Busy – Productive Weekend

I intended to make this a productive weekend.  Yea!! And it was!!  Never get as much done as I want, but that is just my expectations, which don’t always go with my endurance and capabilities.


Got up early and went to Home Depot for siding which will be put on the ceiling of the back porch (in the house we live in) rebuilt last year.  Yep, still haven’t finished that project yet, but I am in the process of remedying that fact.  Lynn cut a whole for the back porch light (that’s progress) I have only been reminding him every weekend for 6 months.  Bought 6 pieces of siding.  One to complete the wall and the other 5 to use for the ceiling.

Bare ceiling.  Going to remedy that.
Bare ceiling. Going to remedy that.

Then we stopped at the Sun Rental Center and rented a sheet-rock lift to help hold up the siding while I nail it on.

First thing was to paint 1 piece of siding white to finish the walls of the back porch.  Then I had to put 2 coats of ceiling paint (kind of a dark greenish gray) on the remaining siding.  Only got 2 of those completed.  After each coat of paint I would do yard work while waiting for them to dry.  Got a lot accomplished.  Exhausted when I finally went inside at 5:30 and made hamburgers for dinner.

Unpainted siding
Unpainted siding


Got up early to go grocery shopping.  While waiting for Lynn to get ready, I was able to put 1 coat on the next piece of siding.  Went shopping, dropped some groceries off at work for lunches next week, got my car washed and finally made it back home.  Quickly put the groceries away, dropped a load in the washer, changed into my painting clothes, and was back at it.  Got the remaining boards painted, again doing yard work while they dried between each coat.  Wow, the yard is actually looking like someone takes a little pride in their home.  I hated all the things left outside when my porch project finished last year.  Due to running out of time and all the back and forth trips to the hospital with Lynn, many things were left unfinished.  But it is looking better now.

Last thing I accomplished this weekend (besides the domestic duties) was to assemble the sheet-rock lift.  The nice guy at the Sun Rental Center showed me how to put the 3 pieces together.  Still had it in my head, so I wanted to get it assembled before I forgot what he showed me.  That little gizmo is heavy and complicated, but I hope it works.

Sheet-rock lift
Sheet-rock lift

What I thought I could accomplish in a weekend, is going to take me a week.  Ugh.

I’ll rest in December 🙂

Annie, the novice ceiling hanger

ps:  More on the dream house later this week.

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