Just like that

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This Old Thing

I did a blog post over at http://www.equipoiselife.wordpress.com called “This Old Thing” were I gave accolades to a 25 year old item. This post has the same name but there are no accolades. I’ve had enough and I’m not talking about the Continue reading

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Window Wall

We have commenced a project many years in the making; a family photo wall. I, of course, start with the concept. Then he draws it to scale and we discuss.

And then typical of our personalities we start. I start easy. Success breeds optimism and energy. Below is a window that needed just a little TLC and a big photo for behind the whole thing. It’s now gracing where it will live.

He starts hard because you might as well do the hard stuff first while the energy for the project is high. Or some such thing! This window was a freebie from who knows where and is in terrible shape. Hardware is all rusted, window pane is falling apart and the layers of dirt are thick. I’m thinking I know where it will live and even know what photos will be printed to go in it. ❤️ Meanwhile I have pulled out all the family photos, framed and I framed, and laid them on a bed. The project will not be done before that bed is required but at least this gives us a starting point.

That meant I also pulled out baby books, a drawer full of photos and have my obvious first big post retirement project looking at me. It’s been on the back burner since before we moved out here so I think it’s time.

We will put considerable time, energy and some spare change into creating several window walls of pictures. It will use our creative side and our wood working skills. It will keep us out of trouble for the winter!

Bernie

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One Man’s Junk

Like usual with house blogs I have so many options for titles.

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Loose Ends

I double checked and I don’t actually have a title that matches this. In all honesty I am a bit surprised by that. It’s seems like in late fall early winter we always clear up loose ends and do an odd assortment of tasks.

We had several early snow falls but fortunately October turned out nicer than September. This meant we got lots of little outside jobs taken care of. Ron switched the mower for the snow blower. While he was in the tractor shed he did some organizing. I got the hydrangeas cut back and built little boxes around them and filled them with leaves. I also managed to pull, dry and pack away some gladiolas. Sadly the snow and a bit of ineptitude on my part meant the dahlias died an ugly mouldy death. Despite what my children thing this was all accomplished without a single photo!

I added to the Something From Nothing with a a November remembrance element. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years. I’m very happy that I had some additional time to play around with making the poppies.

Then last week, when I wanted to clean up the garage so we could use it for parking (like a real garage) he was busy cutting and sanding. He wouldn’t tell me what he was building but I did know he was going free style. Which is pretty unusual for him; no drawing, no numbers and no hints. I must admit the four pieces of lumber weren’t much of a clue and my first two guesses were off. It wasn’t until I saw the 5th piece of lumber and the project was like 90% complete that I understood.

The hangers were a very early house warming gift. They are super cool as they are spikes from the last section of the Canadian railroad that have been reworked as hangers. Glad he created this unique and useful item from this thoughtful gift.

I’ve been working on a few projects as well. Slow progress though it seems but I almost always feel that way.

The original cupboard that I commenced stripping last summer is finally back in the house, sans doors as the hardware isn’t complete yet. But it looks good and once the doors are on I will be so happy I spent all that time on it.

A couple of years ago, just before Little A arrived, I bought a small table and 4 chairs. The colours don’t work so it seems like an easy change. Doesn’t it??

I’ve created a spray booth in the furnace room, with no ventilation. So it’s short bursts once a morning. The lighting is poor. A week on I’ve finished the table but I’m not sure I like it. The colour is good but it’s glossy plus I can’t do the chairs 2 tone if I use spray. So now I’m doing some pondering.

Fortunately Ron came up with 2 small easy projects. The kind I have a skill set for. I redid the material and stitching on one socket holder set and created a brand new holder for a different set. It was a fun little project.

Ron creates a little wooden crate for his tiling tools and I found a handle for it (not pictured here).

He used some ingenuity and found a material that worked for sealing the key holes on the doors. Every year from the inside we have to apply tape to keep the wind from whistling through those holes but he’s found a permanent invisible solution. Of course we still need to deal with the whole door issue but one thing at a time I guess.

It’s been a productive fall which is nice. Now it’s time to start a couple of Christmas presents and some winter projects.

Bernie

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Shut Down

We weren’t really able to squeeze many work days out of September, mostly because the weather acted like it was mid October. Lots of cool cloudy days and several bouts of snow.

Which means we didn’t get where we wanted to be as far as construction goes. First it was too hot and then; boom too cold.

Ron did do a mix of mortar and get the rocks up one level higher but even that didn’t go well. The weather was cool and it took several hours for the mortar to set up. And then it cracked. And not in one place but in several. We’ve not had that happen before and needless to say the mason isn’t very happy. The plan is to run a smoothing coat over it in the spring. It’s not load bearing so at least it should not develop into a structural issue.

I also didn’t finish what I started. Not long after I got all the ceiling tongue and groove pulled out of storage I lost the weather for painting. I hope to still get the prep work done which is a lot of sanding as they are salvage from a house on University Drive.

Ron has found other parts of the verandah that he can work on though so we’ve made a bit of progress. The flashing arrived so he put that up and did 90% of the shingling. He’s waiting for one little flashing piece before he can finish it up.

It would seem we won’t be shingling the tractor shed or the kitchen attic portion of the house this fall. Don’t think we will manage to redo the 2 doors he had earmarked as well.

We’ve barely managed, between snow falls, to get the basic yard work done. The garden is all in and while the weather turned around on Sunday we did the windows and then the flowerbeds.

I’m happy to report that take 2 of something from nothing has turned out well this year. I love having something in the pots as the textures and colours are much more pleasing than empty big pots sitting outside. The corn never amounted to mix. In the garden so I’m glad to put it to use here.

I feel like it maybe a while before I blog again on the house site. Winter often comes with slow projects and not much to report. Although having said that we are still thinking about having a 100th birthday party for the house in October so there might be one more post soon.

Bernie

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Screeching Halt

We’ve come to a bit of a screeching halt here right during prime construction season. First the weather was too hot for mortar and that slowed the progress right down.

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