Oct 9, 2011

Lots of boring pics

Hi everyone.  It's been a while.  One of the reasons I hate Fall has become perfectly clear.  My procrastination causes a flurry of rushed jobs that need to be done before cold weather sets in.  The other reason is because of it being a precursor to that "W" word.  I can't believe it's October, and when I said that about September, I should have realized that chores are piling up. 

I haven't done much stitching.  Here's my measly wimpy Lucy progress..




and my goofy little Santa finished....

 Now for the reason.   Take a look at this driveway.. it's a little long and had to be cleaned before sealing next week.







This is how bad it was -
 





  

That dirty part was already washed once which didn't clean it, so I had to hold that pressure wand directly over the  concrete and go inch by inch.  It took the better part of four days.  All that time holding that nozzle really did a job on my hand.  I can barely close it.  Holding a needle wasn't easy or pleasant.  But it's DONE!!!  The other job this week was laying the stone, adding the dirt, and spreading the grass seed around the front door that no one ever uses so why the hell did I bother..
 


DONE!!!  The third major project was scraping, sanding, and painting the peeling garage door...
DONE!!!  You see those pumpkins?  I'm acknowledging fall, but that's as far as I'm going.  The bottom panel of the door is really deteriorating and after all the caulking and filling, it hit me.  Why not move the bottom panel to the top and vice versa?  The top is in perfect condition, all four panels are the same, and I can put the bottom one upside down at the top so the bad edge will be unseen and also protected from further damage!  I'll call someone for that.

One more...scrubbing and sealing the deck, which will be finished today.  All that's left is the step.  We have had gorgeous warm weather and instead of sitting in that swing and enjoying it, I've been working my ass off which unfortunately, is nothing more than a figure of speech. Wish I could figure out how to get rid of my hysterectobelly.   Oops!  Another yellow box.  Obviously, the person controlling Spell-check has never had a hysterectomy.





And take a lot at this photo..
One idiot woodpecker is tearing up my house big time!  I have these holes on every side and I don't know what to do.  He's not looking for bugs, he's making holes trying to get through.  I need to check online and see if there is a house we can build for peckers.  It is against the law in PA to kill a woodpecker.  Good news for him!! 
And take a look at this rock...

Look closely in front of the tub.  Doesn't it look like a head lying there?  They moved the stones when installing the concrete and I just about dropped when I saw this out the kitchen window!   It's just a rock but it was never in this position before!   I've seen too many horror movies.   
And finally, here's my little Halloween tree.  Every year I plan on aging the bright orange, but can you spell procrastination?         
The little hang tags were a freebie several years ago from ewe-n-me printables.   They have some cute items but I didn't see these so I'm not sure if they're still available. 
Wow.  Were there enough photos about everything BUT stitching?  Sorry.  Just wanted to give visual proof that I really have been busy, tired, and suffering from nozzle-hand.  Good news - I went an entire day without a hot flash.  Maybe it's the start of the end!!  So the major chores are ending today.  All I have left is moving irises, planting 6 little shrubs, and moving two hydrangea trees.  Problem with that is our soil - I need to use a pick or maddock and dig the holes the size of Oklahoma or the trees will die.  But that creates neck/back pain, not the hand, so I should be OK to stitch.  Have a great week everyone, thank you for visiting, sorry for the lack of stitching talk!

11 comments:

Mouse said...

oooo you have been busy and it all looks fab ... can you come and do mine now please .. and I'll do some stitching for you hehehehe and just giggling over the hysterectobelly (sp) lol love mouse xxxxx

Glenna said...

Whoa, you have accomplished a ton. I feel like a slacker: how I would deal with those chores: dirty concrete--eh. Painting the garage door--next year. The woodpecker I've heard about. Call an exterminator--he is looking for something that you have, so the exterminator has to kill them. (Yeah, little bugs, unfortunately--but the exterminator doesn't kill the bird.) The "goofy" santa is cute, as are the tags and halloween tree.

It all looks really nice though!

Penny said...

Your stitching is looking good. My gosh, you have been busy ~ but I bet you have a beautiful home for all of your hard work. :) Hopefully you can solve the problem with the woodpecker. Funny rock, but at least it looks like it is smiling. Cute little Halloween tree. Take it easy with your planting. :)

Margaret said...

Boy, you really have been busy!!! Wow! Don't you hate when you do some repetitive task and your hands end up being crippled from it! I did that with trying to crack some ice on the sidewalk over the winter, so I sympathize with your nozzle hand. Hope it's better. All your work has really paid off -- everything looks really nice! Your stitching looks nice too! Love the orange on your Halloween tree -- why tone it down? :D

Carla said...

You've got a bunch accomplished! I'm a procrastinator, too. I actually just work better under pressure. I just love your house! Enjoy this great weather!

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

The house looks lovely except for the woodpecker holes, they are little b******s
we have one that has taken up residence right outside our bedroom window and he starts at dawn. Mr Glen Oaks is chopping down the tree so that he relocates hopefully. I don't see the head in the tub?!? But I'll take your word for it. I can't wait to see Lucy sampler finished.
Warm Regards,
Susan

CATHI said...

What an awesome tree you have! Love it!

Cathi

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Oh, I did that too - got nozzle hand! I was just cleaning a little bit of paved area, not that expanse you have. I L O V E your halloween tree. We are catching up on the US Halloween celebrations here in the Uk now, when I was little we just had a turnip!! Irene xxx

Sherry said...

You have stayed busy lately! I love Lucy! She is really coming along. I hope you find a woodpecker house to put up. I found one at Duncraft.com I want to get. The concrete is going to be beautiful!

Patty C. said...

Amazing how well the driveway cleaned up - You did an awesome job - Sorry about the woodpecker - He sounds like he likes to cause trouble !!

I LOVE WINTER ;) roflol

Suzanne said...

What a fantastic clean-up job you did! My house needs a spring clean too, but I just can't muster up that energy.

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