aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
There is a room in our house off the living room that we call the cave.

It's approx. 8'x8'x6.6', off a room that is 14-ish feet wide, and it hides behind the wood stove, so in the winter it's super warm. My desk is in there, and the armchair where I do the rest of my writing.

But it was painted white-over-yellow-over green with awful wallpaper, the walls were a mess, and there was a door leading into the wall, about 1.5'x2' in size, that just looked ugly (It was, before they sided the house, a door for throwing firewood in). There's also awful awful awful linoleum, but since we're going to later drop the floor down to be level with the rest of the living room, we might not fix that just now.

Mom came to visit yesterday, and over the course of approx. 11-4, we replaced the door to nowhere with drywall, removed the wallpaper border, Mom washed... everything (she does that) and we got the first coat of spackle/joint compound on most of the places that needed it.

It already is starting to look better!

Today... more joint compound. And then... more spackle, and the first stages of sanding.

Within 2 weeks... paint! A nice coat of the house color (just-barely-off-white) over everything.

And new switch plates. Lots of new - well, 4, 4 new wall plates.

Hooray!
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
The Meme Master Post

H is for Houses - repairs and whatnot.

*bounce*

Okay, for those of you who don't know, a few years ago Mr. Thorne & I bought a fix-em-upper house. It's a farmhouse, 100 years older than either of us, with nary a right angle to be found. I love it. It's ours, and there's a lot of our mark to be made.

But that means a lot of work!

This summer's indoor projects are probably going to include:

* The f**ing foyer, which I started working on two years ago and... didn't finish. It's a very small room, maybe 6'x4', but in that space are three doorways, an open closet, and something weird to be done on just about every wall. I got the walls mudded and painted, which took far more time than you'd imagine.

Left to do is framing in an overhead bin for the "closet," installing a seat, putting up hooks on the overhead bin, putting molding around the doorways, MAYBE installing a door in one of the doorways (the cats will mind, but right now you can see from the front door into the utility room), and putting in baseboard molding. I also want to maybe put in a corner shelf in one of the corners, and then I need to replace the overhead light with something nicer.

* The bathroom of doom.
Our bathroom is so ugly... (how ugly is it) It's so ugly, we entered an Ugly bathroom contest and were too ugly to win. The walls are covered in this terrifying 50's laminate masonite. So's the ceiling. The shower surround is a contrasting ugly 50's pattern. he sink's another bad pattern. And someone tried to clean our toilet (Before we moved in) with an industrial cleaner that left the toilet bowl black. It's terrifying.
Also, the light fixture is such that a bulb would hit my husband in the head, so we mostly don't use it.

To do is fixing all of that, including installing a new tub, vanity, toilet, cupboards, and tub surround, light fixture, door, walls, and, eventually, tile. So... everything. Except the shower fixtures, those are fine.

* I also want to replace the overhead kitchen lights this summer.

* And I want to start work on insulating the attic, although that requires deciding exactly what we're going to do with it in the long run, first.

And those are the house repairs for Summer 2015! I'll try to blog stuff as we do it; maybe that'll keep me on track.
aldersprig: (blizzarded)
Yesterday, we (mostly Spousal Unit) got to deal with a new facet of home ownership: frozen pipe!

Well, technically, broken pipe due to freezing.

It turns out that one pipe in the utility room (going to the heating system) was originally, or at least as of the last iteration, run just under the threshold of the back door, which tends to be a bit air-leaky. Yesterday was one of those supercold mornings, and thus, by mid-afternoon, Pop!

That was an expense we weren't expecting.

On a hopefully-less-urgent note, Theocracy has been acting listless and floppy, although he's still eating and taking in fluids. So vet appt. this afternoon to see what's up with the fluffer.


So... I'm still taking commissions via my Giraffe Call, although now the funds will go to Unexpected Expenses Fund, February Version.


In happier news, Meritocracy, the adopted little sister of Theocracy and Oligarchy, has discovered catnip and she thinks it's awesome. She also is fairly certain the tall coyotes (us) are probably not going to eat her, and the fireplace is the most wonderful thing in the world, thanks.
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
(as I did here)...

Yesterday, I started and completed (honesty compels me to add: although I will do a few touch-ups today Thursday) a project, which is a little bit of a Big Deal for me (T. pointed out: and I did so within a week of buying the material. Within 4 days, actually!).

Our house is not exactly insulated. I created and hung a curtain on the back door (to be fair, T. had already hung the rod this time) to go along with the one I made last year for the front door (here). All in one evening!

aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
I am trying The January Cure; the first step (which I'm late in getting to) is to make a project list

These are NOT the main house-projects (things like "insulate the attic" and "raise the ceiling by 1 foot and a half" and "drop the floor in the card room to be level." These are one-weekend or less projects I can do, mostly in the cold.
Read more... )

Weekend!

Sep. 3rd, 2013 08:25 am
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
This weekend, I:

Went to the NY State Faire with Rion, where we ate red velvet funnel cake, looked at bunnies, cows, and other creatures, and walked, a lot. It was a blast!

(We also took Addergoole characters there, because that's what happens).

Then we went to the vampire LARP (Live-action rp game) we play in, where our fictional characters broke 25 prisoners out of super-max with only social challenges and a bit of mind control. Then we stormed a castle (Rion's character and others stormed the castle. Mine sat on a bluff a mile away and threw social challenges).

SUNDAY

I sanded the walls and the woodwork in the foyer, primed it (with help from T)... canned peaches (had an exploding can), helped T put up some bracing in our shedroof behind the garage, cleaned up the back wall of the utility room, filled the holes, and sanded that so that T. could prime it.

Then I fell over.

MONDAY

I was going to go into work for a couple hours but the rain was so intense at 6:30, I decided to go back to bed instead.

My parents had been going to visit to help paint the foyer, but with the rain and the humidity, I ended up suggesting they stay home, since painting wasn't going to happen. I sanded some more, played with the trim, chopped up wood for the winter, and... I'm not sure. Monday is a bit of a blur.

And now back to work!
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
I mentioned in my current Giraffe Call (LJ) that we're going to start working on our Foyer soon.

I'll do my best to post "before" pics this evening, but in the meantime, I'd like to lay out a bit of what we're looking at.

The foyer is a 8x4 space with doors on three sides: the front door, the doorway to the utility room, and the doorway to the kitchen. The fourth side has an open "closet" space with a fold-up bench.

It was covered in hideous wallpaper when we moved in (Much of the house was covered in hideous something.) We've stripped the wallpaper off, leaving bare walls, and done much of the mudding and sanding.

To finish the foyer, we will need to:

  • tape, mud, sand, and finish the upper edge of the room
  • paint the entire room, including ceiling
  • paint and install trim around all three doorways
  • install a door in the doorway to the utility room (possibly but less likely, also in the kitchen doorway)
  • replace the over head light
  • repair the floor
  • remove the extant, rotting-out, header for the closet (where there were once hooks)
  • replace the header with overhead storage
  • remove the lovely fold-up bench and replace it with one in better shape
  • re-install the closet rod, re-install the hooks or get new ones, or paint the old ones and re-install
  • stencil a phrase between the overhead header and the seat: a caelo usque ad centrum (see here
    ...and I'm sure there's more. But, when we're done, we'll have a welcoming, lovely entryway in which to invite people into our home.

    Once the snow melts, we can really get started!
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
I've been alternating bouts of cleaning with bouts of writing all weekend! And the house - kitchen and bathroom, in particular - is a lot cleaner, and the writing is a lot more writier. I feel exhausted (Some of that is/was the shoveling) and very accomplished.

Have a couple excerpts:


"...Now, if Rin-nin was willing to throw her weight around..."

"But she doesn't do that. I mean..." He thought of the few times that he'd seen her flash the signet ring. "Not a lot."


"You two are allowed to keep on the way you do, providing that you do not cross the line, and you do not interfere with anyone else's schooling. You're coming close to both with Illian. What's more, we need him."


"She doesn't spook."

"True." Agmund accepted the implicit truce. "So something spooked her. Close the doors, quickly. You." He grabbed the nearest student. "Run, get Luke. Close all doors behind you."


"If he keeps clawing that thing, he's not going to have anything left to hold on to.'


“What’s Dad say?”
Mom paused with her back half to him. He thought she might not answer. When she turned around, her face was strange and her signs were tight and unhappy. “Dad understands.”
“I don’t.”


Back to the writing board!
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
Our front door is a bit drafty.

More than a bit, really: during the recent windstorm, water was blowing in under the bottom seam.

And that's after we (T) have fixed the threshold.

In the long run, the whole door needs replacing, as well as the frame. And we need a storm door. But in the short run, I hung a curtain.

Not just any curtain!

I bought two lengths of heavy upholstery fabric on clearance at JoAnn's, and then a layer of batting (the stuff that goes in the middle of quilts). I sewed a giant tube, inserted the batting, and then sewed a border to hold the batting down.

Then I sewed up the top so that I could slide a curtain rod through it, and hung a swing-arm curtain rod (this) above the door, so we can swing the curtain away to get out the door.

The difference was immediately noticeable.

Next up: the back door!

Is your house drafty? Too warm in summer? Too cold in winter? How do you deal with it?
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
So, I have a pinterest.

And I've been putting a lot of house ideas on there.

That, and talking to friends talking about their dream houses, leads me to thinking about that dichotomy.

So, over here, we have ~~the ideal house~~ Mine is a 2-story-with-attic in a style common around here which so far I've been unable to put a name to, with 3 bedrooms and a closet office, a wide, open kitchen, and a lot of light.

And over here, we have the house I own. It's a short squat farmhouse that currently has very bare walls - unpainted drywall in one room, bare "studs" in another- bad linoleum, and strange room shapes (It does have, technically, 3 bedrooms and a closet office).

Of course, the advantage of the house I own is that it's mine. And I've been working on thinking about Dream House that way - not about the house I might have some day, but about what I can do to my current house to make it My House.

(First step, as soon as we can afford it, is obviously getting someone in to fix the walls.)

So when I think about Dream House, I'm going to work on thinking Dreams For This House.

But that's me. What about you?
aldersprig: (AylaSmile)
[personal profile] rix_scaedu's Prompt Call is still open until Tuesday her time. Go leave her 14 prompts! (or less. I'm just enthusiastic.

Of the awesome stuff from this call, I most recently enjoyed On the Edge of Disaster, set in the same universe as her Rensa stories, and Testing a Theory, which makes me want to write a crossover with her into my Science! 'verse

Speaking of prompt calls!

I am taking suggestions for my August 18th Rabbit Safari call.

Current suggestions include:
Storms and droughts.
Lost or forgotten things.
Fight ALL the oppressions!Fuzzy? (the first thing that comes to mind with rabbit)
Skins and furs
Legacies and fate
herefore adventures and quests, possibly with furred people.

And why it's a Rabbit Safari: Venture Forth )
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
"When we bought our house, my father gave me my grandfather's hammer."

"My mother brought her pick-up truck down and we went to the hardware store to buy lumber."

(T:) "If we're going to be hoarders, I'd rather hoard something we can just take to curb and they'll take away for free." (re. our growing collection of glass jars)

(Hob:) [If I was getting a wedding present] "You guys would get a home depot gift card."

<3 my life
aldersprig: (lynSnow)
Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted anything about my life. Can I blame summer?

Yesterday morning, we woke to find the kittens nowhere. I wandered around the house making cat-calling noises for a minute or two - until T noticed that the living room screen was out.

Then came ten heart-stopping minutes of wandering around the yard making cat-calling noises, until we found them hiding under the lilac bush, soaked and miserable. But safe, whole, and healthy. Thank you, god of cats.

Wet? Yes. It's been /pouring/ here. Thursday, I came home from work, started to thaw dinner... and the power went out. A dinner of Subway subs later, we learned that a tornado had touched down in Elmira, an hour away, but all we'd gotten closer to Ithaca was thunder, lightning, and rain.

All this rain has been good for the garden; my tomatoes are going wild. So are my squash and my peppers. It's going to (knock on wood) be a good harvest)

And speaking of wood - we pulled the Horrid Paneling off of the dining room and living room, and found... well, lots of wood, in one wall. "Bare Studs" the size of trees, where plaster and lathe had clearly been removed at some point. The rest of the walls have unpainted but heavily-nailed-in drywall. This is going to be interesting.

How's your summer going?
aldersprig: (lynSnow)
Not being on the computer much, that's for sure!

State of Nano: As of this morning, I have written 45,378 on my Addergoole, Year 9, 1st Semester piece. That, with previously written material (over 11.5K words, wow!) brings it to 11 chapters and some mini-interludes, which means that I'll finish 12 chapters in just over 50K. Hopefully by the end of the weekend.

State of the garden: we bought another pepper plant (shoshito) and another tomato plant (pear-cherry). Also a cilantro, finally.

The squash are having fun, stretching out finally. The onions are being onions, ditto the leeks.

I have bean sprouts! And pea sprouts! and radish sprouts! (The sort in the garden dirt; I also have sprouts growing in a jar in the kitchen).

And last night I started planting a bag of salt potatoes that had gone to sprout.

State of the everything else: T has been cleaning out the loading ramp that came with the house - essentially a dirt ramp framed in railroad ties. We plan to use it as a planting bed.

After we get the safe out of it. O_O

And the dresser is very nearly done! I have to decide if I want to sand, smooth, and then 4th-coat the top, the sides and drawers are done, and the knobs will get here this week.

And ... that explains, I think, the lack of anything else lately. If I owe you Giraffe Words, I apologize. When I hit 50 K, I will start working on the giraffeyness again!
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
The sun is out! My sandals are on! The weather is beautiful again! Summer must be here.. .*knock on wood*

I've been sanding away on the dresser, and hope to have it ready to paint by the weekend. I'm ridiculously happy about this. *bounce bounce*

Dinner tonight will be chicken soup - stage 2 in our 3-stage leftovers meal: Rotisserie Chicken --> chicken noodle soup --> risotto. Mmmm tasty. :-)

Really, that's about it going on in my life right now. I'm trying to stay back on the Weight Watchers Wagon, to start peeling off the rest of the weight before my cousin's October wedding. And, of course, I'm writing.

Home-redo projects I like:
Floating Wall Display Shelf I might need one of these in my study someday.

Chair transformations - I've been contemplating doing something like this (get 4 mismatched chairs & paint & upholster them to match) - but that's far down the line.

Also? been knitting like mad.
aldersprig: (LynConstruction)
So, I haven't posted about the house in a while, my bad.

We've been not doing a whole lot as it's winter enough to keep from, say, painting, which we have a lot of to do. We finished framing in the bedroom window, and now can't find the cordless drill power cord (heh) to install the shade in the window. *rolls eyes* it's been like that a lot lately.

BUT! We have a wood-burning stove installed and it's AWESOME!

The house isn't really set up well for wood heat - it's probably why there's a chimney at both ends - being a long rectangle, more or less:

[card][bedrm[bath][kitcn]{util]
[Living][dining][kitchen][util]
[llllll][ddddddd]

(yay houseplan. There's stairs in the dining room)

And the wood stove is in the Living room, on an awesome granite-tile pad Spouse!Man built.
So the Living Room is TOASTY, the dining room is nice, and the kitchen is a bit chill during the day.

We burn the stove from ~11 to ~11, then let the boiler take care of the night time into early morning. but the cool part is (to me) what we're burning: deadwood from the yard, grapevines from the yard, a little semi-green stuff we cut out of the yard (yes, we'll have the chimney thoroughly swept come spring), and 1/3 of a very old barn we freecycled and had delivered to us.

Yes. We have 1/3 of a barn (more like 1/6 now) in our garage. And it burns beautifully.

I <3 freecycle so hardcore.
aldersprig: (lynSnow)

First, a pretty Icon. Thank you, @inventrix!!

Second, guys, we MADE FIRE!! We finally got the wood-burning stove installed and MADE FIRE! There was some smoke and some mess but then fire happened! (the seam on the pipe popped but we got it put back together).

Remembering how to start a fire is, it seems, like riding a bike. You let the memory muscles take over and it works.

And, while our house is not at all set up to be entirely heated by the stove (It's on the high end of a slightly-sloping downstairs, for one), it certainly helped, and we have lots of scrap wood & half a freecycled ruined barn and grapevine galore to burn, and that's a lot cheaper (i.e. free) than heating oil/kerosene, which are stupid expensive.

Window is almost done. Next... painting the utility room (woo). :-) And the accessory parts of the bedroom.

Signals to Boost!

The Kickstarter is up for Plunge Magazine. Guys, I want to write for this magazine! Help make it happen?

[livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu wrote me a lovely erotic story , because she's an awesome friend.

[personal profile] clare_dragonfly had an awesome Garden of Prosey! Read all the stories!
aldersprig: (Stormclouds)
Forget "jobless recovery;"
The dead brown grass and
stick-figure tress speak to me
of a seasonless winter.


It's raining today. I'd say this was our normal January thaw, except there's been nothing TO thaw.

That being said!

We got 3/4 of the bedroom window moulding installed last night. I'm a bit wussy with both a hammer & a saw, but I imagine that will change with time. It's nice to see things beginning to come together, finally.

Only 3/4, however, because the fourth part of the moulding, well, the casing doesn't quite fit and the window space isn't quite big enough for the moulding, so we have to wait for the mud to dry before we install the moulding on top of it.

While I was in Rochester this weekend, my wonder-spouse built a hearth board for our wood stove. Now all we need is some chimney!!

(And there were cookies. Cookies are always good.)
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (LynLyn2)
We ordered blinds for the Giraffe Room last night (Cellular/honeycomb shades, to be specific), so we're down to "make the moulding fit, paint everything again, and find/install a light" for livability. (Also, the shades arriving, though chances of someone peeking their head in our bedroom window are pretty slim)

Slowly getting picked up and organized. Slowly. I come home from work pretty exhausted at the beginning of the month.

Art is happening all over the place, in less sleepy news! [personal profile] anke is still taking free sketch requests! And [livejournal.com profile] shadows_gallery is holding a $5 character portrait day.

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has also posted her list of poems from the January Fishbowl...
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (WinterTree)
The tiny creek that
drains our land is frozen, its
voice stilled: it, too, rests.


Okay, it's a culvert, not a creek. But it's still frozen. Winter is here!

House stuff has moved to a crawl; there's a lot we really can't do in the winter. We installed a closet rod & shelf in the closet - making the built-in cabinet will wait till spring, when we can stain & poly without killing ourselves. Soon, I think, we'll have the window finished, and then we can sleep in a bedroom!!

We bought granite tile to go under the wood-burning stove, and when that arrives (around the 7th), we can make a hearth board, then have a chimney person come and install the stove, and then we will have firefirefire.

Christmas was wonderful, hanging out with my folks & the dog on Xmas eve, cocoa with [personal profile] capriox, then Holmes with T. on Christmas Day (we skipped going out to Chinese and had pizza the day before instead). New year's was quiet - mostly knitting. I've been knitting a lot.

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith wrote this lovely poem to my prompt in yesterday's fishbowl.

[personal profile] anke's free small art is still open! Go prompt! She's specifically asked for non-tipping prompts as well as tipping, so don't be shy!

[livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu has posted the roundup from her call for prompts. If you haven't read them, well, read them!!
aldersprig: (LynKnitting)
So, the carpet guys are, right now installing my Awesome Giraffe carpet. Yay!!

And I made the garbage guy's day this morning - I was wearing my Kitty Ear hat because my other hat was in the car, and it's raining (raining! in December!) - and he gave the biggest smile. My Kitty Ear hat has Very Big Ears...

The window in the bedroom is making me throw things. We spent ~ 4 hours on it Sunday, another hour on it yesterday, and it will probably take another hour to three hours BEFORE I get to painting it.
and more )
[personal profile] skjam wrote a microfic to my prompt... 'tis awesome.

I'm about 1000 days behind on reading LJ/DW, so if I've missed something, please let me know!
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (LynLyn2)
Monday night, as we were about to go to bed, T. wandered outside.

"What's going on?" thought I to myself.

"Whatcha doing?" asked I.

"Checking the heating oil levels," quoth he.

"Why's that?"

"The boiler isn't burning."

Brr!

We made the executive decision, after reading up online, to call the boiler repair people to come in the morning, rather than pay for the emergency service. After all, we've lived with furnaces that shut off randomly before.

Our house loses ~1 degree F an hour. So the morning was cold but not unbearable (57F, down from our normal 68F)

When the repair guy came... turned out that our oil had gelled. *Facepalm* So... cost us the cost of a visit from him, and that's it. And, luckily, we got our oil/kerosene delivered yesterday, so we have a higher kerosene mix in the tank now.

Yay, adventures in home-ownership!
aldersprig: (wine)
I'm into work stupid-early this morning because there's, in theory, a VIP coming in at some point. On the other hand, I get to leave early too!

This weekend was awesome! Saturday was a lot of housework - finishing painting the trim, moving the old sink out of the utility room, that sort of thing - not as much painting as I'd wanted but still productive.

Sunday, we took a long drive (go to the bottom of the lake, turn right. Go to the top of the lake, turn left. Go over the top of another lake....) to a place called The Wizard of Clay that does awesome pottery and has for over 30 years (My parents have housewarming gifts from there).

On the way back, we hit a few wineries, including Four Chimneys, which is a teeny tiny winery with some really awesome wines. I <3 living in wine country!!

In other news...

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has posted some more poems from the fishbowl, including "The Leaning of Life", from my prompt.

[personal profile] clare_dragonfly has posted some more fiction from her Garden of Prosy, including The Other Side of the Gate, from my prompt.

[personal profile] meeks has posted a sketch dump, including a sketch from my story "Creeped Right Out."

and

[personal profile] anke is calling for prompts, with a theme of "horror or dark fantasy"
aldersprig: (LynKnitting)
Good morning! I have a shower and it's wonderful! Now I just have to do everything else in the bedroom... ;-)

It's snowing. I'm rather pleased to have snow; yesterday it was raining and foggy and relatively icky.

If you have not listened to [personal profile] jjhunter's Hallelujah project, I strongly recommend that you do.

And, lastly, a musing. A national news station here, ABC News, has been doing a year-long series on Made in the USA, the theory being that buying American (Seems primarily as opposed to buying Chinese) will make American jobs.

What do you think of this? (Keep it civil, please.) If you're not American, as a good portion of my friends lists aren't, do you see something similar in your country? I know large portions of the world are in a recession right now; is the "keep money at home" a concern there, too?
aldersprig: a close up of an alder leaf (Leaf)
Guys, I'm SO EXCITED!

As we speak, the plumbers are either on the way to or at my place, fixing the baseboard heaters, the shower, and the sink that needs to be removed.

THIS MEANS that we can get the carpet installed!!

It also means that we need to get off our butts and do everything else for the bedroom, namely:
  • Finish painting all the trim
  • Case and trim the window. Trim the door.
  • Sand the door & contemplate painting it
  • Figure out how to do the closet
  • Cut and stain the closet pieces
  • install the closet


Guess what I'm doing for the next two weeks!
aldersprig: (LynKnitting)
Woosh! I have paint everywhere!

This weekend, I finally got out the paint sprayer and started painting the bedroom.

This thing takes a little more getting used to than I'd hoped, but it seems to work very nicely. Next time? Wearing a face mask.

We also: trimmed the lilac making horror-movie noises against the gutter, cut apart an old, broken kids' pool, T. planted some garlic, I painted some window trim, and bought cider without, for the first time this year, getting lost.

Oh, and made butternut-bread-casserole for dinner. Om nom nom nom!

Painting the bedroom makes me feel like we're moving along somewhere on this thing. T's gotten a lot done - this weekend he also cleaned up the pantry/basement stairwell quite a bit, pulling out 2 dozen old canning jars, too, from the crawl space, and over the week he discovered that our dining room is painted over old wallpaper (ack).

All in all, a very nice weekend.

How have you all been?

Hump Day!

Nov. 16th, 2011 09:40 am
aldersprig: a close up of an alder leaf (Leaf)
Yesterday was mellow, getting-over-sick and somehow writing 4025 words (woo).

We made "pumpkin" "pie" for the first time this season, one of my favorite desserts.

(make pie custard with butternut puree, then pour into a casserole sans crust and bake. Nom! Also much lower-calorie that way).

We bought a nice Dremel for T. to do some work with, and he enjoyed making wood chips all over the living room.

(The situation: the "card room" is a small former-porch-maybe, 8'x8', off the living room, next to the bedroom. Its floor is 4" higher than the living room, and will hopefully be lowered next year. Its ceiling was just a scoootch lower than the living room's, the difference covered by a styrofoam wood beam. We removed the beam to find that someone had cut off the wall studs about 1" lower than the ceiling. So to cover the hole smoothly, we needed to saw off these Very Very Firm Studs. hence, tiny Dremel saw!)

(Also? Tiny Dremel saws are awesome.)

((Also? I finally have a Dremel and now I don't want vampire fangs O_O))

I posted 100 more words on the linkback incentive (LJ) for [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's signal boost, but I have a feeling I'm missing some. 550 words = 11 linkbacks.

And, since the prompts stay open until I write the last prompt, I've still got two to go!

On LJ - http://aldersprig.livejournal.com/316593.html
and on DW - http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/170868.html
aldersprig: (me-lyn-kitty)
Yesterday, a 70F day in mid-November, I stayed home sick (actually sick, but mostly a mild office cold I was trying to beat before it was no longer mild), wrote 3500+ words, over 2100 of which were for my Nanowrimo, and sorted the last of the apples.

I need to get back into the swing of house stuff before it's too cold to do anything, but the plumber prospects are at least looking up.

Newest house weirdness: it appears that, sometime along the line, someone actually taped the drywall corners...

...wait for it...

...with masking tape. *facepalm*

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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith is taking ideas for future fishbowl themes here.

And if you have not yet read her epic Igor's Creature, I strongly suggest you do so now. Right now. Go. I'll be here when you get back.

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[personal profile] meeks has worked her magic again, and it's thematic to my nano!

Go see her sketch of Autumn, updated.
(and on LJ).

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And [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu has two amazing new pieces up:
Tales Behind The Verses: Between Eighteen and Nineteen - Part 1 and Astrith.
aldersprig: (LynKnitting)
I got a message from T. as I was about to leave work yesterday - "either you need to stop on the way home or we need to go out once you're home."

Seems the threshold to our house had died a messy death.

(This is amusing to me because I'm a big fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden'verse, where the threshold is the word used for the magical protection of one's own home, and something similar exists in Addergoole/Fae Apoc, where you cannot enter someone's home without their permission).

But in this case, the wood under the metal and weather stripping and above the slab had disintegrated. Not nearly as magical, no demons, and we just needed some wood and a new metal threshold & weather stripping to replace.... which T. will be doing today.

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[personal profile] meeks has uploaded a new detail view of Rin's picture :-) It's the city! (Livjournal and Dreamwidth.

She's also posted a new sketch on DW and LJ - to [personal profile] jjhunter's poem The Lamb's Plea To Them Both, which is definitely worth a read.

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith had her monthly Fishbowl yesterday (sorry for lack of boost; 1st/month is mad for me); of the poems she's posted so far (which you should read), I think "The Funny Farm" is my favorite.

Aaannndd... (A little late, sorry) [personal profile] lilfluff wrote this story to my prompt - I'm eager to see more of this world!!
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (HalloweenLyn)
Woo! This weekend, we picked more apples (the cold snap had not hurt those still on the tree, thankfully, so we managed to get another 2 buckets and 2 boxes worth).

(I need a bushel basket to have a decent idea how many apples we have!)

We also made applesauce and began apple butter, made and devoured apple cake, raked leaves (peh) and planted crocuses.

I found a computer-based post-it-noted system and started making notes for my nano novella (yeah, started. I'm not that good at this).

Aaand... that's about it.

Oh! check out this! [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu painted the Primordial card from Heirlooms & Old Lace :-)
aldersprig: (LynKnitting)
Whoosh, this is not an hour I usually see this clearly on Saturdays!

We had a guy come and look at our chimney this morning to tell us it would cost (price of wood burning stove x3) to have the chimney up to snuff.

We may have another guy come look.

SNOW! There was SNOW on the ground - well, more importantly, Thursday, after I took Drake to the vet for his blood test (miaw miaw MIAW rraw rraw rraw miaw MIAW...) the snow-rain-sleet stuff was coming down, so T. and I spent a cold and not-all-that-fun 45 minutes picking apples off the tree (we'll go sort those in a few minutes.)

(this recipe for freezing pies seems to work well. I'll let you know more specifically when we thaw and eat one.)

Today I hope to get something done on the bedroom. No specific plans yet.

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[personal profile] meeks has posted an update to Radiator Dragon (and on LJh) from [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's poem Restoration. Go squee!

[personal profile] lilfluff has put out a call for prompts (and on LJ) on Rebirths, Renewals, Rediscoveries, and cats in fezzes.

[personal profile] inventrix drew this picture and this one of Porter from this story I wrote yesterday (or on LJ)

[personal profile] kajones_writing has posted a lovely story to my prompt.

[livejournal.com profile] nijipie has done a really adorable drawing of kitty-me and my Mouse-Girl character Kendra.

Phew!
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (HalloweenLyn)
Yesterday, we made applesauce.
Monday, we made applesauce and apple cake.
Sunday, we made applesauce.
Saturday, we got lost on an Epic!Quest! for apple cider.
Tonight, we will make applesauce. And maybe can it.
(the makeshift canner (our giant pot and a steamer rack from the Chinese food store) will hold 8 quart jars. Our next-biggest pot will hold about 8 cups of applesauce. So batches.)

There hasn't been as much work on this house this week, but we got a Giant Order Of Stuff from Lowes yesterday (incl. the stuff for the closet, window molding, log rack supplies, door molding, drywall, insulation... and a chest freezer) so there will be Stuff to Do once again. Also, mudding and painting. This bedroom is taking a lot of mudding.

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Read The Kiss, from [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's mid-month Monster House Fishbowl, from my prompt.

Read a short Addergoole fanfic, by [livejournal.com profile] cluudle!!

Read Ghost Story, by [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu

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And someone is trying square foot gardening & Lasagna gardening together!
aldersprig: (LynKnitting)
One of the projects this weekend was sorting through boxes of crap stuff crap from the attic spaces in the house. The steamer trunk I posted earlier was part of that - more of a treasure than a crap - as well as a solid-wood kitchen cabinet that had been sitting in our (wet) basement (dealing with the leak in the basement is our Major Home Expense for the year, knock on wood).

But among the piles of stuff were two boxes of fabric. Stash, if you will. Someone in this house had, in the 70's from the looks of things, been the sort of sewer who saves every little scrap. Of polyester plaid. And polyester denim. Oy.

Most of it was too small, too polyester, or too random-bits to be of any use, but I salvaged a few pieces of cotton flannel, their denim scraps (the real denim), and a few other things. And since I found this little contest, some of those scraps will be getting a new life. :-)

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Micah has posted to let us know she's not dead!

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has introduced me to the Dreamwidth community [community profile] poetree.
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (LynLyn2)
Steamer Trunk, Oct 08 2011 (open from top)
Steamer Trunk, Oct 08 2011 (open from top)
So, there was a steamer trunk in our attic...
It had been a little chewed on and a little lived in, but it might might be refurbishable... (more pics here)
aldersprig: (hammer)
Things to be Renovated Include:
Read more... )
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (HalloweenLyn)
Yesterday for dinner we had a sort-of-goulash made from tomatoes Mom left when she visited, and apple crisp made with apples from our tree. There's a sense of happy homeyness about that that I love.

I patched T's jeans the other day, and I've been looking up canning and other food-preservation. It makes me feel like I've come full circle. Which (along with a conversation with [livejournal.com profile] cluudle) has brought me to a thought I had in college, a magazine I wanted to publish.

The ideas are a little vague after *cough cough* years, but, loosely - a sort of practical Mother Earth News / Foxfire / different ways of doing things. Both how-tos and, if I get brave enough, histories and interviews.



If I were to do something like that, what sort of thing would you be interested in reading about?


Read more... )
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (LynLyn2)
I've been remiss in posting lately; this has been a combination of tired (sick + busy) and busy (busy + busy) ;-)

This weekend, my parents came down to help us install a new window in the bedroom-to-be (the old one was leaking air and a general mess). Of course, it rained all weekend, but we have a new window, my mother cleaned our kitchen (it sparkles. How does rough ceramic tile sparkle? O_O), and we had two nice meals together.

Step one in bedroom remodel: done. Step two - find a plumber not occupied, difficult as two nearby counties were recently flooded in Irene. The baseboard radiators need to be redone/replaced/moved so we can have a closet.

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Until noon EDT today (you have 3 hours!) [livejournal.com profile] rebelsheart is offering a microfic fishbowl. Read the piece to my prompt!

[livejournal.com profile] dakotabailey is doing a free icon day.

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I want this Ferris wheel. I have absolutely no place for it. But it's cute.
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (LynLyn2)
The weather has been a bit dismal, so yesterday T. finished pulling stuff out of the left half of the House's eaves. Among the odder finds - porn, for instance, or very strange crocheted bottle covers over wine bottles full of sand - was a WWII era cot, still mostly intact, and a steamer trunk.

Once upon a time, I wrote a story where people, having bought a house, found a steamer trunk in the hidden passageways with a baby skeleton inside. I wrote it, and it still creeped me out. So having found a steamer trunk in the back of a semi-hidden eaves hideaway.... yeah, I made T open it first.

No skeletons. An old mouse-nest and some chewing damage, but no skeletons. I may have to refurbish it. *adds to list*

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Links of the day:
I totally want this.
and I think I need to make this.
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (LynLyn2)
This weekend involved a lot of shopping of the sort both of us can get behind - Stuff for the House, and Stuff for the Kitchen.

We now have paint for the bedroom, have agreed on trim & stain colors (woo) for the downstairs (Upstairs is a long-term project, which reminds me...)

...does anyone reading this use their home as a home office, and do you have any resources re. taxes ant the like there?

We also pulled out more dead and just-in-the-way wood from the hedgerow, spent half an hour chopping and digging at a stump, and chopped/lopped/sawed much of that wood into manageable lengths to start a firewood pile. Busy-fun weekend!

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The poll is up for the donation-perk story from the last Giraffe Call.

There is also, if you are a donor, a poll (DW) to determine what the donor perk stories will be about.

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Check out [personal profile] clare_dragonfly's continuing writing from her Garden of Prose!

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Link today from DaHob: http://www.kagenschaefer.com/pipeorgandesk.html

And a concept from Cluudle: "Wendy House."
aldersprig: an egyptian sandcat looking out of a terra-cotta pipe (LynLyn2)
Good: The electrician came yesterday and fixed several things that needed fixing - disconnecting the old, scary boiler, putting in GFI's, fixing the exterior plug that was open to the elements.

Bad: He turned off the new, non-scary boiler and we didn't notice until we woke cold this morning.

Good: I'm back on the wagon losing weight.

Bad: Despite the 50 lbs I took off, [livejournal.com profile] alderfather has not yet quit smoking. Everyone now! Boo, hiss, Bad Father!!

Good: For only the second time since going on his sugar-cat diet, Drake let me sleep through the night without demanding food.

Bad: Nightmares anyway.

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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly's Garden of Prose writing is awesome, check it out.

And I began an Autumn story (LJ) in hopes of getting more comments on Meeks' sketch of Autumn (DW) ; for every comment, I'll post 100 more words.

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Links today are castle-based...

http://zenseeker.net/Castle/MiniCastles.htm
http://www.custommade.com/custom-arched-castle-doors/by/nopsmetalworks
http://www.yutzysfarmmarket.com/swingsets/castle-playsets/cozy_retreat_playset.php

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