Saturday, February 21, 2009

Strike Deadline

Tomorrow at 12:01 a.m. we will either be on strike or have a tentative agreement. I am hoping for the later.

I have moved my bed and stuff back into my room. Peter finished it off but still has some other items to attend to before Joe moves back upstairs.

Joe made a wonderful vegetable and lentil soup for lunch. Yumm.

Again, we have been having trouble with our internet network server. It was working all morning and then it stopped. I thought that I would log off and then log back in but that didn't work. Sheesh. I contacted the technical staff and they must have reset it and am now back in business.

Monday, February 16, 2009


Today was even nicer that yesterday. Lots of sunshine and fresh air.

I took on a couple more tasks today getting things ready for spring. I did some more lawn clean-up and trimmed some trees. I should say that Joe trimmed some tree. He wanted me to know that it is just as easy with a pruning saw and put my chainsaw to rest. I managed to get the chain saw started but never used it.

I'd like to show you some pictures from today:

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Door

The door has been installed in the front where the closets were before. The door is much larger than the original and had a row of bricks removed at the top to accommodate the door. Since we also installed glass blocks, they also reflect and enhance the bedrooms and the hall.

On another note; I visited a longtime friend from my early days of the gay publication: 'Out.' It seems that my friend is quite sick with cancer and is not expected to live much longer. I can only hope that he lives his life with little discomfort and that he and his partner have many happy days together.

The day is quite nice although cloudy but I managed to pick up some of the branches and spruce cones that have fallen from wind storms.

Tomorrow, Joe's brother and sister-in-law visit and we will get hair cuts as usual and play some cards.
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Friday, February 06, 2009

The finished pine planks

The floor are now finished. We're just waiting for them to dry.

They turned out beautiful. They have a nice warm glow and are in good shape.

When the house was built, 140 years ago, they likely would never have finished the floors but instead put an oil cloth in the middle of the room and painted the outside perimeter. This is the reason that they are in such good shape.

The floor people took 2 days to sand and seal the floors and then today they put on 2 coats of satin finish.

They are definitely worth the time and effort and expense.
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