Thursday, May 9, 2019

Thursday Thoughts

Last month, we had the doors between the sunroom and deck replaced. It might not have been necessary but truthfully, after almost 11 years in the house, I was tired of "locking" the sliding door with a dowel rod. It just didn't seem like a great idea. I always wanted the real lock to work, but the idiot previous owner didn't align things properly and there wasn't a way to easily fix the goof. Also, the sliding screen door was ripped and mangled from the "tree fell on deck" event last October.

Sunroom, Before
The above is a very, very before photo as it's the photo from the listing when we were looking for homes.

Sunroom, After (this morning)
We've changed a lot about the sunroom. White walls became "Pale Sunshine." Discolored, splitting vinyl floors became tile floors. The red carpet (ugh) was tossed. White washed pine trim became white trim. The sliding door between the dining room and sunroom became French doors. And now the door between the sunroom and deck has gone from a sliding door to a swing door (the middle), no screen door.

The entire thing needed to be replaced - all 3 glass door panels, which are really 1 HUGE panel. The installers were thrilled to have to carry it up the deck stairs. They actually removed part of the deck railing to get it up. Anyway, thousands of dollars later we have a properly locking door. Also, it's now pretty much level with the deck, there's no bumpy 1-2 inch high sliding door track that I cannot roll over. I haven't tried it out yet.

Anyway, last weekend we finally fixed the white trim (molding) around the new doors. The guys did a great job taking it off and reattaching it without destroying it, but still there were nail holes to fix. Also, some of the yellow on the wall around the trim had chipped off. So we patched & taped & painted the trim and put a fresh coat of Pale Sunshine on the walls. Then we thoroughly cleaned the sunroom. My mom mopped the floor/baseboards on her hands and knees. SP took the glass tops off the wicker tables and cleaned both sides. Blankets were washed, electronics moved & dusted, pictures and wind chimes were cleaned. A real spring cleaning.

We still have to clean the the windows and hopefully replace the two hideous ceiling fans that I've hated since we moved in nearly 11 years ago. That's a long time to hate ceiling fixtures and not do anything! I know what I want and where to get it, I just can't decide if I want to spend that much on replacing ceiling fans in a room we can use only half the year (the room is not on the central heat/air system; it has separate electric baseboard heating and no a/c).

What We're Eating:

  • Chicken Tacos (chicken, tomatoes, avocado, cheddar)
  • Grilled Hamburgers/Hot Sausage
  • Dessert: whatever we find in the pantry

What We're Watching:

  • Game of Thrones. I am enjoying it. I need to stop looking at Twitter or other social media because so many people seem to have issues with it this season. Sure, there are some things that maybe aren't great. But I don't take my television entertainment too seriously. It's not real. Read the books. Stop obsessing over Ghost and a coffee cup.
  • Killing Eve. So good. This show and GoT make Sunday the one night that we must be ready for TV by 8 pm and we don't respond to phone calls, texts, etc., from 8~11 pm. The lights are off (we've always watched GoT with the lights off). Phones silenced. Tea brewed. Dessert eaten (can't risk missing your mouth in the dark and having to hunt for food in the dark and miss a key part of a show).
  • We've finally, a month after vacation, have cleared a bunch of stuff off the DVR. We watched the final episodes of Gotham (meh). I watched all my recorded House Hunters, Samantha Brown Places to Love, Restored By the Fords, Americas Test Kitchen.
  • I watched Green Book and thought it was great. ‎Mahershala Ali and ‎Viggo Mortensen are terrific.

What I'm Reading:

  • I read Neon Prey by John Sandford. I'm not reading "totally new to me" books these days, just  reading new books by my usual, favorite authors. I always enjoy the Lucas Davenport books (the Prey books).
  • The magazine pile is shrinking. I'm down to 1 Saveur, 5 Smithsonian, and 1 Pittsburgh Magazine.

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