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Turkey Tracks:  May 12, 2014

House Projects

 

With spring, I’ve sprung into house projects–with a lot of really good, cheerful, help.

First, Stephen Pennoyer replaced the rainguard over the front door.  Isn’t it nice?

It’s pitched to run rain off into the garden.

I would be way too embarrassed to show you what lived there before now…

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Stephen has now finished the new fence panels that hide the propane tanks and generator.  (See the garlic up in the garden?  And the strawberries?)  And you can also see the new gutter coming down the back of the fence panel next to the garage.

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And another view:

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Busily coming up in these little gardens are the white lily bulbs that Bellevue High School friend (class of 1963) Kay Rood sent me when John died.  I planted them last year, but they didn’t “take.”  Now, here they are like a lovely spring surprise.

Stephen also rebuilt the clothes line–and I had clothes on it yesterday!

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Stephen had to dig through all of this rock–and he dug down about 4 feet or so–to install concrete that will hold these new fences and the clothes line steady through winter ice and spring heaving.

He also dug a long trench between the generator and the back post of the clothes line to sink the new gutter that’s on the drive side of the garage–our effort to redirect water away from the garage floor.  (I had real flooding issues this spring when it rained and the ground was frozen.)

Now I have to get the generator rebalanced–it’s looking a bit tilty.  That generator runs all the power in my house when we lose electricity–and has made life pleasant many times and saved me this winter when it was so cold and an ice storm took out all power and cable here for days and days, including Christmas Day.

Stephen bought a power washer and kindly power washed all my moldy decks and rails and trim.  This whole house is shiny clean outside at the moment.

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Plumber Ben Larner was also here installing the new sink.  We first discussed this project back in the fall of last year.

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And now, here’s the new real cast-iron sink and faucet.  (The old sink was a composite porcelain–not cast iron–and was badly chipped.)

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Meanwhile, I made a dump run to take all the old lumber from the fence panels and the clothes line–where the nicest Camden, Maine, dump employee unloaded the whole lot for me.  That part of the dump was ankle deep in mud, and I had on “good” shoes.  I had determined I’d have to go home and put on boots when he said “No, back her up right here, and I’ll take care of it all.”   LOVE MAINE!

 

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Penny is on the front seat, sucking her blanket and waiting to “go in the car””

Meanwhile, I have installed the temporary chicken fence I use in the summers AND extended it’s height up to about 6 feet.  The whole thing is held together by those plastic ties where you slip one end into the apparatus on the other and pull it tight.  Once on, those ties have to be cut off, so dismantling all in the fall will be…fun.  The chickens are staying put, which means I am winning this round and fox can’t get them.

The refrigerator went belly up last week.  The new one is being installed as I write, and I am glad as it’s a long trip to the garage every time I want a slice of lime for a cup of tea, not to mention any serious cooking.  The good news is that the new refrigerator is gorgeous–French doors and a slide out freezer drawer below.  I HATED the side-by-side GE Profile–it had to be designed by someone who never cooks or stores food.

Here’s a frig for someone who cooks, puts up food, and has a lot of visitors:

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Look at the amazing inside:

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It has two icemakers.  One in the fresh food section that is attached to the controls on the front of the door–for cubes or crushed.  And one in the freezer for heavy-duty use–such as I have in the summer.

 

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As hard as it was to absorb the sticker price, I feel like I’ve died and gone to refrigerator heaven.

And, look at what got its borders on and is ready to load onto Lucy the Longarm:

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I think I should have made the borders 9 inches–as called for.  I did 6 inches.

The backing fabric is cut, matched, and ready to be ironed and sewn together.

This quilting project from Material Obsession 2 has been so much fun and has provided many lovely hours of hand-sewing at night.  For me, it’s all about the work of the hands…

 

And, now, the grass is dry, so the lawn will get its first MOW.  And the black flies will try to feast on me.  I’m not swelling up much this year, so it must be true that one builds up a certain immunity over time.

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