Sunday, August 4, 2019

This and that...



Flowers are blooming in my planters.  




I have been trying to get a few fixits done around the hovel.

Placed rocks and spread new bark around my planter in front.  


The front deck was dark and nasty, I don't think it had ever been cleaned.  I was going to borrow my Sean's power washer, but was afraid that would chew up the deck.  The local Ace hardware was having a sale so I picked up a jug of deck cleaner.  Mixed half and half with water, broomed it on, waited three minutes and hosed it off.  It looks a little better now.


Finally... got my kitchen table and chairs painted.

Before:



After:



It's a very "rustic" paint job... lol   Still have the table top to refinish, but that's a project for another day.

I'm collecting crosses to make a wall collage for some (as yet undecided) area of the hovel.





Went to the blood suckers this past week. Everything was going along nicely til the phlebotomist started and the needle was out of position.  Blood sprayed all over me.  She got the needle repositioned and went on with the draw.  She was very apololgetic, I laughed, learned a long time ago to wear old clothes to the blood bank.  




20 comments:

  1. Love your flowers and crosses. And I think you did a great job with your deck and kitchenette!

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  2. The crosses look very interesting. I'll be looking forward to seeing how you position them.

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    1. Rain, Marymine has an awesome wall of crosses in her living room that I have liked for a long time. Then I happened on a few at different thrift stores and decided to make my own.

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  3. You've been busy.
    Good results.

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    1. Ed, Thanks, not busy enough to stay out of trouble...

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  4. Great job on the chairs! Much improvement.

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    1. Changes, Thank you, as I said it is a very rustic paint job, but I'm enjoying the lightness.

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  5. Nice work! Sadly, I'm no longer allowed to visit the vampires... Too many trips to 'strange' parts of the world...

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    1. Old NFO, Thanks. Marymine could not give for years because of her time in Fly Navy in 'strange' places, then last year they changed the rules and she could give blood again. It was interesting to have three of the grandkids, Marymine and I giving blood at the same time.

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  6. It's that time of year. Here the old shed is coming down, and a new one will be built in its place that will be much bigger and double as a work shop.

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    1. Woodsterman, That is exciting, and I bet you can hardly wait to have a work shop again. Looking forward to seeing pics of your build and more beautiful boxes.

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  7. What an uplifting post! Thanks for that, makes a welcome change from all the latest awfulness.

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  8. You are so industrious. I love what you have planted in your front yard. Now's the time to enjoy the beautiful PNW sun and flowers. We are very dry up in our hills. Judge and I took the Gator down our "escape" road in case of fire--an old water district road with ruts and gravel. I will feel much better when the rain begins. Hope all is well with you and that this comment posts.

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    1. Cheri, Yep, your comment posted! It has been warmer than normal here, but cools off nicely at night. All is well.

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  9. Very nice.
    I got a kick out of the table and chairs. The tables' big brother is now at my house and I got it when my folks downsized and moved after 39 years. We've had that table since I was born in Germany long ago and every move as we followed the Army star we repainted the table and it's chairs to match the existing house we would move into. You can see something like 22 different colors of paint on its inner trestles when you open it up to put in the expansion boards.
    I was told when I got here that she was no longer a gardner. I'll be damned if I knew that meant that I was her surrogate.
    We went to Barre, Vermont, to the oldest quarry in N. America and she wanted a rock for the garden. I got a nice tame rock but she wanted something really big. I like your rocks. Those are about the right size.
    and, starting 3 weeks ago, ending 1 week ago, we had the entire house repainted. Shaker is death on people who don't keep their property up to snuff. Of course, this means that now I have to paint the 2 car garage. Our neighbors behind bowed to the inevitable and just had their garage torn down and are having it rebuilt for the low low price of $9000.00. Ouch.

    Gave blood yesterday at the library to the Red Cross. Shanna asked if I minded if she let a newbie do the thing as a learning exercise and I replied, "OK". It was a very good stick (her first working for the Red Cross), no blood except what flowed where it was supposed to and out in under 30 minutes. Not bad at all. It wasn't at all like the Sr. Chief Corpsman asking me if I would let a brand new HMSA give me a stick for a blood draw 10 years ago. She tried gamely 5 times and the sr. chief gave up and did it himself.

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    1. HMS, Thank you.
      I had hardly any furniture when I moved up here. A hall tree inherited from dad and an old pie safe. Picked up the table & chairs for cheap from a yard sale, so only two colors, sooo far.
      Love gardening and landscaping. Learned from another landscaper that the trick to rocks is to have more than one, sized to the size of the project, and to bury it to the depth it was in nature.
      I like to paint and am painting the fence around the front patio, Espresso Bean. As you can see in the background of the front planter bed, it badly needs it. The HOA may not like it, but what the heck.
      Had a few bad sticks, but for the most part blood draws have been easy.

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  10. It looks real nice. Cozy. And, you got some fishing in. Good job. I lived there 40 yrs ago. Love that river.

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    1. Mark, Thanks, it is real cozy. I'm hoping for more time on the river, fishing or kayaking.

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