Saturday, June 30, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Ray has always been inordinately invested in the play structure (notice the permanent roof he built on it, to replace the typical tent like roof these things normally come with). Maybe he figured the place really needed to be turned into high quality alternative housing, in case things ever really went south with the marriage...
Saturday, June 9, 2007
lo and behold, the place is looking pretty much ready.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Ray actually spent some time putting in supports on our fence. Probably a very good thing. Someone a few houses down from us lost whole sections of fence.
Nevertheless, this tree damage is sad, not just because of what it means in terms of clean up, as we try to get the place looking tip-top, but also because of all that shade and protection we are losing.
Monday, June 4, 2007
I guess I should also add that this tree was basically dead, and looking pretty crappy. Hence Ray's investment in getting it down.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Then, here, there's some bizarre hole in the garage ceiling, which I don't totally get. I think it has been there pretty much since we bought the place, but Ray is fixing it anyway.
You are really lucky if Milo decides he wants to help you.
Once I had a rosebush...
Instead, just a stump - just the kind of yard project Ray LOVES. I'm not kidding. For $20, he'll come to your house and dig up YOUR stumps (let me be clear, this is not necessarily a great economical or labor deal for Ray. Yet still he seeks out these opportunities.)
Monday, May 28, 2007
Why, you ask?
When we moved in, we painted the walls a lovely blue, and the upper cupboards a white with very light purple doors. I think it looks great, and I have really enjoyed being in my kitchen these last four years. But, bottom line, it was not the most professional job; it turns out to be really hard to go a good job painting cabinets. Now the cabinets don't look that great, the counter tops - which have always looked crappy, look evencrappier, and then there are the funny wall pantry cupboard type things, which we started to paint but never finished, and which we took the doors off of. There's also the fact that we never finished painting the lower cupboards.
Here is Ray taking the shelves out of the cupboard.
We knew we would find wallpaper behind the cupboard, and that renting a steamer and getting rid of the wallpaper was part of the job.
What we did not know, but were worried about, was the floors underneath the two cupboards. The good news was there was a proper wood floor underneath the first cupboard. The bad news was there was a big nasty hole under the other cupboard.
But then we have the truck as dumping facility, just to the side. Ray would pipe up now, arguing that it is NOT a dumping facility, but rather a temporary firewood hauling and storage facility. And, of course, note also the 1988 Nissan. Another reputable rig to have parked in front of the house.