My choice to stay back was rooted in two things. First of all, I am serving as Deputy Mayor for the next quarter, and I think it's important that I'm available as much as possible. Secondly, I didn't want to miss the interPLAY Festival and all of its assorted attractions.
Seven days in the house on my own also has afforded me the optimal time to do a much needed bathroom renovation. Heather and I had worked on this project many years ago ago and it is time to change out the baseboards - which had become water-logged, especially in the corner by the shower - and give the room a new coat of paint.
I started the dismantling of the IKEA cabinets almost immediately after the gang shuffled off for Edmonton yesterday morning. A full day of taking things down, ripping out the existing baseboards, and washing all the walls, and all that is left is the base of the toilet and a lot of painting to do. I'm also going to do a new tile baseboard (thanks to great instruction from a YouTube video series) and re-caulk everything.
In the middle of yesterday's fervent activity, a solution to my lighting issue presented itself. Our existing lighting set-up included a halogen light about the sink and a small lamp up on top of the cupboard (you can see its blue base in the photo on the left). The problem in this aspect of the renovation is that I suck as an electrician. I don't have the capacity to wire up a traditional lighting solution like a recessed fixture or the like. So, I'm going to try something a little different using another halogen light fixture in place of the lamp. We'll see how it goes.
In between phases of deconstruction I watched a few episodes of Survivors (a BBC series about a post-pandemic world) and put my line in the water. I didn't catch anything, but it was a stunning day and just nice to spend an hour or two in my happy place.
Waiting for things to dry in the bathroom in the evening, I tackled another project I had committed to in the front yard, installing some 8" patio stones to provide a home for our precious recycling containers - thinking ahead to the winter months when we'll need unfettered access to garage.
The sweat was pouring off my brow as I dug down the required inches, installed and leveled the nine stones. The containers nicely tucked away in their spot, I could cross off another item from my to-do list.
Throughout the entire day, I've been ruminating on a design for a desk that Ben would like me to build for him while they are gone. He did a great drawing of what he had in mind, complete with spots for a future laptop, paint supplies and paper. I'll do a fair amount of research and a number of sketches before diving into this one, likely after the bathroom project is nearing completion mid-next week.
Mix into the week a couple of excellent visits and a delightfully comic literary romp with Christopher Buckley's They Eat Puppies, Don't They? and I have all the elements necessary for a productive, restorative and entertaining week.