Wow, has it been a year since I posted? I guess last year I just couldn’t get things done and other things pre-empted me. I still couldn’t move very well so I guess I just put out fires (like the hydrant – haha no pun intended) and we had the HUGE hail storm that totaled my car, my roof, my sheds, and windows, and the fractured lumbar that wouldn’t let me bend, and then my muscles objecting to my body LOL. The storm sucked the life out of my gardens and the yard just wasn’t much fun last year, and everything else sucked the life out of me. This is the summer of action.
I call Glass Doctor and have them come out to see about replacing the window panes broken by the hail. The guy gets here and he measures all the windows that were cracked or broken by hail. I have one that just needs some new caulking so he’s like, yeah I’ll just throw that in ( I have purchased new caulking and a heat gun to fix it because “I Can Do That”. I tell him the story of how one day I was in the kitchen and thought something was odd and different. I finally figured out the kitchen window had fallen out (was a mini tornado and I heard a weird sound but couldn’t figure out what it was until I noticed there was no kitchen window – the wind just sucked it right out of there). The window is on the ground and had not broken and since then has been “fixed” with clear box tape. At the time I was like “wow, that box tape really is working”. Did I think of getting it fixed? No – because it looks like all it needs is a new frame and “I Can Do That”, in fact I have some frame out in the shed I just need to cut and get it done. As the Glass Doc guy is looking at it he says “this is just one pane, the other double pane is gone”. No wonder ice builds up inside the window in the winter. The upstairs window has the broken outside pane and clear box tape really covers the hole and keeps that weather out. Let’s hear it for the box tape. Has stayed on a year and still holding. He proceeds to look at all the windows and it’s such a reasonable price I’m like “let’s do this, let’s do them all”. Actually “He Can Do That”. The windows are on order (I hope). I guess I need to check since it’s been three weeks since he measured. Windows getting fixed – check. They guy was so nice. We were out by the garden and my chimes were ringing and he said “oh a pentatonic scale”. I said oh, are you a musician and he answers yes. I ask what instruments he plays and he says a few. I told him the chimes were musically tuned and played a song and he asked if it classical and I say yes and he starts humming the song. He knew exactly what it was. Turns out he has a band and plays several different kinds of music.
Now, for the tub and sink. Remember the cool farm sink in the kitchen that someone tried to cover with red and it is all chipped? I call a guy called Hard Tops and he came out today. He said “oh, I’ll be here a couple of hours.” I know it’s going to stink so I mosey on over to the little community library to hide out while he is working. Around 1:00 I come back over and he’s like “I’m so sorry this is taking me so long”. It takes him two more hours than he thought to get that red stuff off the sink (remember I was going to pick it all off and kept working on it because “I Can Do That”. The red bled all over and he had to keep mopping it up and he said it was a huge mess. I’m looking at the sink like “wow, that looks so good.” The original sink underneath really looks nice and I like the worn places. I kind of like that shabby chic thing anyway so I’m thinking it’s really cool. He tells me that the original sink will last just as long as the stuff he would paint over it and he kind of likes the look of it too so I decide I don’t want him to paint it. Now, it is original. At 3:45 he calls and says he is all done. The tub looks fantastic and should last forever and I just love the sink, worn places and all. I need to go buy a ring to cover the old one that is icky looking. He said they make them and a new stopper will make it look like new. Dang, I can’t take a shower until 5:00 pm tomorrow.
Now, I”m looking at the window will and window above the sink and thinking I have to paint that before I put anything back. Guess it’s finally time to paint the kitchen. How long have I been threatening to do that? Well, I can actually reach up and bend and get up and down without too much pain so I guess I don’t have anymore excuses and I might as well do it while it’s clean. Now – I CAN DO THAT!
Last year I pulled out all the old wattles (remember those?) I was using for raised beds because it was their 5th year and they were full of weeds and the sides were getting squashed. Then the hail came so I really didn’t garden last year. My friend gave me some cool folding boxes – 2′ X 3″ – and I drag those out of the shed and put them up. I go buy some new soil and load them up. I plants peas and I have waited with anticipation. I have them all harvested now so I will put something else in there. I have two more boxes with herbs and squash and tomatoes and peppers (I need to get the old pea plants out and move the herbs over to the other box – the squash are squashing the herbs). Wow, after looking at the old pictures I’m kind of sad to see the wattles go but in hindsight I should have left room to mow around them. I made sure I can mow the weeds around the boxes now so life will be easier, and I didn’t use all the wattle garden and they filled up with weeds so this will be better and last longer. Bye Bye wattles. Now if I could just figure out how to say bye bye weeds without using cloth or gravel.
My friend and I decide to go to Menard’s in Cheyenne and on the way she says “hey, there’s that place that builds the cool buildings”. We quickly take a turn and pull into the lot. These are nice wooden buildings. They are called Cumberland if anyone wants to look them up. The cute girl with her Amish cap and long dress and untied high top tennis shoes takes us on a tour. I’ve got insurance money in waiting to fix/replace the two metal sheds from the hail damage. They pretty much totaled them so I’m going to use the money to help put in a new building. The insurance said I could do that instead of replacing the two old ones. Oh, will I pick one with a porch or one with double doors and build my own porch (because I Can Do That); or will I get one with a porch and add on double doors?
Stayed tuned for the solving of this mystery soon to come. Also, I have money in waiting to replace the roof on the greenhouse so whether I get it totally restored this summer or not I should have a new roof to show soon.
OK, this is enough. More to come later so you’re not exhausted reading this.
Whew, it’s the summer of doing! And I still need to have the house painted, the stucco repaired, the fence painted……….