Stair Repair, Part the First

So I said I would tell you about our project to reclaim our stairs, and indeed I shall. Or, at least, I’ll tell you about the first part, because we’re nowhere near finished yet.

I don’t suspect we’ll be finished for a very long time, mainly because Budget. Also, if I am being completely honest, because Procrastination.

So if I were you I would settle myself in for a long wait, with a not-terribly-exciting finish when all is said and done. Continue reading

Did You Write Anything?

So, this morning BDH asked me, “Did you write anything recently?”

(Yeah, he reads my ramblings too. You’re not alone in your shame.)

And I hadn’t, so I said so. But it’s not for want of things to write about. It’s just sometimes, there’s A LOT. And most of it is boring, everyday life stuff. (There’s a good reason I have that as one of my categories.)

Basically, there are periods of my life that fit into one of the following two categories:

  1. all about That Girl, and
  2. everything else.

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An Update From the DIY Trenches

So, remember how last week I was all DO ALL THE THINGS!!

Well, we did!

We started two projects in the last week. The first was to redo our stairs — from carpet to wood — and the second was to make our own apple jelly.

Remember when you were younger, and you would go out with friends and drink a lot, and then wake up the next morning and swear “I am NEVER. DRINKING. AGAIN”? Continue reading

Do All the Things!!

Well, we’re into the second week of September (well, third, actually, if you count those first three days as a week OKAY FINE, TWO AND A HALF WEEKS THEN) and the weather is settling down and our routines are starting to sort themselves and all seems well.

Except now I want to DO ALL THE THINGS!

I think it’s the return of free time after managing That Girl all summer. Suddenly I have my day to myself again. And I just need to fill it. Continue reading

A Full June

Well now. Look at what the cat dragged in. I have no excuse. Honestly. I could give you some song and dance about life and all its complexity, but honestly?

  1. It’s been a busy few weeks, and
  2. I’ve had nothing useful to say.

It’s just been that kind of month. We’ve all had them. Plus, with all the… sadness and violence and crap going on in the world… I’ve been feeling sadness and anger and the need to blanketfort quite a bit. And we’ve all hear enough about that stuff, for the time being. For a lifetime, really.

So instead, my focus had been turned inward — and by that I mean I have been taking time to focus on my little life here with my house and family. And there’s been a lot to do. Continue reading

Stepping Outside Our Comfort Zone

As I mentioned last week, we’ve put new flooring in our once-was-living-room-then-became-playroom-and-once-again-will-be-living-room. And now, I have pictures.

I think I mentioned that in our tiny home of bad spaces, we have an open-ish main floor. It was once a tiny kitchen and tiny living room but, once Stinkerbelle came home, we took all the furniture (there was not much to begin with) out of the living room, leaving just an old TV and an Ikea chair, and added a bunch of toys. And hey, presto! A playroom.

It worked well. For five years, I could work in the kitchen and cats and kid could play, supervised, with easy access to toys and snacks and doors to go outside (well, not the cats, but me and the kid).

But, during said time, the already showing-its-wear carpet took quite a beating, with messes and barfing and peeing and spilling of both the human and the feline variety. Over the years, it’s fair to say our poor little carpet steam cleaner got quite a workout. Continue reading

Technical Difficulties. Please Stand By.

So, we’ve been doing lots of work around the house, yeah? And I have been wanting to tell you all about our BRAND NEW FAUX HARDWOOD LAMINATE FLOOR OMG.

We were careful to take lots of pictures of our floor-in-progress — pulling up the carpet, all the schmutz underneath said carpet, cutting the flooring, putting in the flooring, admiring the flooring — because we wanted a record of our work and our progress.

The problem is… most of the pics are on BDH’s new Crapberry phone device thingy. And for some reason, he’s having difficulty sending them to me. But when he does, I WILL POST OHYESIWILL.

Until then… enjoy this adorable picture of Duncan, today at lunchtime.

P1020486(SPOILER ALERT: That napping spot is in the room with the new flooring. You can even sort of see it there, underneath the cabinet. Kind of.)

 

Levelling Up

So, it’s been a busy couple of weeks around here, because OMG PROJECTS. And, to be fair, a visit from a much-missed friend from Australia, and a long weekend. So much going on, and much of it good.

But let’s focus on the home improvement stuff, because SO EXCITE. Seriously. I’ve been waiting years — YEARS, I SAY — to be able to accomplish some of these things, so I have to say, I’m pretty pleased.

Let’s start with the weekend before last, in which farewell was bid to an apple tree, a shed was built, and a scalp was sunburned. Continue reading

Inside and Out

We have been plugging away at our home improvement projects. And when I say “plugging away”, what I mean is “not doing much of anything at all, really”.

Well, these things take time.

We finished painting our one-day-to-be-reclaimed living room, with two coats of paint. And we were eager to get on to putting in the flooring, so we made a decision on the type and colour, and BDH ran out to Home Despot and bought the flooring, as well as underlay and supplies and tools.

And then we found that you have to let your flooring sit and acclimate or acclimatize or some such word meaning “sit around and get used to the environment” or something, for at least THREE DAYS. Continue reading

SLOW! Speed Reduced. Construction Zone.

Welcome to spring and home renovation season! We are currently living in a construction zone.

Our house has needed some work since… well, since we moved in, honestly. But money and time can be scarce, not to mention the human resources (two tired people like us) to get the job done. But this year, we decided to bite the bullet and just get started.

It took a little prioritizing. We have so many things that we need or want to do, and very limited funds to do so. So, it was a matter of just making some decisions and getting started.  Continue reading