Well the mantle's been constructed and stained for 3 weeks. It hasn't been warm enough to apply the polyurethane one single day since then, so it's languishing in my living room.
We did manage a little house productivity yesterday in the form of removing the chartreuse carpet from the bunny hallway. I liked the carpet a lot, but it was more than 30 years old, and Winston had taken a shine to scratching at it to file down his claws. I didn't care that he was wrecking the carpet, but was a little worried he'd eat the fibers.
So now it's gone, and to our surprise, the floors underneath are perfect. The best floors in the house. Naturally.
In other news, life is getting slightly less terrible and snow-covered for the chickens, we've started our first round of seeds for spring planting, and I'm hopeful that today might be the first precipitation-less day in more than a month.