Roses, Stairs, Rowing Machine and Writing

Th title has 4 totally unrelated things done this weekend.
It’s October, just a week from Halloween and my roses are a wondrous sight to behold. I never grew roses before, until this year, and so I am not sure if they are supposed to bloom this late, but they look great. My favorite color is yellow, and boy are the yellow ones looking beautiful. I will have to research how to keep them alive through the winter, because I don’t want to lose them. Now I will show you some photos:

Beautiful single rose

Close-up. I think I may make this my desk top.
Close-up. I think I may make this my desk top.

I am having issues with doing this post as I can’t find my tags or other things I am used to seeing on the old dashboard. Blog-talk. Found them in Edit mode. Now where was I. Oh, yeah, roses. Here are a few more pictures of a red rose bush and my beautiful pink climber:

My pretty read rose bush
My pretty red rose bush
My pink climbing roses.
My pink climbing roses.
Had to get a close-up of this one.
Had to get a close-up of this one.

On to the stairs. Lynn spent the week getting the stairs to the correct thickness and cutting them to size. I spent the morning going over the underside of the stairs with a planer and wood chisel. Installed them then stained them. They aren’t perfect, but good enough for me. Much better than they were. There will be a runner down the center of them that will cover some of the imperfections and seams. But they are real stairs now. Only have 8 more to go. Right now, they are waiting on a budget increase. Remember this part is “a pay-as-you-go.” Maybe by Christmas.

A distant shot of the stairs I just installed and stained this morning.
A distant shot of the stairs I just installed and stained this morning.
Up to the first landing done. Visualize a carpet runner down the center. It will match the living room carpet.
Up to the first landing done. Visualize a carpet runner down the center. It will match the living room carpet.

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This has been a little progress on the house.  In between times, I am trying my luck at writing my second novel.  The first one is on the house and is a result of this blog.  It is what I did on NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) from last November 2014.  It is still in it’s revision stage.

This November I will be writing a novel on human trafficking and that is why I have been doing all the research for the last 3 years.  I will tell you more about that in a later post.  In the meantime beginning November 1, I will be focused on writing 50,000 words, so my updates may be a little slow coming in.

Whoops, I almost forgot the Rowing Machine, mentioned above.  Yes, about the rowing machine 😦

Lynn has decided that we needed to pull out the rowing machine that he has had in the storage shed for at least 27 years.  You know how you have the best intentions of doing exercise and you buy these machines that sit and gather dust?  Well, we have a few of those.  I have gone through this so many times with him, but alas, if he will use it, I can’t complain too much.  Can I?  I will let you know how that turns out.

On that note I think I will head to town to get a banana split.

Thank you for following my blog.  I am always open to comments and suggestions.

Annie, the Stairmaster.

 

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