Our condo corp is replacing all the windows in all the units. Today was our turn. By 8:30 am we had all the window coverings down and the spaces in front of the windows cleared for work.
Interestingly, I had just decided to move Rockwell's kennel into the living room, from its first home in the dining room. After I moved it there on Saturday, Rockwell seemed to really like the new spot and went in and out of his home regularly all day. What they say about real estate must be true for dogs too - the most important three things are location, location, location!
While the workmen were busy ripping out the windows, there were bits of insulation and debris everywhere and we thought it was safer to keep Rockwell in his kennel for the duration. I think Peter is reaching for the remote control here.
Rockwell endured the kennel all day long, never barking, keeping a close eye on things, snoozing when it got boring. In short, he was a model prisoner. We gave him the occasional ice cube to keep him happy and took him out for a walk now and then. But it was 33C outside, with a humidex of 43C (91F and 109F) so he was actually happy to come back in where we kept the air conditioning going despite having windows out temporarily.
The only hitch was when the workmen discovered that wasps had infiltrated the window in my sewing room. They are replacing the windows which are as old as the houses - about 25 years - because of things like leaks and cracks. Obviously, the wasps had found an opening and taken advantage of it. They said they saw about 50 of them fly out when they started to remove that window and they stopped immediately. No point in falling off the ladder while flailing away at stinging insects. So we called the condo corp and asked them to send an exterminator a.s.a.p. because the house would be open to the elements. That was in the morning. By 4:30 no one had showed up so I called them back and they said that Orkin had been unusually busy with wasps and bees this Summer. They usually get them in the Fall but there have been so many this Summer, they are overrun with business. Anyway, the workmen put the old window back and hopefully it will not fall out overnight if there is a thunderstorm. I am also hopeful that Orkin will show up tomorrow so they can finish that one last window.
This is the bay window in the dining room. Apparently the new windows are so much better insulated and installed than the old ones that they say I won't freeze like I used to at my computer which normally sits in the bay. I'd like to move it anyway but don't have a new location chosen yet. Maybe Rockwell will advise me.