When One Thing Leads to Another

 

Monday (03/27/2017) was looking like it would be a nice day of weather. After I got my indoor chores done and did some stuff on the computer I thought I would go out around 10 am to do some form of yard work. I had just gotten on the internets to begin some posts when David came out at 8:30 am. This surprised me as he usually sleeps in until around 11 am. He is a night owl these days staying up after 1 am most nights. So this lead me to fix him his breakfast and him getting on the computer to do his things. I had most of the indoor stuff done I want to have done before going outside so that is where I went. I had promised Sully the last two days that I would take him out when the weather was nice again, so he came out too. I took him for his walk around the house then clipped him to the step to enjoy the day.

My plan for the day was to rake out the south side of the flower bed around the deck. I was then going to turn the soil and level out the bed. Well I got the bed raked out, as I began to rake those leaves over to the big leaf pile in front of BOB I decided that I should rake by the container with small wood scraps in it. While I was at it I might as well dump the container and move it, go through the wood scrap, put it back in the container and rake where it use to be. Now that the container was out-of-the-way I could rake around the wood pile. Now, why just rake around I should move it and rake where it used to be also. So I found a suitable spot next to the scrap container and began going through the wood pile, moving it, and stacking it in an organized fashion. Well now that the wood pile was out-of-the-way I could move the big leaf pile in front of BOB further to the east end of the driveway. So I did that. Now that every thing was neat and tidy I could lay the garden hose along the railroad ties marking off the flower bed. This will make it easier to water the squash patch and the hose will not be stretched out across the driveway getting run over.

I was in the middle of all this activity when David came out onto the deck.

He says,” You know I have been looking at the wood pile thinking it needed moved and organized!”

He must have been thinking about it so hard I caught the vibe and just went with it. I did the same thing when I cleaned up the deck a couple of weeks ago. He was thinking it needed done and I did it. I don’t mind doing these things. It is getting me out of the house and being more physical. It also helps David out, so he can continue sorting out and organizing his inventory for his urban gold mining. It is one less thing he needs to do so he can get to more important projects like replacing  a section of the shed’s east wall, getting the garden started, or working on BOB. I discovered BOB’s roof leaked in the bedroom over the winter. This was not one of the projects he had planned for BOB.

After I was all finished, David came out later in the afternoon and backed BOB in beside the deck. He is now where we can run the extension cord out to do work on him. It is a good thing I got this done on Monday as the weather forecast calls for rain for the rest of the week.

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It’s the First Day of Spring and I Got A Head Start on My Spring Cleaning This Weekend

Whoo, hooo! Something to post about besides crocheting.

 

Friday afternoon, David said something about getting the front deck cleaned up, so he could start doing more of his urban gold mining proceedures that can not be done in the house. Well the deck gets fairly warm that part of the day and David has not acclimated to the(out of season) 80 degrees yet. He doesn’t handle hot that well. Late Saturday morning I thought I would clean up the deck because I can handle the hot, I was wanting to start doing outside things for the exercise, the spring cleaning bug has bitten me and this seemed a good place to start. It was a small job to get myself back into the groove of doing more physical stuff. Nope, crocheting all winter does not cut it. 🙂

I am out of practice doing post for something other than crochet. I forgot to get some before photos of the deck. I moved everything along the east side and swept out the leaf pile that had accumulated over the fall and winter. I rearrange all the things so that they were along this wall. David now has a work space by the south facing rail. Some of his processes for urban gold mining can be down right stinky.

 

You may have notice in that first photo that we now have the new storm door up. David finished that up last fall before the snow started to fly. Here are some before photos and a better view of it all finished.

You may have also noticed a large piece of wood on the deck in front of the door. It is covering up a hole and another board that is a bit squishy. When we first moved in the deck was in bad shape. A couple of renters before us were in the process of rebuilding it. They had purchased the wood and would do the work in exchange for rent. Well for what ever reason they moved on before they got the rebuild started. So the wood sat in the yard for at least a year uncovered. When we came upon the mobile home we decided to purchase it. The land lord said it was fine if we kept the wood and did the rebuild of the deck ourselves. Well this wood was not what normally one would use to do a deck. It was untreated and narrow. Hey, you can’t argue with free. We did purchase the plywood to enclose the bottom of the deck, the paint and the calk ourselves.

David thought by using acrylic laytex paint, filling the gaps with calk, and the deck being slightly angled lower to the south it would drain off. He also put a drain hole with pvc pipe to drain it off. We thought this would work fine until we put a roof on the deck. That plan was nixed after some thought because he was worried about the extra weight it would put on the side of the house. He wanted to attach it directly. Also the windy wind around here was another concern, it might blow it right off. So needless to say the deck settled, the water was left standing in puddles, and the paint did not last. David did paint it over with roof sealer a couple of times but even that could not stand up to the cold and heat. We moved in 2007, time has taken its toll and has rotted out the wood. So now the boards cover up the holes until we can find the money and time to fix it.

Sunday I continued with my spring cleaning, I decided to keep going by the deck. Again I forgot to do some photos before I got started. I did alot of durings though.  First I moved all the stuff beside the steps. I took the section of rolled up chicken wire around to the side of the house and placed it on the scrap pile. I raked all the leaves out from beside the steps. I got the shovel, loosened up the soil, then raked it out evenly, and packed it down by stomping it. I also removed soil and grass from around the stone landing step.

                         The stone landing.

Next I raked the leaves from under the steps, moved, and leveled the soil under them. Then it was on to raking the flower bed. I also raked the area along the house where Nick parks his bicycle. I was then able to run the garden hose along the house, under the steps, and along the flower bed railroad tie so the hose will be ready to water the garden.

                                                   The leaves from under the steps.

 

Well that was a nice work out. Today is suppose to be back to more seasonal temperatures of about 60 degrees. I like it a bit warmer and if the breeze kicks up it makes my ears cold. I hate cold wind in my ears. I could wear my hoodie but then I would have to be pulling it back up all the time. I think today will be laundry day. Uggh! 😦

Junkpile: Sorted and Moved

This is the junk pile.

The Before

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David asked me to deal with it so that he could continue digging out this side of the shed.

He needs to replace another rotting out board below ground level.

He also wants to level this area out so that it will drain better and not have standing water against the shed.


The Afters


Speaking of the east end of the garden the summer squash have started setting on fruit.

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This is the pile of trash that was sorted out of the junk pile.

It was mostly plastic items and broken garden tools.

The big plastic sheet is the shower walls from BOB that were removed.

The green cloth material was BOB’s old dining room blinds.

There are also some old BBQ grills and washer and dryer motors.

The blue lawn chair and Frisbee were also in the junk pile but I am keeping them.

That all fit nicely into the back of the pick up.

My son disposed of it all the next day in town.


 

I also straightened up around the front of the shed here are a couple more after photos.


Two days later our area was hit by a really nasty storm.

That is a whole other post.

Another Gorgeous Day

For Yard Work and Catnip!

 

It is another gorgeous day. It is a balmy 74 degrees with a slight breeze now and again. Tomorrow’s forecast 63 for a high, 20% chance of precipitation, and wind gusts up to 35 mph. It goes down hill for Tuesday Night: Rain before midnight, then snow. Areas of blowing snow after midnight. Low around 31. Blustery, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
So I took advantage of today’s weather by cleaning up another small patch of the yard. I am working my way slowly down the front of the house. I don’t want to over do it after being sedentary all winter. Sully wanted to spend some time smelling catnip again. 🙂


 The before shot of today’s patch.

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I raked it all into a pile then sorted out the sticks and twigs.

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I took the sticks and dropped them off by the burn barrel.

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I took the leaves and added them to the pile in this area of the garden.

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The after shot.

Sully was done sniffing catnip and was ready to go in. 🙂

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Retirement…

Is Not All Fun and Games

Well spring is finally springing off and on here. We will get two or three days in a row that are just gorgeous. Temperatures near and above 70 degrees. So David and I have been finding small projects in the yard that we can get done in that time before the next cold snap of 40 to 5o degrees for the high.

My project was getting the bed around the deck raked out of all the fall foliage. The work was done on two separate days. I got my yard gloves, rake and the wheelbarrow. David asked me why I didn’t use the big blue trash can to move my piles of leaves. I said it is easier for me to push a wheelbarrow than carry the trashcan. It may have taken more trips over to the garden area to dump but it was lighter and it has wheels. 🙂

 

This is all the leaf litter around the deck and stairs.

You may recall Sully was enjoying the catnip he found there.

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This is the front side of the bed all raked out.

We use pine shavings for Sully’s litter box.

The used litter makes great mulch. I will be digging that in before I plant.

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These are my leaf piles over in the garden area. David wanted them there so he can run them over with the mower later to provide mulch that he can dig into the squash hills he will make in this area.

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A few days later I was able to rake out the side portion of the deck bed.

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The after.

This also shows the hole David dug in preparation for concreting around the shed door steps.

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On one of the not so nice days I got my sweet peppers, marigolds, and green peppers started in one of those little Jiffy pot starter kits.

When I checked on it last night, I had a marigold sprouted. Yippee!!!


Beside the hole digging David was able to get BOB’s drive line put back up in its proper place. He says that the vibration that had him worried that the drive line would just drop out on our 2014 trip to Arizona is hardly noticeable. He replaced two U-joints and a carrier bearing. He also had to move one of the brackets that hold it in place about 1/8 of an inch.

He also spent one afternoon tearing the shower out of BOB. We are planning on remodeling the bathroom in BOB. We place a large storage bin in the bathtub to use as a live fish well when we go fishing over at the ponds. We had to get a new one for this year’s fishing season because the last pike David caught last season put a hole in the side. David was trying to put the new bin in but couldn’t get it in around the plastic accordion style shower door. So he decided to take it out. Well then he got to thinking while I am at it might as well take out the shower stall too since we plan to remodel it anyway. 🙂

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I didn’t know David was doing this, so I have no before photos.

I thought I had some photos of the bathroom from when we first got BOB but I didn’t.

This is the left wall and the back wall of the shower stall.


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This photo is of the right wall.

I removed some wallpaper and painted this wall in an earlier remodel of the water lines.


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This is the new bin for the fish.

It fits nicely now that the shower door is not in the way.


This is the shower door and stall removed from BOB.

We will probably lay these out in the garden in problem weed areas for weed control.

The metal pieces will probably be sent to the recycling center.

So as you can see retirement is not all fun and games.

Yet the work that you do  can be enjoyable, fun, productive, and provide you with a sense of accomplishment.

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