Winter’s Coming – Trying to get it done

Busy weekend.  Trying to get some of the porch work done.  The roof is done.  Yeah, I am a happy girl.  Did some painting on the balusters, posts, 2×4’s and painted the fascia board.  Cleaned up some of the yard.  There just isn’t enough time to get it all done.  Will be taking down the scaffolding and moving it around to the side of the house, so I can work on the fascia boards that need repairing.  I think I will need to take some time off to get it done.

The weather here in the beautiful great northwest is starting to turn.  It has been in the high 30’s at night, but will be in the high 60’s during the day for the rest of this week.  It is just a matter of time before it will be too cold to work outside.  For me, that is.  I am hot house plant, and don’t like the cold.

Yesterday I did a little bit of painting but just couldn’t get my mind into it.  But, this morning I was raring to go.  Although, I did have a couple of detours before noon.  You know those detours are a necessity, but then I am back on task.

First detour, I found a deep whole in the horse pasture that could have resulted in injuring one of our horses.  So it was checking the depths and making sure the whole was filled completely.  Wasn’t sure if it was from water or moles.  It was deep and went in a couple of directions, so that took some pounding down and filling.

Second detour was when I was in the pasture, I saw that our little 6 month old colt was getting a hay belly.  He needed exercising.  My husband is the horsey person.  I love to watch them but don’t have a clue what to do with them.  Well we both had a lesson today.  He is stubborn as a mule and probably knew he had a novice cowgirl.  It was fun though and I got the exercise, trying to get him to move.  Gave him a little love and brushing and all was good and I was ready to go back to doing something I know how to do, painting!

Ann & Cheyenne 10-06-2013
Ann & Cheyenne 10-06-2013

Well, as always I wanted to get more done, but all-in-all, it was a productive weekend.

It gets dark about 1 hour after I get home in the evenings and that time is decreasing daily.  Add that to the fact that I am plumb tuckered out by then also.  So another priority is that we get some porch lights up.  It gets dark out here in the country and I don’t like walking from my car to the porch in the dark.  I’m clumsy enough when I can see, much less when it is dark out.

Now for the porch pictures:

The 2x4's for the railings
The 2×4’s for the railings
The balusters
The balusters
The fascia board is painted green.  Love my porch.
The fascia board is painted green. Love my porch.

Well, that’s all folks 🙂

Annie, the novice cowgirl

Starting the day with a headache, Excedrin saves the day.

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I guess better late than never, the footings are in for two posts.   Four posts have their first coat of Kilz Primer.  So the weekend hasn’t been a total failure.

Had a humdinger of a headache when I woke this morning, but a couple Excedrin and a few hours more of sleep and I am a new person.

The progress on the porch renovation didn’t go as fast as I anticipated this past weekend.  But we are playing catch-up.  I took Saturday off from construction as on Friday and Saturday I participated in the Relay for Life, Cancer relay.  This was my first time participating in this worthwhile event.  Cancer has been a killer for many of my family members and friends.  Through research more people are living longer and beating this dreaded disease.  My Aunt being one of those.  She has lived the past 5 years, that she wouldn’t have had just 10 years ago.  Her cancer has begun to grow again, so she is undergoing Chemo again.  All I can do is pray and feel like I am helping through doing the Relay for Life.  If you get the opportunity, participate in this event near your home.  They make birthdays.

Back to the back porch.  Hauled old decking out to the burn pile and did some clean-up and dug the footings.   Then it started raining on Sunday and that was the end of that.  Couldn’t pour concrete during the rain.

So this afternoon, my hubby and I mixed up some concrete and I managed to prime 4 of the posts that will be holding the roof of the porch up.  I will be painting them white and will have white railings on a redwood deck.  Through experience with doing a lot of painting on my “Dream Home”, I have found that you need to use a good primer or it just will not hold up in our climate.  Though our weather is not as wet as the west side of the state, we do get a lot of wind in our area and any wood surfaces  that are facing south have a hard time holding paint.  Our porch is on the north side of the house so it won’t get that wind, but when you find a good primer, you stick with it.  We now always buy Kilz Premium Primer because that is the most durable.  Just touting the Kilz as maybe you can learn from my experiences.  By the weekend I will be able to put 2 coats of paint on them.

Got a little side-tracked when I went into the dream house and saw the post from the front porch (of the dream house) which had 3 sides glued together (last fall) and needed the 4th side glued on.  So I took a little detour and worked on the Dream House post.  Wasn’t going to work on that until I finished the back porch.  Actually, now that I think of it, the back porch IS the detour.

Again, back to the back porch.  The posts going under the deck will be pressure-treated and hidden so they will not be painted.  I am really excited about the progress, even if it is slow.  I can’t wait to take the pictures of the finished porch.  But in the meantime, here are a few photos from this weekend.

Annie, the novice porch builder.