A tale of two toilets

i have always wanted two bathrooms here at the schoolhouse but this isn’t quite what I had in mind.

  

Our kind friend has provided us with a new toilet (well new to us) and installed it. As soon as the water is up and running we will be able to be a little less rustic than we have been the past few months. And for now this old beaut will remind us of what a cold winter it truly was.

Time to spring winter

Is it safe to come out yet? Is winter finally over and spring on its way?

Winter is leaving. At least I hope it is.

Winter is leaving. At least I hope it is.

I generally don’t like to complain about the weather. Partially because Canadians shouldn’t complain about the cold but also working from home means I can avoid most of it. This winter though, has been nothing but a cold, crappy disaster from start to finish when it comes to the schoolhouse. Mice infestations, frozen toilets, no heat and a near propane explosion have tested the limits of patience in our household.

So here’s to spring and with it some vacation time to do some serious clean up.

The non-Disney kind of frozen

Ever seen a frozen toilet?

Until last weekend  hadn’t either. I can tell you it involves much swearing.

The tank is tanked

The tank is tanked

While the water was off this winter, a little water remained in the system. Generally we keep a little heat on to avoid this sort of thing but when I arrived at the house the heat was off and at some point, according to our thermometer, had reached -9° Celsius at some point in the past few weeks. Good times. So a new toilet is on my shopping list now as the tank cracked substantially. We will wait until the spring to see what else has gone awry.

Insanely Easy Home and Garden Hacks: An infographic

This infographic had some interesting ideas. I thought that was something worth sharing whilst we wait out the winter months.

2014 in review: The naked and the planters

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

A gift for the birds this Christmas

We checked up on the Schoolhouse this weekend and made sure that we left a little something for the birds.
Black-Capped Chickadee

We’ve left some feed out around the property. Provided the squirrels don’t get there first the birds should have a bit of a Christmas treat. It’s the least we can do until our new bird feeder is installed. Pat is working on something for the spring. And it is a good excuse to get up there more often.