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May 20th, 2017 at 05:33 pm

Today is the weekend I wanted to start work on my bookshelves. As they say, the prep is what takes so much time. I had a lot of caulking to do where all the corners meet, and I was using wood putty for the little nail holes. It took a lot of time, plus 2 trips to the hardware store and 2 trips to the paint store because our local Sherwin Williams "says" they open at 8 am but actually were buttoned up tight at 8:15 a.m. when I left, annoyed as could be.

Caulking is a messy job but I had noticed an influx of carpenter ants, some of whom were on the bookshelves or on the dining room floor, and I suspect they were coming it thru some of those above-mentioned cracks.

So I think I used 2 tubes of caulk. I just had no energy or motivation to do it, for some reason, but of course I want to have it done.

In addition to doing that, I did drop off some stuff at the household hazardous waste drop off site as I didn't want to hold onto it for another year. Interestingly, they took some old perfume and baby oil but not 3 old smoke detectors.

I also had to go to the dump.

My goal for tomorrow is the following:

1. Sand everything.
2. Vacuum up all the dust from sanding.
3. Prime.
4. grocery shopping
5. Fill up gas tank.
6. Think about what to make for my work week lunches.

Painting will have to wait til next weekend.

Went to dinner with dad at the Barnwood Grill, right in the center of town. It was very noisy, very busy. Dad wants to do Chinese next weekend so he can have bass done a certain way he's had before.

He has volunteered to come to my house on a day I schedule to have a water guy here to get my pump running again for my outdoor water. I have a ton of stuff planted in pots but have to carry it out from the kitchen because my pump was running last summer during the drought and would not stop, probably becus there was no water. So I turned the power off all winter but now it's still just running, so something is not right. I hope it's not expensive.

Anyway, I don't see how I could have the guy come over to troubleshoot it now that I'm working f/t again, so having dad here that day would be a huge help.

I also want to get an electrician over here to take care of some minor issues but he moonlights so I know he could come on a Saturday.

3 Responses to “Saturday stuff”

  1. Dido Says:

    Very impressive to me that you know what needs to be done and how to do it. This is exactly the kind of thing that gives me a panic attack. I've lived in my house nearly 12 years and have never hung a painting because I don't know how (plaster walls) and I'm too cheap to hire and too busy to take the time to learn. Did you acquire that kind of knowledge (e.g., how to know if something needs to be chalked and how to use a caulking gun) while you were growing up, or later? My mom had a panic attack if I tried to so much as change a light bulb, and I've never gotten past her fear for my trying and I have bigger priorities to tackle.

    Glad your Dad can help and that you are seeing him regularly.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    I don't think I really learned how to do the basics until I bought my house. Then it was just a necessity that I do so as much as possible to save the money. I often look things up online and there seems to be a how-to You Tube video for practically anything. I don't have plaster walls, so I'm not really sure myself about that, but you could find out fairly easily by going online.

    It's SO expensive to hire someone.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, I'm impressed with all your hard work and the fact you know how to do it and did to it! Good job!

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