Not Enough Hours In A Day

It has been a while since i did an update post so I thought i would post some pictures showing what I have been up to and fill you in on some recent news, that sort of thing.

I can’t believe how busy I am for someone without a job!! I am up at 5:30-6:00 am everyday, I spend a few hours checking emails, hopefully reply to some comments on the blog or do a post but time flies by and before i know it the day is gone and I am falling into bed exhausted at 11 at night.

Here are a few pics of the work i have completed on the boat. You have already seen the before pics but I am posting them so you can see the contrast. I have really challenged myself with the work I have done, i had never laid a floor before or tackled a staining job as big as this. i also did a faux marble counter top in the main ‘head” (bathroom) that I didn’t think turned out too.

galley before

badly. and I just finished the bar counter top in faux marble also.

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These are the galley before. notice the shelf above the stove only goes 1/2 way. That is because there was a fan above the stove but it quit and they took the fan out but left the wood that was around it. When I did the galley staining I made the shelf go all the way across. Sounds easy and I thought it would be but it took me almost a full day to figure it out and make it look like it always was that way. Pretty proud of the job I did.

If you notice above the stove was a shelf that was closed in on one end. There used to be an exhaust fan but it quit so my brother took it out. I fixed the hole on the outside of the boat and then removed the closed in part and made it one big long shelf. It was no easy task and took me the better part of a day. But it gave so much more storage room and looks better i think. Plus the wood looks so much better too, don't you think?
The shelf gives me so much more storage space and the wood looks so much better too, don’t you think?
The galley after
The galley after

I have also planted flowers in pots outside and will do a separate post about them. I got some cool planters for free but haven’t taken pics yet.

This is the "couch" I made out of pallets. Mom had some material left from the curtains so i used that iron on seam making stuff and hand stitched the cover for the seat. I got the seat at Spring Cleanup, it was the cushion from a garden lounger someone was throwing away. I cut it down in size because it was too long.
This is the “couch” I made out of pallets. Mom had some material left from the curtains she sewed me for the boat (pics to come) I don’t have a sewing machine so I used this iron on sewing tape and hand stitched it to reinforce it. I got the cushion during Spring Clean Up, it was off of a garden lounger and bright yellow. I cut it down to size, made a cover out of curtain material, Went to a thrift store and bought black pleather for $3 and made the skirt around the bottom. There are baskets underneath for storage. I also bought the cushions for $2 each and picked up a chair cover for $3.50 that had embossed flowers in grey and black. The back of the chair cover was the perfect size for a big floor cushion my friend gave me and the seat of the chair cover was great for the left over lounge foam and I use it on the back of the captains chair I picked up for $7 at Value Village. (no pics yet)
I don't really have any pics of the floor before but this is the floor after. I had to cut hatches in the floor and trim them with aluminum edging, edge the stairs and there is storage under each stair which give more storage.
I don’t really have any pics of the floor before but this is the floor after. I had to cut hatches in the floor and trim them with aluminum edging, edge the stairs and there is storage under each stair which give more storage.

cushion

Curtains my mom made. I had a heck of a time getting a rod up without drilling through the fiberglass but ended up McGyvering two rods into one and they look ok
Curtains my mom made. I had a heck of a time getting a rod up without drilling through the fiberglass but ended up McGyvering two rods into one and they look ok
Kinda blurry but a before pic of the main head. Bathroom
Kinda blurry but a before pic of the main head. Bathroom
head after
I still have to restain the wood in the bathroom but I like the counter top and the faucets came back just gleaming. some drift wood for decoration and I got some towel rods in scrap from Home Depot and put them up. i Googled how to get faucets shining again when they are pitted. They said to use tin foil, which is made of aluminum and scrunch it in a loose ball, wet it and rub the chrome until a black paste forms. The paste is tiny particles of chrome and tin foil and it acts as a polishing agent filling in all the tiny pits in the chrome. it worked like a hot damn and i ended up doing all the chrome railing on the boat too. My brother didn’t think i would ever get it shining again. Never say never, not to me anyway, I consider it a challenge. hehe.

I also “sewed” curtains for both bathrooms, a curtain for the sliding door in the bedroom and one for the closet I made in the shower stall in the ensuite bathroom. (I hung a rod for clothes and put in shelves for shoes, now I have more than enough storage for all my clothes, even my winter clothes)

Aside from all this work I have started with a new funding office and will try for my education yet again. I have an appointment on Wednesday. But I am still pursuing it through the Better Business Bureau and filed a complaint with them about the other office. We are going back and forth between the funding office and myself, they are passing the buck constantly but i am not backing down. I also have a letter to my MLA almost completed and will be sending a copy to the newspaper.

I have got several chapters of my book done and tons of stuff I have to edit yet, slowly but surely I am working away at it.

Another exciting new event coming up in my life is I was approached by a internet radio talk show called “In My Humble Opinion” for an interview. This Monday, as in tomorrow, I will be interviewed about my experiences with a narcissist and my blog and what people can do to avoid them or get away from them. It will be an hour long interview and he sent me a list of the questions he will be asking so I can prepare. I think it is going to be great!! Very excited!! and a little nervous, never done anything like this before. It is a taped broadcast so I will let you know when it will be airing so you can listen if you like. Wish me luck!!!

My son is probably moving to New Zealand!! good thing I didn’t move to Oliver!! I had a feeling!! Anyway they are crying for trades people in New Zealand I guess because they are rebuilding Christ Church. He has talked to several companies and it looks promising, he is waiting for his passport and then he will be out of here. I will get to see him before he goes but he has no idea how long he will be gone, at least a year and more if they need him. As much as I will miss him, I think it is a wonderful opportunity to travel, see a new country and still make money!! If things work out, who knows i might fly there to visit. I would love to see New Zealand, I hear it is beautiful. He was afraid I would be upset but I was thrilled for him. Of all the countries in the world to go work it is one of my first choices.

So that is about all from my corner of the world. Oh here is one more picture. i made this birdhouse out of driftwood I gathered at the river for my mom for mother’s day. I am hoping to make them and sell them at craft markets this summer. and the bar counter top I finished today, i have to clear coat it several times yet. oh!! one more thing. My son made a table top but never got it finished so I took it and attached it to the railing on the upper deck and made two legs that are on hinges and fold up, and I have started to stain the teak on the deck. They are calling me the energizer bunny. 🙂

table

moms birdhousekitchen bar counter

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15 thoughts on “Not Enough Hours In A Day

  1. Nice! The floor and counter tops are especially fab! For putting up curtain rods where you can’t use nails – Command hooks with a round “cafe” rod work great and come off without leaving marks. You did a great job!

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  2. I’m officially jealous! I would never be able to do these things you’ve done. It looks beautiful. I can tell by what you are saying and the pride in your voice that you are loving this new home. A fresh start in a lot of ways. Your hard work is paying off and you seem very happy. Kudos.

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