Monday, November 19, 2007

Exterior Lights

Work on the outside has slowed down recently, however we did get the exterior lights for the front door, new side door, slider, and three basement doors in the back. Yesterday Eddie installed the one for the front door and the two going on either side of the slider. Yeah!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Keeping Us Warm this Winter

So this is what Eddie brought home last weekend to split: And this is what we managed to get done by yesterday:
I don't know how to measure how much we have. But this will tell you how to measure a cord. I'm guessing we have at least a full cord split, if not more.
But just looking at it makes me feel warm. :)

It's going to be around 60 deg today and warmer tomorrow, so we won't be burning any wood, but then it's going to get cooler again and I can't wait to not use propane to heat the house! That bill is expensive!

Friday, November 9, 2007

We have a Plan

My mother and I came up with a plan to work on finishing the projects in the basement and some other things that she and I can work on, i.e. that don't require muscle or power tools :).

So this is the list we came up with about a week and a half ago. Fridays are our days to do the work.

  • sand the wood filler on the stairs and caulk what needs caulking

  • paint the stairs

  • caulk the trim around the stairwell and paint trim and sheetrock

  • caulk the window in the living room and then paint it

  • buy 6 exterior lights--2 for either side of the slider, 1 each for the front door, newly installed side door, and exterior basement door from our bedroom, and 1 to hold onto until we put in the exterior living room door

  • caulk wood trim on three door jams that are in the living room--leading to half-bath, master bedroom, and office--and then paint them

  • caulk and paint wood corner trim on boxed-in ductwork in living room

  • touch-up ceiling paint in living room
We started last Friday, and I was able to get most of the caulking done for the stairs, door jams, duct trim and window. I should have sanded the wood filler first, but I wasn't able to attach the sander to the shop vac--Eddie said he's done it before, but I have a feeling he used duct tape. :) He claims there's an attachment to use, but I couldn't find it.

Today I think we'll deviate from our Friday schedule, though. Since Nick (18) has recently moved out of the house, his room is up for grabs. Thomas is partly moved into it, and I'd like to get the rest of his stuff moved in there, so I can move into his bedroom with my office. I'll miss seeing the chickens at eye level, but I'll be on the main floor of the house and in a much larger space. Then we can use this old office space for much-needed storage.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

We've Got Lots More Splitting to Do!

This is the load of wood Eddie brought home 2 days ago. He cleaned the chimney yesterday and got it ready for the winter wood-burning season.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

New Carnival of Home Improvement and more

From the information at

A carnival for advice and ideas on home improvement, restoration, and renovation. This carnival includes research, commentary, and bloggers' best posts on constructing a home, renovating a home, restoring a historic or old home, furnishing, gardens, gardening, researching the history of your home, indoor and outdoor decoration and design, landscaping, home improvement projects, and making modern upgrades. We love posts with videos and pictures!
Submission deadline is the last Friday of every month at 6pm CST. The first edition will be at DIYcraftsman on November 4th.