Monthly Archives: January 2020

New fencing…new tricks

Lucy has enjoyed the freedom the new fencing has given her. Although I am working on a “new trick” with her to make sure she comes quickly when called. I pulled out the old Bobby’s whistle I’d used to train Malcolm for his role as Bullseye in 4 productions of Oliver!

I started by blowing it and treating her immediately when she heard the whistle. Then I took her outside off lead. I’d blow the whistle and when she came (which she did right away) I’d treat her again. Did this all morning.

I’ll probably have to refresh this each day for awhile until, for her, it becomes second nature to come running at the sound of the whistle. It is for her protection and for my peace of mind.

Once again she wore herself out running around the yard.


Climb the ladder day…

Well, I know I shouldn’t go up and down the step ladder without someone around but I did it anyway.

First thing I did was put the globe back on the hall light where I’d taken it off when the light went out. Never did find out why, all I know is that it is working again.

The next ascent was to replace the air filter. I’d found a replacement filter in the hall closet. OMG so glad I did it, the old one was clogged, no wonder the heat was so uneven and noisy. Once I did that, the heat is running quietly and I’m getting better heat.

I also ordered new filters and subscribed so I can change them every three months as recommended. I sure as heck hadn’t done that.

I have all 3 of the estimates in for the fencing and kicked one guy, the second one, to the curb right away after checking his measurements (He was 30 feet off (less) on the measurements from the other 2 guys) and having him write the estimate to Mary, not Margaret. He doesn’t seem to be a careful sort of person.

I think I have made my choice. Price wise the first guy is a little more than guy #2 but guy 2 is the moron and Guy 3’s pictures of his fencing looked like super cheapass fencing for more $$$ than guy 1.

I’ll be calling guy 1 tomorrow to discuss hardware for the gate.

I finally unpacked the silk screen and am in the process of figuring out how to get the hangers placed right on the bedroom wall.


More to do…

Well, made it through Jay’s birthday with a minimum of tears. I am so glad because I truly hate it when I fall into a crying jag.

It’s hard to believe that the 21st of next month marks a year he’s gone. The time both dragged and rushed by.

It’s also hard to believe how much I got done here in the new house. Just a bit more and I’ll be more amenable to getting out and about. To me the priority has been making this house my home.

I believe I’ve succeeded.

Although both my office and the guest room need some work yet.

Grandpa Hauser’s desk isn’t cutting it in the office, although I could use it as a place to sit and pay bills, I need a better space for my computer to do my writing. I may sell the desk and find something else.

The guest room has things in it I need to find homes for, like new blinds I moved with me that are too big for these windows. Two large bags of clothes for donation. Pictures that need hanging in both rooms. That sort of stuff.

However, for the most part the inside of the house is done.

Fencing is next and I already have one price quote in hand. 257 feet of it to do the entire back yard.

Life here is quiet, relaxing, and soon to be very productive.

Things I accomplished this week…

I baked some banana nut bread the other day.

I am working on riding my stationary bike and lifting weights more often.

I finally got the grill together. I had to quit at one point because it took two people to lift the main part onto the base. My neighbor came over and we got that bit together in short order. Then it was a matter of me putting the assembled shelves and door on. Next thing I need is a bottle of gas and it is ready to go.

I have 3 fencing companies coming over during the next few days to give me an estimate on doing some privacy fence in the back yard.

And I got a chapter finished on my new book.

Knowing it was Jay’s birthday on the 15th, I knew I had to keep busy.


The new grill waiting for fencing, gas, and a cover.

It’s in pieces…

Don’t you just love it when the Fed EX delivery person tells you that the particularly heavy box they are delivering can only be left on the porch or right inside the door?

This is not the first time. But this time it is my new grill. I had to open the box and remove it piece by piece to the sun porch because there was no way this lady was lifting that box.

Most of it was easy to move. I did struggle with the main part of the grill, it was all in one piece, and weighed a ton.

Now my new grill sits on my sun porch in pieces until I either get the energy to put it together and a helper for the part where the instructions actually says it will take 2 people.

I only bought the grill this early because a. It was on sale and b. Target told me to use my card or lose it.

Also found out how fearless the squirrels are around here, Lucy almost got one while on the leash. Yep, the sucker let us walk right up to him and only took off when she went into full on prey drive.

Okay…attach casters to part C, take pieces A and B use screws (match them on the chart) to attach A and B to part C …

One more big construction project…

I’m pretty much down to putting finishing touches on the house. I have most of my pictures up on the walls. Though, there are a few I still need to hang, but those are the ones that belong in my bedroom, the guest room, my office, and the master bath.

I know, it sounds like a lot.

My next major project is to have the bath tub in the master bath removed and replace it with a large shower with a bench. I’ve begun looking at tile.

While looking at tile I am also thinking about the next project after the shower and that is the sun porch floor.

Spring will mean landscaping, raised beds for veggies, and some deer resistant trees.

Yes, we had a deer in the yard the other night. They grow them big around here. The doe was quite large.

Lucy, is a city dog. The scent of a deer in her yard was something quite new to her. I’m sort of glad she didn’t see it when it was in the yard. I can picture me being dragged off my feet and her raising hell at two a.m. We’d not be high on our neighbors’ list of favorites.

I think sometime next fall or so I’ll have new counter tops put in. The ones I have are okay for now, but they are Formica and they aren’t new.