroom sanding the Halloween orange walls.


Yes, the closet is painted orange along with one wall.


As I finished the sanding, sweeping, and vacuuming, the Spousal Unit finished his mudding and filled in the holes in the closet and on the orange wall.


I showed the picture of my cookbooks to someone and they had a chuckle at how few I have.


One smoking meat book is missing as we are using to it prep for smoking pork ribs.

Today I am scrubbing the walls in the second bedroom. If all goes well, I will prime the orange walls and the baseboards and mouldings. I know that the orange walls will need 2 coats of primer. There should be time for me to go purchase both ceiling and wall paint in the afternoon. I am hoping to get the paint for the sewing room closet also.

Until tomorrow…………………………

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Hurry Up and Wait Day With A Trip Down Memory Lane

It was a cool day yesterday with a high of 26.2C or 79F. It rained during the day, not as much in our part of town as it did further west of us. The wind blew hard last night and it brought in more rain. This morning is cool which is nice. Today is suppose to be our last cool wet day for a while.


It was a hurry up and wait day for me. I had been told our fibre optic line would be installed between 8 and 9 a.m. so I was ready for the technician to arrive. When I called at 10 a.m. to say not to cancel our copper internet connection, I was told that the technician would be working on our line between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and to keep my phone line open. For this inconvenience, the telephone/internet/TV company is giving us a credit on our bill.

So while I waited, I did a lot of little jobs. We got the new TV out of the box and set up so the technician could program it for us. Being a smart TV, it is a lot smarter than we are.

Next, I paid bills and cleaned up that pile of paper work. I then got out my mom’s old cookbook that she started collecting recipes in prior to her marrying dad in 1945. That poor recipe book has been through a lot. It is literally falling apart. The page are brittle, the writing has started to fade, and the recipes………some are old, others are terrific, and some tell a great story of family and friends who shared recipes back in the day. I remember it as a small child watching mom cook dinner, at the fishing camp they owned when I was a teenager and as an adult when I copied our favourites from it. Even Daughter has recipes from that book.

I did a trip down memory lane with that old cookbook. I read every one of those recipes, marked the ones I wanted to copy and had a few good laughs. Some of the small pieces of paper tucked in the book made me sad as I looked at mom’s writing when she was in the first stages of Alzheimer's. As I back tracked through the book referencing recipes to those I had already copied, I had three left to copy into my book. That job done, I thanked the book for it usefulness in mom’s life and the recipes that I loved as a child.

Though some of the recipes I copied will never be made again, I will look at them and remember my parents and the good times we had eating those foods. I call them comfort recipes. One in particular was a tapioca recipe for a dessert. It called for the eggs to be separated and orange rind was added with orange slices garnishing the top. As a family, we thought that was a pretty fancy dessert. I thought the recipe was on a slip of paper and had gotten lost. I was thrilled to find it copied in the book. It is a comfort recipe that may never get made again but I have it to remind me of those dinners when mom made it and how we loved it.

Once that job was done, I hauled out my recipe books and put them away in the cupboard designated for them. It took a while as I had to find a book end in a box. The number of cookbooks I own is relatively small. But each one brings me joy. I do use them though I tend to look for recipes online. The two cookbooks on smoking meat we have out quite often as we talk to Son and Daughter-in-Law about recipes in them.

I fussed after that as I couldn’t paint, I couldn’t go shopping, I couldn’t do a lot of what needed to be done. I was waiting and I hate waiting with nothing to do. Mid afternoon the technician arrived and life got busy helping him. The copper internet line was removed and the fibre optics line put in. We now have two new pieces of equipment added to what we already had in the sewing room. We have high speed (5G) internet which is wonderful. We had TV’s blaring upstairs and downstairs. By 4:30 p.m., we were done. The smart TV is set up and I need to read the book on what to do to get the internet on the screen. We can get YouTube at this point.

In the midst of the hurry up and wait day, the Spousal Unit got the drywall on the wall in the suite. Though only a dull off white, it made a huge difference as to the brightness of that area. He will have it done by next weekend and ready for priming. A job well done.

Today, we have to do some shopping and then I will prime the closet and start work in the next room in the suite. That means step one: sanding the walls that are painted Halloween orange. I need to be busy today as I got bored yesterday.

Until tomorrow……………………….

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Keeping What We Need - Office Supplies

Yesterday the weather was cool. So cool the air conditioning didn’t come on until later in the afternoon. Today is to be equally as cool. 


The Spousal Unit thanks you for the birthday wishes. Ruthie, I call him that as it was a handle I came up with years ago. His name is Dave. His handle for me is the Bag Lady. Part of our sense of humour.

I haven’t read much on the Marie Kondo method of tidying over the past week as I have been quite tired at night. I also haven’t found all our jackets and my running gear that is packed in a variety of boxes. I stalled on clothes though I do think most, if not all, is to be kept.

That didn’t stop me when I decided to tackle the tubs of office items. Some of the items are emotional to me and I seemingly become more emotionally attached to them as start of school gets nearer.


I have, over time, collected school items and those items worked well with my literacy job. When the ads include school supply sales come out this past week, I had a huge emotional tug towards wanting to purchase more of those items. I had a mental talk with myself about school supplies, not doing literacy or tutoring and that I won’t be going there again. It was a tough love talk that I actually needed to give myself. It was due; almost past due. I was ready to let go after that mental discussion. It also helped that we don’t have the room to store it all either. That was a part of the mental discussion also.

The first tub I worked on was testimony to how much I had on hand that I no longer needed. As I stared into that long tub, I reflected on what I needed for:

  • Office
  • Sewing
  • Knitting

I sorted quickly. Trash, donate, keep. I thanked those items that went into the first two piles. I am happy with the items I kept. The next tub was the same and again, I sorted quickly. The third and fourth tubs were quick also. I then did a cloth bag I use as my purse when we fly to our son’s.


That garbage bag weighed between 5-8 pounds when it went out to the garbage can. When all was sorted out, I decided to use the antique server as our office center.


A picture when completed but not in its right home. The tub on the floor belongs in the sewing room when I have the Wi-Fi station set up on the shelving unit.

Below are all the pens and pencils we own. Don’t ask me how it got to that number as I really can’t tell you why. All I focused on was “We won’t be buying any for a long time”.


Also, I can say that we won’t be buying office supplies for a long time either. The drawer with books and paper are done and I have enough for in there for several years. I put twice as much as that into the donate pile.


The bottom two drawers house phone and geocaching books, what I keep for the accountant, passports and a few other small items we need. Behind the door is word puzzle books, photocopy paper, and the medical papers the Spousal Unit needs. A little secret ~ the office stuff was stored in a desk and part of the cabinet in the family room in our other house. That antique server had its own life holding a multitude of stuff we did not need.

In all it was a good early morning sort. The donate pile is now housed in two tubs and will be taken to the thrift store.

When I finished admiring what I got done, I headed into the sewing room and painted the closet ceiling two coats of white paint. It actually took longer to clean up than it did to paint the ceiling. It looks great.

I set up the Bullet Journal and have made progress in it. I had to watch the video on the site to get it started. I added a page called renovations costs for this house. On the Future Log pages, I have added dates of importance so we know at a glance what is happening each month. It isn’t a “write my thoughts journal”, it is a journal to keep track of our lives and what we are doing each month. I will keep track of the things we do daily in the house -- unpacking, renovations, sewing, knitting, etc. I want this to be a quick and easy thing to do on a daily basis. I am also giving it a trial run until the end of December.

We had dinner out at a small restaurant in a community that the Spousal Unit’s grandfather named after the community the family had lived in for many years (Rayleigh). The food was fabulous and we spent some time talking to the owner after we had eaten. A great way to end the day.

Today, we get fibre optics put in the house for higher speed internet. Then, it will be priming the closet and shopping. It is suppose to be a quieter day for us prior to working in the basement suite again tomorrow.

Until tomorrow……………………….

Friday, July 24, 2015

Moving Slowly

Yesterday was a 28.2C or 83F day. Though it was quite clear in the morning, the storm clouds built up to the south of us and kept rolling on by. Today is suppose to be cooler as will the next two days. Not unusual at this of the year to see cooler weather or a good rain storm.


Yesterday morning I moved slowly. I had muscles that ached and were sore from scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees. It wasn’t just arms and shoulders but back and butt.

We moved some furniture into the room I just painted. I cleaned them up so they can be used in the suite. One piece was mother-in-law’s treadle sewing machine. It will make a great TV stand. The other piece is an old corner desk.

I had hoped that I could clean a mini blind standing on the floor but that didn’t happen. I actually had to hang it and climb a ladder to clean it. It is done and ready to be shortened. The window is rewashed as is the floor. I shut the door to say it is done.

I got my dose of dust as I sanded the sewing room closet. After I cleaned it up, the cutting in of the primer got done.


The walls and the ceiling can now have the primer rolled on it. When I finished that job, I hobbled out of the room, cleaned up, and called it a day. I was exhausted and ever so sore. I was letting the world know about it also.

The Spousal Unit got the materials to fix a wall in the suite. We had to haul it all downstairs and most of it was easy. Not the drywall boards. They seem to get heavier every time I have to handle them.


Elliott decided to sleep with his head on the end table last night. I almost joined him. The Spousal Unit did.


Today, I am not sure how much work will get done other than priming the walls of the closet. It may end up being a day of getting out to the stores and looking for things we need to buy. Like paint and a light for the room I just finished. And maybe unpack a few items that are lounging around waiting to be dealt with. We are going out for supper as it is the Spousal Unit’s 70th birthday.

Until tomorrow………………………….

Thursday, July 23, 2015

First Room Is Done ~ Almost

Yesterday was cooler with a high of 27.6C or 81.7F. You could actually sit outside and enjoy the weather. Yesterday morning was cool at 12.5C or 55F. Where the weather was to get warmer (mid 30C or 90F), we are to get cooler, damper weather for the next few days. That will help the fire fighters if the wind remains calm.


Early yesterday morning, there was a knock on the door and the neighbour needed help starting her car. While the Spousal Unit was helping her, there was another knock on the door and our new (free) TV arrived. It was a busy morning before 8:30 a.m.


And, yes, those are unpacked boxes.

Shortly after breakfast I went to that room and started the touch up painting. It went well. I then cleaned the room out and started washing the floor. On my hands and knees. It was an interesting clean. My paint came off easily but the previous paint was tough to take off. Then there was gobs of wax on the floor that needed scraping. Red paint along the edge mixed with dirt. Yuck! And orange paint from the room I am doing next. Three buckets of water later and it was done.


The windows were scrubbed clean inside and out as was the screen. Much better to look through and see the backyard.


The ceiling still needs some work done to it. There is an issue with the ceiling light that we need to address. Well, the Spousal Unit does as that is his department. A few ceiling tiles also need to be replaced.


Other than cleaning and fixing the mini blinds, my job is complete in that room. Hurrah! Hurrah! On to the next room.

I finished up the day sweeping the upstairs' floors. I was tired and aching from all the floor work I had done.

Sewing Room

I looked in the sewing room yesterday and I need to spend a day in there.


Today was suppose to be rest day but that will be tomorrow. My goal today is to sand the sewing room closet, prime it, get the paint, and put on the first coat of paint. Once the second coat of paint is on, the Spousal Unit can put up the closet organizer and I can do some more unpacking. It means more purging as I want to have as few pieces in this room as possible.

Until tomorrow…………………………….