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Ah, this morning started off as a foggy continuation of last night. Rupert and I watched a movie until nearly midnight. Twinkle Toes had been feverish since the late afternoon, but after the movie ended, she woke up with a very high fever. I nursed her, gave her some Tylenol and worried over her, then finally put her into bed. As I got into bed myself, I heard the unmistakable blurping sound from Twinkle Toes which could only mean one thing: she’d just thrown up. I went in to console her, and as I picked her up, she threw up all over my shoulder and down my back. šŸ˜¦

Rupert bustled about cleaning us up and changing the bed while I nursed Twinkle Toes some more and rocked her back to sleep. Unfortunately, that was the last dose of Tylenol in the house. She’d just evicted it from her body. šŸ˜¦ Poor little thing was awake and uncomfortable most of the night. As a result, so was I. When the Master of Home Renovation showed up at 8 this morning, Rupert and I were still trying to cling to the last tendrils of sleep.

Just the same, by noon we had this: Rupert is learning from the master how to tile a floor.

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And a close up (Little Miss was the stand-in photographer while I rocked and rocked and rocked Twinkle Toes):

And really, in no time, we had this:

Which was followed by this masterful creation. More to continue with tomorrow, and some work staining and varnishing, and putting in trim, but wow are we ever pleased with ourselves. Points for effort go to Young Jedi who seemed to think that by closing his door when he went to bed meant he could get away with reading instead of sleeping. The glow from around the edges of the door was like something out of poltergeist. Busted!

And now, everyone is asleep, except me. Twinkle Toes is feeling better, and I’m sitting in front of the wood stove enjoying these precious few minutes of peace and quiet. And also fearingĀ that as soon as I lay my exhausted head on my pillow, someone else will throw up.

We have lovely new soffits! We also have new fascia, and a nifty thing called a drip lip. In the process, Rupert removed the wiring which ran from the old antenna (outside, along the wanna-be soffits) and was so motoring along so well tearing down old stuff and cutting off wires that he cut the phone line, too. So we (I because Rupert was still demolishing) called Bell from my cell phone (which would lose reception after I’d finally gotten through to an agent after being on hold for 10 minutes)… long story short, we survived the 24 hours without a phone or internet. By Sunday morning the work on the soffits was complete, and Rupert turned his attention to the inside, and a problem with the floor joists in the kitchen area.

We have arranged for someone to install a seamless eavestrough (yay!), have eliminated one of the on-ramps to the mouse-squirrel-bat super highway, found two dessicated squirrel bodies and have bandied about plans to change the windows and cover the house in vinyl.

After some discussion and a couple of rye and gingers, we decided that next weekend (yes, folks, two days from now) we will 1) put in door frames and doors to all the bedrooms — hey, we won’t have walls, but we will have a door! — and 2) finish the upstairs bathroom. You know what that meant: I had to go shopping.

After two solid days of running around Home Depot and Reno Depot, we have a toilet, a sink, tiles, a light fixture, and doorknobs for all the upstairs doors. Wowee! I’m so excited to be getting a finished bathroom upstairs, that I’m not sure I can believe it will really happen. Maybe it won’t. (But maybe it will! And then I won’t have to stumble down 14 then 4 then 9 stairs in the dark.)

Ah, that last picture? Me trying to take a photo of myself to update my linkedin profile. Seems pictures of me are of three kinds: Terrible expression, child somewhere too close to my face to crop out, or fat because I’m pregnant.

And the purple flowers? Something managed to bloom! (I thought they were yellow and brown flowers, more like black-eyed Susans. They’re aren’t, but they’re pretty, anyway.)

 

First, he assembled the scaffolding. Rupert did this while I was away with Twinkle Toes buying groceries at the farmer’s market and getting pants for Young Jedi, and generally killing time so as not to be home to witness Rupert fall and get pinned under the scaffolding. I was pleasantly surprised when I returned home. Scaffolding was up, Rupert was alive and well.

The old eaves and wanna-be soffits etc have been removed. We can see the insulation — what is it, R5?

All kinds of ugly here:

Closer shot of the insulation. You can see part of a hole in it. There were many many holes in the insulation. That means many many little animals found their way in over the years. (Ask me how I know. Go on. Ask.)

Someone attempted, at some point, to replace the old stuff with pink batting.Ā 

Only a small sampling of the bird nests and wasp nests that fell down.Ā 

The Fat Max crow bar-wieldingĀ hero and lord-master of home renovations: Rupert.Ā 

Here, he is doing his part to keep the Red Army alive.Ā 

Ever seen one of these? EW. So gross, it is still outside. But too fascinating to chuck. I want the kids to see this. Apparently, our home was home to TWO different kinds of wasps. These guys, the mud builders, and the other papery nest wasps.Ā 

Even though I spent the first two hours of my Twinkle Toes-free time stalling with chores like sweeping and vacuuming, I did make one item today — after cleaning off my sewing table, that is (not a task to be underestimated).

Tada!

Fall Rose Dress

The dress is a little blurry because it was windy, and I promise, those wrinkles will come out!

It seems like just yesterday I was sweltering in 30 degree heat and wishing for a reprieve, but today it feels like fall has set in. The nights are cool, we’re using our duvet again, and while the afternoon sun is still quite hot, the air in the shade is not. The season of sweaters and “hot again, cool again” has returned. Windows which get opened during the day suddenly need to be closed at night, the wood stove has seemed mighty tempting a couple of times, and our thoughts are turning to getting all those last things accomplished before the cold weather (and snow) sets in. Things like eaves troughs and soffits, insulating the trap door, draft proofing the front and back doors. Yesterday, for the first time in a few months, I made a roast chicken, and my mind wandered to making soup. Not yet, but soon. The kids returned to school this week, and that also makes me feel old, and happy, and sad.

I can’t say I don’t welcome the cooler weather, but summer sure flew by fast, and that makes me feel old and sad. The weeds in my garden are doing better than the plants I wanted there, which also makes me sad, but soon I won’t need to feel guilty for not weeding the garden because it will be too cold for anything to survive. So it won’t be my fault that the garden is dead and unproductive.

Things we’ve done this summer:

  • Planted 180 cedars. (Dug 180 holes!)
  • Went camping for a week with Twinkle Toes for the first time as a family. Really, have you ever gone camping with a one-year-old? It is more of a challenge than it sounds, and it sounds daunting. One of the lessons learned that week: When you suspect your child has a full, poopy diaper, do not continue to roll around in the tent playing “tickle”. I’ll spare you the details.
  • Acquired a new motorcycle, sold one, and fixed several bits on several motorcycles.
  • Successfully (just about) finished a room! I put down, stained and varnished the pine flooring. Now I’m thinking of another career. (Not really, but that pneumatic floor nailer was a lot of fun.)
  • Rupert built a two-storey deck with a friend of his. Quite the accomplishment given he is afraid of heights and that even only 5 years ago, he wouldn’t have known how to hammer in a nail. (I exaggerate, but only a little.)
  • Got over the dread of returning to work after maternity leave, had my position abolished, dealt with that stress, and came out the other side thinking that the world is full of possibilities. Today I ran into one of those possibilities. I’m going to start a production blitz in time for the International Plowing Match which will be taking place in my area in a couple of weeks. I also found out that I may be eligible to take some entrepreneurship courses, which would be dandy!

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