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bathroom saga…

So, last week of April and we are still NOT finished, BUT…

The contractor came on Thursday to install the mirror and the door to the storage closet…

Mirror is huge with a nice wooden frame (matches the vanity drawers).

Storage closet door, closed… still needs the trim/frame/handle painted.

Here is the inside of the storage closet.

 It is floor-to-ceiling, all useable space!

I moved all this in from the hall storage closet, which is now my pantry!

So moved all the canned goods and baking trays, etc. from the basement to the hall closet.

Now we are just waiting for them to come back to finish painting the frame of the bi-fold door and the handle, and I think it may need another coat.  Then the bathroom will be done… but at least it is completely useable!

Oh, and here is a shot of mom’s bath seat – it works on a bladder that fills with water to raise it up, and then drains into the tub to lower her into the bath.

And… here is the bathroom window with the “frosting” I installed all by myself… rolls of that stuff that sticks to glass.  Peels right off again too if you need to move it.

That isn’t a towel bar, it is a support rail cleverly disguised as a towel rail!  The rails in the tub are also support rails, all reinforced in the structure under the wall.


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I’m alive

Been busy, sick and trying to get my bookkeeping done and to the accountant…

Got my computers up and running so have been on them non-stop doing the bookkeeping.  Finally got an entire year’s worth entered, now just have to run the reports and proof everything.

Monday I was off sick for the first time since August 1, 2008… feel better now but it was a crappy couple of weeks.

Show opened at the theatre last week “Harvey”. 

Looking for a new casual care aide for mom as our nursing student is off home to BC and a summer job.

Bathroom not DONE yet… still waiting for the mirror and storage door…

Just thought I’d post just to let you know I’m still alive… barely.


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Anything interesting going on with you?

We’re still spring-like with the weather… our front lawn is almost all exposed – slimy and needs raking, but almost snow free!

And… still waiting for the bathrooms final bits.  The mirror and cupboard door are still M.I.A.  The contractor showed up today to seal the grout in the tub.

The home care OT has brought over a couple of hydraulic lift seats for mom to try out in the new tub… two tried and rejected, another one coming for a try-out next Wednesday… problem is that we are long-legged people and the seats don’t sit in the tub to allow enough leg-room – it actually hurts when the seat lowers you down into the tub forcing your knees up around your ears!! 

Okay, slight exaggeration, but still painful!  The seat she is bringing us next week has a removable back so it should hopefully allow mom to move back further.

And… due to my office flood I still haven’t got my bookkeeping finalized for 2010… I’m so late my accountant phoned me at work the other day to check that we were okay!! 

My computers are all unplugged and I need to clean up the office to get everything back together.  There is so much dust in there that I am worried about starting up the computers!  I have to vacuum them all thoroughly before I plug anything in.

I have to clean the floors before shifting furniture back into place, and EVERYTHING in the room needs to be dusted, cleaned, etc.  Every book, every paper, every thing on every shelf… it is a mess.  The contractor made no attempt to cover anything.

Thank god for Swiffer dusters!!

I still have to sort out kit from the last show and pack up for the next which has dress rehearsal on Monday.

It is the weekend which means laundry, vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms (BOTH of them!), baking muffins for mom (she has to have her bran muffin every night), AND I have to get all the bathroom stuff back into the bathroom (still in my bedroom in large bins.)

And I hope to get a good start on the bookkeeping… cause we really need that refund money!

My injured shoulder is better but is aching all the time.  Saw the doctor for a follow-up this week and he extended my “light duties” for another two weeks, and then another follow-up appointment.  It still hurts when I try to move it in certain directions and I can’t lift anything heavy with it.  Which sucks given all the heavy work I have to get done this weekend at home!


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I think Spring might be here

We’ve had daytime highs in the single digits all week!!!  Whoooo…

Snow is melting fast… the driveway and sidewalk are clear and dry, the roof is almost clear (except for the north side)… the snow cover is slumping down a lot in the front yard and slowly receding from the edges in the back.

Birds are singing in the morning, the crows are back and claiming their territories in a very noisy way, the ravens have left,  geese and swans are arriving.

We heard the FIRST motorcycle of the season last night, shortly followed by the SECOND… then three scooters and a quad.  That is the REAL sign that Spring is sprung around here!!!