A New Vocabulary

04 Apr

One of the main projects besides replacing the roof is moving the stairways to a better location. It is currently in the center of the house and has very steep, narrow steps.

For the past week or two as we refine our plans for the house a new vocabulary has crept into my life. It revolves around the building of stairs.

Who would have thought that there could be so many words that had to do with stairs. There are the usual words like treads or steps.  That I understood, but add stringers, risers, winders, walk line, rise and run, landings, and that is just the beginning. Add to the list newel post, rails, balusters, bullnose, etc.

Tonight we spent our usual evening with our grandson while our daughter attends a college night class. Tonight’s entertainment was the home improvement center where we picked out the supplies we will need to start building the new stairs in the house this week.

Our grandson learned the fine art of picking out the best wood for the project and eagerly helped load it onto the cart. It was a late evening but well worth getting what we needed so we can get right to work on Thursday.


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9 responses to “A New Vocabulary

  1. dhphotosite

    April 4, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Ah yes, the home improvement vocabulary…it broadens with every project! Looks like things are going well so far!!!

    • flyinggma

      April 4, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      We’ve enlarged our vocabulary over the past 30 years as we learned plumbing, electrical, insulating, carpentry, painting, varnishing, etc… I have no desire to learn any more about sheetrocking and finishing it. That is one part that I will leave to the experts. I don’t like sheetrock dust….

  2. nrhatch

    April 4, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    It’s great that your grandson views helping with DIY projects as “entertainment.” Great photo of him helping D. 😀

    • flyinggma

      April 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

      He’s young enough a lot of things are entertainment yet like cutting the grass. To him its like a go cart ride instead of a chore. It’s all about perspective isn’t it!

  3. pattisj

    April 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    You’re learning a lot with your new project. What a wonderful way to spend time with your grandson, too. It’s nice to get the ‘gathering’ trip out of the way. A good part of the day can be spent on that sometimes.

    • flyinggma

      April 4, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      I love spending time at the home improvement center. So many ideas can be seen there also going to and driving home. We love to drive different ways to see new neighborhoods. I’m excited to get to work tomorrow on the project now that we have a pile of materials to get the job started.

  4. Patricia

    April 4, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I love home improvement stores! They have the strangest things that I have no idea what they could possibly be for. It’s great fun just to look around. But more fun if you have a project.

    • flyinggma

      April 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm

      I love going there more than a clothing store. I’m just not a shopper until it’s for tools and home improvement stuff. I hate trying on clothes and grocery shopping. I love coming up with new uses of other objects. I recently found a basket weave hamper semi-circle shaped that I found a garbage can insert for so now my garbage in hidden in a decorative basket in my kitchen complete with a lid.

  5. pearlsandprose

    April 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Oh, you are teaching your grandson some valuable skills, Jeanne. I’m amazed at all the people who don’t even know how to hammer a nail.
    Have a wonderful Easter!


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