Saturday, July 31, 2010

more Before and After

July 2007

This was an addition built in the 40's.

It had some major issues.  Like, no floor.

Story was that they built it for the Health Department to use.  For Polio Vaccinations.

What a Mess.

Captain Strong Arms AKA:  Mr. Fix-It

The project stalled for about a year.  Other things were pressing.  Like, heat and hot water.

So in August of 2008 we got started on it again.

These chairs, compliments of 1970's, we primed and painted.

The monster couch is next.  See the nice window where the 1960's air conditioner was?

The "floor" of this porch is from the ceiling of a house in Exway.  Way to recycle, huh.

We use a lot of primer around here.

Primed and painted barn red....

Almost finished with the red.

And this concludes the do-over of the north east corner of the house.

And now for the roof.
To Be Continued.....

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

attic finds

We found this in the Attic.

We also found this in the attic.  120 years worth of dust and wasps nests and mud dauber nests.  
Just keepin' it real.                                   
Wonder what "normal" standard was....
Deliciously Flavored.
Famous Recipes.
Beautiful Artwork, no?

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Garden of Weedin'

I haven't been keeping up with the weeds in the garden.  While we're making confessions, I haven't been keeping up with much of anything lately. One of the great things about being a farmhousewife is that eventually, I may or may not ever catch up and I'm ok with that.  Well, that's not entirely true - I do have the drive to keep up most of the time - but lately the heat has been unusually intense and therein lies the explanation of my slacking decrease in ability to keep up.  

Basically, it's too hot.

So instead of getting out there working the garden, I'll just put pictures on here.
This is the unintentional combination of a rogue snake gourd plant intertwined with a mass of cucumber plantings.  So far it has proved to be a pain in the hiney challenge when it comes to finding those hiding cukes.

Both plants do make for a showy area of interest in the garden.

what? is that?

oh! that's a Snake Gourd !

And this is what makes it all worth the backache and the bellyaching about the backache.  

I read this quote and rather identified with it - I hope you will like it as well as I do.  And p.s.  I thought of a newfound blogger friend and her post  Cultivating Perfection  when I read this also.  Miriam, this one's for you (and me).  

My garden is a balancing act between weeds and wonders.
Though I started out as a frustrated perfectionist, over the
years I've learned how to enjoy my garden rather than feel
enslaved by it, thanks to a growing know-how and a
change in mindset.

-   Carol Stocker

When I grow up, I want to be just like her.  

What is this leisure time of which you speak?

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