Tuesday, December 20, 2016


Is how I would describe our temperatures for the last few days.
And here you thought I was talking about my demeanour?   Only on certain days.

It was "warmer" today,  but of course (of course!) the wind was so furious that it felt like "bitter".   Geeez!

But hey,  it's winter.  And here we are.  We've been warmer.  Glad for central heat is all.

I'm at a bit of a Christmas standstill on the bathroom front.
As I mentioned,  the tub is out.  Took it off to the metal recycling place yesterday.
It only weighed 220?  Seemed heavier.  Whatever.  Got a little cash.  Enough for breakfast.

Normally I don't bother with that whole "going over the scales" thing,  and simply put metal stuff out at the curb.  It magically disappears.  Always.  Dishwashers,  stoves,  you name it.  Even (or maybe especially) my old defunct snow thrower.  
But I was curious,  and there were a few other metal bits that I had been saving up.  Hate to see metal stuff go into the landfill.  It all can be re-used.

Then tomorrow,  it'll be another trip to the "Transfer Station"  (read..."Landfill")  with load number three of renovation stuff.

I'll try and save the boxes if I can.  Sometimes the "helpers" are a little overly helpful.

This is why we didn't get a bin.  No need with the pick-up truck.  Came in handy on Sunday for our annual Christmas Tree foraging expedition as well.  (And THAT was cold,  let me tell ya.)

Not much else going on.  I do have a few more bathroom pics,  but certainly nothing earth shattering.

I'm using cement board for the shower surround.  I have yet to build the third wall.  That'll be after Christmas at this point.
The house is "masonry brick"  construction.  On the other side of that tar paper is a thin layer of parging,  cinder block and brick.  A bit different from "balloon frame" construction that's used these days.  
Um,  it isn't going anywhere.
Unlike our neighbour's house just behind us,  there are no ominous cracks running anywhere.  The downside however is,  the only "insulation" is an air space between the tar paper and the inside wall.
Somehow that doesn't seem...adequate.

So that's the reason I'm putting in foil backed Styrofoam.  Has to help.  That,  and sealing any and all cracks with spray foam does make a difference.  This place was drafty like you wouldn't believe when we first moved here!    New windows made a huge difference,  along with trying to seal up just about any gap I could find with the aforementioned spray foam.  Awesome stuff,  even though a little expensive.

That's about it for today.

It's this or silence.

Thanks for stopping by.

Keep that stick on the ice.


  1. Glad you are making some progress on your project.
    You mentioned the lack of insulation, when my folks opened the walls they found bunched up Newspaper instead of Insulation. Lot warmer when they got done.
    Stay Warm and Careful on the White Stuff.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. Glad to hear that you are trying to keep as much as you can away from the landfill area.

    Talking about little to no insulation, you could be talking about our daughter's house, they are working on it but I can't understand how the other people lived in it! There is NOTHING between the walls and crappy windows. Lindsey and Justin are slowly working on it, and all that we can say is that it is a good thing the house is small!

    Looking forward to seeing your finished product. :-)

    Merry Christmas!


  3. 220 lbs is dang heavy, and I bet the tube didnt have a handle.

  4. You are making progress and soon have an almost new homes until you need to do some more renos.
    Have a wonderful Christmas.

  5. Hey, always something to do and it keeps you outa trouble.


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.