Sunday, September 13, 2009

First Glance

Well here's my first post on my brand new blog. I've been reading several wonderful blogs for a while now; just sort of quietly reading along and not really contributing. So I started thinking I should make my own blog too and join in. I don't really have any idea where this will ever end up, but I'm planning on sharing some random thoughts , stories, pictures and few laughs along the way. Just the trials and tribulations of my wacky, goofy life. Thanks for joining me!

I like to do projects around my house. To be honest, some of this is done more out of necessity than sheer joy though! A while ago (well alright, several months ago!) I wanted to re-insulate my wooden back door. No biggie right? Smart thing to do, good for the environment, yadda, yadda, right? I also wanted to figure out why the back storm door was gaping along the bottom of one side...

Look at that gap!!

I have to tell you that when snowstorms blow at certain angles I actually have accumulated several inches of snow between my storm and interior doors because of this crazy gap! Not to mention that the door hinges (inside the room!) actually get frost on them! Not just a little frost, oh no. If it gets cold enough (and it does here!) the frost sometimes gets to 1/2" thick!! So. Needless to say, we are well overdue for some new insulation here.

My son and I leaped into action and removed this copper flashing that went around the perimeter of the wooden door. Really not very insulating stuff, but it was there when I moved in and I never made it a priority to replace...until now.

So far, so good.

Well...anybody who owns a house will tell ya...if you think a project will be simple, it won't be. We had picked out some really nice insulation and I was excited to finally get this project off of my To-Do list.

I'll give you the condensed version here...we ended up making 3 trips to the local home supply store and buying 3 different types of insulation. We even trimmed 50% off the thinnest insulation we could find (if you look very closely, you can see this newly "trimmed" insulation - it's around the area that the wooden door touches when closed). We learned that there is no insulation on the market that's thin enough to actually allow us to close the door! Well, with much effort, and by bracing one foot on a nearby wall, my son was able to eventually muscle the door into a latching position. After watching this crazy series of events unfold, my Darling Boyfriend is convinced that I am a raging lunatic I am going to need help with this project.

So, after having a back door that really hasn't locked or even latched for months, I'm having beautiful, brand new interior and exterior doors installed tomorrow! No more frost, or drafts, or snow! Oh, sing from the highest mountains!!

Now, all I need to do is find a nice magnetic curtain rod for the window...

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