More DIY

September 27, 2012 at 18:04 (Uncategorized)

I used to have, and many people still have, the idea that really old houses are super cool – the history, the high ceilings, the thick walls, weird layout, and all that.  I can now say after some 12 years in a really old house that I no longer have this idea.

Any DIY job becomes something huge.  Small bits of maintenance become large bits of rebuilding and expense.  Case in point – we took out some build in cupboards, usually not a problem except in our case the wall behind the cupboard hadn’t been skimmed.  Now it became an expense unanticipated.  And a more timing consuming job.  Replacing skirting boards for new, small one after replacing the floors resulted in this:

This was the biggest one – I had to pack it full of brink bits and pebbles before I could even think of using PolyFilla.

And this is how it looks now:

It’s almost done – it’s as done as it’s going to get for now.  Sanding and last filling to be done when painting the walls.  Which will happen after the window has been replaced.

Annoying as the whole job was, it does feel nice to know it’s done.  Mostly.


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September 23, 2012 at 19:56 (Uncategorized)

Time to fight

Time to do what is right

Time to guard the wailing night

Time to save the others from their plight

Time to keep them from the creeping light

Time to gather and prepare for flight

Time to go before the sunlight

Time to protect the twilight

Time to hold on tight

Time to a knight


Hmmm – I don’t know. An experiment. Start with ‘time’ and end with ‘~ight’. Was playing with line length as well.

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Decisions Decided

September 9, 2012 at 18:00 (Uncategorized)

I have given up on few things.  In no order:

One – the viola.  It is a difficult instrument.  And after a year I still can’t play anything.  I play for enjoyment, for myself and the viola was a struggle, and battle, a mission.  So I have passed it on to a better, and more worthwhile, home.  For the time being, I’m sticking with the piano – an instrument I enjoy.

Two – UNISA.  This one plagued me for a bit.  Society’s obsession with degrees trapped me again earlier in the year and I registered for the second semester – and all my frustration came back.  Caught a bit of a wake up.  Not only is UNISA’s standard low and no longer internationally recognised, and the lecturers are old fashioned and narrow minded, my chosen career path doesn’t require a degree.  I have a CELTA and would much rather spend the time and effort [and money] getting a DELTA than a substandard degree that maybe no one accepts.  AND I’m not an ambitious person, I do not plan to strive forward and lead the pack – I’m happy to follow so why am I stressing it?  Have been feeling so much better and lighter – happier with my life.

Three – I’m going to Japan in October 2013.  WooHoo~!  I was doing some maths the other day after chatting to some friends and four weeks at a Japanese language school in Kyoto is a serious ‘yes’.  So I’m going 😀  It means not going to Europe in June/July for SCA things but meh – Japan is more exciting for me.

Four – I don’t want a ‘proper’ music teacher.  I like to work my way through sheet music by myself.  With a little help, I taught myself the FFVII AC piano theme.  And that was before I could read sheet music.  It took me almost two years but it was fun and I enjoyed it.  If I do end up with a problem I have two things at my disposal – the internet and friends who play musical instruments, including the piano.

Five – I don’t have a five but I was on a Numb3rs roll – ha ha ha ah… *ahem*


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