Greetings from a cool fall-like day in Iowa.
Was overcast most of the day with several short periods of rain.. like just enough to make the parking lot look wet, but not much more.
John got an early start to working on the apartment today. We went down around 6:30am and removed the toilet from the bathroom. As suspected, the water shut by the toilet was corroded open and he had to turn off water to the apartment again.
I slept in until 8:000am (felt good) and did not find out about what John had done until he told me over breakfast at the Hy-Vee grocery store. The breakfast was just ok – they were a little busy and it was kinda a cluster fuck. Slow long line to pay, lady cutting in line, out of several buffet items and so on… This was our first time having breakfast there in months and probably will not hurry back. But it worked for us today because we just wanted a fast breakfast on the way to Lowe’s to get a few items.
Lowe’s was fine – John picked up a new valve for the toilet, bucket of dry wall spackle and then we picked out some paint for the ceiling. Went with three gallons of white semi-gloss Valspar 2000. We also purchased a Wagner PaintReady Sprayer to use on the ceiling. We thought spraying the ceiling would be easier/faster then using a brush and roller. Also picked up some additional paint brushes and rollers for when we get around to painting the walls.
The sprayer worked Ok. Took me some time to get the hang of it but was able to paint the ceilings of the two bedrooms and the interior of the three closets. Wanted to paint the closets before John installed the new mirrored doors. Painting took longer then anticipated. Had a difficult time with getting plastic taped on the walls to protect the windows and woodwork. The blue painters tape did not like to stick to the walls – think it was too humid so we closed all of the windows and turned on the central air. After an hour it did help a little bit, but was still annoying to have the plastic falling off the walls now and then.
My main complaint is that it was heavy to hold in one hand and would run out of paint sooner then I expected. At first the paint would not come out when I tilted it up by the ceiling, but was able to reposition the supply tube in the tub of paint. John had a better go at painting then I did because he was tall enough to not need to step up on a milk crate to paint, and reposition it every few feet.
John installed the mirrored closet door in the living room and worked on patching up lots of dry wall holes. It’s going to take several more days of sanding and patching before the larger problem areas will be ready to paint.
Will have lots of projects to work on after work this week. Still need to clean and paint the furnace registers, finish painting the remainder of the ceilings, clean the bath tub and calk around it, install new light fixtures and on and on.. We have two weeks before John’s dad will be arriving to install the kitchen cabinets. We want to have everything done except for the flooring when he arrives.
Had ice skating lessons yesterday. There’s only three people in the adult group – two guys who are just starting out and myself. This week I worked one-on-one with Coach Elena who grew up in Russia and was on their Olympic team from 1987 to 1995. I hardly need this level of a coach but not complaining. She gives me lots of tips and suggestions that is making some of the more difficult moves for me easier. It’s crazy how important the position of your arms and shoulders are to your balance. Only complain I have is that I don’t have much room to skate because of how they have the ice rink divided up for classes – have to worry about hitting other skaters…
Not much else going on… about time to head to bed….