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More fun with home renovation

Our house has four bedrooms. One belongs to the ferrets. One is ours. One is the small guestroom and the last is Bj’s room. Or that’s what we call it,  even though he left. We used to call it the Lizard Room. But that makes it sounds like not only do we have a room just for ferrets (and laundry) but we have a room dedicated to lizards. We don’t, just to be clear. Anyway.

I’ve been meaning to get around to ripping up the carpet in Bj’s room.  It’s icky and has a large melted spot that was there when we moved in. But like many home improvement projects around here, there’s a long way between meaning to do it and actually doing it.

I was finally spurred into action when Shadowfax decided she wanted to help by digging at and shredding the exposed carpet padding on the room threshold.

So after work I took the first big step and started ripping.


I wasn’t sure what I would find. All in knew was that this room, like the landing,  had a subfloor. I held out hope that the presence of a subfloor meant no nasty laminate tiles stuck directly to the original floors. I’d already done battle with the aforementioned tiles in our bedroom and preferred to not have to repeat it.


Unfortunately when I ripped up the padding, I was greeted with the above sight. Grocery store green sticky tiles. It was all I could do not to vomit.  But wait.


These tiles were popping off to reveal some weird black, sticky…paper? What is going on here. I grabbed the paper stuff and it peeled back to reveal wood coated in glue. Great.

I was trying not to freak out about this development when I finally remembered that there WAS most definitely a subfloor between all this nastiness and the original floor.


I took a deep breath, finished pulling up the remaining carpet and cursed the blind woodworker that was employed to work on the closet. (More on that later.)

Removal of the tiles and subfloor will be another day. As will repairing the bottom of the bedroom door, since in its current shape, not only could the weasels easily fit under it,  but probably the cats.


Yay for home improvement.

chris on September 30th 2013 in Blogroll


So Chad and I were out for a walk on a rail trail, killing time until our appointment at the ferret shelter. (Yes, that’s foreshadowing for you clever folks who noticed.)

We approached an old tunnel and noticed this sign:


So yes, we were thankful we were walking and not pedaling to our certain faceplanting doom.

chris on May 8th 2013 in Blogroll

Fourteen Down

When our anniversary rolls around Chad and like to celebrate with food and drink and sometimes caching. (Although to be honest, that last part is mostly me.)

So we headed out to have dinner at Cafe Bacchus. Lucky us, it happened to be Wine Wednesday. Awesome. (Just for the record, Wine Wednesday isn’t a great thing when you realize it happens on Wednesday when you get up on Thursday.)

As you can see, we really kept it together for our anniversary photo after we got home.


As a side note, when I was little Cafe Bacchus was a very nice restaurant called The Flame. They served butter in scoop form that looked an awful lot like ice cream to a small child.

chris on May 1st 2013 in Blogroll, Family

I sew

I sew. No really, I do. I have a pretty nice Janome machine that I drive like a race car (ZOOOOOOM! ZOOOOOOOM!). Thank god I can’t get a speeding ticket in the attic.I used to sew elaborate things like Elizabethan gowns. Or sometimes less elaborate things like suits. And maybe the occasional skirt. One time I made a duvet cover. That was horrible, just horrible.

So what have I made recently?

Carboy coozies.Yes. You read those two words correctly.

Empty coozie / Mead awaiting coozie / Mead with coozie

Why? Because Chad’s beer needs to be kept dark and happy.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. That is a fine piece of sewing right there. A fine piece of sewing indeed.

chris on April 22nd 2013 in Blogroll, Creativity