Thursday, September 10, 2009

A tale of two sickies

Morgan has been positively thrilled at the opportunity to use a very nice pressure-washer that Charles and Marsha Williams have lent to us for the week. She caught the head cold that I fought over the weekend, but she was up and at 'em Wednesday morning power-washing the driveway, sidewalks and the deck.

After drawing and washing off the heart, she decided it would be funny to draw a large penis on the walkway leading to our front door. And then the school bus full of elementary school children drove by.

I just ran inside.

While Morgan was in Mountain Home, I started working on the flower beds along the eastern side of the house and then started weeding and building a short rock wall around the Vinca beds. Once I get the horse manure and compost spread and the soil turned, the flower beds will soon be home to Hosta, crested iris and Hydrangea, replacing the stink tree, poison ivy and weeds that had set up shop there.

I have nearly gotten all of the horse manure spread in the front bed. This is turning out to be a lot of work since it is so full of roots, rocks and a huge northern red oak stump.

And yes, that's poison ivy in the gutter.

The Linoleum in Tad's bathroom was installed on the outside of the mill work so over the years water from the shower has damaged the particle-board decking around it. I thought it would be a good idea to lay down some quarter round to hold down the buckling edges until we can work on replacing the flooring.

Matching the color of the existing molding was tricky, but after a few experiments I think I got it pretty close. Practicing in the bathroom before I start cutting quarter round for the rest of the house will prove useful, I think.


  1. It was funny because yes, I am still a five year old. Which explains the Jolly Roger Pirate Flag flying on the back deck! I swear it's my favorite thing at the house. I never thought I would have my very own pirate ship! I've died and gone to heaven.

    The fact that you let me do it (like you had much of a choice) with only minimal grumping is one of the reasons I and my five year old self love you.

  2. Kid,
    When you get through there, we have a whole house to put quarter round down.
    Just kidding!
    Enjoy the process, the house looks great!