Thursday, July 1, 2010

Live for today, for tomorrow may never come...

Does that mean - spend it while you've got it? You can always count on the government to bail you out...

The weather has been perfect this week. Low temps in the 70's and low humidity. Sunshine and breezes.
What luck - it's not too hot to work in the old house. I cleaned the window sills when I opened the windows downstairs yesterday. I turned on the fan, not the AC. The chestnut tree has stopped smelling up the neighborhood and the purple petunias I bought are fragrant enough to change the "old, empty-house smell" to something less odiferous.

I'm still emptying the ocean - one teaspoon at a time. Yesterday, Jeff found the leak in the bathroom at 230. It turns out that the 100 year old drain pipe was 8 inch cast IRON (which ran across under the floor from the place where the tub and commode came together to drain) and ran up above the library doors toward the outside wall. He cut out many feet of ceiling in both rooms to get to it. Dusty - black coal dust.
Today he inserted plastic pipe with some kind of deal at each end to seal the pipe to the old one. No water leaked.

Tomorrow we will try to  finish the basic repalcement of commode and sink and mebbe floor -sheet lineoleum, and window - we only have three hours...; then there's the wall treatment to cover the holes left by the iron sink... (We-I'm buying the big stuff, Jeff installs or tears out and replaces.)

I ordered the replacement ceiling today - it will be here in 21 days. I picked out the floating floor - something a little cheaper than Pergo -SwiftLoc. But we won't install until the ceiling is up. (And the furniture is OUT.)

Until then, the plan is to keep working. Window in the bathroom. - Move to another room. Empty it. Maybe the window (looks like three more after the bathroom...) then the walls in the office/bedroom upstairs... $$$$$$$$$$$$$ It's only money. And to get back my "investment" I need to clean the ducts on the furnace and price AC for the furnace...

Still, too many things left to carry out of there. SIX weeks til I have to go back to work.

On the 4th of July, we are having a picnic her in the valley. You are all invited to attend. RSVP ASAP.
Leah and Jay are coming. As are Keith, Delia and Tracy. And maybe John, Zoey and Trisha. A good time will be had by all. 90 degrees is forecast - hot "as the fourth of July" as they say.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the 230 project is moving right along! I know it is a lot of work, but sounds like progress. I am cheering for you!
    The July 4th sounds like great fun. Please tell everyone Hi for me, wish we could be there. We're coming to C'burg for the class reunion July 24th. Dinner with old classmates at Jewel City but whatever they call it now- Village?. I look forward to seeing you and Stan on Saturday afternoon the 24th.