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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I Need A Long Vacation!!!!!!!!!!!!


Good Morning!

I have been waking up at three in the morning for the last year or two.  I start thinking at that time about what the blog is going to be about that day.

It doesn't make me happy or put me in a good mood for writing.

I have decided to take a LONG vacation!!!
The photos for today are just to give you something to look at.

I may do a bit of mini-ing here and there while I am vacating.  Probably not a lot.

I just need to relax and clean my real house for a change.

Tessie is not happy about it, but she is just going to have to live with it.

I am thinking that I will be back about the second of January 2019.

As you can see from the last photo, Tessie is not going to get her trailer anytime soon.  After the row yesterday about extra towers and birdcages, I threw in the towel!

She is off somewhere in a snit. Only Tessie can throw a snit like she can. Anybody else would look silly.

I for one am going to relax and enjoy cleaning my real house and my workroom in my time off.

I will check for comments or questions. I will try to answer anything that is there.

Back to work! See you January 2, 2019!!!!!



Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Either Tessie or I Are Not Living Through This!!!!!!!!

This morning, when I got out of bed, this is what I saw...

There was a piece of rug material in the living room of the trailer...



I turned around and looked at the foot of the bed... There were piles of fabric there.  Tessie in the middle saying.... These are the fabrics for the Trailer/Castle!

I took one look and made the mistake of turning around to look at said trailer ...castle...once more.
Tessie was very busy while I slept...Not only did she find a lot of fabric to finish the inside of the trailer... As I turned around, she added more rooms to the top.

I told her a few days ago that the trailer/castle couldn't sit on a larger base.

She immediately thought of going up with it.

Now all I have to do is talk her out of going that way!

I am not going to tell her that I like the leopard cage/birdcage that she put on the right end, over the bathroom.

If I say a word about it, she will immediately think that I approve and it is a done deal...
She not only added that one, but she added another layer to the stair tower.  And another room on either side of that. 

She keeps saying, "Casey! You know I need more room!!! And yes she says it in such a way that the three exclamation marks at the end are implied!

I don't know whom is going to win this one, but I have a terrible feeling that I am not coming out on top!

I am going back in and trying to make sense of the whole thing now.  Wish me luck. 

See you tomorrow. If I live that long....

Monday, October 1, 2018

The Loco Weed Is In Bloom!

Jimson Weed, around here is known as Loco Weed.  The stuff is only around for a few weeks during the rainy season here...

It supposedly makes cows crazy when they snack on it.  Since I have no cows in my yard, I let them grow. The flowers only last a day and the plants only last a few weeks.  If you have cows, you don't want the weed. 

I let these grow every year. I don't have cows and I think that the plants are beautiful.
My kumquat tree is coming along nicely. After the set back, I was not sure that I was going to get any fruit. It seems now that I am going to have some after all. The little white blossoms are the start of new fruit.  Wish me luck!
OK. Now for what you really came to see.  I have the tower covered with rocks!!!

I still need to cover the top and put some fancy stuff around the edge of the top, but essentially the tower is covered. 

No. The Terrible Two didn't help.  They just sat there and watched K-Dramas and heckled me while I worked.

Anyway, I am almost finished with the tower as of this afternoon. Back to finishing it. See you tomorrow.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Going Downhill.....

OK. See the last line of rocks going around this side of the tower?  They are a bit slanted....

I didn't think much about it. So they go down hill a bit.
I went around to the other side and guess what? They are even more slanted on that side.

I wasn't paying attention to where I was going with the blocks.  Too much K-Drama playing in my head....

The terrible two were also watching it and none of us checked for level on the blocks.
I hate to say it, but I am going to have to fix this mess.  Maybe take out a couple of rows or plan a row or two that will go uphill to compensate.

I am setting here laughing at the mess. It doesn't do any good to cry about it. I think that I can fix it without tearing too much out.

Now if I can just get the glue unstuck.  Isn't I fun to see someone that has been doing this stuff for almost forty years, screw up? 

Oh well, there is always tomorrow.
I have just about got the back fence the way I want it to look, so I did do something right this morning.

I am going back to work now and start tearing off rocks.

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Missing the Terrible Two...

NO. I don't miss them... They are missing.  As soon as I start doing stone work... They disappear...

So. I didn't expect their company today... Yesterday afternoon, I made the mistake of telling them that I was going to finish the stone work today if I could.

I am doing pretty good, but I don't think that I will get much more than the tower finished.

 The two of them didn't even come in and say "Good morning" today.  I haven't seen hide nor hair of either of them.

Anyway, it was to be expected.  They do NOT like stone work.

Anyway, I have never gone through all of the steps for good stonework.  So I will just go through it photo by photo.

The first photo shows me measuring to cut another strip to finish a row.

The second photo shows the curve that I make in the pieces if they are going on something circular as in a tower. I simply bend the piece to a bit steeper curve than the wall. Then I lay it against the wall to see if it is going to lay right on the wall.

The third step is to start cutting the pieces and put them on, one at a time.



I do NOT spare on the glue.  I put on a good coat. It is going to have to hold for years!

Then I fit it into the next piece that I just laid.


The row with the blue tape is one that I just finished.  The one above it is just getting started.

That one will now have a piece of tape started to hold the stones in that row.

Usually one strip of masking tape will hold the tiles in place until they are dry.

I let them dry at least 24 hours before I start painting and shading the stones. 

I will continue with that part when I finish getting all of the stones glued and dry.

It may be a few days until we get to the next step.  Without the help of the Terrible Two, I may be able to finish a little faster.

I do think that it will take a few more days.  If they were coming along for the ride, it would be more like a week... or two.

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Rock'in It!

It helps to hire a supervisor before starting any project.

Kota volunteered, so he was hired on the spot!

Of course it didn't help that the other one that likes to boss me around  didn't show until much later.

I had a doctor's appointment this morning, so I got a late start on the rock work. Nothing to worry about, simply checking to see that everything is OK.

 Here is the method to my madness. I start at one of the doors and work around to the other side.

In this case I was starting at the side of the front door and working around to the side of the other door that goes into the living room. I have already done the space between the doors.

See all of that blue tape? That is what holds everything together until the glue dries.

I just keep putting new pieces of stone on and then running the tape over it.

When I get to the side of the second door, I simply wrap the tape to the inside and tear it off.

Tessie finally showed up after I had finished four rows.  I had already taken the bottom three rows of tape off.

I am not sure that she approves, but since she is not in charge of supervision, I don't think that it is going to make a whole lot of difference.

Kota approves. I gave him a handful of Kitty treats and he thinks everything is just dandy!

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Out to the Garden...

This morning, I spent time out in the yard...

What did the Terrible Two do?

They stayed inside and made more cracker crumbs for me to clean up...

I did a bit of planting and a lot of watering.

When I came back inside, I started rocking again... I may never get all of the rocks on this thing at this rate...


I thought you would rather see what the squirrels are up to, rather than more photographs of rocks.

This is one of the first batch of babies for this year.  He is almost as big as his parents. 

As you can see, he has his cheek pouches filled and is ready to go back to the tunnels and relax. He is going to be a big, big squirrel if he keeps it up!

Same squirrel... Different cheek to fill... He or she is going to be one BIG squirrel if he(or she) keeps filling those pouches and running back to the nest and to eat it all.

I had the tail end of a bag or ice and I put it in the water bowls this morning. They seem to like a little cool water whenever I do that. 

Anyway, I just looked out the window and there are still a bunch of squirrels running around the yard and laying in the shade relaxing. 

I do love looking out and seeing them.  They are very relaxing and entertaining when I get tired of typing. Back to work... More stoning to do.
See you tomorrow.