Saturday, February 27, 2010

Took Advantage of a Couple Nice Days

While we have had mostly "inside" weather for awhile and I worked on a puzzle or two, I have been bit by the "spring" bug. I have anxiously been wanting to get started in putting up the trim around my windows - in fact the feeling started the day after the siding on the house was completed.

I have been stocking up on the necessary materials (paint, brushes, masking tape, etc) in hopes that a day to two would come along to get started with the painting of the trim. And, they did - yesterday and today had temps in the upper 50's. Temps where I was painting at the opening of the garage was in the low 60's - just perfect.

I started with the medallions that will be in the corners of the framing around the windows. First a couple of coats of primer on the medallions, then, when they are finished, two coats of darker green than the siding. In between the medallions on the side of the windows will be vertical strips, also painted in the dark green.

When I can, I will use the existing screws in the window siding to attach the medallions. Other places, I'll just have to drill a new hole. Putting holes in siding is like drilling a hole in my fiberglass trailer. I grit my teeth whenever I have drilled a hole in the trailer hoping that I do it right the first time.

I got curious about the combination of the trim green against the house siding, so I painted the stepplate at the back door, in the darker green. I like it. Looks better than what is shown in the picture. I still need to do a second coat later. Will post updates as the opportunities to do more work comes along.

Monday, February 8, 2010

When It Rains, it Rains in the Cellar!

Fairly nice day yesterday, we were waiting for the alleged snow storm that decided to hit folks further south of us.

About 10:30 pm, I started having some, errr, runs to the bathroom. I think it was the 4th trip, I thought I heard what sounded like water running somewhere. I knew nothing was running/leaking in the house proper; as soon as I lifted the trap door to the cellar - drip, drip, drip. Groan.

Now our cellar is a cellar, it use to be like a root cellar and had an outside entrance until at some point in the house's history (built in 1919) another 12/15 or so feet was added on - half is a small bedroom and the other half is the current kitchen. It's basically a hole with concrete walls and floor and the water heater and furnace are down there. And, there is a sump pump because of our close proximity to the City lake. Oh thank heavens for the sump pump. Luckily, the furnace and water heater were above the water on the floor of the cellar. Fortunately, the leak was on this side of the shut off faucet for the house.

Okay now there is no water running and I am still needing to make my frequent trips to the bathroom. Well, those kept up until 3:30 in the morn. I managed to get a couple of hours of sleep until awakened by a loud vehicle that goes by the house at 6 a.m. weekdays and the trips start up again.

A local plumber was able to send someone over right away, after I called. Nice young man. He got the leak fixed and fixed my kitchen sink drains too. The rings that tighten the drain pipe to the sink had broken and there wasn't any connection. This had just happened within the last few days - actually I didn't know about one of them. You can see the separation to the left.

Now we are almost happy campers - until I can catch up on the sleep I missed.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Same ole, same ole

No trip in sight for awhile, maybe some little ones here and there. Boy, cabin fever is hitting me and we keep getting that snow, snow, snow. Would like to be down on Padre Island with some Casita friends and acquaintances (hey Mountainborn, you guys still there?). Just the idea sounds heavenly. Okay, got the moaning out of the way.

As I have mentioned in previous postings, my housemate Jim has been having a rough time for the last 6 or so months. He was scheduled to have hip replacement surgery just before Christmas, came up with a dang bladder infection. Surgery got postponed to early Feb. Then on New Year's Day, he went into the hospital for 8 nights because of cellulitis and a MRSA infection in his left foot's toes. A week after getting out of the hospital, he had the errant big toe nail pulled 'cause he has a lot of problems with that thing being ingrown. So there have been daily routines to follow getting everything healed up or gotten rid of.

The bladder infection is gone, the removed toenail is almost healed up and I can touch it now when I clean it. He's still on meds for his MRSA - that can take 6 to 8 weeks to clear up. He had a scratch on his arm that ended up being cellulitis. Now he knows to keep those fingernails trimmed. He did scratch himself on the face, but we got the meds on that one faster and so far no cellulits has shown it's ugly self.

We did see the hip surgeon last week, and now we are looking at April for the surgery. We go back in late March to get everything set up - again. This time we are going to make it.

I got my skin cancer spot removed and got a letter today telling me that everything is okay, no residue. Get the stitches (10 of them) taken out next Tuesday.

I slip out to my little trailer and work on my ribbon windsocks, have around 35-40 made now. All the materials are on the bed, so can't lay down and take a nap. I have a cable hooked up to the trailer, but I have the completed windsocks hanging from rods located in front of the TV so can't really watch anything. Here are some pictures of what I am talking about.

To the left, is my work area; on the right below is where I keep my supplies and the finished windsocks.

To the right below are some of the colorful ones I have made, being "breeze" tested.

To store them, when I run out of room in the trailer, I hang them inside large cardboard boxes with holes punched on one side to pull the hanging rings through. The boxes are tall enough so the windsock can hang freely. It keeps me busy and gives me some "quiet" time. Hope I can work in some craft shows this summer so I can sell them - either that or my family and friends are going to get a lot of ribbon windsocks!