22 September 2019. I'd wanted to continue tiling the shower floor, but it was just too much for my knees to bear. So I switched to a low-impact project: the bathroom sink countertop. I installed the first of two layers of plywood, then laid out the lime green tile to 1) make sure I had enough, and 2) determine the best way to arrange the tile for a balanced look.
21 September 2019. Continued tiling the shower. I'm down to the last 49 pieces to install (excluding the floor tile)—every one of which must be cut to fit. And I've started on the floor tile, since that must be down before doing the bottom row of wall tile. What a surprise—I thought the floor tile would be easy and fun. Instead, it's among the toughest tiling challenges I've ever faced. Still fun in its own difficult way, but nothing like what I'd expected...
19 September 2019. Today I did something totally unplanned and unexpected: I added a seat to the shower. I'd just gotten back into tiling it when, as I stared at the corner I'd nearly finished, I came to realize it was an ideal spot to sit, while consuming an absolute minimum of the floor space. So I tore out the tiles in the corner, scrounged up a bunch of leftover lumber, and set about building it. Once the spackle has dried, I can get back to tiling. Meanwhile, my helper has been repairing the damage done to the ground around the back of the house by months of rain with no gutters.
18 September 2019. The entertainment center is now finished (save for the trim around the outside, which can't go on until the walls are compounded and painted). I even did the little wiring access door inside the closet/laundry.
15 September 2019. Went on "vacation" for a week to deal with a surfeit of crap. Now I'm getting myself back into the groove slowly by first cleaning and organizing—the place had become a serious mess.
8 September 2019. Finally got around to installing the two return air vent/filter units. Both openings had to be enlarged just a little, which was a messy challenge given that the framing and rocking were done long before I ordered the vents.
In other news, I've made some changes to my tiling plans. Instead of having a lime green accent stripe in the kitchen, I'm using two shades of grey mosaic tile I found online, with the lighter color running in a band behind all of the outlets. In addition to looking quite sophisticated, it's less costly than traditional mosaic tile because it's made from recycled glass. Meanwhile, the green tiles originally earmarked for the kitchen will instead be used on the bathroom counter, since I discovered by accident that it looks really cool under the glass sink.
7 September 2019. After sanding and staining all of the Kitty Central platforms and shelves, I turned my attention to an admittedly low-priority project: the entertainment center. I just got really sick of staring at that big old ugly slab of weathered plywood, so I finished the upper section using the same woods and techniques as the headboard for visual continuity. (The lower section will have to wait until I get some more lumber.)
6 September 2019 was a dreary, rainy day, and I was feeling totally unmotivated. Nevertheless, I forced myself to be productive, and built the platforms, catwalks and shelves for Kitty Central. Below left is the litter box area, with litter storage beneath; below right is the feeding station, on the floor under which will be the water fountain—they'll be splashing water everywhere, so the floor is the safest place for it (hence the outlet there). The bottom photo is of the food storage shelf, which is located above the feeding station. All of the platforms are removable for cleaning.
5 September 2019. While I took a break to work on a special non-house project, my slave labor continued working on the French drain.
In other news, a slight change of plans: recently I'd fetched something from the cabin, and noticed that the siding had acquired a wonderful dark patina. Lucky for me I hadn't started staining the walls of the house, just the fascia and soffits. And, I had some of the cabin stain left over, so I've started to do the exterior walls of the house in Thompson's Teak; hopefully in a couple of years it will also grow dark like aged tree bark.
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