Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Another Busy Day

What is boredom? Someone please explain!

Yesterday was another one of those days that was so packed with activities that I could barely get out of bed this morning!
My first project- Get the Onion Garden Weeded.
Onion garden, as opposed to vegetable garden, because onions are about as far as I got before my back/hips gave out on me :(
Actually, I did get some oregano in, but in my crazy business, it went to seed already. The slugs got my parsley and my cilantro (a gift from my hairdresser) is still sitting patiently in little pots waiting to go in the ground. My tomato plant looks pathetic. I tried to cheat and buy a big plant and grow it on the back porch which is an inferno in the summer, but apparently it was too hot even for the heat lovin' plant, so I put it in the big garden, and it is looking very sad indeed. Whitey always planted potatoes and I have volunteers, otherwise it's just onions. I got carried away. I planted shallots, Spanish red onions, yellow onions, Walla Walla Sweets, leeks, and a few others that I can't remember. I brought the tags in to research onion care on the Internet and got sidetracked, can't find the tags that I was going to promptly put back in the row so that I would not forget what was what, and guess what??? Nuff said.
Weeding has gotten to be my full time job even though it wreaks havok with my body, so I decided to try my hand at rototilling the weeds to make things "easier" for me. HA! I sit in my bed as I write this post! Anyway, this is as far as I got. Some of the onions are hard to see through the weeds :(  Yikes!
My poor pathetic tomatoe plant is the sad one on the right.

On to project #2- Finish painting at mom and dad's (while they are in Corsica, lucky dogs, they owe us BIG!!!)
They, (meaning Mom) wanted the family/TV room painted. Syl and I decided to get creative and do an "accent" wall where the TV sits. We picked out a beautiful blue/green color,

.......but Sylvia thought it looked too dark and opressive and cavelike. I didn't want to do it over so I thought it looked just fine. Well, she ended up buying a quart of white and mixing it in with the dark and that is what we did yesterday.
We covered up the dark with the lighter vesion and it really did look much better. We had to do two coats, so Syl mowed while I layed down :) Hey, I had already rototilled, OK?
Here is what we ended up with, not dry yet, so I got some glare going on.

Taken with the light on

 Taken with the light off, the glare is from the skylight

So after cleaning up, I drove the one hour drive home, stopped at the store because I decided I wanted a big salad for supper. Somewhere between getting the dogs out of the kennel and unpacking my car, I decided the field needed to be mowed. (???) I was getting delirious, I guess.

It wasn't really that bad, but I must have just needed to relax and just, well, sit!
The evening was warm and beautiful and the clouds had this beautiful pink tinge to them. Like I said, I think I was delirious. I took a picture, but the pink didn't quite show up :(

I love a nicely mowed field. Yes, I'm a geek!

While I was mowing, I noticed that the two weinies were not in sight and just as I was about to panic, I spotted them in the kennel, sitting in the doghouse, watching me! Apparently, they must think of the kennel as a safe place, so that made me feel good, since I still feel apprehensive when they have to be in there while I'm gone.

So there it is. One day of my "boring" life in a boring nutshell!

Tune in for more boring news tomorow! ;)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Front Porch Rebuild

Steve (my friend's carpenter hubby) showed up this morning to finish up the deck and as luck would have it, it started thundering, lightning and then a torrential downpour.

Sooooooooooo, he wen't back home.

Since the wood is not sealed yet, he didn't want to walk around on it with his wet, muddy feet. Oh well, I guess I won't have to water or do yardwork today!
Anyway, here are a few shots of "The Rebuild". I love this one of Daemyan!

Steve taught him the correct way to hammer in the nails. I din't realize there was a right or wrong way!

nosy doggies!

These were taken yesterday. Steps were framed and ready to be finished.

The begining of some railing

I have steps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Woo hoo!!!!

This work was done yesterday but I took the next three pictures today in-between sporatic downpours that have been going on all day.

From my front door

From the new front steps

Taken from the north side by the front door

That's all I have for today. No work was done today for above stated reasons. Hopefully, next time I post, we will see a completed deck!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Front Porch Tear Down

Work began on my front deck last week and I am over-the-top excited about it's progress.
In a perfect world, I would have finished my bathroom first I suppose, but the deck really needed to be started while it is nice out and still have time to enjoy it before the rainy season is in full force again. At this point, I've decided that I'm the only one allowed to walk on it once completed, but I doubt that will work :(
The old deck was built way back after we bought the place so it has served it's time. Not to mention that I fell through rotten boards, not once, which was bad enough, but twice. I ended up with some nasty bruising and thought that I had broken my foot, but thank goodness, I had not.

So long old deck!

No more falling through rotten boards!

South side

North side

this post had to be replaced because guess what???

The old one was rotten. I suppose the roof would have fallen on me next :(

So, that's enough of the tear down. Chapter 2 will be Front deck rebuild!