We’ve been limping along with some undone and broken down plumbing situations.
I have decided to bite the bullet and just call a plumber.
- In the Cottage
- In the House
- Hook up two master bathroom sinks
- Reset master bathroom toilet
- Reset conservatory toilet
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?
I got rid of some large construction clutter yesterday by listing it on Craigslist.
We were left with partial sheets of wallboard which I described in a separate ad.
We received a number of responses which will effectually clear out the chards of drywall in the cottage.
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, too, are highly sought after.
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.
And Charlie is going to move the extra wall shingles and roof shingles to a spot in the crawl space under the house.
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.
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?
Yesterday afternoon I listed our leftover blueboard drywall on Craigslist for free.
By the end of the day I had
5 8 responses eager to come and pick it up.
Charlie called the first respondent and she came with a Mazda SUV.
Charlie helped her load up as much drywall as her vehicle could carry.
Bonus for me is that some of the heavy stuff is cleared out of the Cottage.
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?
I have four unique vintage dining room chairs that need some TLC.
My mother had already replaced some of the cane chair backs.
Unfortunately these chairs are not safely sitable not to mention that the stuffing sifts itself onto the floor.
I went to JoAnn Fabrics to get some supplies to repair the seats:
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.
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.)
Hoping to start rehabbing these chairs soon.
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?
We’re planning a movie night with the documentary “Young @ Heart”.
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 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.
- Sandwiches on baguette:
- Turkey, avocado, sprouts, red bell pepper
- Ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato
- Movie candy:
- Junior Mints
- 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?
We have been plagued with little black ants this year.
We’ve tried traditional ant traps which did not work.
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.
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.
Recently our friend brought us from her exterminator a small plastic tube with a gel bait in it which is supposed to attract ants.
Then they carry the bait back to the colony and it poisons them.
This stuff certainly attracts the ants. Hopefully this will work to kill them.
Are any pests posing problems in your home?
I’ve been taking trash and treasure out of the attic for a few months.
Recently I found 2 bowling balls up there. Considering the condition my shoulders and knees are in I doubt I will ever again bowl.
But we do have a garden so I looked up gazing balls on Pinterest and found lots of inspiration.
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.
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 found 3 smaller balls that received the same treatment.
Now they’re on display at the end of the driveway.
Is your garden art recycled? Disposable?