Saturday, January 14, 2012
Well, the Ooma is up and running, and the only thing I noticed is that there is a slight delay in the sound between when the direct sound gets to me and when the electronic sound (from a couple of rooms away) shows up. That is what happens then I leave a message on the answering machine using my cell phone. The Ooma answer voice has five levels, from silent to loudest, and the loudest is quiet compared to the cordless phone answerer, so I set the Ooma to answer after 9 rings and the Uniden to answer after six. That way we can answer the phone by hand, and telephone solicitors tend to get tired and give up, or not leave a message even if they get to the machine.
The sound is very clear, and for $3.47 a month we could afford to keep it even if we did use the cell phones for everything. Another surprise was that I used $145 worth of air time in three months, which is pretty close to the $50 that Brighthouse quoted, and the BW used a fair amount, but I don't know how much because I didn't check her original balance. So we may eventually go back to the minimum purchase on the cell phones and just leave them in the cars. I will have to call all the doctors and let change our phone number before we do that, because they are all calling the cell phones now.
So far we haven't had any telephone solicitations, campaign, or charity calls, so maybe the new number will be unlisted. That was a big advantage of the cell phones.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I finished the second bathroom yesterday and walked the dogs today. It doesn't seem right that I get so tired feeling after a few hours of painting, but I guess old age is creeping up. Anyhow, both bathrooms are sparkling, and the BW says the big bedroom is next, but I'm taking a week off. I have two doctor appointments next week, and I do take Jack to lunch every Friday, so it would be messed up at least three days.
Monday, January 09, 2012
I worked on the second bathroom today. All the trim and two of the mirrors are off, the walls and ceiling are washed, and all of the roller areas are covered. I barely finished the rolling because I ran out of paint. After a break I bought another gallon of paint (for tomorrow) and two new daylight globe CFL's. Taking the 8 light fixture apart I had to remove all the bulbs, and two of them didn't work when I put them back. Then I dropped one, and spent a while picking up lots of very thin glass shards, and then one of the dead ones started working again (in a different socket).
It's brushwork tomorrow.
Sunday, January 08, 2012
Yesterday I finished the edging, remounted the mirrors and put all the knobs and handles back, painted the closet door, and rehung it. I also put 8 hooks back and a towell rack. I take the hardware off because it's hard to reach some areas of some things, and it takes less time to remove everything and put it back than it would to edge it, even with a sash tool. I did use an edger where the tile meets the wallboard and baseboard, but I don't think it was much of a gain over freehand for me because you have to clean up another tool or buy lots of replacement pads.
Today we went to Ikea to make the BW happpy - she had a shopping list but it's a lot like visiting a hardware store - you find a lot of things that you need when you cycle through, and the longer you stay the more stuff you buy. I got two new bread pans that are longer and narrower. I'll have to see if they make better sandwich size loafs than the clssic ones from Walmart.
Ooma is a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) modem. You plug it into a router (or straight into a modem) on one side and a telephone on the other and you can call someone. It gives you the same service as we were getting from Brighthouse except the Brighthouse modem puts out internet and telephone on two separate connectors. This way you own the modem. you get voice mail, call waiting, caller ID, and the ability to call anywhere in the US and anywhere in Canada except for one area code. You get that much for free, but you have to pay the taxes, which amount to about $3.50 a month. That's all I use anyhow, in fact we didn't get voice mail from Brighthouse but the bill is $50 per month for them. The drawback is that you have to have high speed internet, and you have to buy the modem. You can pick any area code for your phone number, and pay ($40) to keep your old number, which we don't have any more.
Ooma does have a premium service that lets you to confrence calling and a secound line out of your house - so you have two phone numbers. They also limit you to 5000 minutes a month calling out because it is intended for private use, not businesses.
We probably would just stick with the two cell phones but the BW really likes to have the speaker phone when we're talking to one of the kids - or to have two extensions to get the conference that way.
Thursday, January 05, 2012
Annie left Tuesday and I took Jerzy to the airport Wednesday morning. Then the BW and I spent the rest of Wednesday putting stuff back, cleaning the house, and getting rid of leftover stuff that we don't want. I also took down the Christmas lights and the BW filled a box with Christmas stuff for the attic.
Today I went to an AARP meeting which was just to let us know the new boss and changes in assignments, then got home about noon. After lunch I spent from one to six getting ready to paint the small bathroom. I got all the hardware off of the door and cabinets, pulled the registers and washed them, and used a bucket of Spick and Span to wash the walls, doors, etc. I expanded into the kitchen and garage door, then just set the bucket in the garage because there were a few more things to remove. I also put the closet door in the garage - it's a folding shutter door and is a trip to paint.
We watched a George Gently movie (English mystery) last night, and probably will watch another tonight. The BW wants me to paint the entire house, inside and outside, so I'm starting with the new bathroom because the contractor didn't paint the new baseboard trim. I think the walls and ceiling are fine, but she wants everything painted with the same BEHR "Ultra Pure White" enamel because she didn't think the contractor's white paint was high enough quality. So tomorrow I start painting in that room.
I don't mind painting, but the house is full so you need to clear everything out of a room, remove and store all the trim, and wash everything before you do the painting. At my age, I think five hours a day is enough time to spend, even if things stay torn up for a few days for each room. It's not like the old days, when I always wanted to get the job done right now - I can stretch it out.
Also, yesterday I bought an Ooma - and we will see how well it works out.
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