DXMachina (dxmachina) wrote,

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Next to Nothing

Still fighting the cold, still fighting the asthma, still fighting inner demons, and getting tired of the whole frelling thing. Got next to nothing done today. Actually that's not quite true. I packed a bunch of crap I had on the big table in the living room, and hauled it up to the attic, along with boxes and boxes of stuff that I'd been storing there. Yes, I've been using the living room as a storage area. It's a perfectly valid decorating choice for a bachelor with no life. Now I'm going to convert it into a temporary workshop/finishing area so I can assemble and finish the bookcases.

Once the bookcases are done, it's the living room's turn. I've been meaning to paint it since before I moved in, and now I've a good reason. One of the recommendations my doctor made to help with my asthma in the cold was to humidify the frell out of the house, so I've been doing that. The moisture has been condensing near the windows, with the result that there are now a multitude of ugly brown streaks running down the walls where the moisture has dissolved all the years of cigarette smoke residue left behind by the previous owner. God, it's awful looking. I knew the walls were dirty, but I had no idea. Anyway, the situation is propelling me to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, which is good. Be nice to have that room functioning, and I really do need something to keep my mind occupied. Maybe I'll even drag myself away from the computer once in awhile. I used to do that.

Apart from scrubbing down the walls, there's not a lot of prep work to be done. I spackled most of the holes when I did the back room, but there's still one crack that needs to be patched. Then it's a couple of coats of primer followed by antique white. I know, very conservative, but It works well with the woodwork, which is stained antique maple. Plus I've still got most of the five gallon pail of it down in the basement.

The question after that is what to do about the floor. The carpet used to be white, but is now closer to the color of the lunar surface, especially if you consider the pattern of little craters formed by all the cigarette burn marks. The texture of the carpet is still pretty good for the most part, it's just butt ugly. So, do I leave it there, and cover it with my grandfather's Persian rug (which will cover most of it up), or do I rip it up, do the parquet/strips thing that I did in the back room, and then lay the Persian rug over that? I can try out the first option easily enough, so that's what I'll do initially.

Trying not to think too much about anything else. Time to go see how those crazy Ainur, Manwë and Melkor, are getting along.

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