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Life, popsicles, pigeons, pondering’s, paginations, procrastination, purple puppies and life’s imponderables. …..

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There are many, many people on KAT who are from different backgrounds, countries, and just views about anything in life. I thought i would just meander and wander through life itself….
Not an easy task mind you, but i will give it a spirited try… and my wife and daughter tell me i am really trying….. and I love to have fun whilst my wife is serious … shit…

Recently we were going through a park and small petting zoo and we as a human race tend to think about wants and desires before looking at nature. Gods creation is all around us, yet we walk through a wooded area without looking at the plants, animals etc… I am not saying everyone does this, but we should be appreciative of our surroundings.

When I was 7 or 8, some 367 or was it 389 years ago, i forget…. we used to run around playing tag, and playing with wholfsnapples - very similar to your soccer balls, but they were rounder. Its just that society has changed with the internet and posting pictures, missive’s and other such things - social media has changed the lives of everyone.

Why do people take naked selfies?? Great, i will send it to my friend and then they turn around and send it to others… My daughter told me they are called “nudes” WTF are they doing??? Isn’t it bad enough that we can trash talk about a friend behind their backs with others using snap chat (whatever it is, yes, i have not even googled it to see what it is…. but i know you talk by cellular in a group - like our party lines (phone lines many years ago….).

Ok, I should not knock the internet, it is a great place for people to get the truth out there or their opinion. Its amazing just how, for instance, you purchase an item from a store and it breaks, so bring it back, but for some reason they do not accept it… you can go to social media and post it and the negative story against the company will come back to give you more just to shut you up….

Construction, destruction and painting a good story…..

We are getting our house ready to sell and move closer to our daughters new high school in September. It is too big for us and too much work since its 93 years old and I don’t have the energy to do much since my health is not good, but i am still breathing and upright and that is all that matters in life.

First thing i had to do is paint the back staircase - walls and all… I am what some might call a terrible painter - splashing or “dashing” paint around, but suffice to say, I am a better writer than painter. Then i forgot to move the cat boxes and we have now nice paw prints going up and down the stairs - damn varmints !!


One coat of primer and two coats of latex (paint that is ladies… although i am into it, that is another story…) and I am still not finished - i will do another coat next week. And of course, there is the stair case going up to the second floor, i painted all of the trim and some of the steps too - well, i do like to splatter about.

Got a quote from a man who has refinished old wood floors for probably 70 years - ok, i exaggerate, maybe 60 years :) Fun part will be taking ALL of the furniture from all rooms and place into another floor as one floor is being done and the stair case.

Shit, i forgot, the latest thing to happen - we have a leak in a pipe in the bathroom, so I had to take the first of three lawyers, oops, i mean layers… off - it has 1/8” panels, then wallboard, then lath and plaster…. FFS…

Oh, i forgot to say, my wife asked me to wait and to start when she got home from work - and our daughter said “mom is going to be mad…” Hey, what else am i here for in life than to shit disturb. When my wife came home she was angry, but i was getting the job done… First thing she said is “good, you covered the drains” (bath tub and sink) - actually i did that about half way through when i saw just how much mess i was making…. But, i did not say that to her - i have to look as if i know what i am doing.

So in taking the first two layers off, i can see where the pipe is and right next to the pipe was an old electrical socket (knob and tube), but thanks to a neighbour we found it was not live - it was quite a shocking experience. When i was hammering away with a hammer and chisel - well, it would have been a jolting experience if it was live….


Half of the ceiling drywall and plaster was wet and i can see three spots where the water is dripping out of the galvanized steel pipes. Dust was flying everywhere and as i was doing it i think our daughter was thinking about my insurance policy and how she would spend the money - O ye, of little faith… If nothing else in life, destruction is what i love to do.

Now, after cleaning up all of the mess my wife said to me that we need to get something to replace the curtain rod holder that i took down with the ceiling… Ok, so, instead of going out to buy something for a temporary fix until the bathroom reno is done, i went to work and thought hard - very difficult with my brain …. I found a cloth line reel and took some of it to patch it (see picture) - it is not perfect, but it works……

Going back about 20 years, I was putting up wallboard with friends and family when I thought that cutting wallboard with a knife is just not that effective, why not cut it with the band saw??
Well, within seconds i realized why people do not cut wallboard with an electrical saw - it makes a shit load of mess and the whole basement was filled with dust…… My friend and i laughed and learned a valuable lesson - make sure your wives or significant other are not around when doing something foolish….

I remember another time getting our new old house painted in time for Christmas and i was painting for probably 7-10 hours and finished at 2 am when my wife told me, nice colour on the ceiling dear - oh, fuck… painted the ceiling blue instead of white…. just in one area…..

Ah, the fun of construction and destruction….

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Hey LMT did you ever do busy signal chat in the 70s? That's what comes to mind when i see "instant chat" lol and as for screwups one day I'll tell you when I armouralled my ex's steering wheel in his rig, when he got back from his run to Ohio and back i thought he was gonna kill melollol
Great blog as usualclapthumb_up
I'll have some but hold the butter lol

BTW denimpatch20.72K if you don't like them why do you read them?
*brings the popcorn* anyone want butter on theres? lol

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You see, that's why I hate renovating - the fuss, the mess. I like to move in, do the works (fixing, modifying, painting) once and, if possible, not touch anything again till I move out years later, dead or alive. I know people who literally live on a perpetual construction place because they choose to do ongoing reno works, revamping their house gradually, slowly, at their leisure, over years. What a horror - this is unthinkable to me! Ideally, I give my reno works to a trusted designer and her specialist team and head out for vacation so that when I return all is done as I wanted it to. Alas, I cannot afford that, so my first approach coupled with the rare DIY-fix or contractor assignment must do.

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Love your style of writing.thumb_up
really interesting way of writing ..
A 93 year old house is nothing but surprises. The leaking pipe can be a real chore, the way they used to bury things.

I hope that guy is on the up-and-up about floor refinishing.
If it's the original finish, then it's gonna take 20 years.....well maybe 5 (see, I'm getting like you) to take that off of the wood. Oak, I'm presuming. Deep grain, holds more finish underneath than the surface.

Another reason people don't cut wallboard with an electrical saw.
You will find it's easy to cut through a water or electrical pipe or conduit.
Then it's either "Zap" or "Whoosh". Either is not a happy face.

Oh is that what is in that pic? It looks like you were getting ready to off yourself for careless painting.

But if I know you, you'll get it done OK. wink
All this decorating crap is too much...i'm going for a lie down..

Nice one LMT

When I was 7 or 8, some 367 or was it 389 years ago, i forget….

That you forgot but still you managed to write a blog tonguetongue
You done a great work though..thumb_up And Do you know, my ceiling color is Blue.lol.

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This image of stairs, with small steps... I don't understand the side right, is very strange! but the history was very funny!

I never have been able to perform any of the activities you describe, I'm null for those things, so let me congratulate you on your efforts.

Excellent post, congratulations! and good luck with your moving.
The lessons we lean using power tools on drywall or painting after midnight will always be with us.
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Life is worthwhile mate.... blogs are real life - not virtual life.
Yes, life is worthwhile. But your blogs are not. There, I said it.
*brings the popcorn* anyone want butter on theres? lol
I'll have some but hold the butter lol

BTW denimpatch20.72K if you don't like them why do you read them?

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