Monday, January 30, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The back wall has been finished for a while. Still need to fix a hole in the ceiling in the left hand corner, there.
Both kids fixed tile to the exterior wall. We're not exactly sure how we went crooked. That orange peaking from the top is kerdie. At least the horizontal lines match in the interior corner.
Unfortunately, we can't say the same for the plumbing wall. Daedalus figures the wall just wasn't flat enough. Don't know. Almost don't care. This project has just about beaten out of me every last ounce of perfectionism I may have ever had.
We may be ready to grout on Thursday. Or Friday. Or whenever.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
By Saturday morning, Daedalus had got this much done:
On Saturday, I sent him to do a bottle drive ith Emma for her Girl Guide trip to San Fransisco this summer. I did about five of them last winter with our son for his trip to Nefoundland. Badly timed, but it was his turn.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
The theme this week: Awake.
The ceremony is about to begin!
Jim Morrison and The Doors. William Blake. The Doors of Perception. It was all about seeing clearly. It was all about trying to get at the truth. Truth--though the Universe, as we saw it then was amoral. Not immoral--just, neutral. People made up morality People decided what was right and wrong. Questions of how we decided and who decided and all that were for the future. We were existential teenagers, born past the age of drugs and on the cusp of AIDs. We had the books, though. And music. We read, we talked. We looked, we felt. We did all we could to be alive, and awake.
But, truly, looking back now I see it was all through a glass, darkly. We hadn't the eyes to see or the ears to hear. Our quest was impossible--as it always is for the young and idealistic. The romantic.
Yet, I cannot imagine what life would have been like without the quest. Quieter, perhaps. Less disappointing? Who knows. It was what it was and we are left with our memories and our love among the ruins. We won't re-build. We'll find something new.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
That's the thickness of the tile.
Daedalus has been wondering how we were going to deal with the pipes--you know, the spout faucets (shower and tub) and the tap faucets. (How come we don't have a word for the two very different kinds of faucets? Would one word each be too much to ask a language with more that 170,000 words (or so)?
Our problem was with the tap faucet cartridge thingy bits.
The question was: How were we going to get the handle bits back on the threaded bits once the tile was on the wall?
You can see we were already in trouble without the tile:
We consulted the library book we'd borrowed. We looked at the pictures, really.
Then we shuffled off to Home Depot.
Buddy there said, "Just pull the pipes forward."
So, we took a look. The access panel is in our coat closet.
We determined that someone--someone who lived here before --maybe the someone who installed wall board grooved on the bottom edge so the tub flange could be inserted up and into it, maybe the someone who installed a tub surround which turned icky yellow and fell apart--maybe, maybe not-- but someone had placed 2x4's in front of the pipes. Yes, In front.
So, we had to hack out more of the wall in order to chip and chisel away at the 2x4's.
One half day later, we were done.
The taps are now barely where they need to be.
The adventures continue....
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
First, I had to put all this:
and some of this:
(Yes, that's our stairs. It does worry me a bit that it seems to be sort of cobbled together.)
It just took time. By the end of the afternoon, I had it done:
I have needed to get this donation station packed up into bags and boxes for drop-off since the beginning of November.
I did it Friday--but it didn't actually get out of the house until Sunday--so I didn't want to show you it was done until it was, well, done.
As for the bathroom--the tub and shower surround is all orange now.
We have to put up another corner piece and line the niches as well as put up a few more pieces around the plumbing (and glue the bottom of the Kerdie to the tub flange) and then we will be ready to tile.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
My daughter and I both got our hair cut at a fancy schmancy salon today.
I love it! All the stylist did was put some sort of gel through my hair and then twirled it around her finger for the curl. Talk about easy! Emma loves hers, too. The stylist used a hair straightener on hers.
Here's my before:
The difference is nearly unbelievable.
Friday, January 6, 2012
The basement is supposed to be "what I'm doing" this month--it's supposed to be my focus. Ergo, I have license to ignore everything else. Except that the license seems not to have been renewed for 2012. The blinders are off and my skin is beginning to crawl..
In the darkness of 7:45am this morning, this cabinet was particularly repugnant.
So, I decided to tackle it right after lunch. (I was out all morning. Yes, I wore my make-up! oooh. aaah.)
And here we are:
It's inspired me to actually go down to the basement and do something. I'll let you know how that goes tomorrow.
Linking to the ever-inspiring Nony at A Slob Comes Clean and the exceptional William Morris Project at Pancakes and French Fries. They made me do it.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I've been working on this list, off and on, for a few days. I started with the goal of "not taking on too much." After all, the bath tub tiling project will consume quite a bit of time as it is. (My husband is taking the week of January 8th to the 15th off, so IT WILL BE DONE!)
But now that I see it in its entirety, it's just exhausting.
And although, I suppose, one doesn't NEED to set goals (see the guest post at Zen Habits, today) I find that for me I am much more productive if I put it all down in black and white. If I don't, I just drift. As a sahm, there is no one and pretty much nothing to ensure I even get out of bed in the morning--let alone do much of anything once I am out. So, without further preamble, here's the list of things I want done before the 31st.
Project Life: (Scrapbooking)
Keep notes on what happens every day
Take a picture everyday, preferably of someone doing something.
I figure that if I can keep this up for a month, I can committ to buying the bits and pieces I need to actually put together an album. It's all sold out, now, anyway.
Keep up with the daily tasks and report to the Blog when motivation flags.
Update and personalize the Motivated Mom's Cleaning checklist to the end of March.
Project Basement De-Clutter:
Get Christmas stuff put away under the stairs, Catalogue it properly.
Take out and deal with the other stuff under the stairs.
Spend 15 minutes a day down there, working on it (except for the days I'm working in the bathroom).
Get hair cut
Wear make up every time I leave the house.
Sign up for Financial Peace University
Keep grocery trips to once a week.
Work out twice every three days.
Record what I eat, every day.
Finish Photoshop course from Jessica Sprague
Finish reading Great Expectations.
Find and join a bookclub.
Project Home school
Plan work until the end of March.
Project Winter House List:
Kitchen-- Make curtain panel for sink window.
Living Room -- Buy a plant or two and keep it alive.
Downstairs Bathroom -- Paint wooden ceiling planks white.
-- Put up Kerdie and install Tile.
I'll keep you posted!