Saturday, April 13, 2013

the Latest..

ALthough it may seem I havent made much progress, dont forget I work full time!!  Wish I had something other than WORK to share but thats all I seem to be doing the work continues on The Old House.  The weather will soon come into play since Spring is normally short in these parts we go right into HOT...really hope to get a lot of the outdoor work done before it turns so hot...
meanwhile I will enjoy working outside while its spring..

It took a while but we finally evicted the family of squirrels that was living in the porch attic...and the pack rat from the tool shed! HE was up in the rafters...what a messy nest... I didnt get any photos of those pesky critters but we relocated all safely. 
I removed the awnings on the end of the porch because the wood underneath was water damaged, and bad.

 and that is where the squirrels chewed their way in, so with that removed we put back new wood.  I dont plan to put that awning back up...

We peeled the screen wire back its going to be removed and the porch uprights painted, then new screening
The gutter has to be reinstalled.,,,I was thinking of making awnings from some of the redwood scraps I have and corregated acrylic roof panels instead of the metal...that way water can't blow in when it rains and yet light can get in....SO thats next on the list AFTER we finish painting the entire roof overhang and the porch itself! I think it would give a more modern look to the old tired porch
I had to get WAY up there to paint his gable end...the fascia board, and soffet Im learning these new terms..this gable end is done, that was hard!! THERE's 2 more gable's to do one involves getting UP on the roof again...not looking forward to that.

more painting to be done at the front too...

Got a sunburn for my trouble, tomorrow I'll be on the shady side I hope!

I sprayed the English Ivy with Round seems to be dying, I have more to spray I wanted to see if it would work, it took about 3 weeks to start dying.  The label says it only kills what you spray it on, so I have to move some things before I spray the rest...

Meanwhile my annual flower seeds have sprouted and soon they will be ready to plant in the yard! I save plastic food containers that have lids to start my seeds, the Zinna seeds sprouted in 3 days! The lettuce is also up...

AND i found this unique  junk shop buy, a tiered unit that cost all of $5...its very sweet looking!

I do hope to get in a waterfall hike sometime in May, around the 10th if all goes as planned...and thanks to all of your well wishes to my Mom she is much improved and watching her favorite Western Shows as I type this!!  That makes me HAPPY!!:o)

So that's what Ive been up to lately!



  1. Hi Sondra...It is nice to see those lovely bushes in bloom !! We are getting there slowly!!
    Actually we don't have Spring here it is Mud Season then Summer ; )
    Good that the critter problem is over...hope new ones don't move in!!
    You sure make me tired just reading about what's going on at This Old House : ))!
    What a deal one the stand I love it .. you did good on that one!!
    Try not to ware yourself out ; ) Ya sure"

  2. My goodness, I'm worn out just reading how busy you've been. lol
    I don't know where you get your energy from Sondra.

  3. Aw, glad your mom's doing well and that your house is coming along. Work gets in the way of everything, doesn't it? As always, impressed with your DIY handiwork! Gotta love a $5 junk shop find too- those are the best.

  4. You don't work full time - you work double time! Love the azalea and dogwood pictures. So glad your mother is feeling better.

  5. Slow but steady wins the race and it looks like you'll win this one and it will be a lovely finale when all is said and done. Your gutsiness to undertake this transformation is awe inspiring.

    Glad your Mom is better.

  6. I don't know where you get the energy! Worning, house renovations that include climbing...gulp...high, and still time for yard maintenance and flower growing. As is often the case, I'm impressed!

  7. We're still working on our project and there are 2 of us (well, I'm not sure I count as a whole person when it comes to work) and we don't have a yard and beautiful flowers, so yeah, I'm not surprised you're still working on your project which is twice as big. These things take so much time.

    Your flowers really are wonderful. I am so glad your mom is better. (I scrolled real fast through the post to see what you said about her and then went back to enjoy the lovely pictures!)

  8. The flowers are charming, all of them. Except for the dying English Ivy of course but as that was your aim, you must like it too. ;)

    And I'm definitely not the one to think that you haven't made much progress, so much work has been done!

  9. You are making such great progress! Everything looks like it's marching right along. Your mom is certainly a trooper. I hope to be so mobile at 80.:) So sorry about your dog friend. :( Hoping the sun shines for you!


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