Good morning! It's a beautiful, cold, blue-sky winter's day today. We got a solid 4" of snow last night and then the temps dropped. It's a balmy 4 degrees now as I write. Very pretty outside. I'll try to get some pictures later.
We had a good extended holiday weekend. Tom got OODLES done in his workshop and the garage. His workshop is finished now - ceiling and walls stained - and he's in the process of getting shelves built and everything put just where he wants it. He also got one side of the garage completely cleared out so that he can get his car inside each night . . . just in time for the winter weather! He's always wanted a garage so that he'll have a car all-ready-to-go-to-work each morning, but, since we lived in Minneapolis (we moved in 2000), he hasn't had that luxury. So, he was quite pleased with this bit of progress!
On Saturday, my dad came out to help finish with the Kalamazoo stove installation. What a TREAT to have a crackling fire in the living area of the house again! We've missed it!
First, the guys got the lower portion of the stovepipe installed. That was quick since it was almost ready to go the previous weekend.
Then, they moved upstairs. More of the hard foam insulation had to be removed from the hole that the chimney would go through. You see Tom attacking that (still and yet again) hideously messy project in the second picture.
Once they made it through to the zinc shingles, the next hard part ensued: cutting through those! I took the third photo here standing in the bedroom looking up through the chimney hole to where Tom was cutting from up on the roof. (In his climbing harness and tied off this time, thank you very much!)
Next, a couple of outside shots during the progress.
And, finally, two satisfied workers at the end of a long, cold day . . . and with a blazing fire in the stove, to boot!
Completely different subject: Tom got another flat tire yesterday. Is anyone keeping count? Fortunately, it didn't go flat until he was at work. Our favorite Wisconsin cousin suggested a short while back that we go with a heavier ply tire. Unfortunately, there are no properly-sized tires for either of our cars that heavy duty (at least, according to The Tire Rack "experts"). However, what my dad's always done is to put a slightly larger tire (that fulfills the heavy-duty requirements for our roads) onto his cars. The only real negative is that the larger tire size throws the odometer off a bit . . . which could be a concern for reselling the car(s) . . . the reason we hadn't done it before. But, it seems to be the time now!
Okay, out I go to do morning chores (I'm a bit late!) and shovel.