Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
The kitchen and computer area still need some straightening out, after the alterations that we have done. At least both areas are operational now as I finally got everything hooked up and working!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Ray was waiting to paint the board that goes in between the Haier dishwasher and the cupboard that will be built in next to it, but that never happened. Jay was so busy trying to get the plumbing and other measurements right, that he never did cut it. He just can't think like he used to.
So Ray spent his time working on the drawer that will go under it, and cleaning AC filters, air cleaners, and ceiling fans. There were a lot of other things waiting to be fixed in the work shop, so he tackled some of them, too. Always something to do around here.
This is as far as we got with the dishwasher. It was taken out a couple of times, as once there was a water leak at the dishwasher end, and then there was one at the water cut-off end, which meant I had to into town to buy new dishwasher hose. So it still isn't working yet. But we can already see how much less room the door will take up in the aisle when it is open!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Claudia's water heater plumbing had sprung a leak last night, and from the way it was spraying, it was flooding her bathroom, and not going in the water heater pan. It was plumbed with two kinds of pipe, not CPVC. At Lowes we showed them what pipe we had, to connect to the galvanized fitting on the water heater, so they sold us a lot of fittings, and more pipe of another kind.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Another mild day, with no rain in the forecast, so as Jay didn't show up, Ray and I were doing some painting outside on a table.
I mixed up some paints to get a salmony color that I wanted for Bobcat's board to match the shells in my bathroom. Ray painted it while she was locked on the screen porch. I didn't want her to jump up, the board not be there, and jar her bad leg in the bathtub.
The one circuit was still shut off in the kitchen at the breaker, I forgot and tried to charge my phone! That circuit also controls the hood fan/light, disposal, and over sink light, so it didn't take long to wire nut and tape the bare wires for the dishwasher, and turn it back on.
Ray started getting the shelf, door and drawer primed and painted white for the kitchen, they still needs more coats.
Bobcat woke me up early, so I put that time to good use, I hope. I un-installed my security program, and installed Microsoft Security Essentials, as I heard that it should be better. After it was installed, it took a long time to scan, so I had plenty of time to get dressed, and feed the cats.
I was hoping, computer illiterate that I am, that it would cure some of the problems that I have been having since I had that virus. But it didn't. Somewhere, in the deep dark crevices of this machine there has to be a button which will fix them.
To get into chat I either have to restart my computer, or go through Firefox, which I prefer not to do. It says my Java is not enabled, but I know it is, 'cos I checked. I restart, and it is OK. Weird!
There are two kinds of comment boxes on Blogger. One has an outline for the comment box, and the other doesn't. I can comment on the ones in a box, but not the ones without. I couldn't even post a question on the Blogger Help Forum, either, maybe because that place to post doesn't have an outline? Now, that doesn't make sense to me. It does the same thing, I can click or try to type, and it doesn't even know I am there. I am not trying to go around incognito, I'm not in the Witness Protection Progam, but it acts like I am.
While I was waiting for MSE to do it's thing, I got my laptop going, and still can't get it to go to Live Writer. A sign comes up and says something about an error 401, unauthorized, and has to be remedied, but no button to tell me what or how.
Then I put new cartridges in the printer, and they didn't work. Fortunately I had others. Not a good puter day!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
It is so peaceful without "Pretty"! Her new people wanted an active, lively cat, and they got one. "Prime" and "Patches" just had a laid back, peaceful day.
"Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." - Jeff Valdez
Friday, October 23, 2009
Ray only had an hour that he could work, so he put weather stripping around the back door on the windy, cold, north side of his utility room. It gets drafty in there, on top of this hill with just fields behind the house, and Blackie, their cat, sleeps in there. Also more comfy when doing laundry.
While he was doing that, Jay and I were making something for my 14 year old Bobcat. She loves to sit at my bathroom window when she is not asleep under my bed, or on the porch. I have a stool there for her to jump up onto the tub, but with her arthritic front leg she was having trouble, balancing on the edge of the tub to jump up, or down, from her window. Jay and I made this board, and it has a piece along the buttom to stop it from moving. Now she is tickled pink about her new step. It will get painted.
Jay and I did a bit more repair to that back utility room door, and put a sweep on the bottom, to try to keep the drafts out.
I took Pretty into Conroe and we met my SPCA boss, who will keep Pretty overnight, and then she will go to her new 'forever' home tomorrow. She is very sweet, but too rambunctious for me. The other cat's wouldn't play with her, and she seemed to keep them on edge. She was always getting into something, and insisted on getting tangled up in all the wires to my PC. Now she will have a little girl, and a Chihuahua, to keep her occupied, so I am glad.
Phrases that don't mean what you think they mean!!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
That white roof is great, not only does it reflect the heat, but I don't loose the navy blue van in the parking lots anymore.
Then they wonder why their dogs have skin problems and other health troubles! She was glad that I try to feed mine the better foods, but I know it is cheaper than paying the vet!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Happy 30th birthday to Al today.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Jeans, instead of shorts, were the gear for today, for the first time in months.
Ray and I had laid most of the linoleum on Friday, but not the little corner where the fridge goes, as it had to be cut and patched in. We moved the fridge again, but it took quite a while to get that part cut just right. It had to butt up precisely against the existing lino, and as neither edge were 'factory', it took a few cuts with a straight edge, but finally it was stuck down, so that the seam didn't show.
The baseboard was nailed back on, and then we had to get the new carpet bar down between the carpet and new lino all across the room.
The old carpet bar didn't have 'teeth', and the new one did, so to get it to fit right, we had to take up the old tack strip. The bar was carefully screwed in place, and then I got a wide trowel and pushed the edge of the carpet into place under the lip of the bar, so that Ray could hammer the edge of the bar over it.
We still have a couple of other jobs to do in the guest house, but Shay will be home today, so we will have to wait until the next time she is away. Shay is one of those folks who doesn't like to be disrupted around remodelling!
The sun was shining, and the cats were playing on the porch this afternoon. First time it hasn't been too hot for them to do that.
"Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend." - Zenna Schaffer
Wish I could be RVing on this lovely day.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
I was working on the computer, still in my nightclothes, when my 17 year old grand daughter Michelle, called. She wanted me to take her to school, as she had missed the bus.
I told her that it would take at least 45 minutes for me to get there.
The cats had been out on the screen porch since early, and neither they, nor MaeMae, had even had their breakfasts yet. I usually get dressed and feed them when I get off work at 8.00 AM, before we start working around here at 9.00AM, so was a mad scramble. I knew that her school was nearly into the next town, Conroe, so I called Jay so that he could go with me, as he had stuff to do there. He also had to help me move the furniture out of the way in Ray's kitchen again, before I could leave. I had the floor leveling powder, so Ray could be floating the floor until I got back.
I did feed Bobcat very quickly, as she gets sick if she doesn't eat her canned food on time, and got the cats back in the house, so that MaeMae and I could go pick up Jay. Then he and I moved the furniture, left MaeMae in my house, and off we went.
We picked up Michelle, in another subdivision quite a few miles away. I raced down the freeway, over the speed limit, and got her to school. She was late, of course.
Then on to Conroe. I had trouble finding the right carpet bar that goes between the new lino and the existing carpet. All they had at Lowe's was 8' long. I didn't want any joins in it. Finally found a 12' long piece at Home Depot, and it only just fit in the van. By the time we had made some other stops, it was way past lunchtime, and I was already worn out. I dropped Jay off at his house, and came home to feed the animals, and me.
Ray had floated the floor, so we started struggling with the new linoleum. After vacuuming scrupulously, we laid it out, cut to it to fit, rolled half back, and applied the mastic to that half of the floor. We got that half of the lino rolled into place over the glue, and rolled any air out. Then rolled the other half back, applied more mastic and got that side glued down. By the time we had done that, we were too beat to nail the baseboards, or carpet bar. So we put the furniture back for now. Too tired to come back here to get the camera!
The baseboards can wait until another day!