Random Chat and Photos forum: Next project...

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Imagewcgypsy
Aug 14, 2010 3:34 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
So .....I'm out watering stuff and thinking about how hot and ragged things look on the West side of the house....poor soil that never got improved or worked with at all.....Jer always complains about things being planted close to the house, water too close to the foundation, can't get at it to paint, wants to get rid of gutters that always need cleaning out, French doors from bedroom that don't get used to exit due to bamboo blind hanging halfway down to block afternoon sun....and thinking about how I really like what we did with the roof overhang on the South side of the house and it would solve all the problems on the West side, plus give me another spot to put chairs, etc. To go from This.....
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to This.....
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The problem being that he's 'tooling up', mentally and physically for a new project. 'Tooling' being the keyword here...a new reason to buy yet more tools..drag home a 400 lb lathe and rearrange workshop. I wandered out and mentioned my thoughts..heh heh....they were not met with a lot of enthusiasm, but I have 'planted the seed'....mentioned all the things he would like about the idea and that it would add more to the value of the house if we sell....
I'm really liking the gravel and keeping it clear around the house with all of my 'chaotic' beds a distance away. I'm also rethinking a lot of my plantings in case we stay...did I mention my water bill this month? $370....of course, that's counting the 12 hours that one sprinkler got left on for...sigh....
ImageCalif_Sue
Aug 15, 2010 8:24 PM CST

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Oh I can envision it, yes, you need to be able to really use that side of the house, use that slider, make it a shady retreat! Thumbs up

My hubby is chomping at the bit for the house we have a bid on, looking at all kinds of online sites for ideas, buying how-to books etc. We better get this house is all I can say, we move out of ours Sept 10th. Among a few updates the new house will need are a new roof, gutters, and eventually new carpet & windows. The big inside projects are a new kitchen & master bathroom. What's really surprised me is he's looking more at outside projects like flagstone patios, retaining walls, pathways, large landscape stones and arbors. He's looking forward to help me create an awesome garden. And yes, the tool buying thing goes with the territory. First thing he needs is an older pick-up truck for hauling all the things we'll be needing for the remodeling projects since he'll be doing most of it himself (except for the roof)

Imagewcgypsy
Aug 15, 2010 9:00 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
Yeah, Jer keeps bemoaning the fact that he doesn't have a truck now...only time in our lives we've ever been without one. I gave my truck to my son and it was a small one anyway. Jer had to have the Wrangler and now has to decide if he can have both or if he has to give up the Wrangler for a truck. He's tired of hauling the trailer to get materials, etc.
Yes, I need that side of the house to be done...that's what it's looking like right now in the heat of the day...hot and struggling. I'll have to wait and see if he'll be tempted into doing that first or going on to the bikes he wants to build. I say house first, of course.......
You'll be kept busy for a long time working on the new place. I thought it was a done deal...not locked in yet, huh? Real bummer to have to move everything twice, but still...a new life ahead of you!
ImageCalif_Sue
Aug 15, 2010 9:09 PM CST

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Yeah, ideally we would move only once and this short sale would be approved by the deadline we gave the bank which is this Wed., the 18th. Now we will file an extension and wait some more. We'll store our things and stay at my Mom's until it closes. I already moved a few of my plants over to Zuzu's, she'll be the caretaker until we can bring them to the new garden.
KathleenC
Aug 21, 2010 7:54 PM CST
Name: Kathleen/KaperC
N San Diego County, CA
Heck, bikes can be done inside in the winter. House is much better project for this time of the year. Let's see, what tool can you tempt him with, Sherry? Is there anything he wants that would come in handy for the job?

Poor John is weary from work, so has not been 'projecting' for a while. He's going to take a vacation soon, though, and that should perk him up.
Imagewcgypsy
Aug 21, 2010 8:16 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
He has the tools he needs for this job...unfortunately, he's anxious to play with his 'new' tools. Greatly annoyed with the Chinese lathe he just got through Grizzly, having to redesign some of it to make it workable (something having to do with changing the belts and small Chinese hands...I didn't stay for the whole rant...) Yes, with the sun being so brutal once again, I really would like to see that side of the house done...also eliminates another area to water. He was up blowing leaves off the roof and cleaning out the gutters in preparation for 'fire' season, so I was hoping while he was over on that side he might be giving some thought to my suggestion.....

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