Don't forget to poke the photos to enlarge!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Tree Is No More...

This is how the back wall is going to look until we get another tree... Maybe.  We haven't decided yet.  It's still under discussion.

I put the three lanterns in to fill the gaps for now. They will go if I decide to do either fairy stuff or birdhouses.
After I got the mess cleaned up, I came back inside and finished the drawers in the closet.  You will have to take my word.  They are as clean as they are going to be.

I can also find paint by color now. That's a great help.
 I moved the dressing room into the workroom.  I am still thinking that it needs the dressing table.  I don't think that Tessie would object to another dressing table.  The chair just somehow doesn't go. 

I am still looking for all of the missing mirrors.  They haven't turned up yet.
Meanwhile, I have these bookcases cleaned out.  No mirrors here.

I think that I will give up for the day and start again tomorrow. I have had enough fun for one day.  I want to do something more serious...

TV and a Doctor Pepper come to mind.

Back to it.  See you tomorrow.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Monsoons Are Here!!!!!!!

This is what it looked like in the back yard about an hour a go...

We got this side of the yard pretty well cleaned up...
This is what I saved of the trunk of the tree and some of the larger branches.  As you can see, I still have a lot of branches lying on the ground...

I am NOT going out there to clean up the mess right now. It started raining again, so I opted for other activities...
I am back in the workroom doing more cleaning and straightening...
An hour after the first two photos were taken, this is what the back yard looked like... Just a bit damper than before....
Actually.  A lot damper than an hour ago! I am opting to stay in the workroom today. Thank goodness it is Saturday and that is legal.

I am going in there and keep warm.  I just looked out the window and the water is getting deeper by the minute!!!!

Now where did I put those water wings???

See you tomorrow.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Thank You, Walter!

I am thanking Walter publically for putting up with my hair brained schemes for all of the years that we have been married...

This one  may be the straw that broke the camel's back...

We talked it over and since the big, no name tree in the back yard was pretty much dead, we decided to cut it down... that's not the hair brained part...

All that was left was the stump at the right of the photo...
By the time I thought to take the photo, most of the limbs that he cut off were out of the picture.

We are going to have a lot of little branches to get rid of. This is the last of the bunch.
I think that I scared the poor kumquat tree into staying green and growing.  It is out there trembling and trying as hard as it can to put out new leaves...

Poor kumquat...
This is the part that Walter hasn't seen yet.  I saved some of the branches from the old, no name tree and am going to use them for a couple of projects that I have in mind.

He pretty much ignores my hair brained schemes because it is easier to just stand back. Let me have at it.  If it works, it usually turns out pretty good. If it doesn't, all I have wasted is a couple of days and a few pages in a sketch pad.

Anyway, this is going to turn into a fairy forest or Tessie will grab it and turn it into an outdoor get away for herself... I don't think that she is going to win this one. I am on the side of the fairies.

Wish me luck in the argument.  back to picking up twigs.

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Emergency Room (Back Yard)

I am spending a lot of time in the back yard.  I am babysitting the kumquat tree.  It started losing it's leaves a few days after it was planted.

I kept asking people what to do here and there...

Finally I got smart and went to Civano Nursery where the kumquat was purchased in the first place.

The guy there knew what he was talking about. He grows these all of the time. My little tree is now getting about four hours of drip irrigation daily.
I felt that I should purchase something in exchange for the information.  I came home with three new succulents.  Now I have to figure out where to plant these guys.

The tree, by the way, started looking better the very next day and seems to be snapping out of it now.

My fingers will still be crossed for a couple of weeks. It should start putting out some new leaves pretty soon.
I am the proud owner of a tomato plant with real live tomatoes.

It took a while for it to start producing anything... It has three tomatoes and lots of blossoms now. At least something is going right.
In other news... Tessie spent the morning under the bed with the protectors of her future houses... I have the feeling that she is feeding them my spare wood again.  That's what she does when she wants to keep them interested in protecting her future homes...

First she spends time with them. Then she spends time with Kota.  He is on her side in the building of new houses.  That keeps me out of his hair.

He doesn't like to be awakened in the middle of a nap for petting.  When I am working, he can sleep more.

Anyway, between the gardening and the chasing Tessie around the house, I am getting NOTHING done today. Back to work. See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

New Stuff From Jeannie! Thank You Jeannie!!!

Jeannie had some more stuff that she didn't really want... I did!

Two Chrysnbon kits. Bathroom and kitchen stove. 

A desk that is beautifully done.  Signature on the bottom.  I am going to have to see if I can tell what it is.

A large block of balsa. I can always use that for overstuffed furniture.

Zar immediately grabbed the desk... He may have to fight Spike for ownership. Spike seemed to think that the top part would be a great place for him to sleep...

The last two items were something that I have wanted to make for years.  Now I don't have to.

They are a couple of Scandinavian Stoves. The real originals were ceramic and used to heat houses a couple of hundred years ago. They will have to be worked on, but that is easier than starting from scratch.

I am off now to fight Zar and Spike for possession of the desk.  Most of the other stuff, I can sneak into the workroom, before Tessie sees any of it. 

Back to hiding things from Tessie. See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Zar's Not Excited....

If it's not Tessie, it's Zar.

He took one look at the size of the little house and did a "Bah Humbug!".

He turned his nose up and declared it not enough room for him and Spike.

Oh well. I didn't want to do it anyway.
There is not even enough room for the pool table that I promised him, years ago.  I did make a carved frame for it, but that's as far as I got.

Maybe I should just finish the pool table and not worry about a place to put it until it is finished. 

That seems like a lot more fun than doing the same cottage that I have done so many times before.
Boring! Boring! Boring!!!

I am just going somewhere and pout for the rest of the day. 

Tomorrow is Wednesday.... For Witches. I probably won't get much done anyway.  I may as well work on the pool table. That should be way more fun than another cottage.

Back to the drawing board.  See you tomorrow.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Dirty-ing It Up....

All I have left to do is dirty the outer walls up a bit.

I have them painted, but they have no shading yet.

Spike is standing watch until I get to that part.  I should just put a paint brush in his mouth and tell him to go at it.  He would probably do a better job than I would.
I finally got Tessie to do some of the hanging up of aprons.  It took long enough to talk her into it.

If truth be told, I did most of it.  She jumped in at the last minute for the photo op.

Zar refused to do any more aft he hung up three or four aprons.  So I was left to do most of it.
I still need to find a mirror to hang on the wall.  I still haven't found the box that I have a LOT of mirrors in.  It is somewhere in the work room.

This morning I had a doctor's appointment and then we went to see "Ocean's Eight".  Pretty good. Fun movie.

Anyway, tomorrow it's back to the workroom. I cheated on Sunday and only worked half a day.  Bad Casey.

Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.  See you then.