Monday, February 25, 2013

ITS in the WORKS!

The weather has not co-operated lately last week snow, this past week rain, and more rain tomorrow and who knows how long it will rain...I dont like dreary weather...blahhhhhh

SO once again I've been working on the OLD HOUSE...
Ive got so many projects going on at ONCE...its not all ADHD, its partly the weather! I have only weekends to do anything I need to make a trip to Lowes with my trailer to buy supplies to complete some of my projects and with the rain I found an old leak that supposedly was fixed is BACK...SO i had to repair that first I spent the whole day Sunday on the roof...I HOPE my work pays off I will know soon enough since rain is forecasted..No photos of me on the roof, cause I was ON THE ROOF..ha!
But here is dang leak and the resulting damage...

Meanwhile I pulled out that old bookcase that used to be a window! A porch that was walled in to become a room had a window at one time, I made it into built in shelf,  but I think I would prefer more light so I took the shelf out. I may open up that whole SPACE...If its possible and add some BIG Beams shabby chic, rustic meets contemporary, cabin meets loft??? OR I may just close up the spot and put back a shelf unit only do it right this time!! That would certainly be the easiest Thing to do..or put in a glass door and get the benefit of the light. OR a shelf unit with some glass blocks behind it? NOW that may be cool..

I also repaired the attic stairs 2 of the steps were missing...I needed to go up there so I fixed that....

and Ive been chipping away at WALL PAPER omg I will never ever ever get back together with Wall PAPER!
And in this house...4 rooms have wall paper!!

My Ebay sales are doing pretty good....Ive been surprised by it to be honest. BUT I need to move it faster so a flea market is in my future when the weather warms and gets more stable..IF the leak is stopped then I will go full steam ahead in the room Im now calling the library, that adjoins the dining room...a trip to LOWES is in my future!


Thursday, February 21, 2013

A story to share...

This is so cute I have to share...
My mom is a lovely lady 88 yrs old.  Each morning we sit at the kitchen table and have morning coffee and watch the activity at the bird feeder...

My mom drinks from a cup that is a souvenir from the state of PA. She decided to read aloud to me the facts that were written around the she read to me:
"The state tree is the Hemlock, and did you know its the Keystone State?"
"Yes I knew that, but I don't have a clue what that means."
She replies "me neither." then she continues...the state motto, and then...
"The state bird is the," here she pauses, then she continues ..."the ruffff..." another pause..
then.."the Ruffled Grouch."

I immediately broke into hysterical laughter and spurted coffee all over myself...she looked up and said
IT was just so funny and I laughed all day off and on, each time I recalled her saying Ruffled Grouch..instead of the Ruffed Grouse...she had it very close I think I ruffled her feathers by laughing but it was such a cool mistake, it was one of those the end we both laughed...and that brought to mind another story..

My sister and her husband traveled to Yellowstone park one yr, and they called to give us an update on their trip thus far, and I listened to my Mom's end of the conversation as they recited to her the list of animals they had seen on their day in the park...Mom recited each one out loud so I could hear what they were seeing so as my sister said "buffalo" my mom repeated toward me, nodding BUFFALO, then it was Coyote, she repeated, then Moose, she repeated, then it was Western Tanager, my eyebrows went up in approval, and then she said
and MY EYEBROWS went down as I recited back... 
"ALBATROSS, no way"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(possibly only my bird-brain bloggers will get this as  a hilarious mis ID of some kind of gull, as the albatross lives its entire life out to sea)...

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this  could be a ruffled grouch?

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and this was Lunch!!!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

SNOW WHITE and more than 7 Birds!

Guess what? WE had snow yesterday and last night!

 IT was sort of cool I love the way snow makes everything SO beautiful...

I took these shots this morning as the sun was coming up and casting a pink glow on the snowy tree tops!

The Birds stood out against the white Pretty Darn Cute eh?

It was cold they were all puffed out waiting for a turn at the feeder...

northern cardinal

female northern cardinal

pine siskin

Normally down on the ground this mourning dove was chilling up on a snowy branch...

AND the normally hiding in the shadows FOX SPARROW was right out in the open!

AND each branch was perfection with snowy layer...even the tangles of THOSE awful grape vines looked awesome with the snow blanket on it!

The dogs got all excited....

SO I stayed in and watched from the window and had my breakfast!!

IT was kinda sweet to have the snow even if it will all be gone by tomorrow!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Measure once cut 3 times!

HA! Well I made a couple of WRONG cuts but in the end it all worked outl...Well I know y'all are getting sick of me blogging about this dang rotten floor, SO I wont blog about it anymore cause iTS FIXED! finally.

I cut the rotten ends off the boards, and tried to stagger the ends...

Then I cut new subfloor wood outta 1 x 6 treated wood to discourage Termites in the future! (in this corner anyway, WHEN i get this house more in order I will call the Pest People to treat for termites, ALthough I think this is old damage from before the house was moved!

The next step is to add the Rosin Paper.... so I did!

Now you can see the staggered pattern Im talking about...
The next step was to add the new was tricky cause the new wood is 3.5 inches wide and the old is 2.5 inches wide...I could have special ordered this size...but I'm trying to keep costs to a I made this work..

...although the color is different, once the old part is sanded it will lighten up some and I will add stain to the new part to darken it a bit and try to match it up....

Next I plan to remove a WALL in this room!! So for now the floor will be left as is, wont be sanding until all the work in this room is finished and the floor refinish will be done last! Plan to start removing that wall next weekend if all goes well. IM glad to be moving on to something else...

NEW WALKING DEAD starts tonight for all those Dead Heads out there...YA!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Found a P-nut, It was rotten!

I'm planning to finish the repair to this floor this weekend! Thats the plan, if my back holds out...I dont mind working on a ladder, but squatting and stooping OH My aching back..
Here is the stage the floor was at last refresh your memory..under 2 layers of carpet, there was a layer of old tile and under that a layer of 1/4 inch underlayment...held on by one zillion nails...

NOW once I pulled up the underlayment over in that right corner...
SURPRISE I found a major ROTTEN SPOT! I dont know IF it was termite or water damage, there does appear to be water damage on the wall under the window, so AN improperly caulked window on the outside may be the cause, I have caulk to fix that problem and I have ripped out most of the rot,

You can see the damage below the window to the paneling.... the SUBFLOOR too!
SO I have a plan whether it will work or not, your guess is as good as MINE all I know is I am going to try and do this!! I imagine it wont be perfect when its done but it will be better than it is NOW!   I will replace the subfloor boards with 1 x 6 treated and Ive purchased 48 ft of pine flooring, but its 4 inch wide and this old floor is 3.25 inch wide..SO the boards have to be ripped down to the right width..I think Ill rip the boards first then cut the various lengths...I know the joints have to be staggered in order to look right so I will cut every other one to different lengths so the joints dont match up and create a line, YES Ive been watching THIS OLD HOUSE on PBS for years! NOW If I just had all the tools they have...For some reason the power tools mysteriously disappeared from the tool shed the week my X moved out although those items were not on his list...hmm

SO this is the other side of the room  its Great! Wish me luck and IF i can stil move when its done Ill update with my progress!  I have also removed the carpet from the adjourning room beyond that glass door, its a small room that was used as a Home Office but I am thinking Library/Media Room! It had a built in window seat that I removed! I will try to remember to take photos i forgot the before's of that, its a blank slate right now.

The Ebay selling is going pretty good so far, IT will help to pay for some of the numerous repairs I have to do ....and the sweater man didnt contact me, so I guess he was pleased.