Saturday, October 18, 2008

Another freakin' post

I thought I would show you a couple of things that I've done at the house and studio. I still need to download pics of the garden, so that will have to wait. But until then, here's what I have:

For some reason, the cupboard doors in the studio were never hung. They didn't have hinges at all and all of the door handles were in their original packages. Finding the right hinges at the hardware store proved to be a little more difficult than I thought - luckily, I grabbed the ones with the 3/8" inset, because it happened to be the ones I needed! Here are the cupboards in the studio. Yeah, all of my crap is hangin out of them. (Oh, and I don't have a phone jack in the studio, so that's why the ghetto phone cord is taped on the floor - it's going from the main house to mine.. hehehe!)

There's a little one up above the counter as well. It's kind of a weird one...

This is what I mean by weird - the door goes to the bar, and then there's a gap. No door fits there or anything. Strange, but I don't care a lot.

And the final look. Somehow it looks bigger and more spacious in person, probably just because there's not anything hanging into the pathway!

The natural gas guy came to the house because I couldn't turn the gas furnace on. I thought maybe the pilot light was out. He looked at the furnace and said it was fine and wanted to see the thermostat. When he saw it, he said, "Oh. You need a new thermostat."

Apparently this is the mercury type - the kind they don't make anymore because of the very poisonous mercury. I think it's the orignal thermostat that was installed when they built the house in the '50s. You can see the mercury capsule at the top... kind of... under the fuzz.

Anyway, he said it was very easy to replace and basically told me how to do it. So I went to the local hardware store, bought a new one and voila! I replaced the thermostat by myself, and it WORKS!

I was just glad that I didn't shock myself or blow anything up, to be honest.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Five Months Later

So it's been five months since my last post... so what?!? Let me try to remember what has happened in that time...

After months of frustration, mom bought a house near Eugene instead of Salem. I've moved into the studio (the garage was converted into a studio) and tried to get the house a little more ready for Rayleen and Apollo. The studio is nice, although it's actually smaller than the cabin (!!). I think the paperwork said it is about 400 square feet, but I'm not sure if it's that big.
I do like it though, it's very bright and clean looking, two great skylights and two entries - one through the old garage and one in the back to the backyard. I bought a small refrigerator - not the little college half sized one, but a studio sized refer. It's perfect and I got it for $300. Before it got cold and rainy, I refinished the deck outside (it was soaking in any water before) so it can at least make it through another winter before we might have to replace it. I bought some utility-type shelving for the kitchen area and a bookshelf for the "livingroom". I still need to buy hinges and make sure these boards that look like doors for the kitchen cabinets are really the doors! I need to install their handles as well.
I'm working on replacing window screen material in the main house as well as a couple of other things that I'll elaborate on when they get here. I got them a surprise for the house and don't want to spoil it. Basically, I think I've done quite a bit and I'm ready to relax a little. Mom wants everything ready for them for when they arrive, so she's keeping me... focused? Or something.
I'm still in school, at this point taking a few classes over for better grades to hopefully get into the nursing program. It's very frustrating. I'm also taking a singing class and an African dance class, the latter being VERY challenging. I'm working out at the gym as well, so I hope I lose some more weight!
That's all I've got for now.