February 18, 2017
10 Days and 2 Nor'easters Later
Three weeks ago, although there was snow on the ground, there was only 5-6" of hard packed and frozen snow. That has changed a bit as since just before Valentine's weekend we have had 2 Nor'easters and several snow storms. These pictures were taken Valentine's day after I had cleaned up after a storm.
The day before Valentine's Day, I constructed a snow break for the back porch as the snow hadn't dumped off the roof, and we were expecting another 12-18" that night into Monday. When large amounts of snow dump it literally keeps me from being able to open the back door, so I wanted to mitigate that. The snow break as built using a couple of rail planter boxes as the base, two 2x4's, two 2x2's and a couple of pieces of plywood. Total $ spent = $0
This picture was taken the next day after a mall snow storm. The little bit of snow under the snow break was wind-driven and was taken after the small slideage shown in the following picture. I was well please on the results even after the Nor'easter the next day.
The snow dumped on the ramp was just a small slidage of a couple of sectionsthe morning of the 14th. A big dump will leave 6-12" (or more) of hard packed snow most of the way across the ramp.
Today we had a nice sunny day and it got up to 53*. I was out in a t-shirt shoveling, breaking up ice and moving berms.
I shoveled the berm away from the ramp.
Cleared off most of the snow from the top of the pellet pile. I used the snow shovel to scrape off the snow. I could have gotten the roof rake out to clear off the middle, but decided this was good enough for now.
I cleared the roof dumpage berm as well as I could from in front of the Propane tanks. Tomorrow I will see if I can get more out of there as they should be delivering next week.
I had to shovel out along the path on the other side of the house as apparently the roof dump had been pushed by the wind and completely filled in the area I had snow blown. I also shoveled a lot of snow drifts gathered at the sides of some of the paths that had been cleared.
While out there, I looked up in the willow tree to see if it had limbs hanging off. No limbs, but I was amazed that the gale-force winds we had sustained for a couple of days hadn't taken this down
That is a large nest. I don't know if it is a squirrel nest (I have a group of 3 sibling squirrels that run around here, as well as another lone squirrel that sneaks in when possible) or a bird's nest.
I probably got sunburned, but it was great getting out in the sunny, pleasant weather.
January 28, 2017
I am experimenting with a piece of trim that I am going to use as a detail piece in the bathroom. In putting in the vanity, I needed to offset it from the backing wall in order to line up water lines and to cover the hole in the sheet rock that the lines run thru. So I installed a filler strip that the vanity backsplash would butt up to. However, it needs something on top so it doesn't look awkward, hence the need for the detail piece.
I got an unfinished trim piece that has leaf/vine pattern
I wanted to color the leaves in autumn hues. Of course they don't make stains the colors I would like so I had to figure out something else. Well, as luck would have it, I have a collection of something like 60 markers so I decided to experiment with mixing their colors to achieve the results I wanted. After coloring in the leaves and letting them dry I stained the background with the stain that I custom mixed for the bathroom door trim, which closely matches the cabinetry.
Here is a panorama of the piece. Since I didn't keep the camera level while taking the picture, it makes the wood look very warped. Rest assured, it isn't :)
Now I just have to figure out what to do with the "dots". I am pretty sure I will try a very small paint brush to insert the stain, but may try some colors too.
January 22, 2017
Winter Storage Party 2017
My dealer had its Winter Storage Party yesterday so I got to visit the bike. This year she was on the ground row just inside the door between Service and the storage area so she was easy to find.
At the end of the party they pull tickets for door prizes. I was the first winner and got a drag Specialty sweatshirt. That is cool, I had no sweatshirts related to bikes. Now I can wear it instead of Iditarod sweatshirts to HOG meetings.
Speaking of HOG, only a couple of members were there this year and only one other LOH member attended. A lot of HOG members don't store their bike at the dealer, but I was surprised that several that are at the party every year chose another activity. After all, the big door prize is for a $400 gift certificate, so that is much coveted. However, there was also an outing scheduled for the Ice Castles up in Lincoln, NH so they all probably went to that event. Unfortunately the original date for that activity was scheduled for last weekend, the same evening as the Patriot's play-off game, so they moved the Ice Castle outing to yesterday.
It was good to see the bike and sit on her for a minute or two, plus get out and do something other than regular trips to the grocery store or Big Box Home Improvement stores (which I did do before the 2 hours I was at the WSP). Next month HOG & LOH meetings start back up after a 2 month hiatus so I have those to look forward to to pull me out of the house for a couple of hours a month.
January 14, 2017
Before Christmas, one of the NH members of a pellet stove forum I belong to was discussing that he needed to install a second stove as his current stove is too small for all of his heating needs. He was also talking about having to wait until he got the funds for exhaust pipe (it is rather expensive and comes in very short sections so you have to buy lots of individual pieces). This is a guy that lives about 15 miles away and I met for the first time when I posted asking for a helping hand to pick up the P43 the spring of 2015. Despite having no knowledge of me (he was a new member to the forum), he volunteered his time and equipment (dolly, straps etc).
I have never forgotten his jumping in to help, so I let him know that I had some pipe left over from my installs. Some new, some used (it came with a used stove), some connections I thought I would need but didn't. He was welcome to it if he wanted it. after all, it gets tiresome moving it around the basement to get it out of my way. Oh, and if he wanted the pipe, he could help me move something while he was here :0
Today he made it over here - and he brought presents (5.5 bags of pellets of different brands - any pellet head will appreciate that!)
Then he helped me swap the "old" vanity counter - old being the original 48.5" counter
For the longer, 55.5" counter that I decided would go better. If you look at the shadows, you can see a 7" space between the counter and the wall. The new counter spans the entire width - even after I moved the cabinets over towards the door so that the left-hand cabinet door wouldn't bang into the wall that juts out.
Oh, and Cop Car - please notice I got the door trim up too (I had removed it for when I did the mudding/painting of the ceiling and left it off until the counter was in).
I offered the "old" counter to the forum member. It had never been plumbed in, just used as a base covering, so was still in new condition. He gladly accepted as his wife has been bugging him to put another bathroom in the house (which I knew from forum chats, so the offer wasn't a stab in the dark). I was happy it and the exhaust parts were going to someone in need, who is a good guy - and I'm sure his wife is lovely too, and someone I "know" thru the pellet forum.
So, now I just have to see if the plumber I used for installing the tub is still doing side work so I can get the vanity plumbed in and then make a final decision on flooring to finish the bathroom off. And, bonus, that big honking 65"W x 30"W x 20"T box that held the counter is out of the basement as well as two smaller boxes of pipe is gone.
I'm making progress!
January 07, 2017
Living Room Bay Window Complete
Cop Car and her HH don't know what they got me for Christmas, so now they get to find out :)
After getting the window trim done my "curtains" in the living room bay window looked rather, should I say, Trailer Trash-ish. The previous curtains, that had come with the house were sheer lace, so for a while I had a blanket up there to keep out the sun in summer and cold in winter. Then I had new windows put in in 2014 and I didn't want to put holes in the wall, and having left over foam board from insulating the basement, I used those in that window. I was looking online for a nice curtain rod and ran into a nice traverse set up which I ordered just before Christmas and came in about a week ago. I have also been looking at lined curtains but needed slightly longer than the normal 63-65" that are common, but shorter than the 86" that are common for drapes. I finally found some I liked that came in 72" and they were waiting on my doorstep yesterday when I got home.
So, I got to work and finally got the traverse rod up - I was nervous at getting it in the right place so the curtains dropped to just at the bottom of the bottom of the window trim. But I also didn't want them lower because they would mess up the FHW baseboard heat if that was used.
Then I put up the curtains (yes, they are rather wrinkled). They are a nice, deep navy blue with a satin sheen - almost too upscale for my house
But the cool part is this
Yep, remote controlled. That way I don't have to get behind the furniture to open / close the curtains.
January 01, 2017
I got the office windows trimmed today. Took forever because they are side-by-side so I had to figure out how to work with the common side. So here is the finished* product.
*Finished as in there is only one piece of trim missing; the left side of the right hand window. Of course I didn't have 51.5" left of on outside corner (at least not the size that worked). That is why that piece of cove is leaning on the window - waiting for its companion piece before it can be installed.
December 31, 2016
Week Off From Work Turns into Work
I have had a week off from my day job, so I decided to tackle a project that has been waiting for over 2 years, installing the interior trim for the windows that I had replaced in the summer of 2014. This is an intimidating project for me because
- I've never trimmed windows before
- The windows were installed when there was no sheet rock installed - important because
- the old sheet rock was 1/4" thick and the sheet rock I had installed was 1/2" thick.
- and of course the new windows were trued up with the outside trim (they had no choice), so that means all window casings are below the sheet rock
- I'm not good at visualizing, so figuring out what I needed to make the trim look presentable was daunting
- Three windows are not like the other windows; two bay windows and the garden window in the bathroom
- Another two windows are side-by-side, but each with their own casings.
- Of the 4 windows of roughly the same size and shape, only two are along the same side of the house, so those were the only two that were nominally unsquare the same way.
But with a week off, I figured the only way to get the trim done, was to just freaking start. So I did. And I could bore everyone, including me, by detailing all the steps I took, but let's just suffice to say that since last Saturday, I have spent an entire day shopping, most of a day shopping, and another 2.5 hours shopping (today) - just for parts to put the trim together. If you understand that the closest places to get the stuff I needed was in Concord, 40-45 minutes away, it makes more sense. Plus, one of those "shopping" days I had a dentist appointment (replaced a filling that had cracked) that took a couple of hours and I moved the ton of pellets out of the shed and into the basement. Oh, and then there was the snow storm that kept me hopping with snow blowing and shoveling (the reason I moved the pellets - while I still had easy access to the shed).
These are the first 3 windows I got done; the living room bay window, the small window to the side of the pellet stove in the living room, and the bay window in the bedroom. Why yes, I do have fancy "shades" in the living room (hopefully soon to be rectified).
These four windows I completed today; the small bedroom window, the craft room side window (it and the small bedroom window were the two I was able to do at the same time since they are on the same wall of the house so were similarly off), the craft room backside window, and the bathroom garden window.
I also worked my night job, stained wood (necessitating waiting for dry time), and caulked around all the windows (pre-trim) (had to wait at least 8 hours for that to dry). I was not able to use all the trim that I had taken off, sanded down, stained and polyurethaned last year, but I was able to use some of it.
Those are my excuses for not having the side-by-side windows in the office trimmed. Nor have I caulked the trim work that I have completed so far. And, there is at least one window (that I recall anyway) that still needs 2 minor finish pieces placed along the insides. Those are minor issues that aren't readily evident and I can do at anytime I get the ambition.
I am happy with the progress I have made and the windows look so much better than they did just a week ago.
December 24, 2016
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and can spend time with loved ones and friends!
I a couple of days I hope to reveal what I've worked on today and will again tomorrow. It is something I mentioned a couple of times when Cop Car and her HH were here.
December 17, 2016
Good Bye Until Spring
No, I'm not going to hibernate - although that doesn't sound like a bad idea as we have already had a morning low of -4, with the high at 13 (Friday). We've also had several snow storms, after which, it hasn't gotten warm enough to melt off. It is good bye to the bike; Friday my favored dealer came and picked up the bike to put it into nice warm storage. I needed the room as with pellets, car, snow blower and bike, the garage was pretty much as full as it could get. In the second picture, you can get an idea of how close to the wall I had to park the car in order to have room to open the door without hitting the bike.
I had arranged to have the bike picked up on Friday, but was not given a time. I needed to burn a vacation day anyway (use or lose), so that was no big deal. Bryan, a service tech, called me at 9 on Friday to see if he could pick it up that morning. By 9:43 he was ready to start loading it into the van (sorry for the picture hue - it was snowy, overcast and that side is in whatever shade there was so everything turned a bluish hue)
After he got it all secured and strapped in, he pulled out of the driveway at 9:46
This is the first time I've had this service, usually dropping it off myself. However, I needed some of the work done offered by the top tier storage package. That work is done at a discount and the package includes their picking it up and dropping it off in the spring.
At least I got some room in the garage.
Later that day I took the car into town to run some errands and charge up the battery and lube up all the moving parts - I hadn't driven it in a couple of weeks. I was able to park the car in the garage in the middle instead of to the side - you'll just have to imagine how that looks since I haven't taken a picture.
December 10, 2016
5 minutes before I would have left my night job I slipped and cracked my head on the tile over concrete floor. Wow that hurt and made a loud sound! Sat up for a minute to see how I felt - yep, I'm good. Started feeling around the back of my head to see if there were any dents, yeah, I'll be fine. Then looked at my hand and saw a bunch of blood. Got up to grab a paper towel to soak it up, and looked at the floor - hmm, lots of blood there. Paper towels came away pretty soaked.
Night of firsts: called 911 for myself (called for other people, but not for me), got an ambulance ride, got a concussion (diagnosed). They asked about pain level; 3 - and I added that I used to have migraines so I tolerate pain quite well since they looked skeptical. I was given the choice of stitches or not, and I opted for not (the doc said if it was him, he wouldn't - it would stop the bleeding but not accomplish much more).
They took a CAT scan to make sure there was no internal stuff since I wouldn't have anyone to check on me thru the night. Finally my boss came and got me at midnight and I arrived home a little before 1 AM. Long day since it started at 3:30 AM of Friday
No lifting or bending for a couple of days - um, yeah right, there's a snow event headed our way and I'll be shoveling and blowing snow Monday. I won't be moving a ton of pellets today as a concession. I do feel like my mind is about 2 feet behind me - not sight-wise, but just a slightly distant feeling, but otherwise I'm fine.
Not the way I wanted to start the weekend!