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Check It Off

6 Nov

Last week, with my dad’s help, I managed to get another to-do item checked off my list.  Since I had to remove stuff from my bedroom for the windows to be replaced, I thought I should have help putting my bed back so I didn’t scratch up the newly finished floor.

Rocky

Since he was here to help me put my bed back, we also took the time to hang the mirror over my dresser.

It only took eight months!   Rocky seems to enjoy being a mirror model.

I’m definitely happy with the results.  Although, this picture was before I cleaned the mirror (What was I thinking?).

Although, the mirror is straight and the floor is crooked.

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Windows

5 Nov

My house was built in 1900 +/-.  It gives it charm and I absolutely love it!  However, I think all but one of the upstairs windows are original.

Rocky (who quit posing when I snapped the picture)

The windows downstairs have been replaced, but some of them still have the original rope weights to open and close them.

I have a couple with broken glass. This one happens to be by my bed. You’ll also notice there is no putty around the edge.  That means, when the northeast wind blows, I freeze.

This wonderful gaping space is on the north wall in the living room. It also lets a lot of cold in.

My kitchen window is horribly rotten.

This is my favorite window because of the fancy leaded glass part at the top.

I had these four windows (and my other bedroom window) replaced.  Everyone was surprised that they can actually see out the windows.

Rocky

I had them save the leaded panel for me.  I want to clean it up and hang it somewhere.  After all, it is 118 years old.

I figured out how to put the screens on the top part of the window.  That way Sky doesn’t just rip them to shreds when he jumps against this window to tell me he wants in.

It’s going to take some getting used to the changes.  I don’t do well with change.  I would have much preferred to have them wood grain, but they were ridiculously more expensive, and I have twenty-one windows in my house. I’m pretty sure I’ll really appreciate them when we have a strong nor’easter this winter.

I’m hoping to keep going and have all the windows replaced in the next two years.  Hopefully.

Mowing

28 May

I finally got around to mowing my yard Saturday…for the first time.  It was pretty bad.

It’s just that I had to get a new mower, and they don’t fit in my car, so it took a while.  Also, my dad tried mowing it a couple of weeks ago.  He about killed himself.  My plum tree attacked him, and he ended up with stitches in his mouth and was pretty beaten up. (No pictures because I’m a good daughter.)  I finally managed to buy a new push mower this past week, so it became my priority for the weekend.  Of course, I waited until it was horribly hot.

Sky

I spent most of the day working on getting it mowed.  I had to take a lot of breaks even with that new-fangled self-propelled feature.

Bless my dad.  He came back with the riding mower and finished it the next morning since all I had left was the only open area in the yard (aka not anywhere near trees that would attack).

He also used his big mower to more finely chop the stuff my push mower just knocked down.  Sky and I are much happier now that we can walk through the yard and the thistles have been beaten down to size again.

Now I can move on to clearing and planting the garden.

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