Sunday, March 31, 2013

Throwing Rocks and Mud Slinging?

Maybe its Spring? A warm weekend, some rain helps bring things out...


Mom has been really sick she relapsed and I spent Thursday night in the ER with her...but I refused to have her admitted to the hospital...Older people go into hospitals and come out feet first... got some good drugs for her and brought her home to recover in her own bed....and she has improved..still a long way from recouped...but on the way we think.  I was able to get some work done in the little sunny room I am re-doing...this little room is approx. 6 x 8.  I put down the wood floor last week, it had been carpet and sub floor...



THE vent is kinda  in the way since there was a built in window seat in front of these windows...I removed that.  I guess I should have moved this vent..but I don't think Its going to be a problem...I wont be staining and finishing the floor until all the sheetrock is hung, mudded, sanded and the trim applied. I will sand it when I sand the floor in the adjoining room. 

My sister and I have never done sheetrock, but we figure it cant be that hard!! SO we hung it...



IT was hard work, and we still have to put on tape and 3 coats of joint compound, then sand that off, and put up the trim around the windows, ceiling, baseboards, etc. The other rooms in this house have quarter round molding in the corners no tape so IM planning to do that and not try taping corners I figure Ill be doing good IF I can tape and "mud" the straight lines.





Annie is bored with all this Make Over crap!!



Another project is IM trying to evict a squirrel that is living in the screen porch attic...I set the trap UP in the attic....I really hope I catch him, cause he is chewing holes in the soffit of the porch!!!

I'll keep you posted OH and there is the Pack Rat in the old tool shed...he is NEXT!!!
HOPE your spring is moving right along!!



PEACE

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

THE proof is in the small details...

I guess y'all are wondering what the heck Ive been up to? Sorry Ive been MIA around here..just so many hrs in the day and I spend 8 working, 8 sleeping, and 8 just goofing off I reckon!

SPRING tomorrow--yeah! Hope we have a longggg spring...summer is normally brutal here..
I am still working on the old house...it took me 2 days and 5 tubes of caulk up on the tall extension ladder to get all the windows caulked outside.  Another regular maintainance project that had been neglected for the past 13 yrs. I dont like going up the tall ladder but I have no choice!! Im also getting ready to caulk around the eaves in prep for painting it.

(this was once foundation plantings, now its gone WILD)

The house has 16 windows that I caulked...the old sunroom has 10 MORE windows that need MORE than caulk...so thats a whole project alone.  Some of those will be replaced completely!!

What Im caulking is the crack that has opened by around the window trim like this one.



after the caulking its much better...and it keeps the rain water from getting into spots that cause ROT to happen....this one needs to have the screen straightened and some clean up too...that looks like old rust from a window AC that used to be in this window....but its MUCH better with that big crack gone!  Im gonna try Mr Clean Eraser on that rusty spot..



Another crack filled here--- ..while the weather is warm but not HOT I plan to tackle some of the outdoor projects, I can always paint indoors with AC when it gets hot so I will soon begin the painting of the trim around the roof...and fixing up those bad windows of the old sunroom.  That will be one of the major fix ups of this house. 


ANYONE who has a good idea of how to get rid of English Ivy please Im open for suggestions...its taking over!


I've almost finished putting in that floor in the new Sun Room! Its a sunny room so Library doesnt really suit it.. and the Wall Paper is COMING down slowly...my sister is here visiting so she has been helping.  I will get some photos of that this weekend! Every little thing I do makes this old place a wee bit better!!



PEACE

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Media Madness?

A sick day today...not for me but for Mom...we both have a bug but I can keep plugging along, she ended up in bed flat on her back so I took off to help her out...the Dr called in some meds so we hope she can kick it at home.  People get SICK in hospitals!

Over the weekend I finished making that opening, I do plan to open up one more and MAYbe 2 more walls...Hope the roof dont fall in on me! Actually Im not removing the entire wall just creating larger openings...and creating one opening where there is none.  I keep forgetting to take before and after shots should take them of ME...cause there is a marked difference..lol
I didnt make much progress but I have made a DENT in it I mean a HOLE..

 

And from the other side...the reason for this is to bring MUCH needed light into the main living area.


Bringing the two floors up to level became quite a challenge! BUT I think Its gonna be pretty darn close! I had at first thought I would remove the entire wall...but the fireplace is staggered on one side and straight on the other so I thought that would be too unbalanced...that black stuff is the old tar paper that was ONCE an exterior wall, so im ripping that off I plan to sheetrock these walls...BUT I like the black around the brick..so Maybe an accent wall of BLACK with a new rustic mantle may be an awesome color scheme?  A retro Color Scheme for this new Library/media room!



MAYBE not the kind of Media you are thinking of but  the old fashioned KIND....And guess what I bought...ITS so cool.




I didnt find my old record player in the attic so...I found one in a local Junk Shop and now its MINE!

I have an old record stand that is the perfect size to hold this baby! NOW I gotta clean all my records...




I hope to have more progress come this weekend barring any lingering illness...
PEACE