Garage Floor or Bathtub?

Garage Floor or Bathtub?

Yesterday half of the garage roof was off, and the rotten wood from the back walls of the garage had been removed. That left everything in the back half of the garage completely exposed to the sky and to the yard. We worried a bit that someone might decide to sneak in during the night and steal our stuff. But really, what kind of a thief would take anything that smelled as bad as the interior of our garage! This morning revealed that no one was interested in touching our smelly belongings, in the smelly garage.

The first order of the day day today on the garage project, was to replace the wall studs, on 16 inch centres. The original sill plate was in excellent condition, and securely attached to the concrete foundation, so it was kept. It took all day to repair the wall, which means the roof was gone and there was a gaping hole above the back half of the garage, and what remained of the roof sloped into the cavity.

Of course a huge thunderstorm rolled right in this afternoon, and a deluge of rain fell into the back of the garage, from the sky and running off from the front half of the roof. There is about an inch of standing water on the floor of the garage right now. It is much like a bathtub. But since no more rain is forecast until next weekend, it will probably evaporate in a few days time.

Attila decided to soldier through tonight, to finish rebuilding the walls. Two sheets of plywood have been installed, and two more must be custom cut to cover the remaining wall studs. After the roof is on, Attila will return to finish this wall with ship lap pine, and paint it the same colour as the house. But first the roof.

Because Attila is using the only outdoor electrical outlet to power his tools, the outdoor kitchen was closed today. Every meal consisted of leftovers. We both love leftovers, so this worked out very well.

Tomorrow Attila will begin to install the roof joists, and perhaps even get the sheeting nailed onto the back part of the roof. Also, first thing in the morning, the metal roofing will be delivered, and will need to be carried to the back yard. Another busy day coming up.

I’ve run into a weird problem with one of my domains, which I discovered when updating name servers with a different company. The other company made a real mess of several of my account, when they “improved” their billing system, which had been moved from France to the US. I am thinking of pulling all of my accounts out of there, to one of the companies I deal with that make the technical stuff look easy, no small feat. A project for another day.

The baked potatoes, prepared a few days ago, are all gone. Time to bake a few more in the Instant Pot tonight!

With the garage wall gone overnight, I did not sleep well. I think my ears were listening in the night for strange sounds. The new walls are installed, so tonight I hope to sleep soundly!

Worldly Distractions


Date: 9:00 PM EDT Monday 18 June 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 100.7 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 23.5°C
Dew point: 21.4°C
Humidity: 88%
Wind: W 16 gust 28 km/h
Humidex: 32
Visibility: 24 km


“My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?”
Charles M. Schulz
1922 – 2000


  1. Thanks Wendy!

    Just noticed “good nailing”, 🙂 Funny. And I first read it as good sailing, re the water on the floor of the garage, get out the rubber duckies.

    The sky is mostly blue again, and supposed to stay that way. Attila is out there now, he doesn’t want to come in, lol! Now that he is building instead of demolishing his enthusiasm level is high. The heat wave is over as well, so it will be a lot eaiser to work hard for the rest of the week.

  2. OK, I have never done “baked potatoes” in the iPot. How do you do yours? Do the skins come out “uncrispy” and do you need to put them in an oven to crisp up? Or don’t you mind about the skins being crispy? I must do some soon. I have a friend (she doesn’t want to be called “company”) today to visit me. All the way from Oregon. She’s probably just landed in Boston within the last 30 minutes and I haven’t seen her for 2 years (and that first time was the ONLY time we ever met in person). She’s visiting her family – she grew up around these parts (West of Boston) so I will be “entertaining” her today. Meaning I sit while she floats around. Paul cooked up 6 lobsters and shelled them all last night – so Susan and I will get to have lobster rolls for lunch.

  3. I hope your skies stay clear so your garage can dry out and smell better! (Enjoy a good visit with your friend, Bex!) Nothing but an ordinary work day ahead for me. But at least they recharged the AC and it’s cool at work, instead of the 87F (nearly 31C) it had been.

  4. Bex, I did five scrubbed medium potatoes, which I poked with a fork to break the skin to release steam, pressure cooked for 12 minutes. I did this by putting the rack in the bottom, adding 1 cup of water, placing the scrubbed pierced potatoes on the rack.

    The skins are not crisp, but if you want them crisp, after they are cooked, coat them with olive oil, place on a baking sheet, and put them under the broiler for a little while, watch to see how much time to give them.

    How wonderful to have a friend visit! Enjoy your day Bex and Susan!

    We don’t care about crisp skins. Attila has been slicing them, heating them in the microwave, then topping them with sour cream and herbs. They are firm and great for potato salad, and to slice and fry.

  5. Thanks Joan! The day arrived with a clear sky, the sun is shining. The basement floor is already much dryer, so it will dry out well before the new roof even goes on!

    That must have been awful, 31C at work! I melt at that temperature, and my productivity goes way, way down. Glad to hear today will be more comfortable for you.

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