“Never Give a Hillbilly a Paint Brush!” Markeeta Littlewolf

I remember Markeeta Littlewolf coming in to our hardware store to buy some paint one summer with her husband Mike. Lynn asked her if she was going to put Mike to work painting and the response was “You never give a hillbilly a paint brush.” Absolutely love her quick come backs. But I had the feeling she was being a little truthful. Anyway, I thought of this infamous quote when I pulled out the paint brush and roller today.

A new weekend and some progress from last weekend. First and foremost, I got some pictures uploaded from the camera. Yeah.

Here are photos from my paint job today:

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Before my painting today. I stopped painting 2 or 3 years ago. Don’t remember why I didn’t finish, but I probably ran out of time before winter. The white is the primer. Boy did it hold up good.
After the paint
After my painting today
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What NOT to do. Leave blue painters tape on the outside for 2 or 3 years.
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Next year, I promise I will finish this. Got to caulk, prime and paint.
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Assessing my paint job from the pasture.

Now for some photos from last week. As you may remember from my last post, we basically finished the one fence in the pasture. Had the top wire to put on and hog ring to the fence so, hopefully, April won’t be able to bend it down.

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This is what we completed last weekend
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Looking down the fence line.
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Putting up the electric fence insulators (aka thingies)
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Not very clear, but this is a hog ring, for all those city folks that read my blog.
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A roll of top wire for the fence. Lynn has been doing a little bit on finishing the fence.

Now for the stove and the skies. Yep, I’m going to be ready for winter this year. Blue Mountain Stoves and Cowboy Enterprises did a fabulous job on installing the stove. That will be one more thing I can check off the list.

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Liking my new stove, fits just right in the corner.
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Our new stove. We get propane tanks on Tuesday. Looking forward to firing it up.
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Glad it didn’t rain while I was painting.
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Winter’s Come’n

Okay, well that just about brings us up to date. The nights are coming quicker and the days are getting cooler. I have to be ready for completing my inside project and hunkering down while waiting on spring.

What I like about winter: I can spend more time writing; get indoor stuff done; read more; curl up under a warm blanket when it’s bedtime; and loving the green of my lawn with the rye grass. Yep, my yard looks terrible in the summer but is green in the winter. Go figure. A sprinkling system and landscaping was on my list for this year, but it didn’t happen. So it has moved to next year. Stay tuned.

Annie, a hillbilly with a paint brush.

Gate is Done and Hung, Going after the Puncture Vine

Finally, the gate is done and hung.  Now I am working on pulling up some of the puncture vine and hope  to start priming and painting the lower half of the house next weekend, if temperatures.  Never ending work, but I love it.  It bothers me that so many things need doing and I don’t like relaxing knowing I’m not doing those.  I think after 20 years on this project, I need to learn to kickback and enjoy because it is never going to be finished to my satisfaction.

Looking East to West.  Fence and gate are done.
Looking East to West. Fence and gate are done.
Looking West to East
Looking West to East
A better picture of the gate
A better picture of the gate
Looking through the fence to the back pastures
Looking through the fence to the back pastures

Now for a little more details on the puncture vines.  They are all over the place.  The seed spreads by puncturing the tires of the mower until they see a little spot then they pop off and imbed themselves in the ground.  5 years ago we didn’t see any but we can’t hardly get ahead of it now.

Another thing I did this weekend was to groom Kinzie.  She really doesn’t like it, so I have give her lots of hugs and kisses.  I put her up on an old coffee table then I don’t have to sit on the floor of bend over so much as I am not that agile or limber any more and these old bones hurt.  When I was finished with as much as she would let me and I told her to get down.  Instead she curled up and took a nap.  I sure do love my fur-baby.

Kinzie on the old coffee table which has been turned into a grooming table.
Kinzie on the old coffee table which has been turned into a grooming table.

While working on this post I heard my grandson Leon out front of the house trying to pull an old lawn mower out of the weeds, as he is going to work on that as a project this summer.  Uncle Troy is going to mentor him in doing it.  This is going to be interesting.  I guess he has a mechanical interest.  That can’t be a bad thing.

In pulling out the mower, he came upon a bee’s hive.  A pretty BIG bee’s hive.  You should have seen that city boy run, but I think his dad ran faster.  Hehe.  Here’s a few pictures for you viewing pleasure.

Watch those boys run

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Leon's project
Leon’s project
Checking out the hive.
Checking out the hive.
A double shot of bee spray
A double shot of bee spray
Running for the hills
Running for the hills

Now that made my afternoon.

Back to the weeds.  Here is my solution to the goats head aka puncture vine, gather together the vine as much as possible without dropping the pointy seeds, dig down to get the root and pull up and put in a container for disposal.  Then you can lay a piece of styrofoam on the ground and walk on it and it will come up with a lot of the loose seeds stuck on it.  Now you just scrape those little devils into the container.  You can never get them all, but you can get a lot of them.  The styrofoam idea came from a co-work.  It works Walt.  Wahoo.  🙂

One cluster of puncture vine.  You can identify it by it's lacy leaves and yellow flowers, and it thorny seeds.
One cluster of puncture vine. You can identify it by it’s lacy leaves and yellow flowers, and it thorny seeds.
an even bigger patch along the driveway.
an even bigger patch along the driveway.
The weed digger and disposal kit.
The weed digger and disposal kit.

Well, I guess that about sums up my weekend.  Back to the salt mines tomorrow.  Weekends go by too fast, but I don’t know that I could physically deal with a longer weekend.

Annie, The weed pullin’, gate hangin’ country girl.

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

A short Saturday post

Saturdays we don’t usually get very much accomplished on the porch.  But today I was pleasantly surprised as Lynn felt up to cutting a few boards.  I intended on getting some painting done, but decided to put on some of the joist hangers for the ceiling joists of the porch.  A little painting came later.

All the boards for the roof rafters and the spacers are cut and ready to be nailed up tomorrow.  While Lynn was doing that, I began to put the ceiling joists hangers on a 2×6, actually 2 2×6’s so far.  I knew I could do this with my handy dandy palm nailer, so that was my designated job.  With Lynn’s suggestion, it was a lot easier than how I was thinking of doing it.  That’s why I keep him around, for his wonderful, intelligent, winning disposition.  🙂  Well the first two for sure.

He said I should put the hangers on before we nailed the 2×6’s up on the wall.  Good idea, I can do that.  So I made sure I had the end hanger in the right place then centered the rest 16 inches apart.  Worked wonderfully.  Then we put up a chalk line and put up the first two board.  There is about 3 feet more to put up, but we have to do a little revising on that first.

After that, Lynn was done in, but I had a little more energy, so I decided to caulk some holes and put some primer on the eves and down one side to make ready for the two coats of green.  By that time, I was done for today.  Tomorrow the plan is to put up all the roof rafters and possibly some of the ceiling joist, plus put on the two coats of paint before I don’t have access to that area.  We would like to get up the sheeting on, but that is just too much to hope for.

So stay tuned for tomorrow’s update.

Annie, the happy weekend warrior.

Coming along.  See all the roof rafters stacked on the deck?  The will be on top tomorrow
Coming along. See all the roof rafters stacked on the deck? They will be on top tomorrow.
A little bright white primer on the corner, and it appears I will be painting some of the house this year.  Ugh.
A little bright white primer on the corner, and it appears I will be painting some of the house this year. Ugh.

And the Wall Comes Tumbling Down

A productive weekend.  Never as far as we envision, but I’m good with it.

Spent our Saturday going grocery shopping, then a second trip to town to our main hang-out, Home Depot.  Picked up some white paint and some beveled 2×2’s for the spindles on our porch railings and some 2×4 hangers for the posts and miscellaneous things for wiring and such.  What a project.

Sunday we began this morning with knocking down the remaining wall.  We had only left it up so Kinzie wouldn’t get out of the back yard.  Her wonderful domain, but we want to keep her safe and she is never allowed out of the yard unless we are with her.

I hated this wall, so I was thrilled when Lynn said it is coming down.  Yeah!!!  What can I do to help?  Well my job was to cart all the stuff out to the demo pile for disposal later.  I can do that.  Then we replaced the temporary front framed 2x6x12 that helps to give the deck a picture frame style.  I finished demolishing the old porch floor and further exposed the tree stump.  It appeared that not long after it was cut down the porch was built and the tree had some sprouts that made a mangled nest.  I took a picture of that too.

By this time Lynn was hot and exhausted, so we stopped and had lunch.  I think Lynn is done for the day, but I may go back out and start painting some of the spindles (trying to think of a better name because they aren’t really spindles).

Oh well, you know what I mean.  That is what I am going to focus on this week, and have them ready for next weekend.

So take care, and I’ll update you next weekend.

Annie, the happy novice carpenter.

And the East Wall comes down
And the East Wall comes down
See all the tool on the freezer?
See all the tool on the freezer?
Look at the size of the stump
Look at the size of the stump
More Stump
More Stump
Growth from the stump, maybe 75 to 100 years ago
Growth from the stump, maybe 75 to 100 years ago
Looking west into the back yard
Looking west into the back yard
Looking East where the wall used to be.
Looking East where the wall used to be.

The lift goes home tomorrow. Clean-up and put away tools

I had my last ride in the lift this morning. I managed to paint a small section of the shop along the side. I would have liked to have gotten more done, but it started to get a little windy and I was just plumb tuckered out anyway.

Took some photos of the house which still has a lot of work to be done. Will work on the outside next spring and summer.  Nothing has been done to the inside. It just has framed interior walls. The steps in the entryway going up to the second floor has been done but rough risers and treads are there until we get the walls sheet rocked. Don’t want to ruin new oak stairs. Lynn built those about 2004 around the time he had back surgery. He built them so strong, they will be standing long after the house drops around them. It will be a grand entry when it is done.

We did not get the last stained glass window in. It will have to wait for next spring/summer when we rent the lift again.

Brought all the left-over cans of paint inside so they won’t freeze. Cleaned the lift up so there won’t be a clean-up charge. Sun Rental will come and get it tomorrow.

Each year I make a calendar for the family and this year the theme is ‘The Year of the House.’ I put photos of what we did this year in there to share with the kids and my Aunt Betty in Michigan. She likes to see it pictures of this area and the house. Walgreens had a sale Buy one and get two free. Which only applied to the first 3 but I ordered 8 of them. I couldn’t believe it but they were ready to pick up today. I just put the order in last night! I am amazed at today’s technology.

It has been wonderful sharing our trials and tribulations during these last few months.  As this has been a 17 year journey so far, I have lots of reflections that I will post a few time a week.  This coming week I am going out of town combining work with pleasure.  Going to a seminar, but staying with my Son and Grandkids in the Seattle area for just a couple of nights.  Which means it will be a very busy week.  Without further a-do, here are the latest pictures.

Annie, the tuckered-out novice carpenter

The Dream is getting closer.

A view from the sidewalk 10-14-12

Still need to paint the upper gable of the shop. I painted a little of this, this morning, but not photo yet. Our horse, April, just enjoying the cooler temperatures.

The way it looked this morning 10-14-12