Saturday, June 17, 2017

CPHA Yard Sale 2017

It has been a while since I have posted. I'm not going to apologize because I just don't care that much.

Today was the Annual Corbin Park Neighborhood Yard Sale. It once was a big thing but not so much any more. We probably had about 15 houses participating around the park and another 15 or more on the adjacent streets beyond the park.

As president of the Corbin Park HomeOwners Association, it was my job to get the signs out around the area this morning.
Beyond that, Susan and I walked around the park and looked at some of the sales.

Susan had a big catering event up at Arbor Crest called "the Pour". It's a big charitable event to raise money through drinking wine.

I did some household chores like mowing and edging and that's about it.

Then I changed my surroundings to this.
This was much more enjoyable than mowing...but definitely more work. My upper body paddling strength needs some honing.

Here are some more pictures from the river.
You will note some baby ducks in the weeds.

That is all for now. I need to nap.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Memorial Day C

We slept in until 9. I never do that!

It is 11:00 now and we have had our breakfast and are ready to face the day. 

Today is planting day. Susan got all her flowers the other day and now it's time to put them in some dirt so we can begin the process of killing them. We are very good at that.

I had a roof guy come by today to give me a bid on the roof for the Carriage House. His name is Eric and he works with Mark's son, Mitch. Actually, Mitch works for him.
As you can see, this is a job that must be done. I'm hoping it isn't going to cost more than two grand. However, it really needs to get done so, I will probably pay whatever he comes up with within reason.

The rafters need more support and we need to get that bow out of the ridge line. I'm going to have him add some zinc strips to help ward off the moss.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day Two

It looks to be a hot hot HOT day.

I have lots to do and I have done none of it. It is almost one o'clock so I had best get my ass in gear.

Vroom Vroom!

Well, I don't know how successful I was today in getting stuff done. I got the yard trimmed up with Mark's weed wacker. I stole my neighbors fire ring for a late night fire. I got the pond cleaned out and got the turtle fountain working.

Beyond that, I layed around my neighbors pool and I tore apart the old Weber Barbecue to see if there was anything to salvage. The answer appears to be, "No!"
We had a nice fire to end the day and burn up a bunch of personal papers that we didn't want in the garbage stream.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day One

It is just after 8 AM on the first day of the Memorial Day Weekend. It looks like it is going to be a nice weekend as far as the weather is concerned. There is a lot to do today, but first things first. Coffee!
Okay, the coffee is brewing. I can almost start my day. 

Before the day begins, I need to talk about the furnace. I finally shut it down the other day. I think I turned it off last Monday or Tuesday. All I did was flip the switch on the thermostat so the pilot light is still burning. I'll get down there today to shut that down as well. 

With the furnace off, we should see a substantial drop in our monthly bill from Washington Water Power. Then we can start getting on track to get our bill down to zero.

We are on the comfort plan where we pay the same amount every month...about $300.00. During the winter, the monthly payment does not cover our monthly bill, so it builds up. I'm not exactly sure where we are right now, but by September, we should be pretty close to even.

Coffee's ready!
One of the projects I have for today, or more accurately, for the weekend, is to continue the clean out and organization of the garage. It would be nice if I could get some clean up and organization in the Carriage House as well. We'll see!

Once I get myself up and dressed, I'm going to haul a bunch of tires to the tire store and hopefully get a little cash for the many gently used tires that are in the garage.

Okay, a giant step forward in Garage cleaning. The tires are gone. I didn't get any money for them but I didn't have to pay the guy anything either.
So, here's how the space inside looks right now. It's quite the conflagration.

I am going to try and organize what's is left in there and hopefully, find some stuff to toss. Let's see how I do.
Okay, it was not a great job of reorganizing and an even worse job of tossing. I can also tell you that the above picture does not do justice to the amount of room I have created in the garage. One can now walk around the space with no difficulty and almost completely park a mid sized car in there.

In my book, which is the only book that matters, that is progress.

Next, Susan wanted to get the umbrella and chairs and the like down from the Carriage House and make them useful. She also wanted her teak planter bench out. Upon seeing it in the light of day, she decided it need some maintenance.
So I broke out the random orbit oscillating sander and went to work on removing the old lacquer that was peeling and clinging to the wood. It was not a thorough job of sanding. Remember, we are using my book.

We then applied a coat of Teak Oil to the visible areas and ended up with this sort of affair.
I think I'm going to apply another coat tomorrow, but it remains to be seen as my book may have other things in mind.

It is now much later in the day and the sun has gone down and the evening has grown dark.

We invited Mark over because I wanted to borrow his weed wacker and we went over to Geraldo's to get some Mexican food to go and then proceeded to the Hub where we ate said Mexican food.

That pretty much ended our day.

Time for bed!

Friday, May 26, 2017

So Long, Old Acquaintance

We walked down the block last night to say good bye to an old friend. Perhaps not a friend, but an acquaintance. Yes, definitely an acquaintance.

It was the old tree on the corner of Waverly Place and Washington.
This is one of my favorite houses on the park. I really like its design. What is left of the tree you can see in the street. It was a big old majestic maple tree.

I have a particular affinity for it because it had this big old hole in the side of the trunk. Years ago on a walk, I stopped to by the tree to inspect the hole. Sitting just above the hole was an owl. He was well out of my reach so he didn't freak fact, he just sat there and looked at me...wisely, and perhaps a bit of malcontent.

One does not see many owls in Spokane. Especially during daylight hours. So that tree has always held a special place in my memory.

It's sad to see this tree go but it had to happen. A giant branch broke free a month ago and fell into the yard. 
You can see from this close up that the tree was quite diseased.
That hollowed out middle is from fungi eating away at it. It extended quite a ways through the tree.

So, see ya later Mr Maple. I shall remember you fondly, especially now that I have immortalized you here.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Premature Heatilation

I have been meaning to report that I shut down the boiler last weekend so we have officially been without a source of whole house heat for four full days. 

However, I have concluded I was a bit premature in the restriction of heat. The last few days have been nothing but cold and rainy. We got a half inch of rain yesterday according to the WeatherStan 5000 Weather Station. The hops are happy but nothing else.

So, I have just re-lit the pilot on the boiler and cranked it to eleven. I think I'll leave it there until Memorial Day. Then we shall see if the timing is right to shut things down again and coast on the good graces of Mom Nature for a few months.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Three Event Day

Three very important events took place here today.

The first was waking up on this side of the dirt. That is an important event every day and one I plan to keep pursuing for the foreseeable future.

The second was the hanging of pictures in the bathroom. This was an important event because the hanging of pictures required the puncturing of wallpaper with hooks upon which to hang said pictures. 
It all went well and the trauma of the defaced wall paper has been dealt with. The pictures are enjoying their first full day of display.
The third big event was the painting of the door trim in the bathroom. This event's significance lies in the fact that it is the last item to be completed in order to officially declare the bathroom finished.

There is just a little touch up left and then the declaration of bathroom completion shall be signed and ratified. But since we have no rats, it shall be catified.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mucho Bueno Worko

There is mucho bueno work to do today and I don't have time to be sitting here telling you about it. I need to get out there and do it.

First, I'm off to a friends to help with some yard work.

Okay, that went well. I worked at Gail's from 11:00 to 1:00 and got quite  bit accomplished. She has a bunch of trees that need to be cut back. I'm creating a lot of piles.

When I got home we went over to a friend of Susan's who is giving us a mattress, It's a big California King with Memory Foam. Ronnie hauled it over in her truck and helped us get it in the house. 

To get it up the stairs, I got good ol'Mark. I had to drive out to the Valley to get good ol'Mark cuz he was having his mechanic do some work on his car.

We returned here to the house and managed to man handle that floppy mattress up the stairs. We also brought the old one down the stairs. That was easier.

Then we retired to the front porch for beers. 

I had to get Mark home so he could shower and be prepared to be picked up by his daughter to go to a cousins sixtieth birthday party. There seems to be a lot of those going around this year.

Now we are winding down and getting ready to go to dinner with Mom. She has just returned from se7en months in the dessert. That's right, she was encased in ice cream and chocolate sauce for over half a year.

No! She was in Palm Springs. But now she is home for the foreseeable summer and we are glad to have her back.

I guess that's it for Saturday. We didn't get much work done, but what we got done is okay. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Captain Tree Hugger

Susan is working tonight and I am here at the house, all alone except for the cat and my G&T.

I am working on building up some gumption to try looking for some way to attempt to start the search to begin the journey to do some work of some sort or fashion in the bathroom. 

The last remaining item is the trim around the door.

Instead of that, I have been looking on line for information about how to repair an old mirror that is losing it's silver backing. I found that there are lots of YouTube videos showing me how to take a new mirror and antique it...make it look old.

There are very few videos that tell you how to refurbish an old mirror from looking antique to a bright new finish.
That's what I want to do with this old mirror from the Medicine Cabinet we removed from the old bathroom.

The first video I watched said don't even bother. The harsh chemicals you have to use and precautions you have to take to secure the mercury that is in an old mirror are not worth the environmental hazards that you may be exposing the world to.

I'm not much of a tree hugger. Nor do I have plans of flinging mercury spuriously about. It seems to me there should be a safe way to make this happen.

I have now watched several videos and none have given me a firm grasp on what exactly is the best method to proceed.

So, I guess the best method to proceed is to continue the research here on the InterWeb and elsewhere.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Bloomsday 2017

It can now be really officially dubbed Spring with the arrival of Bloomsday. Susan and Mark ran while I held the table at the Onion.
It all went exactly like it does every year. Susan tried to train ahead of time and was very unhappy with her preparation. Hence, she was nervous this morning and worried about the race. 

Even with all the worry, she finished the same time as last year...
1:33 and something.

As usual, Mark didn't train at all and had a time of 1:29:something.

We ate our faces off at the Onion and now are very full for the whole rest of the day.

Afterwards, we came home and piled into the Hot Tub. While I was at the Onion waiting for the runners, I started wondering how long it has been since we have had the hot tub. I was able to look it up here and found we got it in place in August of 2009. We had it running by the first-ish of October.

So, we've had it 8 1/2 years and it's been worth every penny...especially on days like today.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Trying to Beat the Rain

It has been the weekend of yard work.

I cleaned the street gutter on Wall Street yesterday and I'm going to take the leaf blower to clean up the Waverly Place gutter shortly. In the meantime, I need to take a break. 

I do not have the stamina built up to be doing all this work. My condition is waaaay out of condition. However, the best way to build up my stamina to mow the lawn mow the lawn. Using the same syllogistic logic, I need to work in the yard more in order to allow me to do more work in the yard.

The weather forecast is threatening rain but it has yet to show up. So I'm trying to get as much done as possible before the forecast comes true.

Okay! The Blowjob is complete on Waverly. Now I just have to do a little maintenance on the Arbor Vitae and I'll call it a day.

The day is winding down now and I'm watching 60 Minutes and wandering around the house doing little jobs here and there. I met Mark at a nearby Mexican Restaurant from a couple drinks and some tacos. 

The rain never materialized so once again, good job weather forecasters. I really want a job where I get paid to guess about the future.

Susan had to work this afternoon so I'm waiting for her to get home. 

Another week looms in front of us and from my perspective, it is not going to be pretty.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

We're Alright

I forgot to mention yesterday that we finally got the bathrooms shutters to a point where they were acceptable to Susan to return to the window. Then she worked on the valance she has been saving and got that in place. 
So now the bathroom is really starting to take shape. I'm going to do some work on the door trim and when that is finished and painted, the bathroom remodel will be complete.

We are coming up on the third anniversary of when we started the bathroom remodel.

I'm going to go out now and clean my car. It's a mess!

Later: With as much as we accomplished yesterday, we made today Opposite Day. Oh sure, I went to church and Susan ran a 5K, but beyond that, not much happened here today.

And we're okay with that!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saturday on the Park - It is not the Fourth of July

8:21AM: I have a lot I would like to get done today and I already feel like I'm running behind. It's always nice to sleep in though and one should do it at least once a day.

My morning has not started well as my coffee grinder broke. 
You can see in the picture that the blade is off the shaft spinning freely and the plastic cap that holds the blade in place has broken. At least it waited until I had my beans mostly shredded. However, a major loss of a good and trusted appliance so early in the day does not offer expectations of a glorious day to follow.

First, I needs to bathe. And so I shall!

8:44AM: Okay, I am clean and dressed and ready to face the horrible day that my coffee grinder says it is going to be. 

My first job is to go out and drain a little of the water out of the overfilled hot tub.
Okay, the water is draining and now I'll have to keep an eye on it to make sure I don't over drain. I want the water level to be about half way down the tile.
But doesn't it look great. It's clean and fresh and ready for our gross oily bodies to defile it. 

Okay, now it's time for some morning sustenance.

9:58AM: We are fed and ready to move on. The hot tub is secure and at a good level. I'll assess that for sure tonight when we get in it.

I am waiting for a text from Mark to meet him in the valley. He is taking his car to a guy who works out of his really nice sizable garage.

While I am out and I going to make a couple of stops. I have drugs to procure form the drug store and a new coffee grinder to purchase.

5:24PM: Wow! It has been a day! I got a new Coffee grinder and my drugs, and then I returned home to wash off the deck, wash off the front porch, cut a couple of mats for Susan's pictures she is going to put in the bathroom, got a final coat of paint on one of the shelves, and

We went out on the front porch and enjoyed a beer. And then Ted and his pal Swany came over and had a beer. And then, our friend Olga was driving by after dropping her daughter off at a birthday party and stopped for a beer.

Because that 's the kind of house we want to operate!

Sunday, April 02, 2017


It does not appear as though the town went too crazy last night. The sun came up this morning and most of the town is still standing. 

I can tell you from personal observation that the falls are a sight to behold. They are raging now like they do every year at this time, but it is always an amazing thing to take in. The power of water is awesome!

Susan has headed off to Costco to get her tires set up and I am here waiting for Phil to show up and put some finishing touches on the shelf in the bathroom.

I am going out to try to start cleaning the Carriage House. It is going to be a multi-pronged attack that will take several days. I'm starting with organization of my tools.