This Week

I haven’t done much of anything this week, just work and stretching for my back. Today I was able to get a few more boards up on the beam, so this completes the living room side. I hope to finish the other side this weekend, shouldn’t be too much.

Beam Work Part Deux

Today’s beam work went better than yesterday, although slow. Before I got to work, I had to run to the hardware store and get more screws. I ended up doing some fine trimming with the Dremel to make a couple areas fit properly, and also used the Dremel to trim the existing (old) trim back from where to barn wood it going. I’ve had this Dremel Multi-Max for a number of years now, but this is the first time I’ve really used it, and wow, does it ever do a great job.
I didn’t get it finished, but shouldn’t take long now, now that I know what needs doing to finish it up.
All in all, I think it looks pretty good, and I’m happy with it.

Faux Beam

What a day! Today I started putting up a barn wood faux beam. The hardest part was taking all the old trim and crap off. While taking it apart, and on one side as I pulled the trim off, fucking seeds and mouse shit starts falling, a fucking shit load of it, from between the drywall. It’s all old and dried up, and I can tell it from before I moved in because all the seeds are the cheap stuff that I never buy. Did these fucktards just let the mice run? WTF???
Okay, so I got all that shit cleaned up, now it was time to start cutting and putting up the wood. One end I had done the other day, today I got the other end up, so now it’s the top parts. Well, that was a little tricky. I wedged one end of a 12 foot board on to the end piece, walked it back to rest on my step ladder, climbed the ladder with the board and put a quick screw in, just enough to hold it in place. Then went to the other end, lined it up and screwed it in, and worked my way back to the other end. Not an easy job. This took me quite a while, one just to figure out how I was going to do it, and two, I thought my screw gun broke. I tried using a really large drill, but it was too much, and I couldn’t find my older screw gun. Well, it turned out just to be a switch on the top of the screw gun that I must have knocked a little and put the switch in a halfway spot making it spin with no grip. Duh.
Anyway, between the mouse shit, the drill gun, resting my leg and so on, this little bit that I did took much longer than anticipated. Hopefully tomorrow will go better.
Now it’s time for a pizza, it’s getting too dark in the house to work.

New Year

Happy New Year and Decade. I hope this new year is better than the last, it sure can’t get much worse.

Well, I wanted to go out for a drive and get some photos of the snow, but now I don’t know. I have to work on this motherfucking roof and get the ice off it. We’ll see how I feel after I’m done and if there is time.

I ended up going for a short drive, just around to Herman, Arvon and home. It sure was pretty with all the fresh snow. I got out to check the Slate River and get some photos. The walk to the river is only about 25 feet, but fuckin a, my leg was on fire before I even got back to the car.

Slate River

Indian Road near Herman

Slate River

Slate River

Digging Out

We did get some snow, though not quite as much as forecasted. I got just under 10 inches here, but I’m sure it would have been much more if it didn’t start out with such heavy wet snow that compacted down as it fell. Over night the snow that fell was fluffier after the temps went down. I probably should have cleaned the driveway yesterday evening to get rid of the wet heavy crap, I did shovel the deck though, so that shouldn’t be too bad today with the fluffier snow. Today I need to snowblow the driveway, and that’s going to be a bitch with the wet snow below the fluffy snow and because I can’t walk for more than a few feet without pain. I’ll be eating lots of ibuprofen.

Snowing

It started snow here at about 7:30 AM, and as of 9:45 AM, the snow is coming down pretty good and accumulating quickly. I really dread snow these days, mostly because of my back/leg pain. I love storms, but having to deal with the cleanup is so painful I dread the fuck out of it. This storm could bring us 12-18 inches of very heavy wet snow.