primsong: (starry sky)
The Habitat for Humanity "re-store" had paint at half-off their already ridiculously cheap prices so I went to see if there might be a decent color for my old garden benches. I was thinking something mossy looking originally, so if they got scroungy out there it wouldn't show up but then - WOO! A huge 5 gallon bucket of the most amazing blue came by and I couldn't pass it up. Here's what I spent the last couple days on, I'm so jazzed with the result!

blue benches!

Color pop time!
primsong: (poop)
Ah the "joys" of home ownership - Our rather large back yard has progressively gotten so lumpity bumpity that I went and rented a lawn roller for the day as we have a rare break in the rain til tomorrow.  Dang that thing is heavy - I'm taking a break after getting about a third of it done, my son gets a turn at the plow for the next hour, bless him.  Found out I couldn't listen to fast music or I went too fast and didn't let it squish out all the little mud-bumps. Probably been 30 years since anyone tried to flatten it at all.

Next up will be killing all the clumps of sharp marsh grass that have made their way in - it's going to look awful this year, but by next round should be much improved.
primsong: (bilbo not at home)
Our next-door neighbors have suddenly moved away due to a job relocation and the housing market is hot enough that they've already had multiple lookers and at least one offer in less than a week. Argh! I hate having to wonder and pray all over again that we get decent neighbors, this is the third time on this house since we've lived here.

We're the third back on a triple-flag lot so they're right in front of us and share the driveway, connect to our yard, etc. It used to be an orchard that belonged to our property before the previous owners spun it off and built a house for their son there - a crabby or territorial neighbor in that spot would be bad news.

*nibbles fingernails and hopes for the best*

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Jul. 13th, 2015 07:04 pm
primsong: (medieval crowd)
Well, my goal when I woke up was to fill one box of stuff and one bag of clothes to get rid of - am proud of myself for managing to do it. Some things I just.... what do I do with this? Like the oversized framed photo of an ancestor that was given to me from a relative's estate. I don't go for the Wall O Faces in my decor, so it's been under my bed for years now. Finally just stuck it, ancestor and all, into the Salvation Army box, let someone else figure it out.

What do you do with 'important' heirlooms and such that other members of the family give you when you don't really want them? :-/
primsong: (four mirror)
Gosh it's hard to launch kids these days.

I have two grown daughters now, and they both have very good roomies-to-be they've found, everyone now has at least part-time work - BUT now neither set have been able to find even one blinkin' apartment anywhere in this area that they can afford, even splitting the rents and utilities. This is insane.

And all the housing is full anyway, with wait lists. What the heck?

Guess they're all stuck living with us for a while longer...may we all have patience.

:-p

Blooobells

May. 28th, 2015 10:28 am
primsong: (grog)
I am, once again, having to grub out a jillion gazillion zagillion bluebells from my yard. I spread out mounds of them to dry into bluebell-hay in the sun so they'll shrink enough for my yard-debris can, if they're composted they tenaciously still sprout bluebells.

The only way to get rid of them is to dig them up - an impossibility as I'd have to remove the top foot of dirt on my entire yard. They're pretty, but I swear my next house, whenever that happens, will be a Bluebell-Free Zone.

*goes back to grubbing*
primsong: (percy lud love me)
Woke up this morning and for some reason decided it was a good day to wash all the curtains in the house before the weather turns cold again, as I'd never gotten to it in the spring-cleaning phase this year.  Or last.  Kind of regretting it now as I still have two more large ones to get hung up again, but the amount of crud was a bit surprising - not that it should be, I realized it had been probably four years since a couple of them were sloshed, yuck.  Plenty of spiders hanging around behind the curtains it seems - perhaps coming in as they know the cold weather is on its way too. 

But gee, it's nice to have them all clean again, I feel a strange juxtaposition in my self-image between being a slob who hardly ever washes curtains and being a neat person who does, a sort of guilty self-righteousness ("Look, I made sparkles! Never mind that they were way overdue!")
primsong: Mr. Morton (morton)
My downstairs has this awful old berber carpeting, but new carpeting is waaaay down the monetary priorities list so I've been looking for a rug I could hide a goodly chunk of it with, though I need to avoid wool and all the non-wool ones I could find were essentially already the color of dirt (brown, beige, grey, black, yellowish tones etc.) and thus no improvement.  Why do all the bright colored ones only come in stupid little-kid designs? All adults are only allowed to look at dirt?

Anyway...much happiness ensued today as I found a wonderful light colored 10x8 mat of woven seagrass for a song at a promo sale and it smells just heavenly, like a delicate sweet hay, while not being prickly like jute.  It's not a cheery color (I was kind of hoping for something in peacock or lavender) but I'm quite content with a natural, clean look too.   Mm.

What sort of floor coverings have you found yourself gravitating to?
primsong: Scan from an old Dr. Who magazine (find tardis win game)
Gosh, this has been such a long slog from January, I'm seriously looking forward to spring break at the end of the month just so I don't have to drive kids here there and everywhere for a few days.  Can't complain about the weather though, it's been a really mild winter and now it's a lovely, mild day, perfect for grubbing out chickweed and repotting some houseplants.  Got some funky long rubber mats for our front steps to replace the anti-slip strips, they look like a wrought iron leafy design and it really dresses it up, that and a couple new pinwheels and it's positively cheerful.

And I got a walkman! I'm a techie dinosaur to my kids, heck, I still have a drawer full of cassettes, so moving to an mp3 player of my own is quite the leap into the space-age by comparison, lol...gradually learning how to work the thing, amused by thinking to myself that at last I can participate in those memes where they want you to put your player on shuffle and do things with the results.  We must keep our priorities straight, after all! :-D

We've also had another church join us in our building to share the space starting this past week - I went to their Bible study last week just to meet some of them and they were a hoot, looking forward to making that a regular thing, I'm always up for a good study, they're always fun and/or interesting.  This weekend we're doing a St. Pat's day potluck with the two congregations so folks can get to know one another, so far so good.  Our preschool is really struggling to find students (or rather, families who can afford to pay for preschool) so it's nice to have something working well.
primsong: (bilbo not at home)
I seem to have fallen back into the belief that nothing in my life is interesting enough to bother posting it, which is stupid as I always enjoy reading other people talking about everything from making sandwiches to walking their dogs.  Life sure is busy for someone who is apparently doing nothing, heh.  Spent a good part of today in yardwork, trimming fruit trees and various other whacking that is needed as spring is already springing along.  My daffys are 6 inches up and the snowdrops and crocuses are fully blooming and here I am with still one more plum tree to do.

My folks finally found a home to buy down in the middle of the valley near my old alma mater, Western Oregon - it was a 'college' when I was there, since then upgraded to a 'university'.  There are renters in the place, though, so they have to wait until April to be able to actually get into it and have gone off in their camper to the coast in the meantime. so at least it's quiet here again.  I'll drive down tomorrow afternoon and check out the town, I'm sure it's different than it was in the late 80s when I was last there, it will be interesting to see what's changed.

So. Life. Made a big pot of meaty spaghetti sauce with plenty of olives and mushrooms for dinner, topped off with whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  We didn't mean for them to be whole wheat, that was a flour-bin mixup, but they're pretty good that way.  Time to go watch another ep of 'Riders of Berk' - enjoying catching up on those.  There must be hundreds of black cats named "Toothless" out there by now.
primsong: (snood)
Merry Christmas to everyone - hope all is well in your assorted households, palaces, balloons, hovels and floating shrimp boats...or wherever is currently 'home'.

Y'know, when we got this house I was blown away at the thought of having an extra room (think about it - EXTRA room. An extra one. Like, a whole room that is extra!) It quickly became half storage, half guest room and has seen pretty constant use. Friends, travelers, relatives, strangers, all kinds of people have been in there. More than one has lived there for an extended time.

So speaking of extended times - My folks sold their house and therefore had to move into their 5th-wheel. Technically. Actually, my mom would completely lose her mind living in a tiny 5th-wheel, so they're in our 'extra' guest room. How long? Who can say? Until they find a property they like well enough to buy. And they have a weiner-dog (our cat has mixed feelings on this part). Good thing we get along pretty well. Full house!

Time to go watch a Christmas show - maybe 'Shop Around the Corner,' I love Jimmy Stewart.
primsong: (six)
Not wishing to become stuck in my proverbial past, I've decided it's high time I updated some of my household goods - after all, just because someone I no longer recall gave me a crystal water pitcher for a wedding gift 25 years ago doesn't mean I have to go to my grave still using that same old pitcher, right?  Right! Not that I ever really used it anyway... it just sat in my cupboard mostly because it's heavy and it never was really my style.

Today I bought a very pretty handmade pottery pitcher instead, with blue, green and natural toned glazing and a lovely swoop to the handle.  The "nice" crystal pitcher is going to the thrift store.  I feel so happy!  Being on a roll, I also replaced the plastic tumblers we've had forever because we had kids and kids break things with Real Glass tumblers (in rainbow colors!) - after all, the "kids" are nearly adults now and rarely bury their drinking cups in the sandbox anymore.

Then I bought a new picture frame for a picture in my living room and tossed that horrid Oh-So-80s oak one. Ahhhh.

Someone stop me before I order all new furniture!
primsong: (zucchini)
Finally got our summer boarding college student moved back to her college which means I no longer have someone permanently installed on my downstairs couch and can sell it at last.  We have too much furniture, as I have a tendency to bring things home from estate sales and then keep them because I have kids that are at that "about to get their own place" stage who might want my extras.  Two couches in the room in question is one too many, so this one being the one the kids have agreed isn't something they personally want away it goes, I hope.

Main problem is it's one of those weighs-a-blinkin'-TON hide-a-bed sofas, even if it is in good shape. And the upholstery has gotten nubbly. SO, I figured "Hey, I can fix at least one of those problems" and went after it with a little battery-powered sweater shaver. 

Me: Yay, shave off the nubbles! Get ALL the fuzz-balls!  Woo!
Shaver: You expect me to shave an entire COUCH? Oh look! Nubbles! Om-nom-nom!
Me: Oh yeah, you can do it! That's one entire arm, let's go for the back!
Shaver: Om-nom...ack, spit, spit. This thing is HUGE! Seriously! I'm just a little hand-held sweater shaver! You know what a sweater is, right?  Om-nom-nom.... agggghh.... Turn me off and unclog me again, if you're going to insist on battling an epic battle with a mere pocket-knife you gotta give it time!  Okay, okay...(pant, pant). I can do this...I can....!
Me: Go, little shaver! You can do it!  Nub-BLES, Nub-BLES, Nub-BLES! Rah, rah rah!
Shaver: Om-nom-nom....

I still have two cushions to do but it's looking pretty perky compared to what it was before. Now if I could only attach anti-gravitational devices to it it would sell lickety-split.  I'll have to settle for that other form of anti-gravitational device called a "cheap price" or possibly even have to dial it up to "free" if necessary, but I'm on my way.
primsong: (dalek tipping)
So over the last three years the caulking seal got a bit wobbly around the edges of the surround in one of the showers (weirdly, this house as three, which seems like way too many for normal life, until you have three people who all want a shower and then you say Yay until you remember the water heater will only shower two with any warmth and by the time you remember that you have at least one guest shivering in a tepid shower somewhere and are trying to chase a family member out of their shower so the guest won't freeze and...anyway...).  It's been on the 'to do' list for a couple years and finally bubbled to the top long enough for a closer look.

SO. Now the surround has all been pried off and toted outside and we have these horrible looking walls of old yellow glue, torn paper off the concrete board and MILDEW.  Oh delightful!  Ah, lots and lots of nice, black mildew that was quietly building an entire Mildewopolis in the darkness, plotting to come take over the house someday.  The mildew taxis were full of fleeing wealthy mildewites as the Rain of Death began spritzing over the blackened rooftops... The house now smells of bleach, the mildew city is slated for the continued death and destruction of all inhabitants and now I have to go shopping for a new surround.  Really, really hope we don't have to rip out the entire tub over this, but you know how home ownership is... aaaackkk.

Wishing I had more time online that wasn't either working on my etsy shop or working on the church newsletter - I feel as if I'm really missing out on all kinds of interesting stuff going on in my flister's lives, like the party is over there, next door, and I haven't time to come hang out in the back yard with my little plastic cup of soda too.  Hope your summers (and bathroom mildew headcounts) are going in the right direction.
primsong: (headless news)
Time to shuffle people around again already, as my eldest's college gets out earlier than others (starts earlier too, to their annoyance when it's summer) - they are in finals...seems the next three days I get to be driving over to the city whenever I have a sufficient block of time, taking empty boxes scrounged from the grocery and coming back with whatever my car will be filled with.  Thank heavens we already got a heavy bed and a futon moved, I think I can manage the rest by myself if I need to - which looking at other family member's schedules may be exactly what I'm looking at.

Eldest is going to inhabit the 2nd bedroom of a condo we have a disabled friend in, it gives her a place "of her own" for the summer, instead of having to feel like she's moving back in with parents, a sentiment I completely understand.  A friend of hers will be taking up the resulting empty slot at our house, however, so we'll still be pretty full up.  I am so grateful that we have a house big enough for them each to have their own room.

In other news, I am yanking out an English Laurel and in it's spot will go a much better-mannered native, a Strawberry Tree along with a bit of Salal.  Much nicer, and considerably less invasive.  My yard is awash in its annual carpet of bluebells, tulips, forget-me-nots and columbine and everything is looking just lovely in spite of it being a cool spring. Mm!

Shloop!

Jan. 26th, 2012 05:59 pm
primsong: (odds fish)
SO....I was rinsing out some dishes in the sink, one of which was a jelly jar and reached over to briefly flip on the garbage disposal so the water would drain better.

SCHLOOP said my sink and the jelly jar vanished before my eyes.

"What the heck?" says I, quickly flipping the switch back off. The water slowly trickled away revealing the schlooping jar. Turns out jelly jars are EXACTLY the same diameter as the opening with the little black rubber flange and it was EXACTLY the same depth/height as the interior of the disposal as well.  I pondered the resulting glass plug and tried prying enough of the flange back to get a grip on it and get it out of there.  No good.  Hot dog tongs and tweezers likewise to no avail, it would have to come back out by going straight up and with nothing extra around the edge.  "I wish I had a suction cup." I told my parakeets who were watching this with interest.  "AHA!" I said as a figurative light-bulb came on. "Vacuum! I need a vacuum!"

I dragged in the wet/dry shop vac from the garage and stuck it in there. VWOOOOOOP! said the vacuum and voila! I had the jelly jar out! Whew.  I was afraid I'd have to take the whole blinkin' disposal apart.  Yay!

Small victories.  I take them where I can find them.
primsong: (tarzan)
Just housecleaning wibble...

Been cleaning my house for what seems like forever, the dust bunny population and general hidden crud had a higher incidence rate than even I expected...ick... You know how you think your house is clean until you really pay attention when cleaning it?  Yeah.  Much better now.  Baby shower I'm hosting is Saturday, but I have so much other stuff to do the next couple days, I'm trying to finish the prep now.

Meanwhile, the guys who were supposed to come pressure wash our house and restain it last week *finally* showed up to do the work.  It figures.  I had all the decks swept with artsy stuff and flowering plants and hung out a couple new wind spinners and a set of chimes to make it all nice...and then had to take it all down and pile it to the side because they had to pressure wash.  Argh.  Now my previously 'clean' bedroom is full of tomato plants and deck chairs. Water is blasting past my windows and the parakeets are acking and squawking away at it.

Where do all these cobwebs come from anyway? How come we don't see little spiders running all over the place all the time, or swinging along through the air like freckle-sized Tarzans? 
primsong: (beach)
So, we have a tiny bathroom downstairs with a boring but sturdy walnut cabinet on the wall - my opinion being it's too useful to remove and too dark to leave 'that way' in such a small space, thus.... voila!  I did up an abstract oceany thingy on it using various colors of rub-n-buff... it was all done with just my fingers, no brushes, which made for tired hands occasionally, but... hey!  :-)  Much happiness.

Wave on, cabinet, wave on... )
primsong: (hamster)
So, what do you do when a cat keeps coming around and YOWLing under your windows every night, trying to come in the cat flap and act like it lives in your house.... in spite of being chased off, shot with a nerf gun, made the target of hurled pine-cones and squirted with a hose? Ya THINK it would get the hint. We've had to conclude it is retarded. >_< Our own (fixed, mellow) kitty is annoyed. It's well fed so it isn't a stray - but it's been doing this off and on for a *year* now and we're seriously thinking of getting a humane trap. Feline village idiot.

On the good side, I found some funky wavy forks on Etsy that a crafty person made into wall hooks and they're just perfect for holding up the little window scarf in my dining room! Yay! I love Etsy.
Love the 'do, Mr. Fork )
primsong: (doctorsheep)
Elleth has made a fine collection of Middle-earth Dreamsheep, for any of you Tolkien fans who may want to snag a few.
:-)

Here at home, I'm incredibly pleased that we finally had the old aluminum-and-glass sliding patio doors replaced with vinyl ones - my uncle does this sort of thing for his job and he's been low on work (like so many folks out there) so we had him come in to take care of it, he's amazingly fast and very detailed in his work and I am so happy with them! I can't believe the difference in noise and temperature already. Yay! We switched out all the old windows in the house when we first moved in nearly six years ago but ran out of money before we could do the two patio doors, so it also feels like it is a lingering project "done at last!"

Of course, when one thing works another breaks to make up for it. My dryer is suddenly dead so I'm hanging laundry and hoping for clear weather, and then my little car's breaks went gronk so I'm having to drive my big station wagon while we figure how to fix it - and it's the kind where you can almost literally watch the gas gauge go down as you drive. All together now - Money makes the world go 'round...

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