Monday, May 21, 2012

Hello world!

It's been 3 months since my last post.  Just wanted say that I'm still out there.  This impending move has me totally stressed out.  My folks are making zero progress on packing or getting rid of their things.  And I feel like I'm making extremely slow progress on my house.  My goal is to just have things livable before the move, but I keep getting myself deeper into projects.  

Now, I've ripped up the upstairs bathroom floor.  I originally only intended to take up the tile, but when I took up the tile there was another layer of tile!  That 2nd layer was a bunch of small 1x1, 1x2, and 2x2 inch tiles...each individually laid.  I thought I could just pick them off, but they were on there so well and it was taking too long I just had to break up the floor.  After doing that, I found they were installed on a super thick layer of plaster and lathe.  Lathe is really hard to get up, by the way, when you're using just a crowbar and a mini sledge hammer.  Oh boy!  Now I come to find that the subfloor around the bathtub and toilet drain are kind of rotten.  I found out when my foot went right through the floor.  Ouch!  I'm doing this the right way though....rather than just put a new floor down over a bad thing, we need to fix the subfloor and build up.  The build-up process shouldn't be too hard, I just need my dad to help me.  I'll get some pix in here of the bathroom when it's done.

My basement is a mess too.  I decided to turn the old dungeon bathroom into a laundry room, and what was the laundry room into a bathroom.  It just makes more sense that way.  The space where the washer/dryer used to be was as big as the master bedroom, and the original bathroom was exactly the same size as the one upstairs (small).  That particular room has all sorts of pipes and whatever in the ceiling, which means you can't really drywall it off.  I figured why not have the washer/dryer there, and we can have a nice big bathroom with a finished ceiling in the other space.  Just makes more sense anyway.  The contractor ended up jackhammering my foundation and he finally got the pipes laid just the other day.  I'm not wild about this guy...took him over a month to jackhammer the floor and just put in the piping.  Oh well, it is what it is.  That bathroom doesn't need to be done before we move, but the laundry room needs to be functional.

With my life happenings, tackmaking is on hold for awhile.  I do at least have some model horse updates though.  I can't wait for things to be back to normal, then I can make my tack and hopefully get to a show or two before the end of the year.  Anyway, I paid for this horse a year and a half ago, and she just arrived the other day.  I don't think I'm going to pay for any resin pre-sale's again, as I kind of started to think I was getting jerked around.  But, the artist came through and now I finally have my pretty western mare Sheba's Jewel.  Can't wait to try my hand at a western saddle!

Also, I had Sue Kern customize a Breyer for me to fit my LB saddle better.  Couldn't be happier with the turnout!  Can you figure out what model this used to be?  Sue is a very talented customizer...I wish I had her skills :)
Sorry for the photo quality.  This is my new iPad2 that I got free from work.  I actually am not really a fan of the iPad.  I think my cell phone takes better pix.  Oh well, if my iPad wasn't free I would be disappointed that I spent all my money on it.  Have a great day to any and all who are out there.

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