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Wednesday, February 9, 2022 5:14 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Hopefully it stays warm by you, Brenda.

Back to the 20's tomorrow and lows in the teens at night.

At least I don't see any single digits or negative nights in the 10 day forecast though.

Made the most of today though. It was nice having a break from the suck.



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Wednesday, February 9, 2022 8:36 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Primed both sides of the top three shelves. Had just enough primer in the gallon to do it without having to open a new one. Sweet. One more gallon used up and out in the trash.

I'll let it dry overnight before putting any wood putty on there. Hopefully I'll have contact paper on them and get them up in the pantry this weekend. I want to give it 2 or so days for the paint to cure before putting the paper on. Might be able to finish them tomorrow otherwise.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022 11:12 PM

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Hopefully it stays warm by you, Brenda.

Back to the 20's tomorrow and lows in the teens at night.

At least I don't see any single digits or negative nights in the 10 day forecast though.

Made the most of today though. It was nice having a break from the suck.



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Suppose to be dry tomorrow then sunny Friday and the weekend. Hope so.

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022 11:13 PM

BRENDA


Mah jong in the morning.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 7:53 AM

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Mah jong in the morning.

GOOD LUCK!

Nice to hear about your weather.
Maybe this means storms will track further south and well get some rain?

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 8:15 AM

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I made the awesomest fancy dinner a few nights ago, also the last PITA dinner for a while.

Since hubby "hates chicken" I'm always looking for ways to disguise it, since it's better for us than beef or porl, so I always keep it in the menu rotation. So I tried an experiment, using a recipe for "twice cooked pork" (think tempura pork) with sweet and sour sauce from my Asian cookbook with chicken breast instead to see if it would work, and it did!

The sweet and sour sauce is not like the sauce you normally think of, since it has red and green peppers, onion, water chestnuts, ketchup, and peas, so it's a vegetable-rich topping. But since daughter "hates tomato" and "hates red pepper" I followed the sweet and sour cause recipe, but instead of using ketchup and diced red pepper I blenderized yomato sauce and red pepper so that it wasn't visible as chunks.

Hubby was suspicious of the meat. "what is this?" I made him guess, and he guessed pork. Good disguise! He was surprised it was chicken.


Daughter -of course- avoided the onion and green pepper, but she thought the red stuff made a tasty dipping sauce, and was vastly surprised to learn that it had TWO ingredients that she thought she hated - tomato and red pepper- expanding, at least for that dish- her palette of available healthy colored vegetables.


I rarely deep fry anything, this is an exception. And to make the dinner even more vegetable-rich, I made a version of chow mein that included julienned carrot, leftover bean sprouts, leftover snow peas, leftover pre-prepared calorie-free shitataki noodles, ginger, tamari, garlic, bamboo shoots and sesame oil.

So while meal was a PITA I did manage to disguise some "hated" ingredients into a tasty dish and make a healthful, low-carb meal.

But for the next few days its going to be plain home-cooking, like pulled pork and cole slaw and lots of salads, since the weather's been so hot (80-90F)

When the weather cools down on Monday or Tuesday it's back to soups like ham-veggie and beef-veggie and chicken dumpling, my three standards.

I'm always thinking of my family's health when I'm menu-planning and try to include a lean source of protein, a green(ish) vegetable (zucchini, spinach, celery okra, parsley, green beans etc) a non-green vegetable or fruit (carrots, sweet potato, beets, watermelon, cantaloupe, red pepper, tomato etc) and a low-calorie tummy-filler (cabbage, shiratkai noodles, cauliflower etc)




*****

Got good news on my cardiac function, which is checked every 3 months bc one of the monoclonal antibodies can give ppl heart failure, and my ejection fraction is still right up there at 70pct.

*****

I set up the humidifiers in the bedrooms last night since this hot unseasonable weather is thanks to a strong, dry Santa Ana. I'm glad I did, it makes for much more comfortable sleeping for everyone.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 12:32 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Glad you got some good health news. Reading your post is making me hungry. I'm not a terrible cook, but I have an extremely limited menu with the bulk buys and I really miss eating like a king when I lived at my Grandma's in my mid-20s. You've got a lucky family for sure.





Got the wood putty on the 3 top shelves. I'm not going crazy and removing every single imperfection on them. It was plywood, afterall, and I knew that without having a $10,000 drum sander I wasn't going to have a perfect surface. And really, if I wanted it to be perfect I should just buy prefabbed IKEA crap.

There was some damage from the saw blade on the edges though, and I definately wanted to fill in the knots.

The primer didn't fill in much on the edges. Rather than fill in all the edges, I just dry-fit the pieces again after primer and decided which edge would be the front and filled just that edge in since once installed nobody would ever see the other three.

I didn't want to set these things up in the basement since it's so cold down there, but that means that I can't put a fan on them to hasten the drying time since they're staged on paint cans on top of cardboard in my livingroom and I'm sure as hell not putting on a fan while it's this cold in my house.

I should be able to sand it by the end of the day regardless. If I'm feeling up to it, I might at least get one coat of paint on it before midnight, but that might have to wait until tomorrow.


I'm going to finish some paperwork I mostly completed yesterday, do a little cleaning up and get my rebate completed so I can get that sent out. They owe me over $200 now, so I'm not going to wait on that.

I think I'll pull the contact paper off the old pantry shelves after all. I've decided that eventually I want to throw out all of those dressers I have in my garage for storage and replace them with shelving units. I've gotten pretty good at making them with scrap wood and pallets and I could make one or two more smaller units with that wood rather than throwing it out. Since they'll be garage shelves, I won't have to worry about sanding down lead paint and I can just throw a coat or two of whatever paint I've got lying around that I want to get rid of when I build them in the spring/summer.





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Thursday, February 10, 2022 1:29 PM

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I do love readung about your progress, SIX! It makes me happy to know that you're forging ahead.

I have a ???, tho: What is that gray color on the walls? It's perfect - not too dark, but dark enough to show up nicely against white trim, and not at all harsh and cold-looking. It's so classy! And you're right: it goes perfectly with the flooring. Nice pick!

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Aside from cooking, I've been keeping up with housecleaning and the odd random small project. Since it's been so hot the only thing I've been doing outdoors lately is watering, but my windowsill herbs sprouted. Also, have a largish indoor plant, taller than me, but the pot was in a 1.5 X 2.5 flatish tray (originally from a large birdcage). Turns out that the pot had legs that kept the soil from soaking up the water, and since its in an unheated room the water wasn't evaporating and got a good head of white mold on it. Didn't want that throwing off spores all the time, so I found a tub originally used to drain motor oil, cleaned that up, scooped out enough of the water from the tray so I could handle the tray without spilling, xfered the plant pot into the tub (a much better fit, and taller, allowing water to contact the soil so I can "water from below"), and cleaned out the tray. I will use that to hold my garden seedlings, since THIS year I want to plant cucumbers that can withstand hot summers, and grow more tomatoes specifically for sauce bc I want to can some for the winter.

For the residual white mold, I read that cinnamon does a good job killing it, so I sprinkled some into the tub and it seems to have done the trick.

My next project is burnishing the bedframe and putting a light layer of mahongany stain on the plywood aprons to match the birch ply to the beech frame (which has a more rosy tone) so hubby can FINALLY finish it. I've already tried the staining on scrap lumber so I know it will work well.

But, many more doctor's appointments this week, so first watering (so the plants don't croak), kitchen cleanup and the every three-week housecleaning.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 4:04 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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I do love readung about your progress, SIX! It makes me happy to know that you're forging ahead.

I have a ???, tho: What is that gray color on the walls? It's perfect - not too dark, but dark enough to show up nicely against white trim, and not at all harsh and cold-looking. It's so classy! And you're right: it goes perfectly with the flooring. Nice pick!



Thanks.

I'll get the colors for you that I've used. Which grey were you talking about though? In the Pantry? I've gone with several different colors now. The pantry and closet were both painted with one of the colors I had bought back in November 2019 but decided against using in the Kitchen and Living Room. I believe it was meant for the kitchen, since it was an eggshell, and the matte color was for the living room. I'm pretty sure that there is just a hint of green in it that probably isn't evident from the photos.

The accent color for both the kitchen and living room, which is by far the darkest of all the colors is called Antique Pewter. That's the only one I know off hand. The other 3 walls in the living room are a 2nd color, the other 3 walls in the kitchen are a 3rd color and now the closet and pantry make for a 4th color. Aside from the Antique Pewter, they're all fairly similar with just some subtle differences in shade for a different feel from room to room.

But again, I'll say that I wouldn't recommend this line of paint unless you're patient and don't mind painting a room 3 times. The price was right, and I believe it will actually hold up to washing really well, but it's a lot of extra work. I can get you the names of the colors, but I'd recommend if you want to use them that you find the closest matching color in a higher quality of paint.

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Aside from cooking, I've been keeping up with housecleaning and the odd random small project. Since it's been so hot the only thing I've been doing outdoors lately is watering, but my windowsill herbs sprouted. Also, have a largish indoor plant, taller than me, but the pot was in a 1.5 X 2.5 flatish tray (originally from a large birdcage). Turns out that the pot had legs that kept the soil from soaking up the water, and since its in an unheated room the water wasn't evaporating and got a good head of white mold on it. Didn't want that throwing off spores all the time, so I found a tub originally used to drain motor oil, cleaned that up, scooped out enough of the water from the tray so I could handle the tray without spilling, xfered the plant pot into the tub (a much better fit, and taller, allowing water to contact the soil so I can "water from below"), and cleaned out the tray. I will use that to hold my garden seedlings, since THIS year I want to plant cucumbers that can withstand hot summers, and grow more tomatoes specifically for sauce bc I want to can some for the winter.

For the residual white mold, I read that cinnamon does a good job killing it, so I sprinkled some into the tub and it seems to have done the trick.

My next project is burnishing the bedframe and putting a light layer of mahongany stain on the plywood aprons to match the birch ply to the beech frame (which has a more rosy tone) so hubby can FINALLY finish it. I've already tried the staining on scrap lumber so I know it will work well.

But, many more doctor's appointments this week, so first watering (so the plants don't croak), kitchen cleanup and the every three-week housecleaning./b]



Glad to see you're keeping busy too. You've got to show pictures of the bedframe when you get a chance.

You were dealing with mold today too, huh? Gross.

I think mine was worse though.


I got the contact paper off of the other 9 shelves I decided to keep from the pantry. There's no way I'm ever going to use them for anything until after I get a chance to power wash them in the lawn in the spring though. I'd be lying if I said that they were were as bad under the contact paper as the floor under my stove was, but not too much.

Once you started peeling some of them they smelled like food. Rancid food.

The only stuff under there that was identifiable was rice grains and human hair, but I won't even go into what else lay beneath the paper. It will all still be usable for garage shelving, but it needs a good washing.

In any event, I think after doing that we can mark today as the day that I finally got all of the filth from previous owners out of the house! Only took 11 years.

Just taking a break from cleaning around the house right now while I wait for the wood putty to dry. I'm going to have to find a place to put all that rebate stuff until the rebate clears too because with all the shelves on cardboard in my Living Room it's so chaotic in there right now and I'm getting sick of looking at everything. At least the old pantry shelves are out in the garage where they need to be now.



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Thursday, February 10, 2022 5:21 PM

BRENDA


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Mah jong in the morning.

GOOD LUCK!

Nice to hear about your weather.
Maybe this means storms will track further south and well get some rain?

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I did have a bit of luck today. I won 3rd. Finished with 3,670 points. Got a couple of decent hands with over 1,000 points in them.

Well, right at this moment which is 2:30pm the weather is a little iffy. It was misting when I went out this morning for mah jong and coming back. So have to see.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 5:24 PM

BRENDA


Glad to hear your health is better SIG.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 5:26 PM

BRENDA


Had a lousy lunch today at the senior's centre where I play mah jong. Onions inside the burger meat and over cooked french fries.

My supper is left over beef stew with some added pasta for tonight and don't know what tomorrow.

This afternoon I am having some ice cream.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 6:42 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Had to take a kind of emergency break from the shelf work.

I didn't realize it while sanding, but the deepest of the knotted pits in the plywood on the 2nd board I was sanding wasn't completely dry and I was messing with the integrity of the fill. I didn't figure that out until I hit the dust with a shop vac and saw some "spider-webbing" going on.

So I had to dust it off good, stop what I was doing and hit the entire bottom of that shelf with a coat of primer in an attempt to seal it in and hope that there was not enough damage to it to make it bust away.

I'll be able to prime the first shelf that I'd already fully prepared, and by that time I can move the compromised shelf from the horses and sand and prep the 3rd one. Hopefully by the time I've primed one side of that one the compromised shelf will have dried enough that I can flip it and sand the other side. Otherwise we're wasting some primer on cleanup and we're going to have to call it a day.

It is the bottom of the shelf and won't ever have any weight put on it. Hopefully when it's all dry it will be fine.

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Thursday, February 10, 2022 10:34 PM

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Turned out fine.

Haven't even put paint on these yet. Just two coats of primer and the wood putty.

Nobody will even know they were made out of low-grade plywood when they're done.






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Friday, February 11, 2022 1:48 AM

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Hey all!

I've been busy here, but mostly recently just running after a slew of issues that came up one after another. I was so hoping to make progress on my various projects. But ... not yet.

However, one of the things I made progress on is I've been looking at gas-powered chipper/ shredders for all the tree and bush trimming and removal I'm going to do soon. So I was looking at the heavy-duty types and O. M. G. They are EXPENSIVE. The cheapest runs about $550. And despite that I'd even consider buying one because it costs about $400 per day to rent one. But literally none of the ones I looked at had a rating higher than middling. And the faults were serious ones, like cracked body welds, bolt heads that sheared off during use, chunks of hammer-mill blades that got spat out of the machine at high speed like bullets, exhaust that ran so hot it set the wood on fire ... and so on. Really awful unsafe problems. Sigh. How hard could it be to design and build and sell something that works even averagely, without all the hazards?

So I talked it over with a family member, who said basically - the biggest volume reduction comes from doing the smaller twigs and branches that carry a lot of leaves and needles. The large branches (more than an inch or 2 in diameter) you can quickly and easily just cut up into pieces and use as firewood, or put in green waste.

So ... Forget those expensive pieces of junk! that really had me bollixed.


I'm going with electric chipper/ shredders than come in well under $200 and will do the most volume reduction.

It feels good to have come to what I think is a good decision, and out that step behind me.

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Friday, February 11, 2022 11:31 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Yeah. I'd never used one of those myself, but as you started telling your story and throughout I was thinking of how many paper shredders I've gone through, each time telling myself that I wasn't going to force too many pieces in at one time, only to have another one eventually smoke on me and die.

They're probably not nearly as bad as the bad reviews would have you believe, but if they're not going to do what you thought they would, no sense in buying one. Especially for the limited use you're going to get out of it.

I get your logic there though. Next time I need my drain to the sewer rodded out I'm just buying a pro machine for the job and doing it myself.

Hope your decision pans out for you.



Where I'm at, they pretty much take all of that as long as you cut it down to a reasonable size. They say 4', but I've seen them take it MUCH longer than that.

One day I had pieces of two medium limbs along the side of my driveway but close to the curb. Not where I'd put them if I intended for them to be picked up. I just hadn't gotten around to cutting them up yet. When I came back one day they were just gone.

Next time I saw them come around I asked about that and he said that they can do a lot longer than 4', but they just say that to make the jobs more efficient and so that everybody isn't just putting out 12' limbs on their curbs all the time. He told me if they were having a busy day they wouldn't have picked them up, so it must have been a good day for them.

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Friday, February 11, 2022 12:25 PM

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Going to paint the shelves today. I ended up using the fan last night on the primer before flipping them over and doing the other side even though they were in the living room. That worked great and didn't make it too uncomfortable. I've got plenty to do cleanup-wise in between.

Last night I also made two damp paper towels and draped them over my dollar store paint brush handle bucket thing in between the three coats I needed to do since I had to do that one-side emergency paint job because of the wood putty incident and it kept the brush and paint inside from crusting up.

Play my cards right I should be able to get both sides painted twice without having to clean the brush twice and waste paint.



These are looking so good I think I might go back to my coat closet and get rid of that veneered MDF I bought and installed in there when my bro was around almost 2 years ago. The shelf bracket that I recently installed to keep it from bowing would probably be a redundancy if I do that, but that MDF gets beat up pretty easy and is going to look out of place when I finally get the finishing touches on the kitchen and living rooms complete.

I've still got plenty of extra plywood in the garage to do that and the bottom two slide out shelves I want to make in the pantry, and I think I'll even have enough to do a shelf in the basement bedroom closet whenever I get around to working down there.



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Friday, February 11, 2022 1:20 PM

BRENDA


Out for my walk on a nice sunny day and no fog. Need to get a mop and a bit of groceries.

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Friday, February 11, 2022 4:35 PM

BRENDA


Back from my walk and errands. Really nice day here. Sitting at 11C which is 42F though it feels a little warmer where I am.

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Friday, February 11, 2022 6:05 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Not too terrible here, Brenda, but certainly not in the 40's. Maybe the high 20's?


At the home stretch on the shelves now. Just have to give the final coats to the tops of them. I'm waiting longer than I probably need to before I do it though because I didn't give the last coat enough time before the flip and there is some minor scuffing happening from where the shelves rested on my paint cans that are covered with paper towels for protection.

I may or may not wait another day and get the contact paper on them either tomorrow or Sunday

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Friday, February 11, 2022 7:31 PM

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Not too terrible here, Brenda, but certainly not in the 40's. Maybe the high 20's?


At the home stretch on the shelves now. Just have to give the final coats to the tops of them. I'm waiting longer than I probably need to before I do it though because I didn't give the last coat enough time before the flip and there is some minor scuffing happening from where the shelves rested on my paint cans that are covered with paper towels for protection.

I may or may not wait another day and get the contact paper on them either tomorrow or Sunday

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Actually, I can't count. 11C is closer 52F. My brain and numbers.

At this time of the year you have to take what sunshine and warmth you can.

You are making good progress on those shelves.

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Friday, February 11, 2022 9:37 PM

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Actually, I can't count. 11C is closer 52F. My brain and numbers.



No worries. I've never even attempted to wrap my head around the conversions.



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At this time of the year you have to take what sunshine and warmth you can.


True that. I almost don't even mind the 20's anymore by this time of year. I just got back from a little grocery shopping and I only had my hoodie on without a coat.

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You are making good progress on those shelves.



Thank you.

I'd post pictures now that they're finished, but it really wouldn't show anything since my camera isn't really high def and despite how great they look IRL with two finish coats of paint, the pictures don't really show much of a difference. Just imagine the primered pic above but a bit shinier.

I'll throw a pic up when I get the contact paper up and install them. Tomorrow or Sunday.

I'm also going to use 4 to 6 of those little rubber cabinet stoppers underneath them as legs to go on the baseboard runners so we don't have any paint on paint action. Never a good thing in a house that can get a little humid during the summer to do that. If I want to take them out for any reason or the future owners do, they won't be ripping a bunch of paint off in the process.

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Friday, February 11, 2022 11:02 PM

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Actually, I can't count. 11C is closer 52F. My brain and numbers.



No worries. I've never even attempted to wrap my head around the conversions.



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At this time of the year you have to take what sunshine and warmth you can.


True that. I almost don't even mind the 20's anymore by this time of year. I just got back from a little grocery shopping and I only had my hoodie on without a coat.

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You are making good progress on those shelves.



Thank you.

I'd post pictures now that they're finished, but it really wouldn't show anything since my camera isn't really high def and despite how great they look IRL with two finish coats of paint, the pictures don't really show much of a difference. Just imagine the primered pic above but a bit shinier.

I'll throw a pic up when I get the contact paper up and install them. Tomorrow or Sunday.

I'm also going to use 4 to 6 of those little rubber cabinet stoppers underneath them as legs to go on the baseboard runners so we don't have any paint on paint action. Never a good thing in a house that can get a little humid during the summer to do that. If I want to take them out for any reason or the future owners do, they won't be ripping a bunch of paint off in the process.

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A friend from high school, her dad taught me how to convert for weather but that is about all I can do.

I hear ya. I almost wished I hadn't put my coat on this morning when I went out.

That sounds like a good idea for the shelves.

If you do sell, I hope the new owners won't take them out. My dad but in cupboard in one house we were living in before he sold it. I was driven back around the house when I was an adult and a later owner did rip out my dad's hard work. Saw the wood laying on the ground at the side of the house. Not nice but I guess who ever those owners were must have remodeled and they didn't fit.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 12:38 AM

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Yeah... that's a bummer. A lot of people want to buy a house and then make it their own. That's exactly what I'm doing, but it was a dump when I bought it and that was the plan all along.

Whenever I am ready to sell, I'm going to be asking top dollar for the place that the local market will allow though. The whole thing is going to be move-in ready for a family with no remodeling necessary, and a lot of this work like the kitchen cabinets are real custom stuff that you're just not going to find in other houses. I would like to think that the right buyer is going to love it the way that it is, but it's not really my business what they do with it after the contracts are signed. At least I'll always have the pictures.




I actually put the feet on the bottoms of the shelves and put them up to air dry in the pantry instead of drying on top of the paint cans. Even snapped a pic. Glad I did because with the dark of night outside it really looks cool with the motion sensor LED light hitting it and the shadows it makes.

I'll put the pics up here tomorrow.



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Saturday, February 12, 2022 9:19 AM

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SIGNYM: GOOD LUCK!

Nice to hear about your weather.
Maybe this means storms will track further south and well get some rain?


BRENDA; I did have a bit of luck today. I won 3rd. Finished with 3,670 points. Got a couple of decent hands with over 1,000 points in them.

Well, right at this moment which is 2:30pm the weather is a little iffy. It was misting when I went out this morning for mah jong and coming back. So have to see.



Fingers crossed for your weather.
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Saturday, February 12, 2022 9:24 AM

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Oh SIX, about the paint color- I was looking at the pantry. But if the paint quality is as bad as you say, don't bother looking up the mgr and color, I'll just do a color match next time I buy. I LIKE painting, but not so much that I want to put on three coats instead of two!

Nice job on the shelf! It'll look great when it's finished!

AFA ppl undoing your work, IMHO there are three kinds of home buyers-
People who just want to move in
Renovators/house flippers
People who want to move in but don't notice the flaws until after

By far, most people just want to move in. A couple with careers and children - the kind of people who would be looking for a house and who can afford one -are usually too busy to think about renovations. So I think you're heading in the right direction.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 9:36 AM

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KIKI I follow your logic. IMHO it takes an inordinate amount of time to hand-reduce appx 8X8X8 cuft of twigs and small branches so that it will fit into a bin.

Once you've made and tried out your purchase, do you mind doing a review? I have more items to remove eventually, mostly plantings that didn't grow true to form or are diseased in some way, so I might want to get one of my own.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 9:51 AM

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Oh SIX, about the paint color- I was looking at the pantry. But if the paint quality is as bad as you say, don't bother looking up the mgr and color, I'll just do a color match next time I buy. I LIKE painting, but not so much that I want to put on three coats instead of two!



Well I already looked at the bucket for you. The color is "Sea Frost", and it's in the Pittsburgh Ultra line of paint at Menards. At least with that, you can grab the right color swatch and match it to a higher quality paint.



Like I said, I think the paint will hold up beautifully once you get it up, but 3 coats is just way too much work. The only reason that I don't mind so much is because of how much of this stuff I got for dirt cheap with a huge rebate a while ago. It's also great practice for me. I think I'd like to maybe start painting on the side some day. It's a low stress job that I enjoy doing.

I was thinking that maybe the batch I'd bought during that rebate was just bad, but sadly no. The bucket of Sea Frost was from November 2019, nearly two years earlier and it still required 3 coats over a primered wall.

That being said, I am still a HUGE fan of the white HIGH-GLOSS enamel in the Pittsburgh Ultra line. It's around $28 compared to only about $16 for the flat paint in the line when they're both not on sale.


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Nice job on the shelf! It'll look great when it's finished!


Thanks. It does! See below!

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People who just want to move in
Renovators/house flippers
People who want to move in but don't notice the flaws until after



I was all three of those!

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By far, most people just want to move in. A couple with careers and children - the kind of people who would be looking for a house and who can afford one -are usually too busy to think about renovations. So I think you're heading in the right direction.


Yeah. I think you're right.




Check it.






In case you missed it, I didn't do the bottom two yet because I want to buy the correct soft-close drawer slides for the bottom two shelves so you can pull them out to the front of the pantry to rotate stock of things like canned goods. It's why the 3rd shelf from the top is shorter. The top shelves are just shy of 25" deep, and the 3rd shelf is 17".

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 12:55 PM

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That effing awesome SIX! Thanks for the pix!

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 1:22 PM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Yeah... that's a bummer. A lot of people want to buy a house and then make it their own. That's exactly what I'm doing, but it was a dump when I bought it and that was the plan all along.

Whenever I am ready to sell, I'm going to be asking top dollar for the place that the local market will allow though. The whole thing is going to be move-in ready for a family with no remodeling necessary, and a lot of this work like the kitchen cabinets are real custom stuff that you're just not going to find in other houses. I would like to think that the right buyer is going to love it the way that it is, but it's not really my business what they do with it after the contracts are signed. At least I'll always have the pictures.




I actually put the feet on the bottoms of the shelves and put them up to air dry in the pantry instead of drying on top of the paint cans. Even snapped a pic. Glad I did because with the dark of night outside it really looks cool with the motion sensor LED light hitting it and the shadows it makes.

I'll put the pics up here tomorrow.



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Yeah, my dad put in the cupboard for extra space is all.

I think that's why people buy fixer-uppers so they do that and sell.

Good luck with everything then.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 1:23 PM

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SIGNYM: GOOD LUCK!

Nice to hear about your weather.
Maybe this means storms will track further south and well get some rain?


BRENDA; I did have a bit of luck today. I won 3rd. Finished with 3,670 points. Got a couple of decent hands with over 1,000 points in them.

Well, right at this moment which is 2:30pm the weather is a little iffy. It was misting when I went out this morning for mah jong and coming back. So have to see.



Fingers crossed for your weather.
WOO HOO on the mah-jong!

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Beautiful Saturday and suppose to be good tomorrow then rain on Monday. Oh well. It is February.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 1:24 PM

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Laundry day then my walk. Later peeps.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 1:36 PM

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Thanks.

It's a lot brighter there during the day, but I'll probably have to consider another light or two in there for night time use. Seeing those lower shelves isn't going to be great. Putting electric down in both of the closets wouldn't be easy, even if I wanted to cheat with greenfield or romex because the attic is finished.

The only lights in the vicinity of the pantry that would help illuminate it at night is the chandelier I hung going upstairs, and residual lights from the ceiling in the basement, both of which don't throw all that might light into the pantry, especially when your body is in the way.

Those LED lights are nice though. They do last for quite a while and are easy to recharge.

But you do have to get lucky though. The 3 pack of small ones like the one in there have worked great now for going on two years. The two pack of larger ones came with one that started acting jenky only a month or two after I got it and then completely stopped taking a charge after only about 1.5 years. I can still use it if it's plugged in all the time though, so I installed it in the lower cab of the curio cabinet.

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 5:46 PM

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Back from my walk on a beautiful Saturday. :smile". A little chilly out but still good to see the sun out. My area is sitting around 50F.

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Sunday, February 13, 2022 1:38 PM

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Just a lazy Sunday by me.

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Sunday, February 13, 2022 2:31 PM

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Been lazy here too, but time to get to work. Going to get the contact paper on the 3 shelves now so I can put stuff in the pantry, then it's cleanup mode in the kitchen and bathroom. Got company coming tomorrow.

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Sunday, February 13, 2022 3:16 PM

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That's great Jack. I hope you have a good visit.

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Monday, February 14, 2022 1:14 PM

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Out for my walk in the rain.

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Monday, February 14, 2022 1:22 PM

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Hi all!

It looks like our 9-day heat wave (temps 80-90F) is ending today and will be gone for the foreseeable future.

Busy, busy, busy. Off to do some tasks plus I have 2 days of dishes to do. Don't know what happened but yesterday I lay down for a quick nap and slept for 3 hours1 So my day today is kind of jammed up.


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Monday, February 14, 2022 4:17 PM

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Have a good day with chores SIG.

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Monday, February 14, 2022 4:18 PM

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Back from my walk and no rain until I was coming home. Only good thing was a didn't need to put up my umbrella.

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Monday, February 14, 2022 4:31 PM

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Gotta rearrange another cupboard. This time an upper one.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 12:28 PM

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That's great Jack. I hope you have a good visit.



Thank you. It was nice. My aunt and grandma came by and we celebrated her 89th birthday with some Mexican food and a cake.

They usually go to my aunt and uncle's place to celebrate, but my cousin who got Leukemia after getting vaccinated has another round of chemo today and they finally found a match for his bone marrow from some awesome person in Europe. They have completely self-quarantined since my newphew's diagnosis, so I'm hoping that this all goes well and they can return to normal soon. I can't imagine how hard this has been for them. His fiancee is an amazing woman, sticking through this with him. Best case scenario he probably will never have a full life, and she's already 30 years old too.

I was also able to try my hand at online tax filing for the first time, and I helped show my aunt how to do it. Until it became clear that it was going to take far too long doing it that way with my grandma getting hungry for lunch on her birthday, I had my aunt do the steps herself for about 75% of it.

She wasn't doing anything wrong herself, and is actually quite an impressive student at learning how tech works since I got her started down that path. But those online free-file outfits are a nightmare to navigate. I've done my own taxes by hand and mailed them for over 20 years now myself and I could have done her taxes in 1/4 the time. Every third page was trying to get her to spend money on an upgrade or paying to talk to a professional, and a lot of the questions they were asking were superfluous and designed just to confuse and intimidate people into paying for something they don't need to pay for.

We got it done though.

I should have really double checked what they came up with before instead of taking my aunt on her idea that's what she thought she'd be getting. They probably got it right, but I'm going to go over everything and see if I now have to file a 1040X to get money back because they screwed it up.


It's insanity that the IRS doesn't have a simple to use portal to just fill out the forms and submit them electronically and you have to navigate through 80 pages of bullshit through for-profit companies who hassle you ever step of the way to "free" file.


OK... I'm done ranting. It was a great visit otherwise. They got to see all my cool new stuff I've been working on.



My grandma, as far as I know, is now the oldest living family member on either side of my family. If it wasn't for her short term memory fading, she's doing well for her age. Hopefully the long term never goes. No signs of that happening. If anything, I think she talks to me more about things that happened when she was a kid more than she ever did before. It seems like anything that happened more than 5 or so years ago she doesn't have any problems recalling.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 12:33 PM

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I think I'm probably taking a break today and just enjoying my clean house.

I'm going to wait on tomorrows sale paper to see if there is anything else I'm going to be getting rebates on before sending out the already massive pile I've accumulated over the last few weeks.

I think my next step is to finally extend the two window sills in my living room by adding blocks of wood with countersunk holes screwed into the existing frame and wood putty, so then I can finally start putting up the rest of the window trim and frame out the stairwell and get the living room finished finally.

I've got a guy I want to talk about drawer slides with before I finish the pantry, and I know he's been really busy right now so I don't want to bother him with that yet. That can wait anyhow. I really don't even need those bottom two shelves at the moment and I've been able to get everything clean and organized without them.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 1:15 PM

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Sounds like a great visit Jack. You are lucky to have living members of your family that old. There are times when I really miss my dad's oldest sister but all his brothers and sisters are gone now and I never knew my grandparents on either side. They all died long before I was born.

Yeah tax time is b&tch no matter where you are. I will soon have to get mine done. And we have on line things up here but I can't be bothered.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 1:16 PM

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Out for my walk soon.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 3:04 PM

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Sounds like a great visit Jack. You are lucky to have living members of your family that old. There are times when I really miss my dad's oldest sister but all his brothers and sisters are gone now and I never knew my grandparents on either side. They all died long before I was born.



I try to talk to her about old things now when we talk. About what she thought of the world when she was young. She's really my only opportunity to hear about what somebody thought life was like during and right after the Great Depression. I wasted that opportunity with all of my other grandparents.

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Yeah tax time is b&tch no matter where you are. I will soon have to get mine done. And we have on line things up here but I can't be bothered.



I actually don't mind doing my own. Paper and mail is the way to go, even though they penalize you and hold your return hostage for an extra month or two if you mail it.

When the government allows you to do simple forms and electronically file I'll make a switch. But I'll be damned if I have to sign a 30 page release form full of legalese allowing all sorts of private information to be sold to other companies only to go through a process that is intentionally made difficult enough that many people will just quit and pay somebody to do it for them.

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Sounds like a great visit Jack. You are lucky to have living members of your family that old. There are times when I really miss my dad's oldest sister but all his brothers and sisters are gone now and I never knew my grandparents on either side. They all died long before I was born.



I try to talk to her about old things now when we talk. About what she thought of the world when she was young. She's really my only opportunity to hear about what somebody thought life was like during and right after the Great Depression. I wasted that opportunity with all of my other grandparents.

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Yeah tax time is b&tch no matter where you are. I will soon have to get mine done. And we have on line things up here but I can't be bothered.



I actually don't mind doing my own. Paper and mail is the way to go, even though they penalize you and hold your return hostage for an extra month or two if you mail it.

When the government allows you to do simple forms and electronically file I'll make a switch. But I'll be damned if I have to sign a 30 page release form full of legalese allowing all sorts of private information to be sold to other companies only to go through a process that is intentionally made difficult enough that many people will just quit and pay somebody to do it for them.

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That's good that your are taking the opportunity to talk to her about the way the world was when she was young. I would also suggest you write things down for your niece. This is something you can pass down to your niece.
I learned a little about the world during the Great Depression from my dad and my mum. Maybe even a couple of things from my dad's sister too. That's another reason why I miss my dad and his brothers and sisters.

Well, my brain and numbers. So it is easier for me to get someone to do it and most places e-file nowadays but print you off a copy for record keeping. I like that.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 4:58 PM

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Back from my walk and I found something that should fix my other shelving problem. Always something to adjust. I just have to get it.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022 5:21 PM

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That's good that your are taking the opportunity to talk to her about the way the world was when she was young. I would also suggest you write things down for your niece. This is something you can pass down to your niece.



That's a great idea. I should do that.

I've been meaning to spend more time at her place. I should make a point of it when the weather gets warmer. She's got about 5 totes full of picutres of people I don't even know from her lifetime. Things that I took great care to save when I was throwing out the hoard that had accumulated in that basement over decades with my uncle and after he passed away. I think she'd get a kick out of going through them, and I could write down things on the back of the pictures.

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I learned a little about the world during the Great Depression from my dad and my mum. Maybe even a couple of things from my dad's sister too. That's another reason why I miss my dad and his brothers and sisters.


Yeah. Sorry to hear about that. I know when I was younger I didn't place any value on nostalgic things, but as I get older they've become quite a bit more meaningful as people I used to care about aren't around anymore.

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Well, my brain and numbers. So it is easier for me to get someone to do it and most places e-file nowadays but print you off a copy for record keeping. I like that.



I wonder if Canada makes it easier than it is here in the States. I imagine that they do.



It's insane that with the technology available to us today that filing taxes online is 5 times the ordeal as doing them by hand and making a trip to the post office to mail them in.

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I'm surprised there's not an inflation thread yet
Sat, July 2, 2022 10:38 - 317 posts

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