Getting There!

Good evening.  Well Was and Debra came up today and started on the kitchen.

My dining room table this past week.

My dining room table this past week.

After Debra washed down the kitchen walls it was decided that the room would have to be painted.  So it looked like this all week.

The bare essentials until this weekend when they came up again.

The bare essentials until this weekend when they came up again.

Now the two of them prep and painted all day.

They work very well together getting thing done.

They work very well together getting things done.

The results so far.

Still a lot to put in place but it is looking great.

Still a lot to put in place but it is looking great.

A look outside today.

The Fire bush is really burning.

The Fire bush is really burning.

There are two more across in my neighbor’s garden so I guess you can say we see red around here ( in a good way).

Well my new book came in yesterday.

The jacket sounds like I'm going to enjoy it.

The jacket sounds like I’m going to enjoy it.

Just got to get some time to devote to it but that will come.

Wes and Debra will be up again in the morning so it promises to be another day when this momma tries to help (but I don’t think it is enough).

Have a good weekend!

The Weekend

Good morning   After I cleared the kitchen counters on Friday afternoon, then Debra washed the walls on Sunday, it was decided to paint it.  So I opted to leave most of the the things on the dining room table and use my small kitchen table for meals.

How it looked Saturday.

How it looked Saturday.

Saturday I also went to the burn pile out back for this job.

Little wind,no rain this is the results.

Little wind, no rain this is the results.

I sat on the tractor and watched this for over an hour.  The branch in front I had brought up from the front yard with the tractor and trailer. That pile also contain the last piece of the decoration I had made and painted for the back of my old pick up to make it a circus wagon for clowning parades long ago.  Things now lost but filed in my memory.

That day I also pulled the umbrella and table off the deck because the wind had blown it over damaging them and destroying the netting that was over the umbrella. I got the netting into the burn barrel, the table and umbrella onto the back of the pick up.  That went down to the road and was gone shortly there after.

On Sunday Wes was outside on a tall ladder painting the trim on the dome.  He also worked on the living room ceiling.

Debra was busy with hallway.

All the pictures down and new paint on walls and ceiling.

All the pictures down and new paint on walls and ceiling.

This was before she washed down the kitchen.  I’m sure they were both two tired people when this day was over.

But Molly and Brandy found the sunshine relaxing.

But Molly and Brandy found the sunshine relaxing.

For me –I have the blinds from the kitchen window and door soaking, curtain rods to clean, something to exchange at Home Depot, summer clothes to pack, and the shed trim to paint if it doesn’t rain anymore today. I did manage to read the literature on my new stove and I warmed up some soup Debra had made the other day for my supper.

I hope this week goes well for you.

 

Things Keep Happening!

Well on the 8th I took Molly to Dirty Paws for her first ever haircut.  They said she did really well which surprised me.  I brought her home that afternoon and she went into hiding.  I never saw her again until last night so getting a picture wasn’t easy.

The new haircut.

My panther with a lion’s haircut.

She is quite a beauty

She is quite a beauty

I also had an appointment for a carpet cleaning that day but wires got crossed so it was Thursday before they got here,

A major cleaning.

A major cleaning.

It involved the loft, the stairs down, the living/dining area, the hallway to the bedroom, and my bedroom.  This meant moving things and then trying to put them back as Debra had placed them originally but I got it under control.

I washed the walls in my bedroom (as high up as I could reach) yesterday.  I made a note of anything Wes might have to fix.

A visit from the plumber to replace the sump pump that finally gave up the ghost got sandwiched it in there somewhere. But it was here when I moved in 15 years ago so I guess it just got tired.

Today the cupola area took most of Wes’ effort.  He cleaned the five windows and screens then worked on the wood beams, walls, and ceiling.  Next he took the fan blades off, took down the light shades,  the bulbs, and cleaned that all up and replaced it.  (I tried to help.)

Wes working on the fan.

Wes working on the fan.

It is all shiny now!

It is all shiny now!

Last but not least the new stove came today.

It is here finally and I can almost taste the Crescent rolls.

It is here finally and I can almost taste the Crescent rolls.

So I think I will close for now and go read the manual on my stove.  Have a great weekend.

 

 

Debra’s Magic

Debra, Wes’ wife worked on the “hoarder’s cave” yesterday cleaning and staging.  This is the lovely results.

Starting at the foot of the stairway.

Starting at the foot of the stairway.

The rocker was returned   to join the Lazy Boy in the bay window.

The rocker was returned
to join the Lazy Boy in the bay window.

The sofa is centered on the back wall.

The sofa is centered on the back wall.

Momma's Corner is still tucked in near the french doors.

Momma’s Corner is still tucked in near the french doors.

On the other side of the doors are the birds.

On the other side of the doors are the birds.

Across from the sofa is the media center.

Across from the sofa is the media center.

She did a wonderful job on the whole thing and I thank her very much.  Of course while son Wes was working on other projects he took time out to help move things to the basement, take other things to the burn pile, remove the air conditioners, climb ladders to move the higher up items,and generally clear the way for the project being accomplished.

Shane ( my old clowning partner) and her son Avery were up yesterday to pick up some shelving units.  While they were here Avery power washed my back deck.

All the algae is gone and it looks almost new.

All the algae is gone and it looks almost new.

A big thank you to you too Avery.  Shane pitched in cleaning the dusty things that were moved during their visit.

Well as you can see it was a big day yesterday and every thing is moving along thanks to family and friends

 

 

 

Red Sails

If you are near my age you have read the saying about sailors and red sails.

To the East

To the East

Also to the West.

Also to the West.

No matter which direction you looked in it was definitely a red sails (sailors take warning) this morning.  Cloud were moving rapidly and I could smell rain coming my way.  But I must admit it was pretty out there.

Well the visit to Sterling Hearing on Wednesday  helped a lot.  The adjustment were an improvement.  I’ll go back in November for another check up.

Yesterday it was Brandy’s turn.  She was having trouble with her ears, her eyes were acting up so we have drops for the eyes and the Vet. said the ears were ok.  Otherwise she is all right.

Next week Molly goes to Dirty Paws for her first ever grooming if I can lure her into the pet carrier. Wish me luck on that one!!

House wise the main bedroom  is looking better.

I added the rocker in the corner.

I added the rocker in the corner.

I packed several things up then Wes and I got them to the basement.   We also took some stuff to Goodwill and more to the basement from the living/dining area.

Looking a little less like the "TV Hoarders" program.

Looking a little less like the “TV Hoarders” program.

I have hopes of it being normal soon.

Well the new gas range was do to be delivered today.

They pulled the old one out away from the wall.

They pulled the old one out away from the wall.

But when they took the new one out of the box there was a big dent in the side of it.   So it had to go back.  When I called on it they said Monday or Tuesday for delivery so there will be no Crescent Rolls today folks because I have a bad oven on this one.

But as they say –The best of plans–.   I’ll survive this set back too.

The good news was gasoline was $3.32.9 the other day and the bad was it is getting colder  by the day.  Have a great weekend!

Yesterday

Yesterday Wes finished painting the garage ceiling and this.

Done and great looking.

Done and great looking.

As a finishing touch he painted the trim boards on the extension to match the deck.

A closer look at the finish on the deck.

A closer look at the finish on the deck.

My son is a whiz at figuring out how to solve a problem.  All we need now is something to get rid of the weeds and grass at the edge of the cement.  Then we will use gravel or small stones  to trim that area.

Yesterday while I started packing up things I won’t be using every day but still want to keep I decided to get rid of some costumes I was going to keep but changed my mind.  In the process I I hooked a hanger end in the top of my left hand.  Wes was here and he bandaged for  me but this morning I thought I should have my doctor look at it.  After examining and x-raying the area it was decided that it needed help and I needed a tetanus shot.

The results are here.

The results are here.

All cleaned up, skin edges brought together, and tape (stitch holders) applied.  Doctor said I should be on mend in 36 hours.  All I could think of when it happened was to grab the hanger with my right hand because three pieces of that costume were still on the hanger.

Tomorrow I go back down to Sterling Hearing to get the new hearing aids adjusted.   That means no clearing up anything but I’ll get back to it.

 

More On The Big Project!!

It is Fall and she is starting to show her beautiful colors..

Trees across the street  are changing rapidly.

Trees across the street are changing rapidly.

Even in the yard leaves are falling and another color is starting to appear.

The Fire bush out front has started to put on her pretty, red gown.

The Fire bush out front has started to put on her pretty, red gown.

Wes started on the porch Friday.

He got it all figured and laid out that day.

He got it all figured and laid out that day.

Yesterday we bought the stain and he and wife Debra stained it.  Picture will be soon.

Yesterday Debra finished clearing the other bedroom upstairs and cleaned it up.

Now all three rooms are ready to show.

Now all three rooms are ready to show.

Almost every thing up there is now on the main floor waiting to be packed, taken to the basement, or donated to charity.

Yes I do feel like those people on the T V show Hoarder!!!

Yes I do feel like those people on the T V show Hoarder!!!

But each thing moved is another step towards accomplishing a very big project.

I got outside a couple of days ago and mowed all but a square in the back left hand corner of the yard.  I think I’ll finish that today because it is so lovely outside.  Actually I’m dragging my feet on clearing the living room.  Hey I’ll get it eventually!!

 

 

Another Step In The Project!

Today I went into Lake Orion,  picked up Wes,  and we went shopping.  We had checked with a company about raising the cement slab at my front door and the quote was almost $500.  It was a bit more than what I wanted to pay for it.  Wes decided he would build a deck over the cement to cure my problem.

The porch now with a large step and a slant problem to correct.

The porch now with a large step and a slant problem to correct.

The results of our shopping trip.

The supplies for the new deck.

The supplies for the new deck.

I know it is going to be great!!!

Serious Clearing.

More progress on the clearing, sorting, and wall work.

Yesterday I got to paint the food room after Debra finished cutting it in.  Wes is continuing the work on the garage but took time out to help Debra clear an upstairs room. She has two rooms cleared as of today.

The upper bathroom.

The upper bathroom.

This room had a lot of my Christmas stuff stored in it along with books and stuffed toys.   The Christmas stuff came down last week so that my other children could go through it.  Debra  hauled the books down today and the odds and ends that remained.

She also worked on clearing one of the bedrooms.

All clear and cleaned.

All clear and cleaned.

I had packed the majority of my big cat collection and Wes brought my china cabinet down.  There is still one bedroom to clear up there along with the loft.

On the loft Debra brought down three bookcases full of books which she had packed.  She also brought down two of the bookcases that I will keep which leaves one to dispose of.

In the meantime I cleared the shelves of books in my bedroom, the kitchen, and the dining room.

All that is left I want to keep.

All that is left I want to keep.

The results are this.

All books looking for a library to call home.

All books looking for a library to call home.

This is going to take some serious muscle to clear.

Update: Today (Monday) I flex that muscle.

All gone!

All gone!

Yes I loaded it into the back of my pickup, went to two Community Centers and left it with them.  Bless the people who are there to help one accomplish a task.