End of March home improvement project/update

Feeling much better, drama has only increased around here, some day I may post about it. For now, finished the little towers up near the front door. Installed brackets for a handrail:

When I went out to build the smaller tower, I waited until some rain had blown through and the forecast was dry. This meant, of course, that as soon as I had mixed up a batch of mortar, it started pouring. I tried to quickly work, always thinking the rain would blow through. Didn’t happen. Instead, my mortar gradually got more and more soupy.

Sadly, the little brick tower came out kind of wavy. I thought for a moment to tear it down and start over, but then I thought wasn’t I shooting for funky? So I left it. Now it’s got a rebar reinforced concrete core, so it’s not going anywhere.

Was ready to install the handrail this morning, but discovered a few little spots in the epoxy enamel spray paint, and foolishly tried to touch them up. Turns out you can only add to this kind of paint within 1/2 hour or after seven days.

So, I’ve got an appointment next weekend sanding and repainting the rail. Looks real real ugly.

Decided to drown my sorrows in some homemade mushroom gyoza.

Whip up a little chicken curry and garlic naan, and dinner should be comforting.

I am feeling much better, and will try to get back to those philosophy screeds and reviews of obscure books that seem to be the bread-and-butter of this blog. Until then, have a nice Sunday.

Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

2 thoughts on “End of March home improvement project/update”

    1. Thanks. This is like the 5th or 6th time I’ve made them, think I’ve got the hang of it. The quality of the gyoza skins also has a big effect – using store bought today, and this brand is excellent.

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