Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Making Progress

It has been one week since I started peeling the wallpaper from the bathroom walls. I have learned a few things.

  1. Wallpaper paste is very sticky.
  2. Someone did a quality job of putting that wallpaper up.
  3. Quality wallpaper installation does not come down easily.
  4. NEVER put wallpaper on Sheetrock that has not been painted or is even harder to take down.
  5. Wallpaper removal is tedious and takes a lot of patience.
I am happy to say that the paper is all down and the walls are scrubbed and ready to be primed. I am now in the process of taping off. Hopefully the primer can start going on tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Out with the Old

Six years after moving into our house, I finally got the  initiative to take down the hideous wallpaper in the bathroom. Here are the before pictures. Not sure how long it will take to get to the after especially since someone thought it was a good idea to apply the dark green over Sheetrock with no primer or anything under it. It is slow going on the removal.  The lighter paper is over paint and it is coming down a little quicker. As of now, the kids are anxious to help. Hope they keep it up.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Have You Ever Noticed?

To the owners of businesses around town...have you ever noticed whether there is any place in front of your location for a bike rider to lock a bike? It is not something I ever paid attention to much even after I started riding because most of my rides are totally recreational. I do own a bike lock. I use it so often that it was misplaced for over six months and I didn't even realize it until recently. After finally deciding it was lost for good it turned up while searching for something else (my purse - which is lost for good but that is the subject of another post for another time).

Tonight, though my ride was recreational, I did need to make a stop to pick up something since I was out anyway. I figured I would run into the grocery store that is about a mile from the house. As I pulled into the parking lot and looked around, I realized there was really no good place to lock my bike. There were a few places I could have locked it, but they were either not convenient or really not suitable. I headed on down the road to the dollar store. While they have not designated bike racks, there was at least a buggy return next to the store that served the purpose.

Now I know my little hometown is not a place where there are a lot of people who bike for transportation, but I do see quite a few adults riding around from time to time. For some of them their bike is their only mode of transportation. And while I live in a small town, there is a lot of theft. I would not feel comfortable leaving my bike in front of a business without locking it. I would not expect it to still be there when I got back.

I don't plan to start a bike parking crusade. I won't be boycotting businesses that don't offer bike racks. I will pay more attention when I am out and about. I may even offer a pat on the back to businesses that do have bike racks just to let them know that it is appreciated.

Monday, June 08, 2015