Washington Baked

Happy Sunday to all,

Last weekend I didn’t get to finish the yard project I was undertaking.  Woes me, I didn’t get to finish this weekend either.

We have been hit hard with a heat wave.  Though I live in the Valley of the Jolly Green Giant, we have broke many records in this early summer heat.  Today was 112, and yesterday was 108.  So the family has been huddled inside the air conditioned house.

I spent the morning looking for a drill bit I bought purposely to hang up the towel racks in the bathroom.  Ended up unpacking some boxes and finally finding the drill bit, just before I had to make supper.  You know how you put something up so that you will remember where it is when you need it?  Well that is what I did with the drill bit.  4 hours later I remembered where I put it.  Ugh, this memory thing is beginning to bug me.

Well I got a few things done in the house today, but not nearly as much as I wanted.

Yesterday morning Lynn and I managed to put up a piece of OSB where the gate is going to be, seeing as the weather isn’t letting-up for at least another week.  We didn’t want to wait another week to get Kinzie in the yard.  We also hung two small gates.  One in the morning and one in the evening.  Kinzie spent her first night in her new yard.  I worried all night long, but she survived just fine.  She spent the day in the house though.

Kinzie, staying where it is cool.
Kinzie, staying where it is cool.

So I had to take a few pictures for the insurance on the house, so I will post those so you can see what has been done and some of what is left to do.

Front looking east
Front looking east
Side looking East
Side looking East
Back looking Southeast
Back yard looking Southeast

The yard looks pretty pitiful, but new grass will not be planted until next year.  So I am watering to green up the weeds, as they at least look better than brown weeds.  My new dream is to get it professionally landscaped with a sprinkling system.  It is good to have dreams and goals.  Although now I need to just chill-out and enjoy what I do have.

Stay cool and have a great week.

Annie, Having Hot Flashes in Washington 🙂

Fences and Weeds

It has actually been a very productive weekend.  Too bad it has to end.  I have lots and lots of stuff still left to do.  I think I probably should update the blog on Saturday and Sunday.  Because by the time Sunday is over, I have forgotten what I did on Saturday.  I wish I could forget to eat like I forget everything else.

Saturday:  Did some more painting on the fence boards and, actually, Lynn and I put up 4 more boards (2 sections).  Then we went to town and did grocery shopping and stopped to get some Chinese food.

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2 sections done
2 sections done
Up a little closer.  The Gate will go just to the left of the 2 sections
Up a little closer. The Gate will go just to the left of the 2 sections

Then a little later in the evening we decided to check out the back gate and how we are going to put that in.  We are both very anxious to get little Miss Kinzie in her own back yard.  The weeds are mowed down for now.  Lynn broke another belt, but at least we have the weeds more under control now.

Lynn checking out where to put the back gate
Lynn checking out where to put the back gate
A little closer shot of Lynn scoping out the next thing on the "honey-do" list.
A little closer shot of Lynn scoping out the next thing on the “honey-do” list.

Sunday:  Painted more boards and finished up 2 more sections.  Then painted some more.  Still have a little bit more to paint before I retire the paintbrush for another week.  Want to get the boards done so Lynn can work his magic and build our gate.  I’m hoping that he will work on that tomorrow, but we will see if he feels up to it.  Weekends are hard on him.

Thought if I painted the boards first it would be much easier than painting the whole gate afterwards.  Can always touch-up any mar in the finish.

One of the other things Lynn and I both did this weekend was to mow and pull some weeds.

My side job.
My side job.
This is a before picture.  Stay tuned for next week
This is a before picture. Stay tuned for next week
More to clean up around the utility porch
More to clean up around the utility porch
So much sage brush and weeds.
So much sage brush and weeds.
Where the back gate is going.  It is just leaned up for now.
Where the back gate is going. It is just leaned up for now.

Those are the photos of what was accomplished this weekend.  Tune in next weekend for the finishing pictures.  Now that I have committed to posting the finishing pictures, I have to get busy and give you some results.  Okay, now one last photo.  Not sure when I will get to this project.  🙂

On of Lynn's many mower carcases that he can't part with.  Ugh.  It may disappear  someday when he's not looking.
On of Lynn’s many mower carcases that he can’t part with. Ugh. It may disappear someday when he’s not looking.

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading my blog.

Annie, the fence building, weed pulling Diva of Waitsburg

Post Holes, Stairways and Bathtubs

This is how I spent my weekend, and what is happening in my little world.

Spent the last couple of hours finishing the staining of the stairs for now.  I will keep the brush handy for the remainder of the stairs when they are installed.

Love the staircase, but will love it more when it is done.
Love the staircase, but will love it more when it is done.
My reading nook.  Can't wait to sit down with a good book.
My reading nook. Can’t wait to sit down with a good book.

Along with a couple of contractors coming tomorrow, Steven will finish digging post holes and get ready to move the railroad ties.  Lynn will tally up how many 2x6x16 boards we will need, along with what will be needed for the gate.  That will fence off the back yard to keep our little Kinzie safe.  I think she will miss her yard buddies Romeo and Scarlet, but they are just next door if she wants to have a play date.

Beginning of the soon to be fence
Beginning of the soon to be fence
The fence will separate the front and side yard
The fence will separate the front and side yard
Nice square hole.  Thankfully the ground is not frozen.
Nice square hole. Thankfully the ground is not frozen.

Took some pictures of the claw-foot tub faucets.  Just love them.  I know they aren’t really from the time period, but I couldn’t pass up the little phone showers.  I looked into the showers that were full showers that could go with them, but I really didn’t like the style.  They appeared too flimsy.  Won’t know how these work as I am still waiting for the water hook-up and drains. But maybe by the end of tomorrow I will be able to let you know.

Claw-foot tub faucet.
Claw-foot tub faucet.
The other claw-foot tub faucet
The other claw-foot tub faucet

Also, I took a picture of the dining room light which I just couldn’t part with so we had the electrician take it out of our dining room in the house we live in now and move it to the new house.  I haven’t been able to find another I like more than this one.

The light from our dining room is in the new house now.  I loved this fixture and couldn't find another like it.
The light from our dining room is in the new house now. I loved this fixture and couldn’t find another like it.

So another weekend passed and we are a little closer to being finished.  Hopefully, we will be in the house by the end of February.

Annie, with fingers and toes crossed that we will finish this week.