I know “storm before the calm” is not exactly the conventional phrase, but Tony and I don’t always do things the conventional way… And storms pretty accurately describe what’s been happening around here as of late. More specifically: a blizzard and a tornado.
Don’t worry! These are metaphorical storms. The weather has actually been beautiful!
No, we’re preparing for the 2015 Olathe Historical Society Homes Tour, which is in t-22 days. Much to Tony’s chagrin, I had a “To Do” list for this event with some rather ambitious projects on it. We really have been working for months on the list, but there are a few projects that are still very much in the works: hence, the storms.
Project One: Insulation
Tony recently completed the insulation in attic, something that was badly needed, as I’ve previously discussed. That, combined with the new windows and the removal of the birds nest(s) in our heater’s floo (Yikes!) have made for a much warmer start to our winter!
Tony used blown-in insulation, which meant he rented a big machine that sat on the front lawn, and he ran a 4 inch hose through the upstairs hall window and in through the attic trap door. Tony and his brother (Thanks Ben!) took turns dumping the fibers into the big machine while the other person wielded the hose up in the attic, shooting recycled paper and whatever else is in insulation twenty feet at a time. They did their best to contain things, but it was pretty much snowing in our house. Neat. That’s the blizzard!
This one shows how much I swept off the wall.
Then Tony stepped through the ceiling in our bedroom. Ben thought it was funny, and kept trying to apologize for laughing, as he could tell I found it slightly less amusing. I tried to reassure him, “It’s fine, Ben. I laughed a lot too, the first time it happened.” This resulted in a playful debate. What was the first time? Not when Tony dropped the hammer through the kitchen ceiling. Was it when the closet ceiling caved in? We never could figure it out, and the good news is Tony’s fine. He didn’t fall all the way through – just past his knee or so. The hole was promptly patched, but I don’t know whether the ceiling will be painted before The Tour. People will have enough to look at, hopefully they won’t look up!
Project Two: Chairs
The dining room chair reupholstery has been going on for a few months now. I’ve been planning this project since we bought our dining room furniture and even bought the fabric last school year when one of the online fabric companies had a clearance sale on indoor/outdoor fabric. I just knew it would be hard, and I was intimidated, so I put it off. It has been hard. I was right to be intimidated! I have one chair done done, and 5 more that are half done. Getting close!
I asked Dad to help me build a closet in the guest bedroom, and he’s finally had the time to do it in just the last couple months. Don’t worry, it doesn’t look like this anymore! I should be able to post on this completed project very soon!
Project Four: The Library
Tony’s Library has been 1/2 finished for about 6 months, but his first PhD course has gotten in the way a bit of finishing the rest of the room. It will be done by the end of the Thanksgiving Break though! He has all the trim and the crown molding painted any ready to install.
So Project One resulted in the blizzard, and Projects Two, Three, and Four have led to the tornado. With so many projects going on at once, my regular picking up/cleaning/dusting/sweeping/etc. hasn’t happened… for quite some time… it’s a real mess around here.
And, to top it off, I’m sick, which is the only reason I’m able to get this post out on a school day. Charlie’s keeping me company. He doesn’t seem bothered one bit by the coughing, sneezing, or nose blowing, as long as he gets to lay on the bed. And, ohhh, does he love the napping!
Anyway, if you’re the praying type, see about sending good health and the ability to function without sleep my way! ; ) Just kidding. We’ll get there, and then we’ll finally be able to relax for a bit: the calm after the storm.