Plumbing List is Getting Long

We’ve been limping along with some undone and broken down plumbing situations.

We need the water supply to the Cottage bathroom restored.
We need the water supply to the Cottage bathroom restored.

I have decided to bite the bullet and just call a plumber.

The waterline just above the curtain rod is busted so we can't even turn on the water to the Cottage.
The waterline just above the curtain rod is busted so we can’t even turn on the water to the Cottage.
  • In the Cottage
    • Propane water heater
    • Propane furnace

      The propane heater in the Cottage is having issues also.
      The propane heater in the Cottage is having issues also.
    • Break in the water line
  • In the House
    • Hook up two master bathroom sinks

      The sinks are in and the plumbing roughed-in, now we just need connection.
      The sinks are in and the plumbing roughed-in, now we just need connection.
    • Reset master bathroom toilet
    • Reset conservatory toilet

      The new toilets need new flanges.
      The new toilets need new flanges.

These plumbing issues might be costly but I’m hoping that bundling them will same some money.

I’m planning to call today to set this up.

Have you got plumbing issues? How are you mending it?

More Craigslisting

I got rid of some large construction clutter  yesterday by listing it on Craigslist.

These partial pieces of drywall will easily fit in almost any vehicle.
These partial pieces of drywall will easily fit in almost any vehicle.

We were left with partial sheets of wallboard which I described in a separate ad.

When the bit of drywall are gone from against the front wall of the Cottage it will be easier to get things in and out.
When the bits of drywall are gone from against the front wall of the Cottage it will be easier to move things in and out.

We received a number of responses which will effectually clear out the chards of drywall in the cottage.

There are two each of the round shades and only one of the squarish one on the top right.
There are two each of the round shades and only one of the squarish one on the top right.

I also listed 7 large lampshades which I have replaced with different shapes on the lamps in the house.  Lamp shades, due to their size and shape, are difficult to store.

These cone-shaped shades would be easy to update.
These cone-shaped shades would be easy to update.

These, too, are highly sought after.

I've done a lot of work at this table over the years.
I’ve done a lot of work at this table over the years.

I want to figure out something to do with my drafting table that I’ve had since college.  Maybe it will stay in the Cottage and maybe move back over to the house. The table needs a good cleaning.

The cement exterior wall shingles don't take up much room but are very heavy.
The cement exterior wall shingles don’t take up much room but are very heavy.

And Charlie is going to move the extra wall shingles and roof shingles to a spot in the crawl space under the house.

The water heater in The Cottage needs to be replaced.
The water heater in The Cottage needs to be replaced.

I’m getting closer the ability to have a plumber come out to replace the hot water heater and repair the propane heater and any other little plumbing jobs that are beyond our ability.

A pile of roof shingles also is going under the house in the crawl space.
A pile of roof shingles also is going under the house in the crawl space.

In addition to the above items the Cottage also houses:

  • the interior wood trim for the house,
  • our large power tools,
  • paints and supplies,
  • old doors removed from various doorways in the house,
  • and some odd furniture.

I’m working on it.

Does your clutter spot get overwhelming?

Starting the Cottage Clear-out

Yesterday afternoon I listed our leftover blueboard drywall on Craigslist for free.

I advertised the blueboard first and got rid of all the shorts.
I advertised the blueboard first and got rid of all the shorts.

By the end of the day I had 5 8 responses eager to come and pick it up.

This pile of drywall has been whittled down.
This pile of drywall has been whittled down.

Charlie called the first respondent and she came with a Mazda SUV.

Both the inside and outside were packed with drywall.
Both the inside and outside were packed with drywall.

Charlie helped her load up as much drywall as her vehicle could carry.

The drywall supply has been reduced and we found some more books to be donated with the Book Swap books.
The drywall supply has been reduced and we found some more books to be donated with the Book Swap books.

Bonus for me is that some of the heavy stuff is cleared out of the Cottage.

Before
Before
After
After

I was concerned that when I went to clean up over there I wouldn’t be able to move the clutter due to its weight and unwieldiness.

What are you clearing up?

Don’t Sit There

I have four unique vintage dining room chairs that need some TLC.

Some of the caning is new and some old.
Some of the caning is new and some old.

My mother had already replaced some of the cane chair backs.

I'm note sure the leather is real leather but it is really worn.
I’m note sure the leather is real leather but it is really worn.

Unfortunately these chairs are not safely sitable not to mention that the stuffing sifts itself onto the floor.

The underside of the seats show decades of wear and decay. The seats seemed to be stuffed with excelsior.
The underside of the seats show decades of wear and decay. The seats seemed to be stuffed with excelsior.

I went to JoAnn Fabrics to get some supplies to repair the seats:

  • 1″ high density foam

    I bought foam specifically for chair seats.
    I bought foam specifically for chair seats.
  • Polyester batting
  • 3.5 inch jute webbing

I bought the first two items but unfortunately JoAnn’s was selling jute webbing for $9.99 per yard. Seriously, that’s too expensive especially since I think I’ll need a couple of yards per chair.

I ordered 12 yards of jute webbing.
I ordered 12 yards of jute webbing.

When I got home I checked out jute webbing on Etsy and found it for about $1 per yard.  (N.B.: Check more than one vendor to compare not only prices but also shipping costs.)

Carved cane-back antique chairs - set of four
Carved cane-back antique chairs – set of four

Hoping to start rehabbing these chairs soon.

The natural cover canvas will look nice on chairs, too.
The natural cover canvas will look nice on chairs, too.

I’m going to use the same canvas fabric from which the living room and dining room shades are made.

Have you found a good bargain lately?

Screening Room Menu

We’re planning a movie night with the documentary “Young @ Heart”.

The loveseats which usually face each other have been turned toward the television.
The loveseats which usually face each other have been turned toward the television.

In addition to rearranging the furniture in the conservatory/screening room I need a non-messy, easy-to-eat menu that can be consumed during the movie.

The invitation lets everyone know we'll have food.
The invitation lets everyone know we’ll have food.

The invitation says we’ll be serving sandwiches and drinks so I decided to pin down the menu. I needed a low cholesterol option which is the first sandwich below.

For the sandwiches I'll cook just a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey.
For the sandwiches I’ll cook just a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey.

Menu:

  • Sandwiches on baguette:
    • Turkey, avocado, sprouts, red bell pepper
    • Ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato
  • Popcorn
  • Movie candy:
    • Lemonheads

      Lemonheads
      Lemonheads
    • Junior Mints

      Junior Mints
      Junior Mints
    • M&Ms

      M&Ms
      M&Ms
  • Beverages:
    • Glade Fizz –  The original (which I invented so I should know) is about one (1) part chilled cran-grape to three (3) parts chilled gingerale . You may add ice if you desire.
    • Iced tea
    • Coffee – regular or decaf

Do you have a favorite low-fat, low-cholesterol food?

Still Working on the Ants

We have been plagued with little black ants this year.

Ants have been walking along the countertop above the sink from the yellow wall to the yellow planter on the stainless steel counter.
Ants have been walking along the countertop above the sink from the yellow wall to the yellow planter on the stainless steel counter.

We’ve tried traditional ant traps which did not work.

It's difficult to keep from killing ants in the kitchen even with the knowledge that they must carry bait back to the nest.
It’s difficult to keep from killing ants in the kitchen even with the knowledge that they must carry bait back to the nest.

We used two different methods simultaneously.  First we used conventional ant traps which we placed in their path along the counter between the kitchen and dining room.

White powder against the wall -- powdered sugar and Borax.
White powder against the wall — powdered sugar and Borax.

Next we set out a mixture of  Borax  which will kill odorous house ants, and powdered sugar which attracts them. This didn’t seem to work either.

Ants are highly attracted to the gel in the tube.
Ants are highly attracted to the gel in the tube.

Recently our friend brought us from her exterminator a small plastic tube with a gel bait in it which is supposed to attract ants.

The ants crawl on the outside of the tube then stick their little heads around the end, then in they go.
The ants crawl on the outside of the tube then stick their little heads around the end, then in they go.

Then they carry the bait back to the colony and it poisons them.

The ants, unfortunately, had discovered the other side of the kitchen, too.
The ants, unfortunately, had discovered the other side of the kitchen, too.

This stuff certainly attracts the ants. Hopefully this will work to kill them.

Are any pests posing problems in your home?

Balls in the Attic

I’ve been taking trash and treasure out of the attic for a few months.

I found two bowling balls in the attic that I've been preserving for at least 30 years.
I found two bowling balls in the attic that I’ve been preserving for at least 30 years.

Recently I found 2 bowling balls up there.  Considering the condition my shoulders and knees are in I doubt I will ever again bowl.

Picturing gazing balls in the entrance to the potager.
Picturing gazing balls in the entrance to the potager.

But we do have a garden so I looked up gazing balls on Pinterest and found lots of inspiration.

I cleaned the balls well with vinegar and water then went over them again with an alcohol wipe.
I cleaned the balls well with vinegar and water then went over them again with an alcohol wipe.

In view of the success I had here with chrome spray paint, I decided to chromicize one of these balls and add them to our potager décor.

The ball immediately took on a mirror-like finish.
The ball immediately took on a mirror-like finish.

After cleaning them very well I sprayed the balls with chrome spray paint. I was careful to give light, even coats to deter drips and runs.

I sprayed 3 old balls and a gold tray.
I sprayed 3 old balls and a gold tray.

I found 3 smaller balls that received the same treatment.

The new gazing ball is set on an old birdbath pedestal.
The new gazing ball is set on an old birdbath pedestal.

Now they’re on display at the end of the driveway.

Is your garden art recycled? Disposable?