Friday, December 28, 2012

Welcome to man land

I have another door post but it is really about the the hubb's man room (aka man land). He found a a free storm door and it was to wide to fit any doors on the house so it sat in a back corner of the garage collecting dust for about a year. Then he decided to clean the garage. His plan was to set the door on the street for someone to take or he was going to set it out for trash night. I took a look at it and asked him if he was sure it wouldn't fit ANY of the doors on the house. He said no and  he was quite sure of himself.  Me being the nagging supportive wife that I am asked, "Are you REALLY sure?" And as proof to shut me up, he  remeasured all 3 of the exterior house doors to be certain. Then I said the magic words. Will it fit the garage entry door?

Light bulb moment!

It did fit! SORTA...There may have been a little rigging and finagling but free is good. While not the prettiest picture  (we REALLY need to do some painting in the spring) it works to keep the draft out of his man room.

Here's a peek into the hubb's man room

Here is our garage watch cat Boy Meow-Meow sleeping on the job

All the concrete (floors and block walls) makes it mighty chilly. The hubbs has a baseboard heater-which I have forbidden him to use-since he has the wood stove. The exterior door was a poor fit with lots of gaps. He rigged it the best he could with found items. Do you like the painted vinyl cove moulding he used as a draft blocker? There was no money to fix it when there is so much to do on the house.  I have to give him credit for trying, haha

Looking out the storm door towards the house. He used my garden stakes (urgh!!) cut to size of the opening for a more snug fit. Notice the garage door and kitchen window almost align. SOMEDAY maybe we will have an addition that connects the house and garage. That would be an extra room of  15 x 15 feet. But I digress

And finally his free and fantastically rigged storm door! One everything is freshened up with a coat of paint in the Spring it will look nice. The hubbs said his room is about 15°F warmer since he added the storm door (and we insulated the the 2 dry-walled  walls facing the open part of the garage--you can see the walls HERE). The room would be a frigid 45°F before he started the wood stove, now it is around 60°F. Once he gets the stove fired up the room heats to a tropical 80°F. Must be nice!

The only money put into this room was the cost of  2 additional rolls of insulation (we used all the left over pieces from the work on the house), a few sheets of drywall and a knob and chain kit for the storm door. Everything else has been left over supplies from the house projects (some drywall and paint), cast off furniture and accessories, dumpster/ road side finds or freebies given to him. Even his wood stove was free! It was a beast to move--it took 4 men to move it!  Overall the hubbs is happy with his man room. He has heat in the winter, an old window unit AC for the summer, a toilet and he ran cable  to the TV. He can smoke his cigarettes and occasional smelly cigar without me complaining (well not too much complaining). Drink his beer, play video games or poker. Mostly it keeps him from making to many messes in the house, haha

I TRIED to decorate his room with hunting and fishing stuff but he wasn't having any part of it. He told me I had the house and the yard. The garage was his domain and not to sissy-fy it. whatever....

Monday, December 17, 2012

Now for a break

My goodness where has the time gone? We are 2 weeks away from ringing on a new year. I made it through my first semester as a full time student. I finished the semester with 4-A's and 1-B. Not to bad considering I have been out of school a VERY long time. And not to mention the last few months have been an emotional roller coaster with my Dad battling cancer in hospice and his subsequent passing.

I am on break until classes resume on January 7th and I am putting the time to good use. I have several unfinished projects and several small projects to work on. So I am planning on writing a few blog posts

1) We installed storm doors which I mentioned we were shopping for  HERE

2) I have some puppy damage projects updates
My adorable but destructive Frazzle

3) The new washer/ dryer install I had already talked about and has now spawned a room redesign plan

4) Stairwell update-I am FINALLY going to finish this dang it!

5) Maybe a craft or 2

As for now I am taking advantage of the Spring like weather to finish cleaning the garden beds, install some weather stripping and weatherize the house a little more before the big cold comes rolling in..

On my mark, get set, GO!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sew Helpful

I was repairing a seam on some dress slacks
 When I was joined by a furry helper (Tovah)
 Don't mind me
 Sewing is hard work
 Sleeping on the job

Happy Sunday y'all

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Broke Little Farmhouse

It has been the week for everything to break.

My furnace.

My Washer.

And the toilet downstairs is leaking.

All these things TWO weeks before Christmas.

So here's the update...
The hubbs is HVAC certified but didn't have the parts needed for repair. He doesn't work HVAC as his job, he is certified because he works as a residential and commercial maintenance technician. He could have ordered the parts but it would have been 2-3 days. Um no! My house was 62°F and getting colder. I ended going up to Walmart at 1:30am to buy more space heaters because I was so cold. BBBRRRR So we broke down and made a service call. Fortunately the repairs were reasonable and I had a coupon, haha The bad news is our furnace is 16 years old. So we need to start saving for a replacement/ upgrade. The heating technician told us for Ohio 80% efficiency furnaces will no longer be permitted for installation after February 2013. Oh joy. So when we upgrade we will look at 90% efficiency 2 stage with a variable blower motor. What does that mean in English? Cost efficiency but it comes with an upfront cost. He also told us furnace manufacturers offer their best rebates beginning in March.  Oh yeah, the cost of the upgrade...$4000-$5000

The washer is KAPUT! It stopped in the middle of a load of white towels. I am thankful it wasn't the hubbs work clothes...again. Or jeans. Or comforters. I had to pull everything and wring by hand. From cold water in an already cold house. Turns out  the transmission is locked up. We have had the washer quite a while (8 yrs)and it was used when we got it. I talked about a previous mishap HERE. Wally's redneck rig lasted about 4 months. So guess who is shopping for a new washer and dryer tomorrow?

The toilet repair was easy--new bolts! Although the floor is feeling a little spongy--yikes! The hubbs said we may need to pull the toilet and cap it off until we can afford to redo the bathroom. We have a full bathroom  upstairs which has been completely remodeled.

Things could be much worse. So hopefully everything will be a little more smooth sailing because my bank account can't handle anymore emergencies.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

"I DO" silk flower bouquets and you can too

My crafting hobby used to be making floral swags, wreaths and bouquets. Life became busy and there was no time for my hobby. And to be honest, there wasn't much money either. I never gave it much thought for a very, very long time.

This is a pretty easy hobby--All you need are a good pair of wire cutters, a pair of needle nose pliers, a hot glue gun, silk flowers, ribbon, floral wire picks, floral tape and some imagination.

Then in 2009 my daughter became engaged. And she wanted me to do her flowers for her 2010 wedding. We were planing a wedding on a budget after all. So I enlisted the help of one of my sisters. The  flowers turned out AMAZING!

Obviously the flowers don't show as real but they compliment her dress nicely.

 Close up of the bouquet

We bought bouquet clips and used all of the bouquets to decorate the bridal table.
Toss bouquet

So what does this have to do with the here and now?

Well my daughter's friend is getting married 12/12/12 and I am making her flowers.

Here's the dress
Lilac Satin dress

She went to Joann's and Michael's-bought, flowers, ribbon and some decorative accents. It has been a while (about 2 years) since I have made any floral arrangements.

We made the bouquet

The groom's boutonniere

And a hair clip for my daughter since she is her bridesmaid.

What do you think of our craftiness?