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We had tour groups coming through all yesterday.

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Then we had a group of random singers come in to "entertain" us.

Itzl's reaction:

Sleeping Itzl

Then we had the lights all shut off.

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  •  Still raining (13+ / 0-)

    So I have to postpone the fall off the roof until tomorrow.

    It's cold, wet and my yard is a swamp. The coons are grumpy and mama cat is not pregnant anymore, hope the kittehs make it through this nasty weather.

    I wanne see some sun!!

    El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

    by mint julep on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:36:26 PM PST

  •  Well he's your alert dog, so, I suppose, he felt (9+ / 0-)

    you might need an alert
    about gawking tourists,
    or the lights shut off.

    apparently he thought you were
    simply enjoying the songs.

    No need for an alert,
    for that!

    Hey gang!

    We got our ceiling done!

    We haven't filled the small gaps,
    we haven't taped the joints,
    we haven't painted,
    but we got the insulation up,
    9" thick Pink Panther R30,
    and we got the drywall up,
    14' by 12' ceiling.

    The weather was warmer today,
    above 40 degrees,
    and that,
    combined with having the ceiling done,
    allowed us to have both space heaters off
    for a few hours.

    Feels so good
    to live in an insulated room,
    rather than a very large attic.

  •  Good afternoon everybody! (9+ / 0-)

    I don't post here often, but I'm still here!

    I hope you'll all have a grand day!

  •  sounds fascinating. how long were the lights off? (9+ / 0-)

    all quiet here; VERY gradually getting warmer.

    got out the ingredients for a new batch of floor wax, finally. poor hubby has been pleading for a couple of months now! but with the front door finally completely all in, he can touch up the "foyer", IF he had any wax, so....

    first, HE found the right container... needs to be really wide & deep, but he found one. then I measured and weighed and figured multiples and chopped and went out and got just enough more vodka, and then ... discovered we were out of olive oil!!! so the excitement is put off until some time tomorrow.

    yeah, vodka-olive oil-beeswax natural organic floor wax for hardwood floors. It takes a little crawling around on hands & knees to clean off the old, apply, and buff, but IT SMELLS LIKE BEESWAX, NOT CHEMICALS!

    AND it feels like satin (not sticky plastic), when it's warm enough to walk around barefoot (!)

    AND the recipe includes enough carnuba wax to block  water-spotting! well, it makes the water bead up and sit for 10-15 minutes, rather than going straight through the beeswax an spotting -- plenty long enough to get things dried off.

    the excitement comes when you put the vodka into the hot (melted) oil and wax mixture. was TOTALLY not expecting it the first time!!!! it fizzes UP kinda like when you put the baking soda in the peanut brittle, but more-so!! that's why you need a special container to water-bath it in, you need about an extra 6 inches at the top! the alcohol steams off and the wax precipitates out and you're left with something pretty much just like regular commercial floor wax (except the carnuba makes it considerably harder than most commercial formulations).

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 11:20:58 PM PST

    •  The house we're living in has hardwood floor (6+ / 0-)

      in the front room,
      and front bedroom,
      at least,
      so I hope I remember this idea,
      if we ever get the house repaired well enough in other ways,
      and we feel we can,
      get down to the repair,
      and waxing,
      of the hardwood floor.

      Thanks again.

      •  the original floor in our house is now subfloor (5+ / 0-)

        (yep 3 floors total) as we re-did the whole lower story in heart pine back in 1984.  It needs heavy duty refinishing if I ever get the extra money but the original lumber came from a mill in Tarboro, NC where they were tearing down 19th century textile mills and such and milling the 20x20 sills and rafter beams into floor boards.  What is interesting is you can see the old nails, which they did not pull before they milled and planed it into flooring, in the floor now.

        •  All my life, as far back as I can remember, (5+ / 0-)
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          I've always been fascinated with old things.

          If I really let that fascination take over,
          I'd move to Europe,
          or China,
          or anywhere I could live in,
          or at least look at in walking distance,
          buildings of various kinds that are hundreds,
          or even over one thousand
          years old.

          But I've done a little research into such things;
          for example,
          My wife and I were watching a show on HULU,
          a British TV show,
          and the fictional offices of the good guys
          were located in a real historic building,
          built in the early 18th century.

          I did a little research on it online,
          and looked at it on the TV show,
          and realized it was rather boring,

          And, such buildings have had numerous renovations
          over the last 300 years.

          My conclusion is that I will always be fascinated
          by old things,
          but I simply don't think I'll ever get truly settled in
          to any house,
          with a profound feeling
          that my roots are deep in that old house.

          I'm already in my late fifties,
          and just now fixing up a house
          that's in a flood prone area,
          and my name is not on the deed,
          although it might be within a few years.

          I'm always ready to look at the next house,
          but I'll always have a soft spot for very old houses.

    •  no fair you did not post the recipe (5+ / 0-)

      makes me suspect Cheney hit it with his "Top Secret" stamp before he left office

      •  OK, I guess I decided to wait and see if anybody (4+ / 0-)

        asked, 8-). (I knew I'd have to elaborate a bit.)


        Wood Floor Wax
        1 cup olive, almond or walnut oil
        1/2 cup vodka
        30 - 40 grams grated beeswax
        40 - 55 grams carnuba wax (depends on hardness desired).

        Put oil and the waxes into a wide-mouth glass jar or tin can and set in pot of simmering water.  Stir gently until waxes are dissolved. Remove from heat and add vodka, mixing well. This "mixing well" is a very exciting step, allow about 6 inches of headroom in the container before you add the vodka. Stir VERY vigorously, until all activity has ceased. Allow to harden. Use a rag to rub into the wood. If the rag "drags" too much, dip it into a tiny bit of oil. This wax is "sticky" until it has "hardened" enough to buff. 2-24 hours. Then buff.

        We were working to re-finish the whole house (2 br, LR, central hallway), for sale. Seamless, short-length mostly-oak hardwood throughout. We started with the assumption that we would do the usual plastic surfacing; and we did do the MBR, twice, with great difficulty (getting all the brush/mop marks out, bubbles out, getting the surface to dry before it fills up with dust particles, and on and on). Also, the VOCs with standard plastic-based finishes are simply horrendous, they were making us actively ill. And it was getting later in the year, we had moved out of the house, into the big SCA tent and it was starting to rain by the middle of October. And it was getting cold enough that we weren't going to be able to get the plastic to dry! We tried doing the LR, once, and all the problems that came up in the MBR recurred, some even worse.  So we decided to LOOK for something lower-tech and less toxic. We found this

        So, I played "weird sister" in the kitchen, while DH stripped and sanded, and sanded, and sanded, and counted odd-bits (not-oak sticks), and sanded some more. This was around 60yo OAK, most of it, and he found individual sticks that had cupped and were holding very tenaciously to whatever the original finish had been. When we TRIED the varathane finish, the red oak sticks would open their little pores and bubble the surface! Worse than the MBR, with a better grade of plastic.

        So we went ARGH! and went looking for a better way. A non-plastic way. And found one. We did a test in the MBR (after we'd sanded off the plastic, AGAIN.) And the results were fantastic. So we started moving in from the tent and drying out everything, and continued with the kiddo's bedroom, I think, and ended in the LR. NO issues overlapping at doorways, or any other divisions! NO poisonous VOCs! NO impossible overlapping strokes! Practically no time constraints! You can do half a room one day and the other half a week later, and there will be no signs of where the two jobs meet. The biggest problem we had was finding buffing bonnets for Sears' blinkety-blank non-standard-sized small buffer!  

        On-going maintenance is REALLY simple!

        1. IF you happen to drip or slop liquids, you have at least 10-15 min before you are in danger of water-spotting! That's the carnuba wax's contribution.

        2. If you have areas of high-wear, it's easy to do spot-refinishes. Teh DH discovered, by accident, that spray furniture polish will take the beeswax surface right off! The spray wax stuff has a solvent in it, meant to leave a layer of wax behind on the furniture item. IF you wipe immediately, it takes off the (floor) wax that's already there! Clean and/or sand as needed, and re-apply the beeswax-wax.

        3. We have machine-washable area rugs at our points of highest wear, outside the bathroom doorway, and the "foyer" space just inside the front door. We have area rugs down wherever computer chairs live. That's about it.

        4. Misc. Let's see... we have natural golden beeswax available, and the finish on the floors exactly matches the light gold of our oak panelling. It's definitely a satin sheen, not even semi-gloss. Bought the Carnuba from local fancy woodworking chain (Woodcrafters, OR). Had a whole 225g block from the first experimenting, so that's what decided how big this batch was going to be. We'll have lots of leftovers, some to take with us, some to leave for "teh new kids." CHEAP vodka, Potter's, 40% alcohol, FYI. CHEAP olive oil will do; we use Costco's EVO Montolivo, like for the deep fryer. The container I'm melting wax in for this batch is a 3.5x6 rectangle, x9.25 inches tall Bertoli olive oil STEEL can. This is a quadruple batch. The waxes, very bulky, are filling about the bottom inch-and-ahalf of the can. Gonna waterbath in my smaller stewing pan, 9inch diameter. Will store the wax in a 32oz plastic yoghurt container, with lid. Local yoghurt factory uses really good quality containers, they stay soft and flexible without cracking for years and years.

        Will check "headroom" and amount produced by 4x batch and post later. Feel free to ask any questions that occur, I tried pretty hard to cover everything I could think of.

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:09:54 PM PST

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    •  The lights were off half an hour. (5+ / 0-)

      It happens 3 times a day as they are on a timer and it takes half an hour for them to power back up after they go out.  

      The night lights are the only lights I am allowed to have on in my office, but the library is right across the hall and has a wall of glass between my office and it.  Since the library is "sunken" (half a flight of stairs beneath my office), the lights don't affect my office much, but when they go out, I've been informed they do so with a "pop", and Itzl hates that sound. He flinches and alerts every time even though he's been given the "ignore" command and the "stand down" command.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:36:57 AM PST

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  •  more like good night for me (7+ / 0-)

    I should be going to bed in another hour; however, I have a doc's appt at 2:45 PM so I will be up and about around 10 AM or even before, depending on how the apnea goes.

    Guess I could post pic of fox terrierist if I ever get around to getting a camera.  While she is not an assist or alert dog, she is a companion and does let me know if someone comes into the yard or house before she dives under my bed.  She is no hero pooch.

  •  Gradually warming here. (5+ / 0-)

    predicted high today is 29.  Friday and Saturday are 42.  That should get rid of the last little snowfall.  I can't say I'll be sad to see it go, but we do need more.  

    I've got my boots on and am ready to catch the first bus at 6a.m.  :-)

    Have a great day, all!

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 03:43:03 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone! (4+ / 0-)
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    Noddy, FloridaSNMOM, old wobbly, weck

    Gloomy, cooler day today. It may rain later.

    We're going out to brunch with friends this morning.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 05:24:03 AM PST

  •  Good morning (7+ / 0-)

    REally bad evening and night.. siezure after seisure. So I've been in bed since about 7:30 or 8 last night. Achey today. I'm the only one up right now, I"m thinking I should wake my daughter before I take the dogs out. I'm not entirely sure they're done but I just can't lie down an longer. I think I"m going to start keeping a log to track them, both these big ones and the little one. I can't remember how often they are happening at this point.

    These were bad ones though, full body seizures (a lot of time I get just leg twitching), at times bad enough I wasn't able to breathe for a bit... freaks my daughter out when they happen.I'll have to ask Dad what Sophie did, it's all a bit fuzzy right now. I know Freya was barking for him, and Bit was freaking out. I think Sophie was on my legs at one point.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:00:07 AM PST

    •  Wow, that's really scary. (5+ / 0-)

      I hope you're feeling much better today.

      I am a work in progress. Still.

      by broths on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:27:32 AM PST

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      •  Bit woke up to go out with me (5+ / 0-)

        when I took the dogs into the yard. I'm still having some mild twitching it seems and my head is really fogged today. Both dogs are staying close, Freya is practically on my feet and Sophie keeps licking my arms like she's tasting or bathing me. Maybe she is.

        I wish I knew what was causing them though. I'm not epileptic according to the hospital (I've gone a couple of times int he past, I don't bother any more.). Until they give me my medicaid back I'm not sure how to use the referral I have for a Neuro. Doesn't help that the only Neuro who took my medicaid was in Kissimme, which is a pain to get to by bus.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:34:34 AM PST

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    •  ooh. yeah, I encourage you to document. maybe (4+ / 0-)

      when your head clears, you can talk with family and work out a set of shorthands for what kind of effects you had (ie just legs, full-body, etc.), when an event started, how long it lasted, which after-effects...  write them all down & organize them & post maybe a special calendar, with the codes?

      it should make MAKING the notes a lot easier, which would make it easier to get into the habit of DOING it. (don't forget to add anything NEW that turns up! having a record of what IS happening should help notice a new item)

      it seems to me like this could be very valuable to both you AND the dr.s, if you can bring in current history when you do figure out who and where to take it. and it (having the codes & cheat-sheet) might make it easier for the kids to help with making the notes, giving them something to do other than just feel scared while things are happening? (if appropriate for YOUR kids, you'd know that better than anyone.)

      I suggest using a short-hand code, because after my mom passed, we found several calendars with all kinds of notes. I knew vaguely that she had fallen, and had black-outs, but had had no idea she was keeping track, or that there were so many of them. They may have been related to heart problems, as autopsy showed she had had a bunch of little heart attacks. Problem is, she coded them, so we don't really know what she was recording. AND she apparently hid those calendars so my bro. and SIL who were living on the property never saw them.

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 02:41:44 PM PST

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      •  Right now I have a text file (2+ / 0-)
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        weck, bigjacbigjacbigjac

        where I type it all out in full sentences. I've never learned short hand and anything I make up will be just as confusing as your mom's was. If I use any short hand it will be the medical one we learned in college, but then my family wouldn't be able to read it LOL.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 04:38:48 PM PST

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  •  I tripped and fell yesterday morning, (7+ / 0-)

    on my way to the bus stop.  The only visible damage is one bruised toe, but I can feel every rib I own, and can describe exactly where my diaphragm is.

    Getting into bed last night was an adventure.  I hurt rather less this morning, so I suspect that before Saturday is done I will be fine (except for the bruised toe).

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 06:27:36 AM PST

    •  Sounds like you need (5+ / 0-)

      some Bruise Juice.  I hope you have a speedy healing.

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:05:50 AM PST

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      •  ooh, Bruise Juice. is this something you make, (1+ / 0-)
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        SCA lady I know worked on a medieval recipe, many years ago, and came up with a "Green Goo" that people all over the area used for years. Mostly for bruises, you know how SCA combat bruises can go on for months... Sage, comfrey, must be willow something in it, goose-grease base, that's about all I know. She did tell me she wild-crafted ingredients in vacant lots & alleys in Portland OR! They were poor as church-mice.

        Something happened (I think I heard something about local medicos being interested... she cooperated, but then... she stopped making it herself), but she did eventually pass the recipe to one or two folks, but I missed out. One of the current producers lives in my town, but we're about to move....

        I think I need to go get some out of the fridge this morning, I did SOMEthing to my left hand/wrist yesterday, it's being very... interesting. It seems to keep forever under refrigeration, the teensy bottle I have is at least 10 years old and seems to still be effective (I just don't usually hurt myself bad enough to remember it.)

        IF this is something of yours, is it a recipe you share?

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 02:28:32 PM PST

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  •  I am feeling very "official" (5+ / 0-)

    this morning - they have flanked my desk with the US and state flags.

    Maybe now my work will get the respect it deserves.

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:32:16 AM PST

  •  Last night partner wanted to go to the city (4+ / 0-)

    and get a variable speed jigsaw for an engineering project at work.  I grabbed the opportunity to secure a new sump pump hose, and installed it this morning!  Now that I am in dirty work mode, I think I'll work a little more on the basement project; cleaning, repairing and eventually more storage.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 10:12:34 AM PST

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