Several weeks ago Hugh and I went to the local Home Depot and bought some new shades for his bedroom (see photo above). He'd been complaining for a while about the sun glare coming through his windows in the winter afternoons (in the summer, there is a thick shade of green leaves from the several trees in our front yard which his window faces:). Today the sunshine was bright (new for the week:) and he was reminded of his need.
He took a look at the directions for mounting the new shades and decided that he needed drywall screws and anchors instead of the simple self-tapping wood screws the shades had included. So off we went to run errands including a trip to Home Depot for bits. I also had a big pile of letters and bill payments to mail off and we stopped along the way for some lunch.
The tempertures out today were balmy by comparison, in the mid-50's. Everything that had been frozen was melting so it was damp and humid, too. Winters are normally pretty mild in this area and today was pretty ordinary for Columbia. :) Of course, having frozen my knees the other day when I was out, I dressed for much colder and was too warm today. Grin.
When we got back from our run around, we finished eating our lunches and then tackled the shade hanging with Hugh being the grunt and me for semi-able assistant. I'm way too short these days to reach up as high as above the windows to drive screws into the wall (I think I've shrunk almost two inches since my maximum height was achieved around age 25). Turned out that Hugh needed the low step stool, too, after a bit. Tough to be always reacing over your head to do manual labor.
After he unsuccessfully tried getting the anchors into the space above our windows (which have metal frames and so the shades cannot be mounted inside the window casements) - we decided later that there must be solid wood window mounts up there to support the metal frames - he went back to the short self-tapping screws that came with the shades. Good thing I also bought new (LED) light bulbs and had two keys made while we were at the hardware store ... that kept me from thinking the trip was a complete waste. :)
There were six screw holes altogether in the three mounting brackets that came with the shades but only four screws in the shade 'kit.' Typical cost cutting. Grump, grump. I downloaded the carpenter's level app onto my iPhone and ran to get the hand drill so Hugh could mark the screw/bracket placement and drill a start for the screws. I think it took him/us almost an hour to mount the first shade (he has two windows) but only about 15 minutes for the second one (we managed to make all our mistakes on the first one:).
On the whole, the two of us mustered the mechanical and handy skills of an average housewife to get the drapes hung. LOL. They do look nice, though, and definitely solve his too-bright-sunshine-in-my-eyes woes.
Other than that exercise, I did a bit of housework and read my email, blogs and watched a bit of tv late this afternoon. I am down to the last two episodes of Murdoch Mysteries season 6 (which is all that Hulu has in their archives, though I understand there are ten seasons currently 'in the can' and available on Canadian tv. I got annoyed with the plot device halfway through the next-to-last episode and turned it off with a grump. I'll get over my irritation and go back to it sometime later this week, I'm sure. :)
As usual, while watching tv, I was knitting. Late last night I finished up the first blue hand dyed yarn and added a second color - a sort of rich magenta or maybe pink-y red (I hate color names;):
I had envisioned this shawl as an ombre of blue and then pink ... but this is a pretty sharp contrast rather than a gentle flow. I like the contrast, though, so I'm not ripping it out. :) Just like a quilt, knitting has a mind of its own, I guess. :)
I hope tomorrow's weather is mild like today. I'm going out in the afternoon to look at houses with my friend Barbara. She is in the market for a new abode and I'm just along for the ride/experience.