danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
Also known as my birthplace in PA. The boys and I drove down to my family home near Harrisburg, PA, on Friday when the boys got out of school. My sister and her family still live in the area, as do most of my extended relatives.

Before I left on Friday, Hubby had surgery on his hand to remove a small bone at the base of his thumb that was broken almost 2 years ago in a skiing mishap. It has not healed properly and still causes him a fair amount of pain. So the treatment is to remove the bone, which will have no effect on the function of his thumb. He had it done as an outpatient procedure, so I was able to take him too and from that, and make sure he had the rest of the day to get settled in at home before I left him all on his own. I made him up some meals he can nuke, because cooking can be difficult one-handed. He seems to be doing okay, although his pain today was a little worse.

We made good time on the drive on Friday; light traffic through parts of CT at rush hour (to be expected), and a little bit of rain at the beginning, but mostly fair weather the rest of the way. Got in around 10:30 Friday night.

Christmas Eve was a family party at my cousin's house (who lives right next to my Dad). Unfortunately, this is the side of the family that smokes like chimneys, and E got sick from the smoke (threw up when we got back to my sister's house). I think next year, we may decide to skip that party.

I brought the boys' gifts down here so they could open them Christmas morning with the family. E got a Kindle Touch and a couple of video games. B got mostly video games. They also got Amazon cards and money. I ordered myself a Kindle Touch with my money/gift cards, so that it will be waiting for me when I get home on Wednesday.

Oh, and Christmas Day, B's netbook got completely boogered up with malware and viruses. Don't know what he stuck his metaphorical fingers into, but his netbook was completely hosed. Luckily, my nephew is bit of a computer whiz and was able to clean it up and put better anti-malware and anti-virus software on it to prevent future problems. Christmas Night was another family party with a different branch of the family, which was much more pleasant. Sis and I went and did some post-Christmas shopping today, hitting the sales. I got some nice fall and winter decor items at Pier 1, and some crafting stuff on sale at JoAnn's.

Yesterday, the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide archive was opened to reveal gifts to the recipients. I'm very happy with the gift story I received, a Brisco County, Jr. fic, that was just brilliantly written and gave me a few chuckles. It was just perfect. The gifts I wrote seem to be well-received as well, so that makes me happy. The authors of the stories are hidden until New Year's Day, during which we can write more gift stories under Yuletide Madness. I would like to write a some more gifts if I can, but I also have a House prompt story I need to finish before the 31st. So we'll see. But [livejournal.com profile] yuletide was a lot of fun, and I will definitely do it again next year.

We are down here for another full day, then heading home on Wednesday. It'll be nice to get home. I miss hubby and my kittehs. I still have another week before I have to go back to work, too, and have plans for the days off after I get home. Writing definitely. I'm also hoping to finally paint my living room with the help of the kids. Should be interesting.

Anyway, hope you all had a great bunch of holidays, oh my friends' list, and have a great start to your new year.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
Also known as my birthplace in PA. The boys and I drove down to my family home near Harrisburg, PA, on Friday when the boys got out of school. My sister and her family still live in the area, as do most of my extended relatives.

Before I left on Friday, Hubby had surgery on his hand to remove a small bone at the base of his thumb that was broken almost 2 years ago in a skiing mishap. It has not healed properly and still causes him a fair amount of pain. So the treatment is to remove the bone, which will have no effect on the function of his thumb. He had it done as an outpatient procedure, so I was able to take him too and from that, and make sure he had the rest of the day to get settled in at home before I left him all on his own. I made him up some meals he can nuke, because cooking can be difficult one-handed. He seems to be doing okay, although his pain today was a little worse.

We made good time on the drive on Friday; light traffic through parts of CT at rush hour (to be expected), and a little bit of rain at the beginning, but mostly fair weather the rest of the way. Got in around 10:30 Friday night.

Christmas Eve was a family party at my cousin's house (who lives right next to my Dad). Unfortunately, this is the side of the family that smokes like chimneys, and E got sick from the smoke (threw up when we got back to my sister's house). I think next year, we may decide to skip that party.

I brought the boys' gifts down here so they could open them Christmas morning with the family. E got a Kindle Touch and a couple of video games. B got mostly video games. They also got Amazon cards and money. I ordered myself a Kindle Touch with my money/gift cards, so that it will be waiting for me when I get home on Wednesday.

Oh, and Christmas Day, B's netbook got completely boogered up with malware and viruses. Don't know what he stuck his metaphorical fingers into, but his netbook was completely hosed. Luckily, my nephew is bit of a computer whiz and was able to clean it up and put better anti-malware and anti-virus software on it to prevent future problems. Christmas Night was another family party with a different branch of the family, which was much more pleasant. Sis and I went and did some post-Christmas shopping today, hitting the sales. I got some nice fall and winter decor items at Pier 1, and some crafting stuff on sale at JoAnn's.

Yesterday, the [livejournal.com profile] yuletide archive was opened to reveal gifts to the recipients. I'm very happy with the gift story I received, a Brisco County, Jr. fic, that was just brilliantly written and gave me a few chuckles. It was just perfect. The gifts I wrote seem to be well-received as well, so that makes me happy. The authors of the stories are hidden until New Year's Day, during which we can write more gift stories under Yuletide Madness. I would like to write a some more gifts if I can, but I also have a House prompt story I need to finish before the 31st. So we'll see. But [livejournal.com profile] yuletide was a lot of fun, and I will definitely do it again next year.

We are down here for another full day, then heading home on Wednesday. It'll be nice to get home. I miss hubby and my kittehs. I still have another week before I have to go back to work, too, and have plans for the days off after I get home. Writing definitely. I'm also hoping to finally paint my living room with the help of the kids. Should be interesting.

Anyway, hope you all had a great bunch of holidays, oh my friends' list, and have a great start to your new year.
danagryphon: (Home)
Ugh. I hate home repair projects. I don't mind home improvement stuff, because I feel like I'm making things nicer or more useful, but fixing things feels like going backwards and doing things again.

Especially when it's my own dumb fault.

A year and a half ago, we finished the basement. Which just involved putting up some drywall and trim. Well, unfortunately, we missed a spot putting up the vapor barrier (i.e. plastic sheet), and that area now has a moisture problem. I had to rip out the trim and drywall when we got small mushrooms growing out of the baseboard. Ewwww.

So yesterday we went to the Home Despot and picked up some fungicide spray and plastic sheeting, and some insulating/sealing foam to try to block the moisture from coming in. Now I have to rip out a bigger section of drywall (about 2 feet or so, floor to ceiling), do all that stuff to the treat the area, put the sheeting up, and redo the drywall and trim. Pain In The Ass.

Hopefully that will take care of it. There doesn't seem to be any rot or damage to the wood underneath at least, just to the drywall and trim. So hopefully that means this will fix the problem.

So much for making venison soup and working on a scroll this weekend....
danagryphon: (Home)
Ugh. I hate home repair projects. I don't mind home improvement stuff, because I feel like I'm making things nicer or more useful, but fixing things feels like going backwards and doing things again.

Especially when it's my own dumb fault.

A year and a half ago, we finished the basement. Which just involved putting up some drywall and trim. Well, unfortunately, we missed a spot putting up the vapor barrier (i.e. plastic sheet), and that area now has a moisture problem. I had to rip out the trim and drywall when we got small mushrooms growing out of the baseboard. Ewwww.

So yesterday we went to the Home Despot and picked up some fungicide spray and plastic sheeting, and some insulating/sealing foam to try to block the moisture from coming in. Now I have to rip out a bigger section of drywall (about 2 feet or so, floor to ceiling), do all that stuff to the treat the area, put the sheeting up, and redo the drywall and trim. Pain In The Ass.

Hopefully that will take care of it. There doesn't seem to be any rot or damage to the wood underneath at least, just to the drywall and trim. So hopefully that means this will fix the problem.

So much for making venison soup and working on a scroll this weekend....
danagryphon: (Gryph Avatar)
Well, more like free to anyone who can come get it.

Sunday we went and got a new sofa. Which means, we need to get rid of our old one. It's a large 3-piece sectional. One end is 2 recliners and a console, the other end is a queen sleeper, with a nice big wedge connecting the two. It's in fair shape (the sleeper end is great, the recliner end less so), but it'd be great for a family room, basement, or anywhere where you might have kids/teenagers/college kids trashing furniture. Like Jeff Foxworthy says, they can trash the whole place, and you'll be out... well, nuthin.

Anyway, if you are in the area and want it (or know somebody who wants it), let me know ASAP. The new one is supposed to be delivered tomorrow.
danagryphon: (Gryph Avatar)
Well, more like free to anyone who can come get it.

Sunday we went and got a new sofa. Which means, we need to get rid of our old one. It's a large 3-piece sectional. One end is 2 recliners and a console, the other end is a queen sleeper, with a nice big wedge connecting the two. It's in fair shape (the sleeper end is great, the recliner end less so), but it'd be great for a family room, basement, or anywhere where you might have kids/teenagers/college kids trashing furniture. Like Jeff Foxworthy says, they can trash the whole place, and you'll be out... well, nuthin.

Anyway, if you are in the area and want it (or know somebody who wants it), let me know ASAP. The new one is supposed to be delivered tomorrow.
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
Last night was the annual meeting for our condo owners association. If you are a regular intrepid reader, you will recall that I had some issues with the condo board this summer because of the two window AC units that were in our upstairs bedrooms. In the back of the building, on the second floor, overlooking a retaining pond.

So after the nasty and contentious back and forth this summer, the board generously decided to grant a stay of execution, and allow us to petition the owners at this meeting to change the rules.

Yeah, well, that didn't work out so well.

Cut for massive rant, skip if you don't care )

The only good thing to come out of last night is that I did meet another of the 40B couples, and we will hopefully be bonding over this. Because the rest of them can kiss my ass.
danagryphon: (Picard WTF)
Last night was the annual meeting for our condo owners association. If you are a regular intrepid reader, you will recall that I had some issues with the condo board this summer because of the two window AC units that were in our upstairs bedrooms. In the back of the building, on the second floor, overlooking a retaining pond.

So after the nasty and contentious back and forth this summer, the board generously decided to grant a stay of execution, and allow us to petition the owners at this meeting to change the rules.

Yeah, well, that didn't work out so well.

Cut for massive rant, skip if you don't care )

The only good thing to come out of last night is that I did meet another of the 40B couples, and we will hopefully be bonding over this. Because the rest of them can kiss my ass.
danagryphon: (Yule Triquetra)
The weekend felt much longer than it actually was. Part of that feeling was due to the overnight the boys had with their troop on Friday night. Picked them up as soon as I got home, and headed to Carabiners (indoor rock climbing place) in New Bedford. The boys did some climbing, we played some Munchkins, and got a few hours of sleep. Left the place by around 8 the next morning, and got home by 9:30. So after dropping the boys off with Himself, I still had most of a weekend! Usually, I don't get back from troop outings until midday Sunday, and then I'm so exhausted, all I want to do is sleep.

So Saturday was cleaning and, once M got home from his morning car service, holiday shopping. We got most of it done, although Boog's big present had to be ordered online and won't arrive until we get back from PA after Christmas. Oh well. We got some good deals on the rest of it, and I can't wait to set up our new Soda Stream machine that M's parents are gifting us.

Sunday was more cleaning, in anticipation of the arrival of said in-laws. Oh, and did I mention cleaning? The entire condo got cleaned from top to bottom, including putting away all the boxes of stuff in the living room, hanging some pictures, and putting up some curtains in the basement. The living room STILL isn't painted, but hopefully that will get done after the holidays now. All the sheets and towels were changed and washed, the carpets were all vacuumed and spot cleaned, so the place was nice and sparkly for our company.

Sunday, I also took one of my Quintavia archery peeps to Hunter's Rendevous in Pepperell to help him purchase his own bow. We found a couple of suitable candidates, and after he tested them both out, decided on a very nice one. Brought it home, got it all set up for him with bear hair on the shelf, a nock set on the string, and he was going to pick up some fleece on the way home to make himself a bow sock. Next, I have to set up with Master Li to take him down and figure out proper cedar for making his arrows to go with. And then up to Tandy to get leather for a nice back quiver. That reminds me, need to call Teepee about setting up an indoor practice for the winter....

Sunday evening, I wrapped all the stuff we had gotten the day before, while waiting for the in-laws to arrive. So they finally arrived at about 10:30 last night, a bit later than I expected them to. By the time we got them settled in (they also were exhausted, having gotten up at 3 a.m. for an early morning flight from FL), it was past my bedtime, but at least I didn't have to deal with getting the kids off to school this morning on top of all that.

Tonight, we will have a nice family night, a full house. Gotta figure out what to make for dinner. There will probably be some gift exchanging, although i haven't decided yet when I'm going to let the boys open their gifts. I am waffling between taking them all down to my sister's so they can open them Christmas Day, and letting them open them all in the next night or so while Grandma and Grandpa are here.

Work is closing early on Wednesday (we have Thursday off), so I get to work from home that day. And I am hoping to parlay this little snowstorm into an excuse to work from home tomorrow as well (meh, what will my boss know anyway, being in FL?). Luckily, I don't have any looming deadlines or piles of work, so the rest of the SHORT week should be relatively stressless. I'm taking the car in to get an oil change and tune-up on Wednesday before the big trip down to PA.

De-Junking

Sep. 15th, 2010 02:50 pm
danagryphon: (Home)
Last night was a good night for de-junking. I posted a bunch of the nicer leftover stuff from the yard sale on Craig's List. Got a ton of responses for the Thule kayak racks, and the first respondent actually showed up last night and bought them! woohoo!

Now to use that money to buy a set of these, which has the virtue of accommodating up to 4(!!) boats, while being able to be folded down flat, so that I can still get my car into the garage without having to take the racks off every time. Most excellent.

Then, I answered a "wanted" ad on Freecycle for a woman looking for cub scout uniform shirts to outfit her 3 boys who were all joining Cubs for the first time this year. I have a big bag o' cub stuff that I've been trying to find a good home for since E was a Webelos. I didn't want to just put it in a random clothing donation drop, because I wanted to be sure it would go to some scout family who would really use it. Voila! She came and I gave her 3 blue cub shirts, hats, neckers, slides, belts, even a pair of cub pants and socks, and extra patches that she can use that we don't need anymore. Hooray! She was very grateful, and we had an interesting chat talking about our older sons' Aspergers and how that works with scouting.

Then, I got an answer for my ad for my mountain dulcimer, which I've been trying to sell for about 3 years now. Finally! We spoke on the phone and are going to try to meet up at archery practice in Stow on Sunday (she lives in Framingham, so Stow is at least closer), and she says she is definitely interest in buying it. She even offered to give me a deposit by Paypal if I wanted it!

This morning, I also dumped into the trash as I was putting it out, an old cheapo fabric and metal rod wardrobe that we had been using for ski coats and pants in the closet in the basement before the space was finished. It wasn't really worth trying to Freecycle since the cats had pretty much shredded the back of the fabric enclosure.

Now if I could just find a decent buyer for the boys' old golf clubs, and the big doll collection my mil dumped on us before they took off in their RV last year, I would feel like I am finally getting rid of all the extra stuff I don't want or need in my house.

It feels so good to purge!
danagryphon: (Home)
I have a painted stairwell and upstairs hallway! M was able to jury rig up a scaffolding using two ladders and a sturdy board, and do the taping and cutting in at the ceiling above the stairwell. We had gotten this wonderful extension pole for the roller at Grossman's, so I was able to roll all the way to the top of the 13+foot wall.

I thought for sure it was going to be a lot harder than that.

So we are now done with all the lovely yellow color. That leaves just the living room, and after 2 years being here and 15 months since I started painting, the entire condo will be the colors we want it to be. Then there will be no more boring off-white!

The next big remodel project, which probably won't be financially feasible for at least another year, maybe two, is to replace the crappy contractor grade carpet with a nice hardwood laminate flooring. At least the first floor and the stairs. I hate wall to wall carpet, especially now with Shadow, who likes to leave little bits of himself all over the place (not to mention peeing on the carpet).
danagryphon: (Home)
I have a painted stairwell and upstairs hallway! M was able to jury rig up a scaffolding using two ladders and a sturdy board, and do the taping and cutting in at the ceiling above the stairwell. We had gotten this wonderful extension pole for the roller at Grossman's, so I was able to roll all the way to the top of the 13+foot wall.

I thought for sure it was going to be a lot harder than that.

So we are now done with all the lovely yellow color. That leaves just the living room, and after 2 years being here and 15 months since I started painting, the entire condo will be the colors we want it to be. Then there will be no more boring off-white!

The next big remodel project, which probably won't be financially feasible for at least another year, maybe two, is to replace the crappy contractor grade carpet with a nice hardwood laminate flooring. At least the first floor and the stairs. I hate wall to wall carpet, especially now with Shadow, who likes to leave little bits of himself all over the place (not to mention peeing on the carpet).
danagryphon: (Home)
Now, I've been know to hack assemble-it-yourself furniture before. I particularly like hacking Ikea because for assemble-it-yourself furniture that is wicked cheap, it is very well made, and I love the clean lines of the European styling.

My latest hack is turning a bunkbed into a daybed and under bed trundle. When I moved into my first post-divorce apartment, I bought an Ikea Tromso bunkbed, because it was sturdy (being an all metal frame), it was cheap (I think it was $120 then), and the styling was perfect for my boys.

Since we have now moved B down into his own little man-cave in the basement, I wanted to turn the bunkbed into a daybed for E, to try to open up the space in his room and make it seem less crowded. Now, Ikea sells a Tromso daybed, which I really liked the look of. But why spend $80 for that, plus another $80 for the Tromso trundle when I could use what I had.

I used a pipe cutter to cut each of the 4 legs (after disassembling the entire thing, you'll see why in a minute) 17 inches below the bottom of the mattress supporting rail. This made it the same height as the daybed B has, under which fits the pop-up trundle and mattress that I am planning on moving to under E's bed now. The pipe cutter was like a dream; it let me cut on a very precise line, was very easy to do myself without requiring too much muscle, and left me with an edge that was slightly-turned in and very smooth.

I reassembled the new daybed, but swapped one of the bottom plain rails for the upper rail with the partial raised side that lets you get in and out of the upper bunk. I kept the other side of the upper bunk, which had the raised side that goes the full length of the rail. The result is a very nice daybed that has 3 raised sides, and a plain unraised rail on the 4th side, and looks pretty much exactly like the Tromso daybed frame, except without the curving edge on the headboard and footboard. I got 1 1/4" PVC pipe caps (unthreaded) to put on the bottom of the cut legs to give it a more finished look (and protect the floor from the cut edges), and painted them matte black to match the plugs in the top of the pipe legs.

The last part of the hack will be to use some of the remaining pieces and casters bought at Home Depot to make a trundle to go under B's daybed, more to just store the mattress in case it is needed later, rather than actually trying to use as a pull out bed in B's small basement bedroom. So now E's bedroom will become the guest room when we have company visiting (and E can sleep on the basement sofa or on the pullout in the living room), which will give company much more privacy and better access to the bathroom with shower than they had in either the living room or the den (where the daybed used to be). And it also gives E a place of his own to have sleepovers with friends.

E loves the new look of his room. The next step may be either rearranging the other furniture, or possibly getting rid of one of the 3 dressers (they are all pretty small, but part of a matched set) that he doesn't really need anymore, to open up the space even more. Also, probably getting a couple of Lack wall shelves from Ikea to put above the bed to give him more display area for trophies and boy-stuff.
danagryphon: (Home)
Now, I've been know to hack assemble-it-yourself furniture before. I particularly like hacking Ikea because for assemble-it-yourself furniture that is wicked cheap, it is very well made, and I love the clean lines of the European styling.

My latest hack is turning a bunkbed into a daybed and under bed trundle. When I moved into my first post-divorce apartment, I bought an Ikea Tromso bunkbed, because it was sturdy (being an all metal frame), it was cheap (I think it was $120 then), and the styling was perfect for my boys.

Since we have now moved B down into his own little man-cave in the basement, I wanted to turn the bunkbed into a daybed for E, to try to open up the space in his room and make it seem less crowded. Now, Ikea sells a Tromso daybed, which I really liked the look of. But why spend $80 for that, plus another $80 for the Tromso trundle when I could use what I had.

I used a pipe cutter to cut each of the 4 legs (after disassembling the entire thing, you'll see why in a minute) 17 inches below the bottom of the mattress supporting rail. This made it the same height as the daybed B has, under which fits the pop-up trundle and mattress that I am planning on moving to under E's bed now. The pipe cutter was like a dream; it let me cut on a very precise line, was very easy to do myself without requiring too much muscle, and left me with an edge that was slightly-turned in and very smooth.

I reassembled the new daybed, but swapped one of the bottom plain rails for the upper rail with the partial raised side that lets you get in and out of the upper bunk. I kept the other side of the upper bunk, which had the raised side that goes the full length of the rail. The result is a very nice daybed that has 3 raised sides, and a plain unraised rail on the 4th side, and looks pretty much exactly like the Tromso daybed frame, except without the curving edge on the headboard and footboard. I got 1 1/4" PVC pipe caps (unthreaded) to put on the bottom of the cut legs to give it a more finished look (and protect the floor from the cut edges), and painted them matte black to match the plugs in the top of the pipe legs.

The last part of the hack will be to use some of the remaining pieces and casters bought at Home Depot to make a trundle to go under B's daybed, more to just store the mattress in case it is needed later, rather than actually trying to use as a pull out bed in B's small basement bedroom. So now E's bedroom will become the guest room when we have company visiting (and E can sleep on the basement sofa or on the pullout in the living room), which will give company much more privacy and better access to the bathroom with shower than they had in either the living room or the den (where the daybed used to be). And it also gives E a place of his own to have sleepovers with friends.

E loves the new look of his room. The next step may be either rearranging the other furniture, or possibly getting rid of one of the 3 dressers (they are all pretty small, but part of a matched set) that he doesn't really need anymore, to open up the space even more. Also, probably getting a couple of Lack wall shelves from Ikea to put above the bed to give him more display area for trophies and boy-stuff.

Home Again

Jul. 6th, 2010 10:48 am
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Well, we survived the (wet and cold) wilds of upstate NY last week. Although the wet and cold from Monday through Thursday did limit our swimming and kayaking time, it did give me the time to start and complete the Silver Crescent scroll for [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox  that she was awarded at NRWC on Saturday. Now I just need to get cracking on the assignment for GNEW!

We did have nice weather on Sunday and finally on Friday, so there was *some* swimming and kayaking, at least. And I got to practice my firebuilding skills the rest of the week when the temps hovered in the high 50's during the day. There was a very nice working stone fireplace in the living room of the cottage, which we put to good use, and kept at least the first floor toasty warm.

The boys and I played D&D, and a little bit of Magic. But while I was scribing, they were able to watch the entire Firefly series on DVD. I now have 2 more serious Browncoats in the family. E has not stopped singing the Firefly theme song, and I promised him I would load it onto his mp3 player as soon as I got a free moment.

We left Saturday morning and drove down to NRWC for the day. After hanging with E at the youth combat pavilion so he could fight for about an hour or so, I attended the Athena's Thimble panel, and achieved my first competency in counted work, with the needlepoint Keeper badges I've been working on. They have, I think, 12 different categories of different types of embroidery. I have a "working knowledge" in free embroidery, but the "competency" level is the one to shoot for. I have plans for projects that will hopefully get me at least a couple more competencies the next time I am able to attend a panel (not sure when that will be, probably 12th Night, or Birka).

Did guard duty for court at NRWC, which let me be front row for [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox  receiving her Silver Crescent. Woohoo! When I got the medallion from [livejournal.com profile] yew_hall , she called that one an "AFT" (about f***ing time), which along with "you mean she DOESN'T have one already??!!" seems to be the general consensus. I was very pleased with how her scroll turned out (later period French bar and vine style, with lot of gold leaf and white work), and I'll post a pic of it later.

We hotelled it near the site on Saturday night (yay for pizza places that deliver to hotels), and had an uneventful drive the rest of the way home on Sunday. I got home around noon, and after unpacking the car, spent about 2 hours catching up on email, LJ, and FB. And doing laundry. Lots and lots of laundry.

Once that was done, I started in on the basement again. When we last left our intrepid DIY'ers, the final wall had been mudded, but hadn't dried enough for sanding. I finished sanding (and cleaned up from that), and painted it before going to bed. The next morning, I painted the last of the baseboard pieces and installed that, and was able to move the furniture back in that area. Which opened up the floor to assemble the Great Big Dombas (the wardrobe from Ikea). Once that was assembled and in place, the rest of B's basement bedroom came together pretty quickly. I moved most of his clothes down there, and he actually spent his first night sleeping down there. There are a few changes/new rules that go with the new bedroom that still need the bugs worked out, but the arrangement seems to be a hit with both B and E (who now has the other bedroom all to himself). Still some work to be done on both rooms (shelves and pictures on the walls for B, hacking the bunkbed into a daybed and rearranging furniture for E). And we still have some finish work in the basement on closet doors and whatnot, but that can happen at a more leisurely pace. But the basement looks great, and is functional again as a living area, so I am very happy.

Although I could now use another couple of days off to recover from my vacation and post-vacation DIY.

Home Again

Jul. 6th, 2010 10:48 am
danagryphon: (Home)
Well, we survived the (wet and cold) wilds of upstate NY last week. Although the wet and cold from Monday through Thursday did limit our swimming and kayaking time, it did give me the time to start and complete the Silver Crescent scroll for [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox  that she was awarded at NRWC on Saturday. Now I just need to get cracking on the assignment for GNEW!

We did have nice weather on Sunday and finally on Friday, so there was *some* swimming and kayaking, at least. And I got to practice my firebuilding skills the rest of the week when the temps hovered in the high 50's during the day. There was a very nice working stone fireplace in the living room of the cottage, which we put to good use, and kept at least the first floor toasty warm.

The boys and I played D&D, and a little bit of Magic. But while I was scribing, they were able to watch the entire Firefly series on DVD. I now have 2 more serious Browncoats in the family. E has not stopped singing the Firefly theme song, and I promised him I would load it onto his mp3 player as soon as I got a free moment.

We left Saturday morning and drove down to NRWC for the day. After hanging with E at the youth combat pavilion so he could fight for about an hour or so, I attended the Athena's Thimble panel, and achieved my first competency in counted work, with the needlepoint Keeper badges I've been working on. They have, I think, 12 different categories of different types of embroidery. I have a "working knowledge" in free embroidery, but the "competency" level is the one to shoot for. I have plans for projects that will hopefully get me at least a couple more competencies the next time I am able to attend a panel (not sure when that will be, probably 12th Night, or Birka).

Did guard duty for court at NRWC, which let me be front row for [livejournal.com profile] uxbridgefox  receiving her Silver Crescent. Woohoo! When I got the medallion from [livejournal.com profile] yew_hall , she called that one an "AFT" (about f***ing time), which along with "you mean she DOESN'T have one already??!!" seems to be the general consensus. I was very pleased with how her scroll turned out (later period French bar and vine style, with lot of gold leaf and white work), and I'll post a pic of it later.

We hotelled it near the site on Saturday night (yay for pizza places that deliver to hotels), and had an uneventful drive the rest of the way home on Sunday. I got home around noon, and after unpacking the car, spent about 2 hours catching up on email, LJ, and FB. And doing laundry. Lots and lots of laundry.

Once that was done, I started in on the basement again. When we last left our intrepid DIY'ers, the final wall had been mudded, but hadn't dried enough for sanding. I finished sanding (and cleaned up from that), and painted it before going to bed. The next morning, I painted the last of the baseboard pieces and installed that, and was able to move the furniture back in that area. Which opened up the floor to assemble the Great Big Dombas (the wardrobe from Ikea). Once that was assembled and in place, the rest of B's basement bedroom came together pretty quickly. I moved most of his clothes down there, and he actually spent his first night sleeping down there. There are a few changes/new rules that go with the new bedroom that still need the bugs worked out, but the arrangement seems to be a hit with both B and E (who now has the other bedroom all to himself). Still some work to be done on both rooms (shelves and pictures on the walls for B, hacking the bunkbed into a daybed and rearranging furniture for E). And we still have some finish work in the basement on closet doors and whatnot, but that can happen at a more leisurely pace. But the basement looks great, and is functional again as a living area, so I am very happy.

Although I could now use another couple of days off to recover from my vacation and post-vacation DIY.
danagryphon: (Shooting)
Well, unlike last weekend when I couldn't get my butt in gear to do anything, this weekend was quite productive. M and I got one corner (about 1/5 of the total wall area)) of the basement drywalled. [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  provided us with 5 sheets of drywall that her landlady wanted to get ride of, and that was just the right amount to do one corner. It's taped and mudded, although it needs a second coat of mud on one wall, and of course, a good sanding, and then painting. We have to do a section at a time and get it completely done, so we can move the furniture around to do the next section.

Last weekend, in addition to picking put the drywall from [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , we got a bunch of stuff from Home Depot, including the light green paint for the walls (Dried Palm) and white ceiling paint (ceiling is finished, but not painted). Also picked up a couple of light fixtures to replace the bare bulb fixtures down there.

Still have to get a whole lot of stuff next weekend, more sheet rock, metal cornering pieces, beadboard for the stairway, lumber and insulation for the concrete sections, trim for the window and doorways, and a mini-blind for the window down there (don't want B scaring the neighbors getting dressed once his bedroom is down there). Ugh. My credit cards are groaning already.

So in addition to working on the basement, I got some leatherworking done for the two commissions I have for archery bracers. Speaking of archery, I decided with E's hacking cough that putting him in a crowded theater for Romeo and Juliet wasn't going to be a good idea, so we chose to skip the Shire trip to see [livejournal.com profile] briana17  and her hubby in the title roles. But it sounds like things went well for them. Anyway, so that meant I could hold archery practice yesterday. And I managed to score an 81 royal round with the crossbow! Woot! The final requirement for the Bossman's yeoman program is to achieve Master Bowman level with the crossbow (that's 80 for those who don't know). I don't know if I actually have to get an *average* (of 3 scores) above 80, or just show that I *can* get above 80. I am going to give him a call tonight to check in and let him know what I did. But I'm getting really, really close to getting kicked out of the yeoman nest.

M's parents are coming to town next week for a visit, and staying with us next weekend. Since the basement is under construction, they will have to sleep on the sofa bed in the living room. So I have to do some cleaning this week. It's a good thing Dad's procedure has been postponed until 5/12, because otherwise, I wouldn't be here for their visit. The plan now for going to PA is that I'm leaving on 5/11 and returning on 5/16. So that means no archery practice on 5/16 (not to mention, missing the Shire business meeting/Spring revel), and I may not be able to have it on 5/9, depending on whether M's parents are still here.
danagryphon: (Shooting)
Well, unlike last weekend when I couldn't get my butt in gear to do anything, this weekend was quite productive. M and I got one corner (about 1/5 of the total wall area)) of the basement drywalled. [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69  provided us with 5 sheets of drywall that her landlady wanted to get ride of, and that was just the right amount to do one corner. It's taped and mudded, although it needs a second coat of mud on one wall, and of course, a good sanding, and then painting. We have to do a section at a time and get it completely done, so we can move the furniture around to do the next section.

Last weekend, in addition to picking put the drywall from [livejournal.com profile] chrystie69 , we got a bunch of stuff from Home Depot, including the light green paint for the walls (Dried Palm) and white ceiling paint (ceiling is finished, but not painted). Also picked up a couple of light fixtures to replace the bare bulb fixtures down there.

Still have to get a whole lot of stuff next weekend, more sheet rock, metal cornering pieces, beadboard for the stairway, lumber and insulation for the concrete sections, trim for the window and doorways, and a mini-blind for the window down there (don't want B scaring the neighbors getting dressed once his bedroom is down there). Ugh. My credit cards are groaning already.

So in addition to working on the basement, I got some leatherworking done for the two commissions I have for archery bracers. Speaking of archery, I decided with E's hacking cough that putting him in a crowded theater for Romeo and Juliet wasn't going to be a good idea, so we chose to skip the Shire trip to see [livejournal.com profile] briana17  and her hubby in the title roles. But it sounds like things went well for them. Anyway, so that meant I could hold archery practice yesterday. And I managed to score an 81 royal round with the crossbow! Woot! The final requirement for the Bossman's yeoman program is to achieve Master Bowman level with the crossbow (that's 80 for those who don't know). I don't know if I actually have to get an *average* (of 3 scores) above 80, or just show that I *can* get above 80. I am going to give him a call tonight to check in and let him know what I did. But I'm getting really, really close to getting kicked out of the yeoman nest.

M's parents are coming to town next week for a visit, and staying with us next weekend. Since the basement is under construction, they will have to sleep on the sofa bed in the living room. So I have to do some cleaning this week. It's a good thing Dad's procedure has been postponed until 5/12, because otherwise, I wouldn't be here for their visit. The plan now for going to PA is that I'm leaving on 5/11 and returning on 5/16. So that means no archery practice on 5/16 (not to mention, missing the Shire business meeting/Spring revel), and I may not be able to have it on 5/9, depending on whether M's parents are still here.
danagryphon: (Home)
I got an email flyer for Home Despot yesterday, with fridges on sale. Turns out they have a Amana side-by-side. 25 cu.ft. that is just what we want, on sale, with free delivery. So I said to M, once I do our taxes, let's see how things look, and maybe we can finally do this. Living with a 14 cu.ft. fridge, which doesn't even have an ice maker, for the last 18 months has SUCKED! Especially when we had a 25 cu.ft. side by side, with water and ice in the door (which the new one has) at our old apartment.

So on the plus side, I did our taxes last night, and we are getting a substantial return (not as substantial as last year with the homebuyer credit, but still, it's good). On the bad side, I got an email notification from Turbo Tax that our state return efile was rejected, so I will have to go back into Turbo Tax tonight and figure out what is up with that. On the plus, our federal return was accepted.

Tonight, we are going to measure the opening for the fridge, just to make sure this one will fit, and then go ahead and order it. The old fridge will go down in the basement for now, and once we have that space finished and rearranged, we'll see if we really have the room to keep it down there for backup, or if we will end up selling it.

We also got some more painting done in the kitchen on Saturday, which I am hoping to maybe finish tonight. I still have plans to tile the wall between the counter and the upper cabinets, but for now, it's just getting painted to match everything else.
danagryphon: (Home)
I got an email flyer for Home Despot yesterday, with fridges on sale. Turns out they have a Amana side-by-side. 25 cu.ft. that is just what we want, on sale, with free delivery. So I said to M, once I do our taxes, let's see how things look, and maybe we can finally do this. Living with a 14 cu.ft. fridge, which doesn't even have an ice maker, for the last 18 months has SUCKED! Especially when we had a 25 cu.ft. side by side, with water and ice in the door (which the new one has) at our old apartment.

So on the plus side, I did our taxes last night, and we are getting a substantial return (not as substantial as last year with the homebuyer credit, but still, it's good). On the bad side, I got an email notification from Turbo Tax that our state return efile was rejected, so I will have to go back into Turbo Tax tonight and figure out what is up with that. On the plus, our federal return was accepted.

Tonight, we are going to measure the opening for the fridge, just to make sure this one will fit, and then go ahead and order it. The old fridge will go down in the basement for now, and once we have that space finished and rearranged, we'll see if we really have the room to keep it down there for backup, or if we will end up selling it.

We also got some more painting done in the kitchen on Saturday, which I am hoping to maybe finish tonight. I still have plans to tile the wall between the counter and the upper cabinets, but for now, it's just getting painted to match everything else.

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