Thursday, February 12, 2009


We finally were able to stay home on Saturday. Well, we didn't actually stay home all day, but didn't have specific plans for the day. I did take the girls to the mall for a valentine craft and lunch. Afterwards they wanted to to go the park. The temperature was in the low 50's, so it was a great day to play.

Halee calls this park the spider web park!
Ed spend the day installing baseboard trim upstairs. He got all the bedrooms and bathrooms done. We have 2 bonus rooms that don't have carpet in them, so those don't have baseboards either. I will go see about carpet next week. He also installed the remaining light fixtures. I need to get a bathroom mirror and then some cleaning and such and it will be ready to sell.
We have had a problem with our water heater vent. If the wind blows from the west, it closes the vent and shuts off the hot water. If we are home it's not too big of a deal because we just switch it back on. But, if we are gone for the weekend, it's a big deal because no heater! That happened this winter and that weekend the highs were below zero. It took about a week to get our house heated back up! Ed has tried several things to prevent the vent from closing. This is his latest idea:
A bird house around the vent. The top of the bird house is open for the air to flow. So far so good, but it has only been 4 days and no wind! The girls wanted to know why there wasn't a hole for the birds to go in. Ed said he would paint one on there. Hannah didn't think that would be a good idea because birds would try to go in the hole and then bump their heads and die because it wasn't really a hole!


JeremyNSunny said...

Oooooh, we, too, are enjoying playing outside in the unseasonably warm weather. Sssssso beautiful! It's such a refresher, in the middle of winter! :)

Boy, what a unique and challenging problem with the vent! I agree with Hannah, though; as a 'bird watcher' (not a bird-lover, necessarily ... big difference), I concur with her conclusion that the birds might assume the painted spot was a hole. Would they fly at it hard enough to hurt themselves? Doubtful.... ;) The birdhouse is as good an idea as any I can think of, tho'!!

Sydni said...

Oh, thanks for the laugh about the bird flying into the fake hole. What a great idea, to put a bird house there!

Darci said...

Fun stuff. What is Ed going to do when all the projects are finished?

The Willenbrecht's said...

A day at the park during February is such a welcome blessing, isn't it? It looks like the girls had a great time.

So, this is your "Guinea pig" home and when you get into another one it will be the perfect design. That is a great way to look at it!

I love the bird clever!