Sunday, February 16, 2014

CWD - Sunday, Feb 16th

Saturday Toby and I walked down to the Barbershop (Barber Dan's).  About 2.5 miles round-trip.  The government doesn't allow dogs inside, so we sat outside until our turn.

Today, it was off to the dog park again, for a couple of hours.  Toby was aggressive to three dogs, but sociable with the rest today.  It was sprinkling when we started, but ten minutes later it dried up and even saw some blue sky break through.
He had his typical good time.  On the way home we stopped for gas and the attendant gave him three small dog biscuits through the back window.  Spoiled...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snow-maggedon... day 4

 The results of last night's freezing rain.

 Star Magnolia bud encased.

 A little less than 1/4 inch.
The wind and freezing rain make a frozen overhang.

Hardwoods, final

Hardwoods, after no.4

 Not everything turned out perfect.  There where a few remaining stains that went deep.  The only sure way of fixing these is to replace the boards.  Sanding more may only have created a serious dip in the floor and if failed to remove the stain then the whole overly sanded area would have had to be replaced.  We told him in the beginning we didn't expect miracles with this incredibly abused floor and so we ended up with a few "beauty marks" as my wife calls them.

Hardwoods, after no.3

When we previously had the stairs and upstairs hallway finished we used a water-based polyurethane, simple, quick, but resulted in a rather yellowish, blonde-like finish.  This time with the Swedish Oil finish, the red-oak hardwood became a dramatic dark-contrast golden color.
The stairs are white-oak planks and finished out a lighter, softer finish, but still nicer than the previous water-based varnish.(stairs looking down from upstairs landing)
Entry, looking down from stairs.  Front door to right, dining to left.  You can see the first couple of stair treads in the lower left of the picture.

The Dining room area, without furniture.

Hardwoods, before/after no.2

Old stains by previous owners... dining room corner.

Entry to Dining room.

Damage by young dog gunning his engine and squealing his paws around the corner (repeatedly).

Snow-maggedon, Saturday Feb 8th

We've been playing in the snow since Friday.  With chains on the Pontiac Bonneville we've been to the veterinarian and the grocery store.  We've also walked Toby a mile or more.  By the end of the walk he had snow balls in his paws pretty bad and had to stop a few times to chew the worst ones out.  We also walked to the local Fred Meyers for more furniture felt pads to get all the furniture back into the dining room.  Last night we started to get the freezing rain and this morning there's an 1/8 inch coating of ice everywhere.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hardwoods, before/after no.1

Small furnace cold-air return vent at base of stairs.

Large cold-air return next to front door.

Large cold-air return in dining room.

Unused vent hole in kitchen hallway.

CWD, Roseburg, Feb 1st

 Toby had a great time visiting the GrandParents.

He especially loved chasing and looking for Henny-Penny.
 He loved the big open fields the best.  Somehow the smells were so different and intriguing.  He muzzled through all the grass and holes, running from smell to smell.
Up the front hill.

Toby's never taken such a long road trip and his anxiety for the weekend was a little high.  He did manage to tolerate the drive ok and once settled in he slept through the nights without complaint.  He did overeat one dinner and threw up in the middle of the living room (he's so sorry... ), but it wasn't too messy at least.

Once back home, everything was right with the world and he's feeling fine again.  He did manage to scratch his eye on something in the field and pick up a couple of ticks, but the vet's got him fixed up.  Eye drops for a week while the scratch heals... guess he's just imitating Gramma and Grandpa.