Get at least one piece of one item off of the long-term list!
- Replace the north/south doors. (They’ve been ordered, will be delivered tomorrow.)
- Work on the websites.
- Prime & paint the removed clapboards from the laundry wall where the new door will be installed. (Priming has been in process since last Friday.)
Get the nailers up so the guys can finish up the trim. Monday
Get the clapboards painted? Started Monday
- Paint the rest of the exterior of the house next to the porch.
- Get the clapboards reinstalled.
- Finish filling in the holes caused by the construction.
- Finish edging the “rain garden”.
- Fill the bagster
- Order gravel.
- Order wood.
MEDIUM TERM: (in the next 2-3 weeks)
- Empty the old coffee table full o’ stuff in the hallway.
- Resolve the “too many” coffee tables dilemma.
- Remove the “island” of boxes of stuff from the attic. Sell, donate, or trash enough that the floor can stay cleared.
- Put food away for winter.
- The fridge freezer needs to be organized and purged. Started Mondaty
- Clean the fridge’s shelves.
- Paint the laundry room, inside and out.
- Paint the bathroom.
- Get the new shower curtain liner painted and installed.
- Get through more of the accounting backlog.
- Get last year’s unfinished clean up done in the entry/living room/hall.
- Get the marble table out of the kitchen and to the antique booth.
LONG TERM & ONGOING:
- Get a job.
- Pay off the equity line.
- Continue to use up the stored foods: grains, beans, pasta, etc. (The canned goods purge the end of last year beginning of this year worked.)
- Rebuild the winter pantry.
- Writing Projects: Memoir
- Writing Projects: Article
- Writing Projects: Kitchen Book
- Writing Projects: Novel
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Since last summer, I’ve sold our old dining room table, the bookcase which was in the hall, the oak stand which was in the entry and one of two Hoosier cabinets. Still to sell: a double dresser, a marble/wrought iron table, at least one coffee table.
I acquired on a sale rack at a home center not too long ago two jars of paint in “modern finish” (high gloss) in black and white. I also got a high gloss liquid wax which does the same thing, but it’s clear. This morning I cleaned the black strap steel shelves in the hall then lightly coated them with some of the black paint to spiff them up. I didn’t “paint’ them, I used the paint as a “buff.” Worked. It was what I had in mind when I acquired the paint. Black metal looks dingy after a while and cleaning it doesn’t get it looking as good as I’d like. In the process, a lot of things were put in the car to go to the antique store.
Yesterday I started cleaning out the shed; we both worked on it in the evening. There’s a lot less stuff in there (much of it is in the car for the booth) and we generated 2 bags of trash. If the roof project was finished, we would have set up the bagster we got a while back. That will happen soon.
There is still the storage IN the shed: all the items on the 2 platforms (it’s like a bunk bed) and two shelf units. When we get those cleaned out/cleared/modded and then the stuff we’re keeping stored the way we have planned, the shed will be much more efficient and easier to use!
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Tagged culling stuff, shed clean out, shed reorganization
They’re putting the new rafters in place. I’m cleaning out the shed.
There are a few obvious “go to the dump” pieces: a broken-down particle board bookcase I bought when I had the store. The ones which were put together were disposed of long, long ago. This pile of boards has been in the shed since something like 2001! It’s going today.
When we bought the house, the kitchen lights were fluorescents with a plastic grid hiding them. One of those grids (or more?) are in the shed too. I don’t know how long the grid has been in the shed, but we’ve had the house > 20 years now, so the thing has been in our space at least that long. It could have been an extra stored in the shed when we bought the place, or it could have been moved there when we replaced the lights. I don’t know — and I don’t care. It’s going away.
About 5 (?) years ago, at auction, we bought 2 single-pane sidelights. We have the better of the two installed in the new kitchen wall. (Partially replacing the two windows we removed from there last summer.) I had the idea we might use the 2nd sidelight on the shed itself, but this morning DH said to get rid of it, so it’s going!
At one point the contractor asked if we had any 8 penny nails? I didn’t know, but there was a peanut butter jar with a few huge (he said they were 10 penny nails) in it and I gave it to him. Told him NOT to return the jar or any he didn’t use. One more item gone!
I need to get back to the shed clean out so I can actually FINISH today, preferably this morning. (I’d like to go to the antique store this afternoon and maybe run a few errands too!)
Mundane, necessary, and productive: my day so far. Not too bad!
I won’t get this done this morning. For one thing, it’s noon. For another, the dump doesn’t open ’til 1:00!
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Tagged culling hardware and other "outdoor" items, shed clean out, storage
What I’ve done this morning:
- I waxed the edges of the new desk with beeswax to help the piece run smoothly.
- I washed down two exterior walls which because of the way the roof was originally built were really dirty. These two walls now have a concrete floor, in the patio, so there should be a lot less asst. dirt, leaves, etc. to crud them up.
- I decided to sell my espionage paperbacks as a lot. I like them, I even every now and then look through or read a book or two, but not enough to justify the nearly 4 linear feet the collection needs. I can use the $20 more than the nearly 40 books.
- Then I got a new container for and culled the vegetable seed collection.
- I ate breakfast.
It’s about 11:45 a.m. and I haven’t done anything this morning at all ‘eh?
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Tagged beeswax on furniture, espionage book collection, morning's work, organizing vegetable seeds, washing outside walls
Remember those? Well, we had one. DH solved it, of course.
Two cars, both needing inspection. Both had appointments today. Two drivers. Two garages in two different towns. Three vehicles.
Sounds easy, right? Except the 3rd vehicle can only be ridden by one person and the other person will not be a passenger. (It’s a motorcycle and I nearly died/was brain-damaged the last time I got on one.) So how do you leave the 2 cars for inspection at the 2 garages in the 2 towns?
I married a brilliant fellow. I know that, and here’s exactly the kind of thing which makes me say so.
- Her car and his motorcycle go to nearest garage. He parks motorcycle and gets into her car.
- She returns home.
- He picks up his car.
- Both drivers go to farthest garage and leave her car. She gets into his car.
- His car returns home. She stays.
- He drives his car to nearest garage. Leaves car for inspection. Gets on motorcycle and returns home.
Two cars at two garages in two towns. Both drivers at home. Motorcycle at home.
Now, wasn’t that easy?