Tuesday, June 21, 2011
(There are only pictures of these guys because we have someone interested in a black dog. More *many, I'm sure* pictures to follow when it's light out and we don't have to use a flash). Oh, and I don't have the second guy in a headlock, he's just sooo squirmy!
Monday, June 20, 2011
(For the record, Zack Ward, who played Scut Farkus? He grew up quite lovely. Go on. Google him ;D).
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I've been away from my books for almost a year!! So: tearout. Boo. This is my least favorite part because you NEVER know what you're opening up... Already, I know that the walls are rocklathe and plaster, which means that you can't just throw on drywall patches, because everything needs to be shimmed. Fantastic. So I'll leave you with this:
Now, my mud just needs to dry over night, and things should go fairly smoothly *knock knock*. The tearout went easily, but everything was together with these HUGE spikes, and I won't lie, it was a little challenging to take it apart, since I was trying to save the pieces to re-use. I found this in the ceiling:
I can't get a good picture, because of the reflection off the foil (foil backed insulation; I thought it was just in the exterior walls, but apparently it's between floors as well), but that is eelgrass, a type of seaweed that I've seen used as insulation in houses that were both older than this one, and located in fishing villages. I was a little surprised to see it here.
I found a robin's egg today too. I almost stepped on it, and I picked it up before I realized what it was. The inside appears to be completely liquid though, and there's a crack in a shell.The windex appears to be working on the old hardware, but I'm not sure what's up with the change in colour:
And now, I am le tired. Bed. More mud in the morning.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
OHMYGODPUPPIES!!! How did I forget?? Roxy has Rocco's puppies last Friday. Unfortunately one didn't make it, but there are 7 gorgeous wee dogs that are getting very big already. At a few hours old:
Yesterday was free day around our street, meaning people put out piles of things that they don't want, but are too good to throw away. I resisted the urge to rifle through every pile, but I saw a door when I drove by one spot, and hounded the boy until he walked down to see if it was any good. Oh, free stuff! I love you!!
Also, Kijiji is good to me. I've been trying to get one of these since we moved here, and after 11 months of perseverance, the kitchen looks HUGE!! This is almost identical to the one we were looking at for $200 last weekend, and this was $125 cheaper. What was that? You want to see a very bad picture that you can't compare to to a before, because I don't have a before, and there's nothing in the picture that shows any kind of scale? OKAY!!
Maybe next weekend I'll actually get to make something...
So shiny and so red. Clean kitchen is courtesy of Adam. Tree in the driveway?
Also courtesy of Adam. Guess I can't win them all. However, it's out of the backyard, and will (theoretically, at least) be cut up tomorrow (when the huge, sap-spewing, sun-sucking, entangled-in-the-power-lines tree will also be going). Now please excuse me while I ramble about Idiots Who Procreate. Are you an idiot? If you answered yes to this question, please go have yourself spayed or neutered. Go on, we'll wait....
Okay, now that the idiots have left the room, OMFG. First it was the kid who kept coming into the yard, up on the deck, and would then be taken out by the dog, who STILL COMES AROUND even tho we keep telling her to go home. Next up: SUPER SOAKER. But then tonight, I'm getting my supper, and I happen to look out the window, and picture this: one small child playing in the dirt, while the other kid is standing a very small distance away, swinging an ax into the dirt. Oh yes. I am serious. These kids are maybe 10. Do they have a mother? I assume so, yes. Somewhere. Clearly she is insane/stupid/unconcerned. So I run out on the deck and promptly lose my f*#@ing s#!t. Again, they don't care. Should I find these urchins in my yard again, I'm letting the dog out. If he eats them, well, I guess I don't have to worry about witnessing a decapitation in my yard. What the hell, people? Srsly. sigh. I could go on and on, but I won't...
So. First, let me say that in my defense, this was a quick-fix and was not there all the time. However, I finally got sick of looking at this when we wanted to let Rocco out on the deck:
(cue Elvis singing In the Ghettoooo) and replaced it with this:
(Please ignore the cord and the shirt and all the other random crap you can see. Or can't see for that matter. I cleaned it all up. Come see if you don't believe me). I also (finally! My god, I'm so slack!!) installed a door closer on the screen door, which Rocco finds very handy, as he doesn't have thumbs.
Tomorrow: I get a new kitchen table, Rocco graduates, and maybe, just maybe, I'll make something. Stay tuned!!