This bench needed a little TLC. The wood was old and feeble and the coating of glossy brown paint was peeling and not to my taste.
- Before: in need of repair
- Before: sad, sad wood and paint
I picked up some spruce strapping at the hardware store. Thankfully they were able to cut a few pieces lengthwise for me as a few of the holes in the iron ends were only 2″ and 2.5″ wide. After cutting them to length and drilling the holes for the bolts, and sanding everything, I opted to use a polyurethane stain for the wood and a glossy black spray paint for the iron.
Now I’ve got a bench that can actually be used, and I’m pleased with the finish.
After: just what I was hoping for
One of the tasks I had meant to get to last year was fixing my fire pit. The poor thing was only a year old and had already started to rust…
The fire pit in need of repair
The first step required a little bit of elbow grease and a metal brush to scrape the rust off.
Removing the rust from the fire pit
Lastly, it didn’t take long to add a coat of the Tremclad flat black high heat enamel.
The renewed fire pit
Now I just get to wait for warmer weather so I can get outside and enjoy using it!
Early in 2012, I made the decision to start looking for a house. I had new loud and annoying neighbors that smoked pot and made the hallway between apartments reek, more bars opening down the street which made for more noise in the middle of the night, low interest rates on mortgages, and the realization that if I got a mortgage now I could have it paid off by the time I retire. For this variety of reasons, I realized that it was the ideal time to make the move from apartment living. By February, I had a real estate agent and had a list of houses in my price range that I was narrowing down. By March, I had narrowed things down and found a sweet little spot with a great ocean view.
In April, I bought my first home:
It needed a lot of TLC, but it was mostly cosmetic stuff. I had a lot of help, and unfortunately a bit of a back problem, but managed to get a lot fixed on the inside of the house over the Spring and Summer. By September, I was able to enjoy a house warming party. I’ll try to make a point of posting before and after photos and stories of the renovations in the coming weeks.
The remainder of the year seemed to fly by. I did a bit of knitting, played a video game or two, and settled in to the home. I also worked from home a lot due to my back giving me problems when I sit for long periods of time, but the back is getting better, and I have a standing desk available for me at work now.
Thanks to my parents who discovered this amusing apron and sent it to me (early enough so that I could enjoy it during the Christmas season)! It’s got satin, sequins and pompoms. What more can a girl ask for in a holiday apron?
The Sparkly Christmas Apron
Melissa had a pumpkin-carving party and I decided to carve a very small pumpkin for myself… Of a nazgul fighting a death star.
The Nazgul fighting...
The Death Star fighting back...
Good news: I don’t need a new set of winter tires this year. Whew. In the mean time, I’m enjoying the relatively warm weather that we’ve been getting. I even saw a hint of a rainbow today…
See the hint of a rainbow?
Hunter requests my attention. Must go!
John arrived in Saint John on Saturday with this lovely bouquet in hand. Great call with the combo of snapdragons and exotic flowers! Thanks again – they are wonderful! (Added bonus: the cats have not pulled the vase over yet.)
We decided to go for a walk at the Irving Nature Park since the weather was still good. Then after our walk, John cooked a delicious Matsuman curry and we hung out and watched “The Nines”.
Sunday was a chance to return to our D&D campaign, even if we were missing one player. We spent the afternoon working through a big boss fight and resolved that portion of our quest …
D&D L-R: Stew, Jay, Lisa
Bit by bit, I’ve managed to get my old website ported over from HTML pages and a Blogger-based Journal to this new site. Thanks to the help and patience from my awesome server-gnome, things are starting to come together. I still have a lot to work on, and I need to squeeze it in sometime between work, sleep and working on a mural design.
Here are the items that still require attention:
- The Portfolio. I need to go into the template documentation and figure out how to get the images to actually show up.
- Theater section. I’d like to add links and photos and info on past productions.
- Old blog posts. This may take a while, as I’d like to go back and add images back in to old postings. I could also categorize things and add tags.
Thanks to Sandra, Beth, and Colin for a fun night out at Rocky Horror. It was a fun show!
- Beth, myself, Sandra & Colin at Rocky Horror
As I was doing my dishes, and putting things away, one of my pizza pans slipped past the drawer under the stove. I pulled it out to discover the resting place of many cat toys…