Thursday, July 28, 2011

If you give a house a cookie...

If you decide to redo your living room

You will want to put up new wallboard.

If you put up new wallboard

You are supposed to start with the ceiling.

If you start with the ceiling

You will need to fix the pipes

If you want to fix the pipes

You will need to renovate the entire bathroom

If you renovate the one bathroom

You will need first to put in a half-bath.

If you put in a half-bath

You will need to replumb the basement.

If you replumb the basement

You first need to fix the basement stairs.

If you fix the basement stairs

You will need to take down the defunct chimney

If you take down the defunct chimney

You will need to remove two more walls.

If you remove two more walls

God knows what projects you will find in there!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Our first good surprise...

Secrets under the vinyl
We have ripped all the vinyl off the front of the house in anticipation of replacing the original siding with hardy board.  Hardy board is a wood composite that looks like clapboard, but does not require the maintenance of wood.

When we removed the vinyl we did find a few surprises.  It appears that there were actually two windows on the upper level.  This makes sense as the one window looks a little lost up there.  I was planning on putting shutters on either side to help, but now I think we are going to put the other window in.  Yes of course that involves tearing out another wall and shifting things around yet again...

T also found some evidence of decorative trim on the left side (where he is pointing).  We hope to get the holes dug soon for the concrete window supports so we can remove the braces...  We also removed the front pine tree and hired someone to replace the walkway.  Progress!

Luv those Ducks

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The ducks are so big now.  T actually admitted that he likes them.  I caught him up in the middle of the night checking on them because he thought he heard a predator.  He went outside and saw two glowing eyes, but all ducks were safe in their pen.

Jack did have one scare.  He was watching a movie with his grandmother and did not go to put the ducks in until 9 p.m.  When he went outside he could not find them anywhere.  He came back in in a panic.  My Mother found him a flashlight and he finally located the ducks.  They were fast asleep in their duck house and had apparently put themselves to bed.  Crisis averted!!

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We have seen them fly recently.  Ducky (the mallard) flies out of the pool onto the ground.  The Pekins flap their wings, but don't get far.  We haven't clipped their flight feathers.  They are very bonded to each other and do not go far from their pen so I don't think they will be flying off (unless of course under attack and then maybe they should be able to try and get away?)...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The first crop...

Radishes are In
As you are aware, T could not be without his garden this year.  He did get off to a late start so his crops are a bit behind.  Not to mention the soil could use a bit of fertilization and nutrients (not many worms I am afraid).  This year we get what we get (and we don't get upset).

He did produce his first harvest of the year.  A bunch of radishes.  Funny thing is he doesn't even like radishes.  When I asked him why he grows something that he doesn't like to eat he told me that he had leftover seeds.  Apparently he just could not waste them.  Now the question is, what am I going to do with these (and are there any more coming...)??  I just asked "Is that it for the radish crop?"  and was met with the response "No there are plenty more!  There are about another TEN handfuls."  Great.  Just what I wanted.  Canned pickled radishes anyone?  Apparently they are easy to grow and it's the growing not the eating that makes the man happy.  Got to keep the man happy, even at the expense of uneaten radishes.