Today was home improvement day. We finally have our new stove insert installed. We hope this will cut winter electric bills, even though the circulating fan runs on electricity.
It's a pellet stove. So you get the ambiance of a wood fire without all of the ash. The compressed wood pellets burn to virtually nothing. Whoohoo for winter.
Since I already had to take off work for the stove installation, I enlisted the "help" of my dad to install the tile backsplash in the kitchen. We bought all of the materials over the summer but couldn't find the time to get the tile installed. And ultimately, Derek decided he didn't want to learn how to install tile. So I asked dad if he would come do it since he did their kitchen backsplash. Naturally, dad did all of the work and I mostly supervised/handed him tools. It took us a better part of the day, but it's all up. The adhesive has to cure for at least 72 hrs before I apply the grout. So that's on tap for Sunday afternoon.