Variety Pack Day!Tuesday, October 27, 2015
And a fine how do ya do! It's time, folks: I'm baaAAaack!
Oodles of things are in the works, omg. I have major scatterbrain: start this, start that, finish that, work on this, oh shiny, oh look squirrel! Hey, what can I say?!
To lead things off today, our latest installment of "WTF, Flipper?!?!," an ongoing reality series in its second and a half year....
On our most recent episode, we find Mike and Becky at home outdoors with big Finny boy (happy one year adopt-iversary ya big dork!) who promptly takes off down the gangway. As he jumps frantically on the chain link gate at passer-by dogs/cats and we worry he is going to hurt himself, we follow.
|Hey, it's a Chicago gangway!|
Open. The window. It has been open for over two and a half years.
That would tally three A/C seasons and two heating seasons, in case you're counting. So much for inspectors...
Jaws to concrete.
We did the slow-mo turn towards each other, facial reactions of sheer disgust. Un.Real. Who does that?! First they built over three windows which is egregious to begin with but the bozos didn't bother to shut the window before drywalling over.
Idiots. Utter idiots.
After scooping our jaws back up, Mike promptly located the ladder, shimmied himself up, and shut that sticky bugger. Needless to say maybe -- I no longer feel that waterfall of cold air coming down the stair.
|The now closed window. SMH. Ugh!!!!|
This concludes our evening's offering of "WTF, Flipper?!?!" Stay tuned for more!
On happier notes, my handy dandy super sweet miter saw has been getting a stellar workout. Yay!
It appears as though I've spent all my waking time in the basement since the pilot job ended. As such, it was duly noted (by me) that I had left the space in shambles. Oops. So first order of business was tidying up, yet again.
Then somehow someway who knows how I discovered myself working on the walls again, trying to get that finally wrapped up. And by golly, I'm so close I can almost taste it. And yes, it tastes like joint compound.
|Wall to the left of the door finally done!!|
|There were like forty+ more let's-find-the-studs holes along that wall above. The worst of the stud finding game yet. Probably why I was avoiding the patching task.|
two larger ones for our weird balcony out front next season (likely after a spray paint job),
and found, yes, found a planter trough, the whole purpose of this excursion. Time to plan the dining table for the deck, woo hooooo!
|"Whatcha doin' Mommy? Huh?"|
|Noticing a theme yet?|
Random, yep, sure.
I had been eyeing this one (Patriot Lighting Jeston Black 10.5" 3 Tier Dark Sky Wall Uplight -- what a name, holy cow!) and it finally went on clearance, half price. Suh-wheet! Got the semi-elusive Mike Approval and bought it.
Of course the junction box wasn't squared, of course there was a ton of gooped up messy caulk at the top of the old fixture because they couldn't get it flush to the siding, of course they didn't bother with electrical tape. Outdoors. Of course.
So I unbox the new fixture and whoa holy cats and dogs, it's huge! I hadn't realized, yikes, I hope Mike doesn't revoke Approval!
After futzing and fussing and fixing and futzing, even snipping away the siding a bit (yikes!), sweating and fussing, dropping a screw, a washer, and three other things through the deck spacings, it finally went on nearly flush. I added some clear caulk around the top and sides to assist in moisture avoidance in there.
|Holy huge looking!|
Super up close and way personal the light is huge. From the yard, hey! I think it looks great!
|Ahhh, not so huge, whew. Hard to really see it in this photo though, I know.|
|Preview of the lit fixture before darkness befalls. And yes, today's photo theme has been Four-Legged Furry Shadow.|
Like a bonehead, I hit the garage door button to go recycle the box and leave the old fixture out for someone to steal for reuse. Huh, why won't it open? Oh, duh ya butthead, power is off. Eye roll. Yep. Not caught up on sleep yet.
I did bump into the neighbor to the east who wants to get together and discuss the backyard-pooling-water-issue-after-rains thing with us. He said he's getting water in his basement and wants to work together to find a solution. Will do for sure. So that moves up the list. Yikes. We've known something needs to be done; I don't even know where to begin with that though. Which is why nothing has been done.
Ok, all right!
Rats, I totally meant to make Finn a happy one year adopt-iversary cake. I got my dates mixed up. I found this one and think I'll give it a whirl, sans carob chips as he doesn't need any extra stuff in his delicate tummy.
This recipe came to my inbox the other day, thought I'd try it for dinner tonight. My assigned mission has been to make dinners that provide ample leftovers so Mike is relieved of purchasing lunch at work. We'll see if it's a hit!
Lots o' goodies ahead so stay tuned!