Posts Tagged ‘patio’

moving along……

I wish. 
I swear that each day that I walk I see another house on the market. Maybe ours will join them soon.
Well there has been some progress in the past week.  I spent a couple of days doing yard work in the front – re-doing a flower bed and also a couple of big planter boxes. The slate project in back is totally finished – sealed twice – and it came out really nice. 
On Friday, Richard realized that it was starting to get the better of me, and has called in the reinforcements.  We contacted the cabinetmaker who built our kitchen and lucky for us he’s between projects and was willing to take on some of ours. So, on Saturday he came and with a helper he: removed a wood windowsill and support post from the bay window in our bedroom (it had some dryrot damage) and replaced it; stained and finished five window sills in the living & dining room; sanded, and finished one of the french doors ( that we had never gotten around to doing ) ; and framed in and drywalled and mudded a closet for what used to be the den.  All of this for what it cost for the wardrobe unit that we bought from Ikea, which we returned last night. He should be back today to finish up the closet and hang a new door on the shed outside.  Yesterday a painter that he knows came and agreed to paint the bay window inside and out, pressure wash and paint all of the eaves and trim, along with the carport ‘tool area room’  and the patio cover and new shed door – for what seemed like a darned reasonable price of $900 – materials included. That will happen next week, giving Richard time to move some things out of the way. 
I’m beginning to feel like I can breath again. 

Sunday morning we had a carwash- two cars and the truck, then took the Falcon out to the yard where Richard will do the engine swap on it before it goes north. Today we are taking the Tiger to the Sunbeam guy in town to have him put in a heater / defroster ( for obvious reasons, this has not been high on the priority list since I’ve owned the car, but will be important once we move ). Richard will also install a couple of cigarette lighters in it before Justin & I drive it to Washington this next trip, in two weeks- must have charging outlets these days. If the weather is really hot and yucky, we might just drive up the coast this trip. It shouldn’t take us too much longer given that we’ll be going midweek and it is before school lets out. God knows we are sick to death of I-5. 

On a side note, I made a wonderful peach crisp last night – with peaches from my neighbor’s tree. I will miss the early seasonality of fruit here. Oh well, I will have to console myself with blackberries in Washington – how I’ve missed those!

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I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel. Then there is the other part – something about that it might be the train that will run you over. I don’t know anymore. I’m feeling as though this will never end, but then in the next moment it seems just the opposite. I visualize the house with a sign out front and see it done. Ha. Ideally we will actually list it just before the next trip – which we’ll be leaving on June 6.  
I finished the last of the grouting between the slate this morning. There is still scrubbing and washing down to do in an hour or so, then it all gets a thourough cleaning tomorrow. I can put the sealer on the day after that.  We got the stone laid out on the ground beyond the patio over the weekend also, and yesterday I planted irish moss seed between them ( we ordered the seed and 5000 of them is only about a quarter teaspoon – which I mixed with sand and used a salt shaker to distribute ). The challenge is now to keep that soil moist, and hope to hell it grows. Time will tell.  The rest of today I will be doing other yardwork, while the weather is a wonderful 66 degrees and overcast out.
Richard has begun emptying out the carport of his stuff, trying to make way for the Tiger to come out. He plans to tune it up before the next trip so that I can drive it up, while he will be pulling another trailer load of stuff with the truck. 

How much is enough, or too much to do before putting this house up for sale. Currently there are 123 houses on the market in this zip code, so I feel like I need to do everything possible to make ours stand out from the rest. Prices have risen just a bit as of this month – so that part is encouraging.  I need to re-frame my thinking about this whole thing – the worst case senario is that we will get to live in a de-cluttered, finished home for a while, if nothing else, right?
All of this is really starting to take an emotional / mental toll. I really try not to whine about it, but sometimes I feel as though I’m falling apart. Both physically and mentally.  Though the heavy physical stuff is (mostly) done, so maybe I will begin to feel less beat down. And because I just kind of want to bitch – the neighbor still hasn’t done anything with the fence yet. 

And because I need to end on a more positive note – we watched Oscar and Lucinda the other night – it was really entertaining, and a very pretty film.

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There has been a buzz about desks. So, here is my contribution to the pot:    
 Its one more thing that needs to be thoroughly decluttered. i’ve allowed it to become really messy as of late. One grandson picture, and lots of dog pics stuck all over.  Silly stuff, mostly, to inspire me and keep me amused.
This is the desk that I really work at:   which needs to be tidy. 

On my break this afternoon I ordered a couple of t-shirts from http://www.threadless.com/ – some pretty fun stuff there. 
I also explored a site that I heard about – a nephew is now working for a new startup airline: http://www.skybus.com/ which is breaking into the market by starting ticket prices at $10 ! The price goes up as the plane is filled. There is an interesting article on wikipedia about them.They don’t start flying for a couple more weeks, and with limited locations. But, I guess that you can make reservations now.  

I’m so happy that it has cooled off 10 degrees from the hell that was the past few days. Makes the work outside a little easier. The patio is mostly finished. A few more days, and that project will finally be over.

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