It’s Back. Gearing up for a busy day tomorrow

Well, we got the lift back about noon today. Just delayed my working vacation for a week. I will be taking  M,T,W & F off next week. Got to go in to work for a potluck on Thursday. You don’t expect me to miss food, I need my strength to keep going. Besides I will be celebrating my friend Mary.

Plans for tomorrow:  Grocery shopping is first on the agenda, then when we get home, Lynn will probably be too tired to work, but I’ll just be catching my second wind.

I plan to finish painting the garage door.  Work on the post, if I can’t get up in the lift.  If the weather allows it, I may try to get some high-up painting done.  We will see how it goes.  Too many things need to be done, but the priority will be on getting the front of the house done to keep the foul winter weather at bay.

I will up date the blog as much as I can in the evening.  Wouldn’t want you to forget about me.  I may even get a picture of me in the lift, I just can’t look down, and the wind has to be calm.

The nasty part of this week is all the wildfires in the State of Washington.  We have smoke, ash and dust so thick that the sun is almost obscured, and not good for breathing.  They are predicting 20% chance of lightning storms this weekend.  What we need is rain.  It would slow down my work, but it would settle some of the dust and smoke in the air, plus assist in fighting the fires.  Well, I will do my happy little rain dance tonight and maybe that will help.

Have a wonderful weekend and I will keep y’all up dated.

Annie, the excited little worker bee.


Waiting, at a dead standstill

Well, we are supposed to get the boom-lift back tomorrow. Had to work for a living this week. Hopefully, back to the house on Saturday. I guess if it had to break, this week was the best time. We have hundreds of wildfires in the State of Washington now, and the air is thick with smoke, ash, and dirt. Air advisories are to stay inside unless absolutely necessary. It is really gloomy and still. Wishing for wind,  is a two-edged sword. You want wind to blow this gunk out, but it would just feed the wildfires.

Some progress:  The second turned post is glued together and just waiting for me to work my magic.  That will probably be Saturday afternoon.  This is moving way to slow for me.  Sometimes I have so much that needs to be done, I don’t know what to do next.  So I guess, I will just do some reflecting.

Now where was I, oh yeah, 1998.  That was the year that we built the Garage and started on the Shop.  Lynn did most of the work, but I helped.  I put on the cedar shakes.  That was when I wasn’t scared of getting on the roof.  They still need painting, maybe next year.

We did have the cement floor for the shop poured at the same time as the garage.  Work on the shop I believe began in 1998, also.  We found a plan for a 2 story garage/shop at Lumberman’s in Walla Walla.  It was off the shelf for about $12.00.  It was just what we were looking for.  It simulated a barn-style shop which fit well with our outbuildings.  Those plans were more detailed than the plans for the house.  It detailed where every board went.  Though Lynn didn’t need that much detail, I was amazed.  Of course, we had to tweak it to our liking.  I believe he made it wider and deeper.  I just hope to get it painted this year as it looks like a patch-work quilt now.  That is definitely the plan for the lift in the next 3 weeks.  Note:  There is a barn-style door in the upper-level middle of the shop.  It is framed in (and sheeted over for now), but probably will not be put in until next year.

I plan to take at least part of next week off to work on the house.  Winter is fast approaching and we have a lot to do.

Note:  None of the buildings had ready-made-trusses, Lynn hand-framed all of them.  In hind site he would probably have saved himself a lot of grief if he had ordered them.  He is just old-school, you know, “I can do it myself!”  The stubborn Scotsman.

I will try to find some pictures of the garage and shop to post.  I think we are on our way to 1999.

Annie, the house-bound novice carpenter.

The shop as it stands now. Need to paint the top floor.


4-1-98 Shop walls going up. First floor.

Working at my real job

Well the boom lift is at the “lift doctor.” So there wasn’t any work done on the house yesterday or today. Not sure when it will be released, but hopefully in a day or two.

Had to go to my real job, but have permission to take more time off when we get the lift back. In the meantime, Lynn worked a little on the post but will do more tomorrow. He is recovering from last week. I think I may have pushed him a little too hard.

So there isn’t much to report on today so this will be short.

Plans for the future are: Finish the East gable then the West gable, then the center over the front door. In between the times that Lynn will be doing the structural part, I will fancy things up a bit. I plan on painting the upper part of the shop and if time allows we will move to the side and eventually to the back.

We did finish up the back lower deck of the house earlier this summer. There is also a small upper deck that needs some attention. Oh my as I am writing this, even I am becoming overwhelmed. Nothing has been done inside yet.

Plans for the inside: We will have a master bath, two full baths in the upstairs and a half-bath by the back door. Three bedrooms upstairs and a large bonus room. First floor has a formal dining room, a country kitchen, family room, laundry room, master suite, living room and finally the library/office.

Hopefully, it will be ready by the time I retire.  Sooner I hope.  With Lynn already retired and hopefully I will in another 5 years, we could actually lose each other in this house, which may assist us both in surviving retirement.

Oh, I forgot, his shop is every mans dream.  I believe that he owns most of the power tools that Sears has produced.  I should have bought stock in Sears years ago knowing they had customers like him.  He has a compound miter saw that I bought for him about 5 years ago, and it is still in the box!!

If you had noticed from the photos, his shop has a second story.  Well right now that is storage, but the future plan is a model railroad room.  Lynn still has many model trains he had when he was a boy and various model railroad stuff he has acquired through the years.  (He boarders or being a ‘hoarder’).  Hmm that rhymes.

Well, I just got carried away.  I told you this would be short.  So I will post more as the week moves along.

Annie, Practicing patience

Took a day off and then another

Yesterday, Saturday was a grocery shopping day and then off to the Walla Walla Quilt show. The quilts were amazing. There are so many talented people out there. I am a novice quilter and have a few unfinished project awaiting my nimble fingers. Maybe later when it gets cold and I have to play inside.

No work on the house on Saturday. Then Sunday comes around. Lynn was slow moving this morning and I could tell he just wasn’t wanting to go out there. He said everything was hurting. So I thought I would go give some attention to the garage door while the bees were still too cold to be buzzing around, as there are two hives just above the door. Got the green part painted and will save the white part until later in the day.

Next I went inside the house and started scraping in the next post. I was waiting on Lynn to get moving. Finally, around 10:00 he meandered over after giving the horse her treats and moving sprinklers in the pasture. I helped him get all he tools together and after a few more rest periods at 11:00 he got in the lift to work on the house. Guess what, it wouldn’t work!! The upper boom would go up slowly, but the lower boom made the noise like it was trying to lift, but didn’t budge. Tried re-leveling it, and everything except the lower boom would work. At this point, I had just about run out of patients. Sun Rental is not open on the weekends so it will be tomorrow before we can get it even looked at. Lynn will be calling them in the morning. As for me, I will be going to work. No need for me to mope around the house. I am focused on getting all the lift work done, then working on the bottom part.

Ugh, to say I am disappointed is an understatement.

Well, I did get Lynn to help in gluing one of the sides of the post together and we intend to put together the opposite side in an hour or so. At least something will be accomplished. In the meantime I am going to tape the garage door and get ready to do the white trim. No pictures of the house today so I will just post a photo of me and my love Sadie. We lost her in January of this year and I believe the photo of me was taken in November of 2011. Also, a couple of quilts that I liked at the quilt shoe.

Annie, The frustrated novice carpenter.

Sadie and I November 2011
Stairs and Iris’

Elk Quilt