Sunday, April 19, 2009

Floor & ceiling joists...(20th - 26th April)

Monday 20th
Mark started putting in the floor joists. I soldered my leadlight. I didn't do a very good job, so I'll have to go see Bert to learn how to fix it.

Tuesday 21st
I didn't do much as I was sick with a throat infection. Mark finished the floor joists and started working on the ceiling joists.

Wednesday 22nd
Mark finished the ceiling joists in the ensuite and I rendered the vanity wall. Mark smoothed and leveled my rendered wall - looks great! I helped Mark attach the aircell insulation to the ensuite ceiling joists & roof rafters.

Thursday 23rd
I went to Design glass to fix up my leadlight window. Turned out that I didn't have the iron hot enough, so it was easily fixed and yes the soldering did cover up the most of my leading mistakes. I spent the afternoon cementing my leadlight. Mark spent the day cleaning out the garage so we will have somewhere to store the gyprock when it arrives tomorrow. Wow I haven't seen the garage this clean in ages! But now we have another load of rubbish for the tip.

Friday 24th
I spent the morning cleaning the excess cement off my leadlight - very time consuming as it gets into all the nooks & crannies in the frosted glass. Mark started work on the floor joists in the study. Nick arrived at noon, so we headed off to hire a ute and pick up the cement floor sheets for the ensuite. Mark stayed home to await the arrival of the gyprock. Mark & Nick unloaded the cement floor straight into the ensuite - it is the exact size so no cutting required except for 1 sheet around the door frame - Mark is VERY happy. We loaded the ute with the rubbish and Nick & I did a trip to the tip and then stopped off at Bathroom warehouse to pick up the toilet & the shower unit. The gyprock finally arrived - so now we have everthing we need to finsh off the ensuite and the study.

Saturday 25th
A slow start today as it's Anzac Day & Bunnings does not open until noon. I finished cleaning my leadlight & Mark played on the computer. Then back to Bunnings to return the ute and buy the adhesive for the wall & ceiling gyprock. Nick arrived at 2.30pm and he and Mark put up the ceiling gyprock. Etsuko arrived and we chatted and inspected the boys work. The ceiling, manhole & ceiling fan were all installed by 5pm - these boys don't mess about!

Sunday 26th
Mark took the study door off and trimmed it down to fit the ensuite doorway which is only 720mm wide (not 820mm). I went back to Bunnings to buy the beading for my leadlight window. Mark mitred the beading to the right length and attached the hinges to the window & frame. I painted the beading and nailed it onto the window. I helped Mark hang the door and window and install the privacy lock in the door. We don't have a catch for the window yet - so wire will do the job for tonight...back to Bunnings again tomorrow to buy the real thing. I think I must own shares in Bunnings by now!

Down with the wall...(10th - 19th April)

Monday 13th
Easter Monday....another day of leisure. Yeah.

Tuesday 14th
It's been so long since I updated the blog...I can't remember what we did today.

Wednesday 15th
Mark cut out the bricks between the ensuite & our bedroom & I went to pick up the timber for the door frame. Nephew David dropped in to use the gargage & tools to do an oil change & helped me carry out bricks as Mark knocked out the wall. What a mess!

Thursday 16th
Mark built the door frame for the ensuite, screwed it in and bricked up the wall again - well most of it...only 3 bricks to go, but had to knock off because the kids came over for a BBQ dinner. I went to ECU Joondalup for a meeting & printed out all the work I've done for the past 4 months. Had a great dinner with Tara, Nick, Bree, nephew David & niece Kacey. Thanks for the desserts Kacey!

Friday 17th
Mark was not a well puppy this morning...I think it must have been something he drank (?). He got up late & then went back to bed again an hour later. Needless to say not much work got done today! I just pottered around. We went to Jill & Wayne's to catch up with Keith & Kim who are traveling around Australia for 3 months. They live in Canberra & have both recently retired. We watched the sunset over the Indian ocean - it was spectacular - pink, orange & indigo, and helped Keith celebrate his 65th birthday. Hip hip hooray! Kim & Brian took photos...please send me a copy to add to our blog.

Saturday 18th
Mark went to the salvage yard & bought timber for the ensuite floor joists. What a bargain - 8 x 2700 x 100 x 50 jarrah for only $40. I worked on ECU stuff in the morning & started constructing the leadlight window for the ensuite in the afternoon. Bugger it's been 4 months since I did my course & I'm not quite sure what I'm doing! Cross my fingers.

Sunday 19th
Day Off. Went to brunch with the Cleaver family. Jill & Wayne are heading off overseas and won't be back until Christmas. Keith 7 Kim are continuing on their journey around Australia and Brian is heading off to Vietnam this evening. Mark had an afternoon "nanna nap" and I finished constructing my leadlight window. I'm not very happy with it. I've cut some of the lead at the wrong angles and too short...hopefully I can "fix" it when I solder it. Mark worked out what gyprock, cornice & cement sheeting we need for the front rooms & emailed it to Clayton. Quite BBQ at home alone. Aaahhh we love relaxing with a beer & champagne. We phoned Dan to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY for yesterday. He had a great weekend - did his rescue divers course & passed. Went for a couple of dives with Fisher & visited cousin Lyn.

Dad's 80th...(9th - 12th April)

Thursday 9th
5am wakeup for our flight to Sydney. Dan was at the airport to pick us up. Went to Camden for a late lunch then Dan dropped us at Jim & Michelle's. Had a quiet dinner, chatted & an early night.

Friday 10th
Slept in (wonderful). Dan & Fisher arrived and then Ben - all the family is here. We had a lazy day and then a big family dinner to celebrate Dad's 80th, Katie & Fisher's 14th, Marks 53rd & Dan's 47th birthdays. Lots of good reasons to celebrate!

Saturday 11th
Saturday is race day...and Dad is always pissed off with people having birthdays, wedding etc on HIS race we went to the races with Dad. Unfortunately it was not a winning day but we had fun critiquing the ladies outfits & shoes (a very amusing pastime).

Sunday 12th
Another late morning...isn't that what holidays are for? A big BBQ breakfast and a lazy afternoon trying to beat the kids at pool (snooker or whatever). Then back to the airport for our flight home.

Roof...(1st - 8th April)

Wednesday 1st - Friday 3rd
Mark went to Esperence with his brother, Ken & his mother, Joyce for Aunty Rita's funeral (Thurs 2nd). The Downsborough clan farewelled Aunt Rita in style (& alcohol). It's a shame that funerals seem to be the main reason to get together at the moment...we need a few more weddings, birthdays & christenings! I sent my condolences & stayed home to try & finish my ECU work. I'm on the last unit - hooray!

Saturday 4th
Mark was jet lagged from traveling & was moving very slowly today. Not much progress to report!

Sunday 5th
Day Off.

Monday 6th
Dad & Tim's birthdays - Happy Birthday Guys!!! Mark ordered the ridge cap & put up more roof sheets. I handed him tools, clouts, tin etc thru the study nook so he didn't have to climb up & down the ladder. Knocked off early to go to dinner with the LuClay family to celebrate Tim's 15th birthday.

Tuesday 7th
More roof sheets went up - yeah we've finished everything except the ridge cap. I knocked off early to go to a TADA meeting and Mark dismantled the scaffolding & repositioned it ready to put up the ridge cap which is due to arrive tomorrow.

Wednesday 8th
Phoned at 11am to see if the ridge cap had arrived - advised No call back at 12. Called again at 12pm still hadn't arrived. Tried again at 1pm....the truck still hadn't arrived. Called again at 2pm...the truck had just Mark set off to Bunning to hire the ute & then to Stratco to pick up the ridge cap. By the time he collected it & returned the was 5pm. Too late to fit the ridge cap today and the scaffolding is being collected tomorrow. So down with the scaffolding. Then we packed our bags for our trip to Sydney tomorrow & went out to dinner with Brian, Etsuko, Jill & Wayne.