Thursday, November 3, 2016

We're off.

Taking the train in the morning to Toronto,  and then on to Montreal and then Halifax.  Should be an "adventure".   We'll see if the VIA trains are as bumpy and shaky as the night train we took from Munich to Paris.  Tough job keeping ones PJs where they're supposed to be in those circumstances.  Don't ask.

Meanwhile,  we've been putting the truck to work.  Picked up the tile for the bathroom on Monday,  which came in conservatively at 1100 pounds,   and then went off to fetch the shower parts on Wednesday.

There's a few more items from Kohler on the way,  such as the WC,  medicine cabinet and vanity.  No idea when that part of the order will be ready.

I got a little impatient and tore down one wall,  but we can still use the bathroom for now.

Used to look like this:

It's bare studs,  as the tile were set on metal lath,  which does a nice job of slicing up your forearm when getting carried out to the truck, by the way.

Note the vise grips on the hot water control.  It's come to this.  And I'm not fixing it.  I've fixed it a couple times over the last several decades,  the first time being long before we ever owned the house.  Which is exactly why when I removed the one piece American Standard WC,  (top of the line in its time) I took great delight in beating it to manageable pieces to be boxed up and disposed of.  
Felt pretty good too.
Couldn't even find parts for that thing,  so we were forever coming up with some sort of Rube Goldberg ways of keeping it in operation.  It's been gone since the 90s.

Anyway,  I'm out.

We'll be back in a week.

Thanks for stopping by.


  1. We did Via Rail Halifax to Montreal once. Yep, it's bumpy and shaky. Didn't sleep the best. Have fun!

  2. While in the Navy back in the mid to late 60's I had occasion to travel that Toronto/Halifax corridor several times both ways. Don't ever recall finding it bumpy and the gentle rolling of the coaches plus the clickety-clack of the steel wheels and rails seemed to have lulling effect which I found nice for sleeping. Well, that's how I remember it anyway 50 years ago.

  3. You have a huge project with that bathroom but will be nice when done.
    Enjoy you train ride to the east coast.


  4. I hate bathrooms, never enough room to work.


Well, I've been getting too many spam comments showing up. Just a drag, so we'll go another route and hope that helps. So, we won't be hearing anything more from Mr. Nony Moose.
I guess I'll just have to do without that Gucci purse.