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.

 

 

 

Changing Moods!

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Life changes with age.  The things that seemed so important then are nothing now.  The memories you wish to recall are fading so quickly that your breath seems to catch in your throat when you try to remember. There is a constant veil of regret and guilt that shroud the back of your mind when you take even a moment to stop and think. You have rushed through life and now you regret not having absorbed all the sights, sounds, and feelings that stood waiting on the sidewalk of your life.  Thoughts now are no better than they were then.  The worries are the same, but the urgency of time is stronger and the limits of the body only frustrate the mind.  While you have time stop, grasp every moment that is waiting for you now, it will make your life so much richer and your memories more comforting later.

On to something a bit lighter.

I decided ir was time to hang a different flag,

It makes me smile!

It makes me smile!

I also changed the wreath.

 Fall colors now!


Fall colors now!

Hey it will soon be Trick or Treat Time!!!

 

Sort

A word of many meanings and I’m experiencing several of them right now.  Examples include:

!. To arrange according to kind or class.

2. To separate from other sorts.

3. To sort out, evolve; turn out.

Like this

Sunday started with Christmas things

Sunday started with Christmas things

Piled around the dining room so the children could go through them for things they might want.  Les and Anne were in and took some of the items.  The others will be out until Wednesday when Cindy comes over.  I have asked a couple of others if they want anything then I will pack it up to be donated.

Items on two sides of the room.

Items on two sides of the room.

There are wreaths, wooden cutouts, and lighted deers with a sled in the basement.

This brings up another feeling…being out of sort but it is a necessary thing when you start to plan for a change of life style.

Yesterday I went down to Waterford to pickup my new hearing aids.  I really didn’t want to go into debt for them but  I have to be able to hear what is going on.

I have spent the last few days cutting the hard covers off of books that were in the basement and not good enough to donate to the library.  I have boxes of pages and paperbacks  to take to the place where the Boy Scouts  will recycle them.  Starting this afternoon I will be packing the good books to donate.

Wes and Debra have been working on the garage and food room walls and ceiling getting them ready to paint.  This my friends is truly a labor of love.

Debra also helped me load up the truck twice with things to donate to the Salvation Army then I took them over.  There is still a lot to do but it will get done..

The real estate person was in Friday to have a look around and then will return this weekend to discuss what she thinks about it.

The weather is chilly and there has been some rain but I’m still looking for Indian Summer.  I will continue to until the snow hits me in the face.

Take care everyone.

Slowly Coming Together

A phone call this morning resulted in another item gone. 

The chipper shredder is gone.

The chipper shredder is gone.

A very nice gentleman named Mark called to say he saw the sign I had posted in the Post Office and he wanted to see the machine.  He came over, started it up, and decided to buy it.  While he was here he took two boxes of wooden stakes that I wanted to get rid of also.  He said If he saw anything else I might post he might consider that also.  I thank him graciously when he left.  Now I have to get out my camera and work on signs for the next item and go pulled down the ones I have posted.

I pulled the soft cover books out of the basement but I couldn’t take them over to the recycling  center run by a Boy Scout troop a few miles away because it has been raining most of the day.  I may go over tomorrow.

I have a Real Estate agent coming in Friday to give the dome a once over.  I’ll see what she has to say about it.

Still got a job to get the basement sorted out but Debra and I are taking items over to the Salvation Army store on Saturday.

I rescheduled picking my new hearing aids from Friday to Monday.  That will be another trip into Waterford to make.   It is slowly coming together.

 

 

Lots Going ON

But it was due to family, a neighbor from the past , and my neighbor now.  The family was son Wes and daughter-in-law Debra.

Stairway to the basement.

Stairway to the basement.

After Wes plastered the dents, sanded them, and put new tape on the corners Debra painted the surface.  Now a new, fresh look greets you when you open the door to the basement.

A fresh look here.

A fresh look here.

Their work continued into the mud room with the same great results.  I can’t thank them enough for all the time and work they are accomplishing.

Now on to neighbors–Wes needed help to fix a project in the garage and Debra tried her best but couldn’t quite do it.  So I called a friend from my old neighborhood and he graciously agreed to come up on Sunday morning and help.   Jimmy Murphy lived down the street from me in Pontiac many years ago.  He and Wes were friends then and I remember him fondly.

After helping Wes  he came up and hung the new blind on the French door in the dining room.

Another problem taken care of.

Another problem taken care of.

After bite of lunch Wes and Jimmy tried to remove a (4×4? ) post that had held the yard light and an old tv antenna.  It was cut off when the deck was built.  It had roughly four or so feet sticking out of the ground.  They couldn’t pull it out because it was in too deep. They tried cutting it off but the wood was too wet and the chain saw couldn’t cut it.  More help was needed.

I called my neighbor John  behind me and he came over to find out what I needed.  Wes showed him the post and they decided John’s back hoe could do the job.  So John drove it over, wrapped a chain around the post, out it came, and he took it away.

Post is gone. uprights are  newly pained and it looks great.

Post is gone. uprights are newly pained and it looks great.

So I owe a great big thank you to both my old and my now neighbors for taking time to help us move on with this project.

What did I do during all this — made lunch, empty a wooden box, of my brother’s so Cindy could have it, and most importantly stayed the heck out of the way!!!!

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More Done On The Project.

Wes has been working on all the dents and holes in the garage, the mud room, the stairway walls with dry wall, plaster, and elbow grease.  He is making good progress and we hope to to start painting the first of the week.

I painted the uprights under the deck today and just added a few more brown spots to the ones I have normally.

The Old Kenmore!

The Old Kenmore!

Yep I got out the old sewing machine to mend the mudroom curtains then decided to fix Spirit’s cage cover.  That led to fixing a seam on my green slacks before I gathered up the machine and put it back in the closet.

Finally something that has been on my to do list for ages finally got done.  I actually cleaned out and organized my junk drawer.  You know what a junk drawer is don’t you?  It is the one place where you  throw everything that you use occasionally so you don’t want it too get too far away.

A call from my doctor the other day said all was good.  That  is what I like to hear!

Take care!

Another Day –Good & Not So!

The day started with leaving the house at 10 am heading for Waterford, Mi.  I arrived a few minutes before 11:30 at the hearing aid center.  This is where the not so good comes in.  It seems I am in danger of losing hearing in the right ear which means I need a new set of hearing  aids that are more powerful.   Not a cheap proposition but some thing that has to be done,

But the rest of my day went very well.  First a stop at Sam’s Club in Waterford for Poise a savings of $11.94 a box when it is on your route for the day.

Next it was a stop at the credit union to deposit some checks (still on the way).  After that a stop to pay a bill at Wright & Filippis still on track.

Now it was a long trip up I 75 to Clio, Mi. to take paper work into the bank up there.  While in Clio I went to Vg’s for a couple of items then to Gil Roys (a hardware ) where I picked up paint for the deck uprights, brushes, a new metal dustpan, and 2 covers for the hole in the wall between the garage and the basement (where a stove pipe used to be)

I grabbed a hamburger at Wendy’s to eat when I got home and arrived back at 5:00 pm.  A  day full of accomplishments I think.   Now I’m worn out but still a little proud.

I’m going to rest now and you should too until next time.