My left eye is what too much stress and not enough sleep look like. I'm not worried about that, but what is going on with my right eye. That looks wrong.
September 3, 2017
So instead I carved a rock out of rigid pink foam and painted it up. Then I inset the tiny shield into the stone and hot glued it in place. I think the results look pretty good.
|Robert E. Howard's Valeria from the Conan story, Red Nails|
August 24, 2017
Well, never let it be said that I have not made mistakes in my life. For some apparent reason I was under the assumption, that my next semester at GRCC did not begin until September 10th.
I was wrong.
Classes start on Monday.
That's about two weeks earlier than I was thinking, which means all the projects that I put off, pushed aside, or just plain ignored to get a little "me time" are not getting done any time soon.
I don't know where, or how, I came up with my incorrect date, but I'm in a bit of a pinch. I have bathroom that is little more than an unfinished closet with a nonworking tub in it, a laundry room that still needs to be painted, and a couple of other things that I wanted to try and get done...
Maybe I can get it all done this weekend. Ha. Never going to happen.
Looks like it's time to start squeezing the projects in wherever they fit.
August 21, 2017
August 17, 2017
Well, we're finally done with the summer semester and I'm happy to report that I got all A's this semester.
HVA 174 | HVAC Blueprint Reading/ Design | A
HVA 246 | Mechanical Codes | A
PS 110 | American Government | A
I know I need to get back to work on the bathroom, but between the mini bust that I started customizing and the idea I had for a 1/6 scale beholder statue... I decided that the bathroom could wait until this weekend. I'm going to take a couple of days to work on my art projects and relax a bit.
July 4, 2017
It wasn't our intention, but it worked out pretty well.
Happy Independence Day. Have fun and stay safe.
June 30, 2017
|2017 chevrolet impala|
Time to pull the trigger on a new car.
Perhaps, I just have the bug. My son just bought a new car, my uncle just bought a new car, Dale is always buying something, and I’m feeling left out. I want something new.
We were thinking the next vehicle was going to be an SUV, but after test driving the Equinox, we decided that it was just too much like a minivan. I’ve always been a car guy and while I would have been okay with the SUV, I was happy to pass it by and get a car.
It doesn’t handle like the Malibu, but it’s 305 hp V6 matches the Malibu and will hit 60 in 6.1 seconds and that is quicker than either my Malibu or my Camaro. And I must say it sounds pretty good doing so. It’s a step up, going from the mid-size Malibu to the full-size Impala, but to compensate for that we had to step down from the LTZ (now called Premium) trim level to the LT. We lose some of the bells and whistles, but even still, this car has a lot of impressive standard features.
I hope we get a lot of good years out of this car. I can say, less than a day into living with it, I like it.
|it's a big car|
June 29, 2017
Government, which promises to be an interesting class, will run through the 14th of August, then I'll get a short break and go back to 4-nights a week in the fall.
June 28, 2017
Tonight, was the first American Government class for the wife and I. On the way to school, the car started acting odd; sputtering and stalling, indicators coming on and service warnings appearing, and limited speeds. It was an odd bit of work, so I called the dealership and arranged to get it in first thing in the morning… It didn’t last that long. Leaving school it started, grudgingly and after stalling twice. On the way home it just stopped, the motor stalled and wouldn’t restart. It’s probably a sensor or module of some sort that has gone bad.
Whatever the case, Great Lakes Towing came and picked up the car and took it to the dealership and Zachary took a break from work and brought us home. All in all, it was quite an exciting evening and one that has me thinking about a new vehicle.
June 25, 2017
Today, I fixed everything in place. A few shims and it's all square and plum, which is important if we decide to install shower doors. If we go with a curtain, it's not so important. Once everything was shimmed and plumbed and screwed in place, then it was time to hang some drywall.
|in place and awaiting use|
A couple things about this tub/shower that I feel I should share. It's a Sterling Ensemble, which is made by Kohler, who have a pretty good reputation. The first thing is that this unit is made of a far heavier and denser material than the Delta shower unit I put in the basement. It seems more susceptible to cracking and crumbling, and yet, feels more durable. The second thing, was in drilling the holes was surprising, this stuff is tough and rather than doing a burn/melt as the drill went through, it instead created a very fine powder. I recommend a mask when cutting this stuff. It feels very strong, and with the mortar base underneath, it has no give. I think we're going to be very happy with this unit and I hope we get a lot of years out of it. If we don't, I'm sure you'll be hearing about it.
June 24, 2017
Today, I spent the day in the bathroom, or what was once a bathroom, and hopefully will be one again soon. These kinds of projects take me far more time than they should, mostly, because I'm deathly afraid of doing it wrong or ruining the stuff I've bought. Anyway, today was a day full of visible progress:
- Set bathtub on a bed of mortar, leveled, and secured to walls.
- Plumbed in the new tub/shower water valve.
- Drilled holes in and put up the shower walls, but have not yet secured them in place.
- Realized I don't have the right stuff to finish the drain for the tub.
The tub is level and holds water, as an additional bonus, it does not leak. There is hot and cold running water to it... again, no leaks. These are good things and sure signs that progress is being made.
Heidi kept popping in with her camera, so I asked her to give me some pictures to post. These are what she gave me.