Sunday, November 15, 2009

Nov 14th and 15th

The dog and I went up to the hill house this weekend and brrrr... it was chilly up there! But I was so excited because it meant that I could finally fire up the wood stove. When I got there I got the ATV out and moved some more wood from the front.. just 1 load. Then I rode down the hill over to the meadow area. Casey actually followed me really well and only ran in front of the ATV 1 time and stopped. She seemed to really like running with me like that! Until she had to come up the hill back to the house. That was a bit slow but she is an old lady so I can't blame her.

I finished 2 window screens and that took a long time. You can't buy premade screens anymore, they just don't make them. So you have to buy these kits and build them yourself. The screen frame is held together by these plastic pieces you shove into the corners. The problem is that they break really easily! I thought I could put it together, see if it fit in the window, pull it apart and fix the length and put them back together. Nope. Once they are in, they are stuck and pulling them out will break them. I broke 3 corners at one time because I pulled 1 corner too hard and the frame twisted and the others snapped. I was so mad! I had to use the corners from the 3rd kit just to finish the 2 screens. Now I have to see if I can find some corners somewhere so that I can build the last screen I need in the living room. It took me about 2 hours to put the screens together and another hour to get the screening material in. It would have gone faster if I hadn't used the old screen as a guide. You see they made the screen that was in the window too big and they were keeping it up (and together) with tape and I didn't realize the size was wrong. I put a new one together and just figured it would work and of course it didn't. I should have known. Nothing in that house was done right and that is why everything has to be redone.

I lit up the woodstove that night and boy does it warm up the place! But I forgot that I wasn't suppose to close the door because the paint is curing and the material used around the door will stick to the stove. It is fiberglass insulation braided together in a rope and glued around the door frame. I had to go out so I closed the door tight and when I came back, half of the baffle fell down. I have just ordered some more glue so I can stick it back on. Here is a picture..

1st fire in wood stove!

Other news.. my mom's friend's plants are all still alive. I watered them well and hopefully they will get some rain here soon to keep them going.
No signs of the rats so I am hoping that with the trees gone and my bugging them they have left the attic. Dad is bringing his long ladder up, over Thanksgiving, so that I can plug up the holes that are way up high.
Mom and Dad are coming up for Thanksgiving. I got a 18lb turkey because last time I cooked for just the 3 of us they complained that my turkey was too small! I plan to be up there all weekend so if anyone wants to come visit, give me a call! I can't guarantee that I won't put you to work though... :)

julie