Staycation With a To Do List

I just began a week and a bit of vacation away from work. No travel plans unfortunately. In the past we usually get to Disneyland this time of year, but with the kids in high school and other commitments, no such luck. But I still had a week of time off from work to take, so here I am. Alone.

I have made myself a To Do List of activities that I want to get accomplished while the kids are in school and my wife works. I’m pretty sure I’ll get most of them done.

  1. Finish my costume.
  2. Fix the tile and tap in shower.
  3. Fix the sauna heater.
  4. Get the Honda Element serviced.
  5. Decorate for Halloween.
  6. Do some baking on Saturday.
  7. Make turkey dinner on Sunday.

Most of my list won’t cost much. Which is really a good thing since we have a few expenses coming up. Our children and their activities are nickel and diming us this year. Although it’s more in the hundreds of dollars just spread out over the next few months.

Since I am at home and have some availability, I’m hoping to meet up with friends periodically to get a break from being in my house the entire time. So feel free to hit me up during the daytime hours over the next week if I haven’t reached out.

What Have I Done?

I love DIY and working on Home Improvements. Over the years I have realized that most of my projects hit a small roadblock or unforeseen circumstances. Last year I had a vision to Build A Door to replace a busted sliding glass door. But my ambition faltered and diminished rather quickly and the project went by the wayside. Over the past few days, my desire to do complete (or at the very least start) the project has returned.

My wife is out of town for a few days at the moment for a work function. Whenever she leaves me for more than a couple of days- I take on a project and usually get it 85-95% done. I figured this should be no different. So I have begun.

As with most projects- I guesstimate how long it will take and double that time. This project I figure will take me a day and a half- not including painting or staining the doors. But an hour in, and only the door half of the old sliding door out, and I’ve got a literal brick wall. I’ve had to pause to re-evaluate what to do. The sliding door is somehow attached to the brick wall. But I cannot find screws or flanges. Ugh.

I can’t put the old door back, and I don’t know how to move to the next part of the removal. It also brought up some concerns of how to install the new door frame. I’m going to finish this break and start some clean up as I process my dilemma.

Wish me luck. Or I’ll take any advice short of selling the house!

I’m An Electrician Too Now

Being a homeowner is a never ending job. Besides daily and weekly cleaning, there is landscaping, maintenance and home improvements. I don’t mind most of the time I spend on our home. In fact, I’m generally pretty happy with the results. It’s just getting to the right results that are tough.

I’ve mentioned before that I hate the Plumbing in our home. I’ve mentioned it on more than just that one occasion: Am I a Writer or a Plumber, Home Repairs. I’ve also mentioned home renovations numerous times such as in Making A Home and it’s a love/hate relationship some days. Today may be one of those days.

I’m going to embark on an electrical project today. We have an addition that was added onto our home back in the 90’s. A sunroom was enclosed from what used to be a deck. It looks wonderful and lets in a lot of light. However the problem is that *some* of the electrical is connected to our living room on one breaker. This means we have blown a fuse from time to time.

There is a plug outside the sunroom that is not working any more, so I need to fix that. We also have a light switch that is connected to an outside floodlight that we never use. So I’m going to re-wire it to be used for another socket instead.

All of this means I may have to turn off numerous circuit breakers to figure out which one is which and what is connected to what. I need to do this before I go in the attic and start to regret my decision to re-wire a switch.

We also have a workshop (aka mini barn) that has had the lights stop working. No idea how or why. It’s another project to get fixed so that I can clean the barn and fix the back wall that is rotting away.

Anyways, time to put on my electrician hat and see what can be done. Hopefully it’s all easy. But with a home built in the early 70’s- not likely.