Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The More Things Change....

It's that time of year again and the sun made it's annual return to the house on Sept. 1. Just this little sliver is coming in now and it's gone by about 11:00 a.m. I'm always a little sad to see it return to the house although it does add cheerfulness and warmth. I finally have come up with a decent idea of how to finish that plywood wall and I think it will be pretty darn cool (actually warm) and be functional also. The architect wanted me to cover the wall with a fine grade of plywood and stain it in a grid pattern. This would look nice but be quite expensive and take a great deal of time. I think instead I am going to make it into a heat well by installing dark corrugated metal decking furred out about 2 inches from the plywood with small vents cut in the upper portions. The dead space between the decking and the plywood will collect the heat when the sun shines on the metal and it will then vent out the holes further up. It will go up rather quickly and be much more affordable. Even if it doesn't heat a lot it will not hurt at any rate and I can still install some grid shelving over the decking to display sculpture and pottery.

Some of you may have noticed that this is posted when I should be at work but we had a little glitch about being able to get to the weather vane on this new project, so I will start tomorrow. Kinda nice to have a little holiday and I am almost finished with the pantry cabinet and ready to pour the countertop.

Ok, here is a little snakey for ya'll to help me ID for Capt. Jack. He found this little baby at his place and was wondering what it is. I said my readers would surely know and never fear, he took it out to a secluded area on his property and released him unharmed. I was up at Mama's yesterday for the holiday and since Capt. Jack is Mama's neighbor, he came over and had lunch with us and met some of my family. They acted decently enough but when he left they jumped me about his age and such. He doesn't look past 50-something to me and is in waaay better shape than guys half his age, in a lot of cases, but people always have to question you. I'm still not sure how I feel. I always get a strange feeling when he leaves. I miss him, but I feel sometimes like this is all too hard and maybe I shouldn't even try. I'm used to being by myself. I could learn to live with it. Men are scary and I don't trust them easily. The nicer they are at first, the meaner they often turn out to be later. And not to say at all that Capt. Jack makes me feel uneasy or anything. On the contrary, I feel like he would protect and stand up for me before just about anybody. I was just afraid I would feel this way if I ever met anybody that I actually could relate to and feel I had many common beliefs with, which I do with Jack. Maybe the age difference is too much and I'm just coming up with reasons why it won't work. *sigh* Maybe I'm just thinking too hard. Need to take my own advice and just wait and see.

11 comments:

Floridacracker said...

It looks like a kingsnake, which are great snakes to have around.

Not going to ask you your age, Annie, but I think once you are past 35ish, age differences are not such a big deal.

Course, I'm a married guy whose not in the "game" so perhaps what I think isn't worth a hill of beans.

edifice rex said...

Hey FC! well, I think what you think is worth quite a bit! I'm 42 and have never really given a lot of thought to age differences. I think it depends entirely on the persons involved.
thanks for the ID; I told Jack you would know.

HermitJim said...

In my opinion, you have to just trust your instincts! If you are comfortable around Capt. jack, then go with that feeling regardless of what others have to say!

That old gut feeling is by far the best gauge of what the right course is, believe me! That's why Mother Nature gave it to us!

edifice rex said...

Hey Jim! yeah, that's a good point. the gut feeling is almost always right!

Mom said...

I had to google metal corrugated decking-nice.Would something with more mass to it like bricks hold heat better-or maybe you don't want to hold a lot of heat.Used brick-cheap or free.I've been looking on Craigslist for corrugated roofing and have found some up my way so maybe they might have decking also down your way.How are the pantry shelves with the braces coming?Any pics?
Jane from Maine

edifice rex said...

Hey Jane! hey, that's a good idea to add more mass, even though that wall is insulated already. Maybe a layer of rigid foam behind the metal decking. I do want it to hold and give off heat; that's the whole point. I'll have to research that. The only problem with used decking is it is usually beat up a little and I want this to be pristine. It's not very expensive so I think it won't be too bad.
Don't have photos of the shelves' bracing and such. I've been concentrating on the cabinets but I'll get some pics soon of the shelves so ya'll can see what I did there.

Island Rider said...

Yes, I think you are overthinking it. Think about this instead: if he were 42 would you feel the same way about him? If so, then, quit worrying about age. Unless even if he were 42 you would still feel uneasy. Then, you have to figure out why and if it is something you can live with. No man, even the best of them, is perfect, but if you can find enough good in them, then, they are worth it. ;0)

tammy (cat lover-residential construction) said...

There is a 20 some year difference between my husband and me and i wouldn't trade him for anything. We have been together for over 20 years, since i was 21 and it's never been that important an issue for us. In fact, i felt it was a better choice for many reasons. I was a more mature and different person, and though some guys my age were good friends, I related more to his maturity, insight, and abilities. I considered it buying up.
You need to pick a mate that matches your thoughts not your time.

edifice rex said...

Hey IR! now, he doesn't make me feel uneasy, just different somehow. and you make a good point about the age thing. and yes, I'm probably overthinking it.

Hey Tammy! thank you. that was a very thoughtful and insightful comment. gives me much to think about.

Jenn said...

Thinking too hard.

Robbyn said...

Hey girl! Well as you can see, I DID go back and catch up on a BUNCH o' your blog...I've been missing out! OK how cool is it that his name is Jack? I'm sort of partial to that name :) I'm 44 and my Jack is 59. The way I feel about it now after 6 years of marriage is that I'd do it again because of who Jack is,and for no other reason. I often don't relate to men my age or younger, though that's even-ing out as I get older. To say that our age difference is NO consideration is not true, either...but we're meant to be and we're planning with some issues right in the middle of the mix instead of ignoring them, just like any couple does. The only thing that bothers me is the possibility I'd be alone if something happens to Jack...that would be my fear in any really good relationship. Congratulations on your friendship, relationship, great vacation, and doing what makes your life really rich and fulfilling!