WEEK 4 2018
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Saturday - Pretty tired from the last few
days, I did a few things, and spent some time cleaning up the garage work
I ordered some "Wellness" cat food. Purrvis has a distressing tendency
to throw up his Fancy Feast and/or Friskies and my sister Virginia suggested
this might help. He is very old and skinny, but has a good appetite
Went to lunch with Mike out at the airport last week, btw, then we came back
and sat around the new place here for a bit, watching farmer Charles across
He mentioned the other day he xeriscaped his front yard. I will
probably do something like that myself pretty soon. Too many interior
tasks right now, then I have to paint the exterior, then some fencing and
Since I didn't really get the price I wanted for my old place the budget is
kind of tight...
Book #4 was CTRL
ALT Revolt!, by Nick Cole. Eh. It was OK but I was
Friday 26 January
Painted the hallways, it took all day(I'm beat), but it looks 1000%
better. I did find some LED bulbs that should look nice in
there. They are actually a bit too yellow, I wanted whiter light
there, but they'll do.
The interior priming tasks left are the kitchen and hall bath, and the wash
room and some parts of the master bath. It would be quicker if I had
the boys do all of this, but I need to be able to see and assess any damage
that I find. So far no big issues, it's just decades of neglect, and
in places original issues - walls not painted, some not even textured, just
Thursday 25 January
Getting ready to paint the hallways, doing a lot of taping and some cutting
Wednesday 24 January
Wednesday - Snowing up in Carson City, got
some nice pics from my brother.
Called Frontier, again, since they never called back. They claim that
the "bridge tap issue" has been corrected and they can now install my
DSL...on February 12th. Ten weeks from my first call...it's good to
have a monopoly I guess.
I had looked into cellular services, but they are prohibitively expensive
for very limited service. Only T-Mobil and Verizon have any real presence in
the AV. I thought Verizon's 2.5 stars and reviews of slowdowns and
signal loss was bad...until I read the reviews of TM's 1.5 start service
I briefly even looked into satellite internet...the reviews for that were
worse than the cellular!
Tuesday - More cleaning, prior to
prepping. I also need to get some lights to replace the mixture of
faint incandescent and morgue-quality CFLs being used in the hallways.
The existing fixtures do match the overhead fan and lights in the main room
- fake brass and smoked glass.
The swamp cooler register appeared "almond" colored but was, as I have come
to expect, gloss white. As were the central heat fittings. There
is a wired fire alarm in the foyer, the plastic casing yellowed with age, I
don't know if it works or not.
On Sunday I started a re-install of Windows 10 on Rogers computer. S
says that it is still installing, two days later. Not good. It had
some sort of failure, bsod, exactly one week out of warranty - it's a nice
mid-range Lenovo, not an el-cheapo Wally World unit like mine.
Monday - Household task this week: cleaning
the hallway and foyer. Dark and dismal, coated in tobacco stains, with
lots of fixtures and doors to remove and work around. Lots of ladder
work as well.
Sunday - I did some shopping in the morning
with S, then she came by and helped clean a bit. She experienced the
"antique gold" thing, and was pretty horrified, but helped a lot and was
very complimentary about the progress I've made so far. I've had some
sleepless nights, thinking that I'd made the worst financial decision of my
She also brought over some very heavy duty mats to put at the doors, to help
with the dirt being tracked in, and some pine seedlings (Aleppo Pines I
Aaron's boy Glen is back in school in Bakersfield, he missed a good pie I
bought for dessert this week!