Wednesday, April 16, 2014
My effort on the project today consisted of carrying two of the three drawers up from the basement. TBG handled one for me. They are back in place and tomorrow I'll screw the handles back on.
Here's what was in them. There are some sweaters that will go into storage and I also have to put some laundry away. With the contents of the drawers dumped on the futon, I haven't been able to get everything in order.
We have guests back this weekend and I'll have the room back in shape by then. I'll have to open the window so that the room doesn't totally smell of varnish. This is something I should have thought of before hand. But I just wanted to fit this in when I could.
There is still a mirror that goes with this that I will have to get to. I'm thinking I might do that later in the day on Sunday. Then again, I might wait until the following weekend. Maybe I'll just stuff myself with candy on Sunday and forget about being productive. Sounds like a plan!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The drawers were less traumatic. I emptied them and brought them down to the basement. It would appear we can get away with one coat. The color turned out nice and dark. I purposely left the old stain on because I wanted to go darker. I think this will make the piece look a lot nicer and they've been banged up. The set was in my grandparent's house, was moved to our first apartment, then on to four more homes. It has taken a beating! I would much rather salvage this than buy something new because it is solid wood.
I hope to write about the steamer this week at some point. Or maybe I'll get pictures when I clean again on Saturday. It won't get rid of old/set in stains, but it cleans the grime and schmutz out of grout, crevices and does a great job on soap scum -- using just steamed water. No cleaning solutions required. It probably won't be as much fun to use in the summer when it's hot (well, cleaning is never fun), but it did a great job of de-gooking our kitchen counter, the cabinet doors, all of the tile in the bathroom and the gunk around all of our plumbing fixtures. I'm glad I ordered it!
Monday, April 14, 2014
The bright side is that I am behind on grocery shopping so having a cold day means I could shop at lunch. Maybe that's smart -- or maybe it's not. Given my recent track record, I'm not going to claim any great intelligence!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I had vowed that TBG and I would have pancakes for breakfast on Saturday because it was his "off" weekend. It worked out great because I made a huge batch and then microwaved the leftovers this morning to feed the kids. It was a swell visit but between cleaning up (using my new steam cleaner which I'll post about), running around to get groceries, making dinner and getting appetizers plus doing some preparatory patio work, we were literally beat. Our bodies were sore so we are not working out today!
Friday, April 11, 2014
Ask me the same question today and my reply would be that I would most likely bite the biscuit trying to retrieve a lost ball out of the Niagara River any time between March 1st and April 31st. This year we can probably extend that a few more weeks.
Last year I had an early spring river fiasco but managed to save the ball and not actually end up as fish food -- or fodder for the Falls (which churn up dead bodies every spring). Tonight was another misbegotten dog and ball adventure.
The ice situation has been hit or miss over the past two weeks. The boom that consists of a series of chained logs laid out at the point where Lake Erie feeds the Niagara River have not yet been removed. Too much of the lake froze this year and the amount of ice is so great that the river can't handle it. Some ice is still making it through and it shows up at unpredictable times. Like today.
I noticed a lot more ice than normal in the river but the current was pretty slow, so I decided it would be OK. Teddy did fine with her first toss -- taking into account that the first retrieval ends in an annoying period of playing Stupid Teddy Games (or in less gentle terms, "douche-baggery"). These games are called "Keep Away," "I Taunt You a Second Time" (name inspired by Monty Python, consists of multiples of taunts), "Shake Until I Soak You" and "Outdoor Voice" (annoying non-stop barking). On the second toss, she went in and then swam within a foot of the ball, turned around and swam to shore. She was bothered by the ice.
Well, I watched the ball float away. These balls are not cheap but more importantly, I don't have time to go and buy another one right away. So, I leashed her up and she pulled me down the tow path. Twice I spotted the ball in locations where she could easily get in and retrieve it, but she either didn't see it (her visual intelligence is as pathetic as her vocal repertoire) or was afraid. Of course, she was under exercised and over stimulated, so she pulled me like crazy. We climbed over a number of rocks and finally on our third or fourth try, she got the ball. Not only do I protect children, I act heroically to preserve the existence of orange rubber balls.
One of the more annoying aspects of our adventure is that I was feeling too lazy to take her out because I had also gone to the pool on the way home. I was tired, but I thought that it wasn't fair to deprive her after I got my exercise. Next time, I'm going to think twice!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
I was struggling for dinner ideas to use up the last of the turkey, so I took a nap. After all the stuff that went on at work this week (nothing bad, just a lot of stuff getting done), getting the dog out, adjusting to a new mattress, etc. I was beat. The nap helped. And just as I was getting out of bed, I remembered that I had a jar of cous-cous sauce.
I have found if you are sick of your meat/chicken and you want to use it up, pick a novel/unusual method to "hide" it in. I don't cook Indian/Middle Eastern every day (I don't count Mediterranean in that category), so this was the best way to hide the turkey. I sauteed up onion, mushroom and olive then tossed in the chunked up turkey. Once I poured in the sauce, I added some steamed broccoli. I know brown rice is healthier than white but also knew white would taste better. There's enough fiber in the veggies so we don't have to be too worried.
There is just enough for The Big Guy to have the rest for lunch tomorrow. That one turkey breast that was under eleven bucks fed us for an entire week. I had some form of turkey sandwich each day too. While my food spending was real low this week because of this (65 bucks), we're having weekend guests so I'll make up for it then!
The steamer I ordered from QVC arrived today but I am not motivated enough to unpack it and put it together. I'll do that this weekend when I am ready to clean out the tiles around the tub. There's nothing like the prospect of house guest to get one in gear and get the house in shape!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
TBG's sister and her family will be in on Saturday evening on their way to visiting relatives in Michigan. I'll have all day Saturday to pick up and turn whatever spare food we have in the fridge into snacks and appies.
That one turkey breast was just a little over ten bucks and we're eating it all week. The dog too! Once we've finished, we won't be in the mood for turkey again for a while, but it is a good way to get many meals out of a single purchase.
I guess I've been lazy from an exercise perspective. My yard work and short walk with the dog this evening is not as effective as a swim. But I don't feel too guilty if skipping my work-out means I can get something done around the house/yard and also still manage to make a healthy money-saving meal!