Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Perhaps he needs caffeine?
I especially love his tail as he goes back to sleep.
Hey, it's Monday. Go get yourself another cup of coffee while Elias finishes off my chai. (Yes, really. He drinks chai. OK, he steals my chai, right out of my cup, if I leave it unattended. This is why Elias is my husband's dog. Because if I had a dog, he would never do anything like that. Ever.)
Friday, September 24, 2010
When last I left you, we only had the sides of the edges and one small section of the wall to do.
Next, the side walls. Measuring to cut the tile.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Someone who comes by maybe every other week and cleans the bathrooms and the floor boards and inside the oven. You know, the stuff you never get to when you're cleaning. (Well, OK, maybe you do, but I don't. Unfortunately. Hence the maid.)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
First wall of the 18 inch tiles laid in.
Nearly done with the 18 inch tiles!
Nearly there... decorative strip plus 12x12 diagonals in!
View from the door... looks nice, doesn't it? (Ignore the step-stool, please.)
I think we're going to try to finish it up this week or next, depending on how much time we can find in the evenings. It's getting close!
Monday, September 20, 2010
This weekend, we moved a couple of things from the old house. Unfortunately, our office chair fell victim in the move. In a tragic accident, two of the casters broke off. Until we can get to Home Depot or Lowe's (which as most of you know, is so far from the house), we have come up with the following solution:
...and a grout sponge (???) holding up the chair.
So, does anybody have any suggestions as to what I should entitle these fabulous pictures for There I Fixed It? Leave it in the comments...
Friday, September 17, 2010
The closing was this morning, and the payment arrived in our bank account around 2 p.m. this afternoon. So it's really, really, REALLY sold.
I won't go into how stressful it was getting it sold, or how much it's cost us to actually sell it... but at the end of the day, it's no longer our responsibility, and we can turn 100% of our attentions to this house.
I'll sort of miss it - we lived there for 8 years, and did sooo many renovations it's hard to keep track. The kids basically grew up there. But in the end, it was so stressful for us to maintain two houses, plus the cost of two mortgages, that it was more like a huge weight than anything else. And now, it's gone.
First off, after four years of being married, we finally scanned the pictures in our wedding photo album! In sort of the epic tragedy of wedding photos, our photographer seems to have fallen off the earth, so we only ever got our proofs. Fortunately, we do have those, and they are now happily digitized.
And, after eight years of discussing digitizing our combined 300+ CDs, we have finally gone and done it. Well, OK, mostly... I still have about 30 CDs to go at the time of writing this. I even have a shiny new iPod so that we can hook it up to our stereo and actually listen to our music. For some reason, despite our large CD collection, we never get around to putting a CD in the CD player and playing it! Hopefully the iPod will solve this problem and make our music more accessible.
Ripping our CDs has been kinda entertaining. The hubby seems to have an inordinate amount of Iron Maiden, and he made fun of my fantastic collection of sound tracks from movies like Flashdance (I mean, who grew up in the 80s and DOESN'T have that???). I got reacquainted with my favorites, which included popular items such as 99 Red Ballons by Nena, Dangerous by Roxette, and Love Shack by the B52s. Oh, and of course my extensive U2 collection.
And now that these mostly useless projects have been completed, it's back to tiling the bathroom.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
For comparison, I'll use the palm of my hand. Let's just say that I don't have small, girly hands either.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Our single Americauna, who lays green eggs, has been especially puzzling. Normally she lays an egg every day for three or four days in a row, has a day off, and then lays again for another couple of days. But we haven't seen a green egg in a week!
Today, we used the horse trailer to move some things from the old house, and when we got back, the Americauna immediately flew to the top of the trailer. As we were unloading things, my hubby heard a "cluckcluckCLUCK" noise coming from in the trailer, and looked around to find the chicken making it. And this is what he found:
She looks sort of like a bodiless chicken here - a victim of fowl play, perhaps?
And then we realized why she was in the haynet... she's decided to lay her eggs in there! I guess some chickens aren't quite as dumb as we thought.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
We used 1 foot square sheets of 2 inch travertine-looking tile, which made it super easy to cut and fit. In fact, the only tiles we had to cut for the shower floor were the ones that go around the drain, and the ones on the angled side. Here we've sketched out the cuts and numbered the tiles around the drain so we can easily reassemble them.
You can see where we needed to trim a few tiles along the angled side, and create a few half-tiles to fill in the gaps.
After we got everything laid out and trimmed to fit, we moved the entire thing into the hallway, upside-down. This made it super easy to put mastic down on the shower floor and then lay all the tile.
After laying the tiles in, we went back and smooshed them around a bit to make sure all the grout lines lined up and that the tiles were as even as possible and sloped toward the drain. Then we tapped them all down (gently) with a rubber mallet to set them solidly into the mastic.
The finished product! Interestingly, we had exactly one 2x2 inch tile leftover from this project.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
This is Lyena's email to me - the first time I'd heard from her. We now have a bit of a correspondence going on, which is awesome. It will be wonderful to get periodic updates about my little Lablet!
A Letter from Reba's New Mom
First, thank you so much for the wonderful letter you sent with ER. I was so disappointed not to meet you at graduation, but the letter, the terrific album and, of course, ER's stories, gave me so much more than I was expecting. I hope the wedding you attended was joyous. Graduation certainly was.