Today is hot and very muggy. A good day to have a huge hole in the wall of the house! The kitchen window came out this morning, just after breakfast. It is an original window, single pane, not pre-manufactured, built with the house. We are saving the pieces, as I love the little kitchen window, but realize it is not practical for a heated home. Former owners of the house destroyed the storm window, which would cost more than a new window to replace, as it would need to be custom made. The new window will be cute too, and it will be energy-efficient, and the screen will keep the bugs out in the summer.
Attila will be busy for the next few days, working to insulate, caulk, and trim the new windows. And just for me, he has added window sills to the new windows. I love window sills.
While Attila was busy with the kitchen window replacement, I gathered up the dirty laundry and headed off to the laundromat. I managed to wash all the clothes and towels in two loads, simultaneously, minimizing my time in the hot, moist atmosphere of the laundromat. I brought the wet laundry home and hung it up to dry in the stiff breeze. We have a rope strung the length of the back of the house, supported by the beams of the verandah.
When Attila is undertaking a large renovation project in this little house, chaos ensues! The kitchen needed to be cleared for the window replacements, and in this tiny house temporarily stored objects in the living room loom very large. Passageways narrow, access to items becomes complicated, as one must move several objects to unearth the desired item. This chaos has been a regular element of our vacations since 2010, this is our fifth renovation vacation!
We have also decided to upgrade the heating system, it is time. Lares is in the trade, so he has found us a very good deal on a heat pump, It should reduce our heating costs, and offer summer cooling and dehumidifying as well. Lares will do the installation, with Attila’s help. The heat pump will not be here for another week and half, so Attila will need to arrange a two day “weekend” to spend here at the little house, to work with Lares on the installation. I estimate that we will recoup our investment within five years, perhaps sooner.
This seems to be the year that we seriously increase the energy efficiency of the little house in the city. It wasn’t in the plan, no indeed. These opportunities just popped up this week. Life is full of twists and turns!
Tomorrow we will have been here for one week, and it has turned out to be quite a renovation vacation, in spite of the fact that we were determined to visit parks and go hiking during this year’s vacation! Attila is as happy as he ever is, taking his time with the window replacement, without a deadline, without rushing. We are both having a pleasant time. I think, that if I want to indulge in leisure activities, I had better figure out how to do it alone!
Terra dropped by this afternoon, during her “lunch” break at work. I enjoyed making her a sandwich, and having a bit of a chat. I remember how wonderful it felt to have my Mom make me a sandwich, it was a real treat! I think Terra feels the same way about it. It is a little thing really, but it sure feels good, for both of us.
Wow, Attila has been hard at it since this morning. It is 9:37 p.m. and he is still out there on the roof of the garage, installing the trim around the dining area window, and reattaching the awning. It is very dark, he uses his headlamp for light to work. The thunder is getting louder out there, the wind is picking up considerably, and lighting is getting closer and closer. He will not stop though, until he is forced to! The exterior won’t be finished tonight of course, but he wants it weather proof before the storm hits. Tomorrow the interior insulating and trim will be tackled.
I brought the dry laundry in from the line a few hours ago, so it is safely stowed away.
One advantage to the approaching storm, the air is much cooler! It has been a real stinker of a day!
3:00 PM EDT Friday 5 September 2014
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Visibility: 11 km
Wind: S 25 km/h
“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.”