Friday, January 7, 2011

letting go of perfection + getting into hot water

Finished the first giveaway hat, and have started the second one. More icy weather is on the way, and my knitting is not speedy, so I'll not wait till all 12 are finished to donate them. T'would be more impressive to come in with a pile of hats, but this way they can go out to be used when they will actually be helpful, which is, after all, the point! Ah the small ways that wanting to be perfect creeps in, reality does not need to match the vision in my mind's eye, sometimes yes, but not necessary in this instance... (or in the insulating of windows)

This weekend the windows will get a layer of clear bubblepack, it's not much, but will help somewhat. The eventual plan is to make light wooden frames that fit inside the window openings that can have clear or mylar bubblepack as needed, or be removed to allow the windows to open, but even a single layer, adhered with surface tension, makes a difference. Some new additional inner curtains will help too, but must wait for inner curtain rods.

Same thing with adding weatherblocking to the doors here - in one house that we lived in, written on the sheetrock in the garage was "we want some of what the carpenters were smoking..." I've no idea what the former owners did recreationally; though I'm not a construction worker, (don't even play one on teevee), I've lived with enough competent folks to know that there are reasons that things like doorframe moldings are supposed to not let the wind through. It has taken a while for me to figure out what to do about the gappy places, since regular weatherstripping won't cover them. If small wooden battens are added around the inside door surround, there is a way to cover the gaps and add some sort of foam gasket-ish stuff, and that will seal up some of the drafty places. This will be another of the winter infrastructure projects

Eventually sealing up the workroom ceiling holes will make a big difference too, but that one has not yet been figured out. None of my trusted helpful friends are sound enough to do overhead sheetrock. Damn you Demolition Boy to the coldest outer circles of hell, with insufficient clothing to keep warm. It has been several years since the demolition left me with various errors to correct, and each winter I vow to deal with this, and don't. What is really needed is to do some brainstorming...
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But on a more cheerful note: This new showerhead/combo arrived today, A thoughtful gift from K, so my infrastructure project of the day was to install it... Not terribly difficult to remove the current one. The new diverter is not actually necessary, since there is no shower-head per se to divert, and since chrome plated plastic was too delicate to actually tighten with a wrench, the simpler option is to connect the hose directly to the shower line. Adding the handpiece to the other end was almost as easy, and amazingly, with the handle switch turned to off, no water drips from the shower line or the handpiece.

(My old handheld shower had issues, the shutoff valve did not actually shut the water off, it dripped from the diverter and the switch on the handle sometimes fell out completely, and always sprayed water out the side, even with replacement of the o-rings... Now mind you, it's about ten years old, but it started failing at least four years ago, and my attempts at repair were not really successful.)
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Perhaps this spring there will be some cultural activity of a new and different sort; my friend L sent me a link to "Music For All" and there are many interesting performances. Hopefully some of the most delectable will have seats/tickets available, and the rules allow me to purchase two tickets, so if a friend wants to come with, that is an option. There is only one other similar program in the US, and in fact, this one here in Portland is inspired by a similar program in the UK.

1 comment:

  1. Do you have the 3M window insulation kits over there? They are pricey, but do a good job and you can see through them too ( and reuse the plastic). A lot of people also make inside storms with plexiglass cut just a bit smaller than the window frame, edged with weather stripping, and then wedged in place. Stay warm!