Things warmed up a bit today, and we got a bit of snow. It won't last long; tomorrow, the temperatures are supposed to dip again. After some consideration of what materials I had available, today I finally built an insulated shelter for the outside cats, as an extra layer of protection in the sun room, … Continue reading Use Watcha Got cat condo!
Our first winter here, there were a few problems we noticed. Problems that were definitely adding to our electricity bill for heating! This was taken just before our first Christmas here. It got worse, over the winter. We would get frost at the bottom of the East facing door, too. Not only did it show … Continue reading Winterizing: main entry door
The new part of the house was added on in the mid-70's or so. I still remember bits and pieces of the construction, including the pouring of concrete for the steps at the main entry. After all these decades, it's to be expected that those heavy steps would slowly sink, creating a gap. A fairly … Continue reading Winterizing: filling the gap
When we rigged up the shelf outside the sun room to be a cat shelter, there were a few things I identified as potential problems. The tarp is staple gunned in place, for example, and I could see those giving out easily. What I never imagined happening, however, is what I found this morning. In … Continue reading Not the problem I expected to have!
It warmed up a little bit today, so we got to work on winterizing the sun room. When that was done, I was even able to modify the shelf we have outside the sun room into a cat shelter. What a job it was, too!! The first order of business was to empty enough of … Continue reading Winterizing: sun room and cat shelter
Today, I finally was able to get working on the old dog houses, getting them ready for winter! 🙂 The first thing on the list was to take off the tarp I'd put over them temporarily, and take down the rope I'd used to hold it up. Since I was there anyway, I decided to … Continue reading Winterizing: the old dog houses
My husband had some packages to pick up in today's mail, so I made a quick trip in to pick them up. I was expecting 2, maybe 3, boxes. There was 5! LOL The clerk helped me carry them to my van. 😀 When I got home, I was surprised to find my name on … Continue reading I have the best friends!
Something very disorienting happened today. There was a knock at the door. Which is one of those things that is so unexpected, it takes a moment for my brain to clue in and say, "oh... there's a person at the door." 😀 Turns out, it was the guy delivering the straw bale we had ordered. … Continue reading I got you covered!
It turned out to be a rather pleasant day today, if quite windy. I wanted to cover my late father's old car while it was still nice out, though. We'd found a huge old tarp in the barn that we used to cover the mulched area of the big garden for the summer. It was … Continue reading Winterizing progress: covering the car
I had some daylight left, so I decided to see how far I could get on another thing on my to-do list before winter. Some clean up of the pile of larger wood, by the fire pit. We may not have been able to use the fire pit over the summer, due to fire bans … Continue reading Winterizing: wood for the fire pit