Have We Done Very Much?

Sometimes this question is the adult rendition of “Are we there, yet?”

Last time I wrote anything I (rather hopefully) said that the trimwork in the office was being done. That project remains unfinished, but I remain hopeful that it is bumped up into the early springtime. In the sidebar are several other projects that remain from 2009.

We had gale force winds in latter 2009 which blew out several panels from my new greenhouse. That meant a delay in being able to use it, but the panels have been ordered and I hope they are in place for the February 2010 garden preparations. You can see that 2009 demanded patience and delayed gratification.

It also began the organizing de-cluttering efforts that are the main source of renovation for 2010. We moved some things around to prepare for better use of the house. I reorganized and cleaned the kitchen this January so far. Sometimes this sort of maintenance is worth more than remodeling.

I still would like a new front porch and one room remains in need of remodeling, but I would really like to stop working on the house. My aim is to wind up the remodeling work.

Future posts will cover those projects and recount what we have already accomplished. Tales of the good, the bad, and the ugly; the forsaken, and the delightful, will be thrown in there somewhere, too.

The only thing on my purchase list right now is a bookcase. Or perhaps see if Handyman wants to build something in.

…see how those projects sneak up on you?

Handyman -too busy to write

As you can see from the projects list on the sidebar, Handyman has been busy with some really big projects – and some not on the list.

He wallpapered the den area with the seagrass look paper I picked out (from Lowes). He can describe the process for you- it was the first time we repapered over the existing wallpaper. (we being a rather loose term here…)

He knocked out painting the front porch floor. We had nice dry,warm weather- perfect for painting and for the other big job: waxing the front room’s hardwood floor. All the furniture gets moved out, and the drapes taken down. Renting a buffer, applying paste wax, buffing, letting each of three coats dry between buffing creates a job that lasts over the entire weekend.

Then we move everything back in, after washing the woodwork and the windows.

We rewarded all that hard work with a trip to Southern Ohio Hocking Hills to hike (evil laughter)… although the Handyman held up well as he is made of iron. I, on the other hand, can hardly walk and now am just starting to get back to normal.

Resuming Power Resuming Work

Most everyone has heard about Ohio’s “Hurricane” experience by now. We just got our power back on a day ago, and are scrambling to bring everything back in order. We are among the fortunate: there are still thousands struggling without their electricity. Like us, some are without running water since they have wells that need pumps working for their water supply. It impacts everything you do.

My proffered projects take a back seat now… although i had purchased the wallpaper for the den. Wallpaper is expensive! I no longer know of discount wallpaper outlets, so we ended up getting my choice at Lowes. Luckily, they had a decent looking grasscloth texture. I decided against real grasscloth because of the difficulty in cleanup. I don’t want something that the grandkids can accidentally mess up irremediably. Vinyl looks like new after a Simple Green swipe of marks and “art” on the walls.

My Handyman put up curtain rods and I am washing curtains right now ( oh the bliss of the home laundry!). Actually, everything that runs on electric and utilizes running water evokes exclamations of bliss right now. Even an old home remodeling veteren like me doesn’t go without both electric and water at the same time… although projects sometimes involved one or the other for short periods.

Once things settle down, I believe Handyman can write about the lessons he has learned about emergency preparedness. He devoted a lot of hours trying to get us functioning around here.