So it goes, the festive season passes yet calendar stays busy with the usual sorts of things. Yesterday included returning books to splendid library, a few letters (Switzerland and Indonesia) to the post office, a stop for the best ramen, and a visit to a chiropractor and then a super good little (i mean little) coffee shop – like just perfect right?
In amongst, we repaired/re-did a wall in Tsuchida Cottage, attended a parenting class(!), went to opera variety show, hit up Hatsumi-san’s piano recital, moved some brick around outside, printed more flyers for Mae Maes gig, talked to a guy about replaced some drafty windows, recycled plastic items, booked a trip to Nagasaki…
Here is a variety of snippets collected along the way, with minor annotations as possible.
Memo about wall project:
we actually started with some really pretty brass nails but, the wall we were attaching to, well… It’s sort of thin laminate sheets somehow glued to some kind of thin wood brace attached to a hollow (I mean nothing whatsoever inside as far as insulation or whatever) wall. So the nails didn’t work because they just kind of bounced so switch to the screws, thankfully. Was very briefly tempted to do a “full Trevor“ and pull down the crappy paneling and do a “proper job“ but was afraid that pulling down the paneling would turn into a epic project. And really redoing one wall would just be a temptation to start redoing everything and before you know it blah blah blah… I mean I’m busy, I have poetry to right hand a baby coming, you know how it goes. So, the thin flat boards (which we cut to size obviously) were attached with four screws each, and at least two of them caught onto something – the others at least gripped onto the crappy laminate paneling.
Then added a footer and a header to cancel it altogether and we got it done in an afternoon. My girl was quite remarkable running the cutest pink powerful Makita drill as well.