Wednesday, April 28, 2021

New Toy

Where Are We Today
The Ridge, Priceville Ontario

Finally, my new toy is home, new to me anyways. Last fall while attending a family BBQ at our daughters, her partner, Chris, said he was selling his motorcycle, a 2003 Yamaha Road Star, Silverado. He got it out, started and I took it for a short ride. I haven’t had a bike since 2012, but it has always been tucked away in the back corner of my mind that maybe someday I might have another. Chris told me how much he wanted for it, which I was agreeable to, l said that I wanted to check out insurance rates before making a final decision.  After doing so, a payment method was established and Chris would store the bike until the spring.

Getting ready to leave Bridgette and Chris's

Today was the day, a trip down to Woodstock, Ontario was made, picked up the paper work from Bridgette, (Chris was at work) headed to the registration office to transfer ownership, get a temporary plate so I could drive it to a bike shop near home to get the safety certificate, then to the registration office to get a permanent license plate.

Pat followed me to the bike shop in Hanover and then to Durham to the License  Office, taking the pictures.

Fortunate that we could get it all done in one day, with the weather co-operating, it was a pleasant ride of just over 185 km.  This is the 5th bike I have owned in my lifetime and the biggest at 1600 cc. Looking forward to putting many km/mi. on it this summer.

Pat scooted off ahead to snap the pics of me coming up the driveway. Got her all tucked into the new shelter. Notice the treble clef on the fender, Chris is a musician. 

Thanks for stopping in, hope all of my followers are doing well. Thanks for your comments, until the next time, take care and be safe.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Spring and Projects

Where Are We Today

"The Ridge" Priceville, Ontario

Spring has sprung at “The Ridge “with the new projects that come along with it each year. Most of you read Pat’s blog, Chillin with Patsy, and know that she has been busy with the gardens and raking. She has also started going through our belongings to thin out those items we no longer use.

As for myself, at work we are on to another job, redoing a kitchen in a farm house. At home, I have a few on the go, each one connected and dependent on another to complete.

This colt was born March 30th.

Baby and mom.

These two are a year old.

All these horses are harness racing horses.

The first thing we did was to get in a load of gravel, half of it dumped next to our storage shed and the other half dumped down next to my “Hangar”. Next to the storage shed we erected a Shelter Logic shed, this is a seasonal structure that will have the covering taken off this fall, leaving the frame set up for the winter.

Gravel spread next to the storage shed.

 This is where the first connection comes in to play. The riding lawn mower from the storage shed, the winter tires for the car, Pat’s garden wagon and our new toy will be kept in here. More on the new toy when we get it. With the storage shed empty of some of those items, I now have room to put in the tool box that I bought last fall and a table saw bought earlier this year. There will be some thinning out of other items in here also.

Reading the instructions

The second connection is to the “Hangar”, that is where the tool box was stored over the winter. With it now moved, I can get back to working on airplanes.

Almost done

Now to organize what goes inside

We have more projects that we want to do, but you will just have to wait until we get them done. This is a short post, trying to keep my hand in writing them, also one of Pat’s followers is asking for pictures of the new shed. Jackie, hope it was worth the wait.

Hope you are all well, safe and surviving all this Covid world that we are living in. Take care until the next time, your comments are always welcome. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Where Are We Today
The Ridge

As many of you know, I went back to work last June, working as a general laborer for a friend, Mike. His business is “Mike’s Home Improvements” and no it is not Mike Holmes from the TV show. Now we do just about anything, from decks and fences to house renos. I have never worked in this trade to make a living, but find as we go, I have done quite a few of these jobs as a home owner; fences, decks, flooring, drywall, painting, electrical and plumbing.

So, this post is about one of those jobs, a house reno. The house is located in Neustadt, Ontario, birthplace of Canada’s 13th Prime Minister, John George Diefenbaker. Owned by two gentlemen who flip houses, D&S are father/ son-in-law to each other. The two-story house is over 100 years old with brick exterior with balloon framing. When we started working at the site September 8th, 2020, the inside of the house had already been gutted of its lathe and plaster walls, insulation, carpeting, plumbing and wiring.

We started by removing interior walls of a downstairs bathroom and framing a new two-piece bathroom off a laundry room and building out an interior wall in the kitchen to accommodate plumbing pipes for the second floor, which our crew installed. We also removed and replaced 13 windows and cut in a new back door that led out onto a new deck that we built. At this point of construction, we left, and the electricians, heating mechanics and drywallers came in to do their installations. Although we can do drywall, on a job this size, it is faster to have a drywall installation company come in and do it. Mike also hired a painter to come in and prime and paint all the drywall. It took a month for all of this work to be completed, so we were off doing other small jobs.

Interior Gutted and one new framed wall.

Upon our return, we started by leveling the old floors and installed lament flooring through out the house, except for the laundry/bathroom, front entrance and the upstairs bathroom. The laundry/bathroom was done in vinyl tab stick tile, the upstairs bathroom was done in ceramic tile and the front entrance was done in one piece vinyl flooring. Somewhere in there, I painted all the casing and baseboard, so now it is time to install all of it.

All new insulation and drywall being delivered. Drywall for the second floor was lifted up and passed through a window.

The owners, D&S, purchased all the flooring, lights, kitchen cupboards, bathroom vanities, mirrors, sinks, toilets and door hardware, both exterior and interior. As all of this became available, we installed it. The kitchen cupboards came from Ikea, nice product, but I do not like the way they are installed, but we got them up. Everything else came from The Home Depot.

Flooring being installed

One other inside reno was the stairs. The old railing was removed and a new one installed, the stair treads were removed, the nose of the tread cut off and then they were put back on to be capped with oak treads and also oak risers. We wish that the owners would have had us rip out and build a new set of stairs.

Disaster, water leaking from pot lights, ceiling that was damaged and had to be replaced.

The first week of March 2021, was to be our last week, that’s when we had a setback. Walking into the house Tuesday morning, we could hear water running, oh oh, what did we leave on? Entering the kitchen, we found water dripping from around the pot lights and water all over the kitchen/ dining room lament flooring. Racing upstairs to the bathroom, to find the toilet full of water and water backed up into the bath tub, we quickly ran to turn off the main water valve into the house. For some reason, the drain pipe leading down to the basement was plugged and it is still a mystery as to why the toilet was running. Needless to say, we had a mess to clean up. Quickly getting the shop vac out to suck up all the water off the floor first, then we had to cut the drywall out of the ceiling that was saturated with water, an area 8 ft. x 8 ft. and then unclog the drain. The next morning after letting the ceiling dry out, we replaced the drywall, taped and mudded it. Then we had to rip up and replace 40 pieces of lament flooring.


In the end, after re-painting the ceiling, doing touch ups, it took us another week to finish. This isn’t the first time that Mike has done work for D&S, it was my first time, and they say that they will have us back on their next project.

Front and back exterior.

After being there for that length of time, it felt strange to move onto a new project, although we were ready to.  The house was on the market this week for $399,000.00 and should sell easily. Will keep you updated.

Thanks for following along, your comments are always welcome, read and answered. Until the next time take care and be safe.