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Chore Status 9/12

It seems as I get things done I’m also adding more. Accordingly, I edit and repost this every Monday so that I start each week with only the still needed list. The old list is available, with the struck-through text, on the last week’s post!

to do list 1

Living Room:

  • Spackle  (as needed) wall board prep is complete, at least for everything but the hall, which we are NOT doing right now.
  • Sand: (as needed)
  • Primer, 2nd coat: (as needed)
  • Caulk/chinking: Remaining: Above/below front window and to the door. Baseboards: street wall. Clean up
  • Final Paint: entire room (street, oak, kitchen, bookcase wall, hall walls (closet, bath, pantry), stair wall, entry, stair interior wall, and stair rail.
  • Cull/clean: get fabric to Jeannie’s for reupholstery. Window replacement on north side (trim removal done).
  • (long term) Replace window interior trim and mod hall door trim to match front door (and get rid of those F’n ledges!!!). Replace baseboards for same reason. Sand and redo floor. Move kitchen door?

In broad terms what remains in the living room prepainting effort:  Between the logs looked awful and was impossible to paint, so we’re caulking between the logs. What needs to be done: window to the door.

We need to finish the additional spackling, patching, between log caulking and other caulking. Then we sand, again. (Being done on a wall by wall basis, as needed) Then we primer, again, as needed on interior walls, exterior walls are getting a full coat of primer. THEN we paint! I thought it was 2 coats of primer the manufacturer recommended. It’s two coats of paint!

Blue stickies on the door (meaning job has been completed): 5 11 12 17 18 19 20

Measure furniture. Make a floor plan so you move the furniture and books ONE more time, not more than that!

Hall: Replace smoke detector (future).

Kitchen: (Cull/clean) Get the 2nd Hoosier into the kitchen.  Dismantle the f’n 30 square foot counter and redo it to something saner!!! (long term) Pull the windows, put in the new wall and windows. Finish the sink window trim.

Laundry: (Cull/clean)  (longterm) Get the switch thing set up so you don’t have to pull the dryer out anymore!

Bathroom: (Cull/Clean) corners, window,  clear out.

Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) get couch downstairs. When reupholstered chair returns, put it here, not living room.

Attic: Get the 1 base cabinet in there (or elsewhere) and the cabinet which came from the storage. Get the bookcases from office 1 into the attic.[1 base cabinet used in kitchen 8/20]

Office 1: . Get the counter cleaned. Remove everything from the bookcases on the north wall and get the cases moved into the attic.  Bring in the new dresser currently in the wood shed.

Office 2: Clear off the blue desk. Sell/cull items awaiting that. (long term) Move the office function downstairs.

Dining Room:  Take down candlabra, sell. Paint china cabinet and relocate the 2 Hoosiers.

Storage: Remove the 2nd Hoosier for the kitchen.Get at least 5 boxes out and deal with the stuff in them. Move to 10 x 20 unit.

Garden: Continue, finish and keep up the weeding, so that the weeds don’t take over the yard and next year’s vegetable garden is a disaster accordingly! [Worked on this 7/24-5, week of 8/20, 8/27, 8/29, 9/11]

Get the windows done. SR door panel 27.5 x 64,

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 51 as of 7/27, 50 as of 8/1, 48 8/9, 49 8/22, 48 9/5,  44 9/11 “Tally” page information (tab, on this blog) moved to history 9/17.

Systems, Mostly Long Term: Heating: stack ready for use,  2 cords of wood. Finish basement insulation. Order 2 more cords of wood. Roof: get new back roof. Water: get clips installed both roofs. Get guttering/water barrel. (long term) Landscaping: Walls, fencing, gates, plantings as needed.

Writing:

  • Memoir retype effort: 6% 9.6% 12.5% 15.9% 18% 21.6% 23.9% 27.2%29.5%  36.4% 38.6% 40.9% 43.2% 46.6% 52.2% 56.8% 57.9% complete (I’m amused that I seem to do this in 3% chunks. I’m not counting or anything, it’s just that the sections are short, and it’s difficult emotionally, especially the first 3rd, so I’ve been doing it until I felt like quitting, then I let myself stop.)
  • 3 stories into novel: 05% complete I haven’t worked on this to speak of. Did locate the 2 older story fragments, which is what I’m calling 5%. Worked a little on one of the stories, call it 07% now 9/9
  • kitchen book: nothing new as of 9/5
  • possible future editing jobs: nothing new
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Attack of the Blue Stickies

Last night we did a few things: talked about the window replacement effort. What has to happen to pull the living room together. Heating season is coming and the wood stove is in the middle of the living room. We also went through the living room, one wall surface at a time and identified what still needed to be done, before painting. On the one hand, this made the room look like it had been attacked by a blue-sticky wielding monster, but on the other, it gave us a concise game plan, wall by wall. Each wall or area got its own blue sticky with a short list of what had to be done to it, before painting can occur.

blue-stikies

DH this morning has eliminated the need for 3 of those stickies. They’ve been put on the back of the door (not being painted). We both have things we want to do this morning, but after that, we’ll see if we can’t eliminate most, if not all of the rest. Then tomorrow? We start painting.

Finally.

Two walls DH worked on this morning are those we identified which need to be done, first, because as soon they’re painted, the sooner I can start pulling the bookcases and books from the middle of the kitchen and living room where they’re currently stashed. This is crucial, as the items in the kitchen are in the way of the replacement windows. The window replacement is also something we really want done, before the end of this month.

No stickies for that effort — yet.

This is going to get done, partly because, yes, it has to, or we’ll freeze. But partly just because it WILL get finished. In an effort to eliminate unnecessary steps, we didn’t make stickies for the hallway. The hall walls are tiny, go around 4 doors, and need to be fussed with . The amount of paint required is minimal, but it will take a lot of  time, as it requires cutting in here, there, and everywhere. Right now our emphasis is the main room, get the replacement windows in, and the wood stove back together.

So, the attack of the blue stickies is a good thing — as long as it’s short-lived!

 

 

We Bought Paint!

What we did yesterday? A few things. We moved the now unplugged big fridge over to the space cleared the day before for this purpose. Before we went anywhere I used the hole this created as a chance to clean the wall and floor.

Then we went off and bought paint. The only store which sells the paint we’re using is 1+ hours away. There’s a Habitat Restore in the same town and we always  go there and to DH’s fave woodworkers shop too. Did all that, came home.

DH moved one of the corner base cabinets (we got it from a neighbor, you can read about it (here) which had been sitting on our lawn and put the small fridge atop it. We then took all the food from the coolers, tossed whatever ruined food, and packed the fridge. The little fridge is approx. 1/3 the size of the big one. However, it works, we already own it, and it saved us from delaying the paint purchase,  more wood, the roof  next month, and perhaps our septic being pumped.  The paint, wood and roof really aren’t negotiable. The septic might be, but we’re pushing it, and that might not be smart.

So the plan is to work on pulling the flat file, graphics table and stand away from the kitchen wall of the living room, so I can wash it down and we can tape and spackle it. I’m busy with other things on Monday, so no painting, or very little. It would be lovely to move the furniture, clean/spackle and primer the wall tomorrow but that’s just not realistic. On the other hand, this is FINALLY the last piece of wall which needs to be cleaned/spackled or patched in the “living room” —finally!

Today? It’s Sunday, which means DH’s pancakes for breakfast. After that? Working on the living room painting project, of course! Happy Sunday all!!!

Recharge?

Okay, the week has gotten to me. The “it’s never going to be done”paint job is getting to me. My work situation has become more complicated, in the way that my colleague complicates things, again. And I’m weary of the apparently never-ending, never finished overwhelming things which need to be done.

And we added one: our 2nd batch of wood was delivered this a.m. Certainly, it beats freezing this winter, but we hadn’t, because it has been so hot and sticky, dealt with the 1st cord, mostly. Now we have a 2nd to deal with — and we need at least one more, 2 by preference and there will be nowhere to put those until we deal with these.

Re the fridge? We went shopping again yesterday and codified our planning. The tech was here yesterday, talked to KA about the fridge and they’re shipping him a part. (This is identical to what happened with the 1st fridge btw.) Assuming he can recharge the system, then it should work. But whether it will work for 3 days or 3 years is unknown. So. . . our short term plan is to use the small fridge we have, buy another big cooler (just in case) and hope for the best. The midrange plan is that AFTER the new roof goes on, next month, we start saving for a new convertible fridge/freezer. We plug it in as a freezer and sell the smaller commercial freezer. If the fridge continues to work? Great. If not, we convert the dedicated fridge/freezer to a fridge and probably go buy another freezer or maybe another convertible. Dedicated freezers are a lot cheaper than fridges. A convertible fridge/freezer although the insulation and compressor have to be beefed up are basically much simpler than the (fragile?) high-tech fridges. Hopefully this means they’ll work for 10 years at least instead of 4 or 5.

The interior staircase wall I worked on yesterday is gorgeous by comparison to when I started, it is no longer filthy, and marked with various wear.

I have 2 tasks today. 1) Clear the section of the kitchen where we plan to move the fridge. 2) Start moving things away from the other side of that wall, the kitchen wall, so I can clean and spackle it. It’s the only piece of the living room’s walls which haven’t been done!

And of course, there’s laundry and dishes and various horizontal surfaces to clear: kitchen counters and the dining room table being the most urgent. The dishes, laundry, counters and table are the things which almost always need work, sigh.

 

Chore Status 8/8

Decided because it seems as I get things done I’m also adding more things to do, that I should repost this every Monday.

Living Room: Sand, clean, knot Sealer Living room wood walls are done! Primer (1st coat) all of the front wall, behind the hearth, hearth to back corner, small piece on kitchen wall, stair walls, room side, pantry/office wall, pantry door trim, office door trim, bath wall, bath door trim, closet wall, closet door trim, bookcase wall, kitchen wall, entry wall (all wall board). Clean/Spackle (wallboard) pantry, bath, closet, bookcase, kitchen, interior stair/entry walls. Sanding/Knot sealer: door trim: pantry, office, bath, closet. primer (2nd coat) : kitchen wall, oak wall, front wall, wallboard walls.  Caulk: entire room trim to walls and floor. Final Paint: entire room, entry, stair piece and hall. Cull/clean: get chair  & fabric to Jeannie’s for reupholstery. Window replacement on north side. (long term) Sand and redo floor.

In broad terms what remains in the living room prepainting effort: the remainder of the pantry wall, bath wall, closet wall, hall wall, the kitchen wall, the interior stair wall are all wallboard and still need to be cleaned, spackled and primed. The door trim on those walls all needs to be sanded, cleaned, knot sealed and then primed. These walls need to be primed: kitchen wallboard, hall, closet, bath, pantry, interior stair/entry.

AFTER I get everything primed at least once, then the final painting can occur. I need to remember to buy a pint of oil paint/gloss paint for the trim as well as the gallon of other paint for the walls. I didn’t knot seal the “stair rail” btw on purpose as we’ve all along planned to redo it. If the knots shadow out, then it’s another reason to do what we’ve planned anyway, and less work now — and I’ve got plenty!!!

Hall: Replace smoke detector (future). Take down mount for star curtain. Clean wall, spackle as needed, tape baseboard. Prime, sand and paint.

Kitchen: (Cull/clean) 2nd half of fridge, 2nd half of freezer, make freezer inventory.Get the boxes out of the way so you can pull the table out, get antique table out. Clean the marble table, move the sewing machine.Unfold the rug. Get the 2nd Hoosier into the kitchen. Get the new freezer in the kitchen. Sell the old smaller fridge. Dismantle the f’n 30 square foot counter and redo it to something saner!!! (long term) Pull the windows, put in the new wall and windows.

Laundry: (Cull/clean) clothes, backlog (again). (longterm) Get the switch thing set up so you don’t have to pull the dryer out anymore!

Bathroom: (Cull/Clean) corners, window, closet floor clear out. Mail or distribute presents.

Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) get couch downstairs. When reupholstered chair returns, put it here, not living room.

Attic: Get cabinets in there and stuff organized. First 4 cabinets are here now, need to get the space cleaned, and them placed in the attic, then stuffed with stuff, and clean the area for the next ones. Get the 2 base cabinets in there (or elsewhere) and the cabinet from the storage. Get the bookcases from office 1 into the attic. Get the bookcase boxes on top of the cabinets, when they fit.

Office 1: Get the first batch of craft supplies to the shop. Get the counter cleaned. Remove everything from the bookcases on the north wall and get the cases moved into the attic. Get dresser out of there for SIL to take home. Bring in the new dressers? Clean where the dresser was.

Office 2: Clear off the blue desk. Sell/cull items waiting for that.

Dining Room: Unfold the rug when the oak table is removed. Take down candlabra, sell. Paint china cabinet and relocate it and the 2 Hoosiers.

Storage: Get the table to the person who owns it. Remove the folding screen. Remove the 2nd Hoosier for the kitchen and cabinet for the attic.

Garden: Continue, finish and keep up the weeding, so that the weeds don’t take over the yard and next year’s vegetable garden is a disaster accordingly! [Worked on this 7/24-5]

Storage: Get at least 5 boxes out and deal with the stuff in them. Move to a smaller storage unit 10 x 20 instead of 10 x 30 which is what you have now.

Get the windows done. SR door panel 27.5 x 64,

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 51 as of 7/27, 50 as of 8/1, 48 8/9)

More Merry-Go-Round Chores

The wall over/under the window and behind the hearth has been cleaned and knot sealed. Tomorrow I can put the first coat of primer on it. The next day it gets sanded. Then it gets primed again. The next day it gets sanded the 2nd time.

The next piece of the living room  wall is truly inaccessible. It’s behind the roll flooring (remember that? I bought it two weeks ago) and the large oak (it’s on wheels) flat file. There’s a major piece of equipment  and a metal sculpture there too, but the equipment is made to move and the other hangs on the wall.

The problem isn’t moving this stuff. The roll flooring can be moved with a dolly. It’s that there’s nowhere to move it to. The center of the room is already filled with furniture, books, misc. pieces from the living room teardown/painting already in process.

However, I’m determined to get the living room painted, and before the middle of August. I want to put it together, the way it’s supposed to be by or before Labor Day. Some of that is in progress  — the chair being reupholstered starting next week, for example. Removing the chair will create a hole in the island of stuff in the middle of the room, but not enough.

The sculpture has a designated new location, which was cleared months ago. It just needs to be taken down, cleaned, the wall where it’s going dusted and then the piece put up. That wall is only partly wood, so not all of it needs the extra step of knot sealing before the primer.

Today we got the next 2 pieces of the log wall sanded, cleaned, and knot sealed. Also today, DH made the pull out shelf he was going to — works great! And otherwise? We cooked, cleaned some, went to the dump and I have a box of books to be mailed to a friend, tomorrow probably. Those books and the books I decided to take to the antique store completely emptied a box which was hiding in my office. [That’s effectively 2 linear feet of book shelves I will NOT need. Hurrah!]