Sunday, May 16, 2010

Little Things

Yeah, I know, it doesn't look like much but this was something of a pain to do, so I was pleased that I did finish this side yesterday. It wasn't as bad as I had imagined, I only cut one board wrong, but trying to hold myself on that slick roof and it being so near the edge and nail that stuff off etc. was kinda tricky. But it's done! Yea!
I did also manage to scrounge up a little more trim so I have all four of the sills and under pieces on all the windows and the corner boards up. Now, I just need to get a little more to do the sides and header pieces. If the rain holds off I am going to try to start running the siding across the front maybe. But I also need to mow the yard; it's getting a little high even for me. And I wanted to get the Bobcat in the garden and do a little leveling and clearing for path preparation. I also have some squash and pepper plants that need setting out and some cantaloupe. Oh!! I almost forgot to tell ya'll... the other day I went by the local lumber/ garden center to buy some bags of soil amendments. Hey, don't scoff! My soil is so bad and I need it fixed faster than I can produce compost, with just me and no animals, so I buy some bagged soil to mix in. Anyway, one bag was unusually heavy, even for me, and as I was loading it into my truck, an older man came up and said "may I help you with that?" And I let him!! Uh-huh, how 'bout that? Maybe I can be salvaged.

The other day FloridaCracker asked me about my new little toy here and I had meant to show it anyway. I bought this little Troy Built cultivator a few weeks ago and so far I like it pretty good. Now, as I had told FC, I had tilled my garden for the past 3 years with a Troy Built Horse; one of those big rear-tine tillers, so the soil was pretty loose anyways. That and it being mostly sand makes it easy to dig. I just needed something at this point to dig a little and mix in compost and amendments and for that I think it does pretty good. It digs like hell and isn't stopped by rocks but if you were breaking new soil I don't believe this would be the thing. One other thing is that it doesn't move forward very well, it just digs itself down in a hole. I find that the best way to go and have it dig deep is to back up with it. It's pretty easy to start and you can buy an electric, push button start for it if you want. It also comes with edger attachments.

Alright, time to get to work. It is so lovely and cool here today. We have actually had a spring this year! It's amazing. Seems the past several years we just go straight from winter to summer, with spring lasting maybe a week! I haven't even used air-conditioning yet but that may change soon. Ya'll have a good weekend; what's left of it!


*Good Charlotte

8 comments:

Mom said...

Hi-I came across your blog thru my daughter at Dogfight Cove-I love seeing what women can build, I am a builder/carpenter at heart (a lousy one, but I try-and have tons of fun thinking about it and doing it).Your place and grounds looks beautiful!And thank you for your kind words to Molly.I'm sorry for the loss of your brother.Jane

Richard said...

Try putting down pressure first on one side and then the other as you till. This is all I have to do to keep it moving forward instead of just down.

edifice rex said...

Hello Jane! glad to have you here and thank you very much for YOUR kind words. I wish that I could offer Molly and all of ya'll more meaningful words that would lessen your pain but time and God seem to be the only ones that can do that. I'm happy to see that you all are so close however; that in itself will help a lot.
I'm sure that your carpenter skills are much better than you let on and I'm always happy to hear from other women who enjoy building! Don't be a stranger.

Hey Richard! thanks! I'll definitely try that next time.

Anonymous said...

Annie,

Ronnie said he paid you a visit awhile back, he's good people and one you can trust which is hard to find nowadays.

Me and the wife went up last Wednesday PM, worked 3 days on tearing down Mom's old front porch and building back a new one. We were able to sleep with the windows open and it was nice. That all ended when my daughter and her husvband arrived and insisted on A/C as she is 8 months with grandchild #2.

Your house is looking great, I keep meaning to come by and visit but family obligations take precedent. You're a nice person but there is definitely a shortage of decent guys to pick from, too many were "mammy raised" I guess.

Keep up the good work and I'll see you soon.

Barry

edifice rex said...

Hey Barry! yeah, Ronnie came by!! I'm always happy to see him and enjoy his visits. I hope his irises I gave him made it home okay on the back of that bike!
It's been so cool here this spring I've been sleeping with my windows open too and it is wonderful.
Now, first chance ya'll get you and your wife definitely drop by, I'd love to see ya'll too! We might could even throw something on the grill.

Floridacracker said...

Annie,
Thanks for the review! I love Troybuilt products. I had a Troybuilt horse a few years ago and it was great.

Beau said...

Awesome work up there. I could sooo use some of your expertise! Must feel great to make progress. And good for you at the store :) Besides, you probably made his day feeling helpful and all.

edifice rex said...

Hey FC! yeah, I love them too! always reliable.

Hey Beau! thanks! it does feel good!
yeah, I'm going to have to beat it into my head to let men do more 'cause that really makes them feel good.