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...and there was light

After a visit from Dad to help diagnose the issue (it made a good excuse - mom had been trolling for weekends to come visit the granddaughter, and then dad got two electrical consult calls in a week.  He ended the last call with "See you Sunday."  Last Sunday, that would be) and significant work by the guys to diagnose and solve the bit of house weirdness that caused the breaker to trip, the lighting system is in and functional.

Mid week, I patched the slightly-larger-than-the-switchplate-will-cover hole.  Yesterday I put on the second coat of mud.  This morning I sanded, sponged, and painted the patch.  Not my best patch - I should have run my fingers over the edge.  That would have told me that the bottom edge needed to be smoother - it became painfully apparent once I got the paint on it.  Given that this entire area is going to be behind a shelving unit full of fabric - I don't care.  Heck, I painted it with a white that isn't the white I put on the rest of those walls, because I don't have the original color any more.

Now I just need Bob to get all the tools off of my (empty) fabric shelves.  Once that's happened, we'll adjust the floor covering while we can, I'll move the shelves back into place, shim them up to level (while they're empty,) and start loading the fabric back in.  Once that's done, I can actually add the fixtures to the system because I'll be able to see where I want them - right now the room is so discombobulated that it's hard to tell.

I am VERY excited

In completely unrelated news, Bob sprayed the moss in the back yard this morning.  It'll get a dose of weed and feed, because the weeds have gotten past the point where I say "eh - they're green.  Then I'll rake out the moss, and we'll throw down some more seed.  We're getting there.

I'm also 95% sure that we're going to be cutting down the ornamental crab apple tree in the back yard.  It took a lot of damage in the storm, and I've been taking a long hard look at it.  Yeah, it's pretty for about a week in the spring, assuming that we don't get a late frost like we did this year.  But then it just looks moth-eaten the rest of the year - literally.  I can't figure out what's eating it, but it barely has any leaves on it by August, and I don't want to walk under because I don't like the itty-bitty caterpillars dropping in my hair.  Yech.  We have so very little lawn, and taking out that tree would give you someplace to stand in back where you didn't feel like the vegetation is reaching out to grab you.  I'm waiting for a bright sunny day when I'm home all day - I want to see if there's shade that we'll lose that I would regret.  I doubt it.  Every time I envision the back yard without that tree, I smile.  That's telling right there.

I'm a fan of trees, but there needs to be some room for ME also.


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Jun. 11th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Sounds like a good idea to take that tree out. I say go for it.
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
>shim them up to level
with an ipad. that's just so darned cool.

>can't figure out what's eating it
My guess is those itty-bitty caterpillars that drop in your hair. DEFINITE ick. If you decide not to cut, you'd need to spray (preferably not one of the modern ground-soaks that is implicated in killing off our bees, thanks)

It's got a decent sized trunk... Jan& other woodworkers might like it. Of course, so would Ziggy.

At some point can I get a wallboard patch lesson? Rob's understandably justifiably leery of house-hunting when he's brand new in his job, we've put the hunt on hold AGAIN. I reluctantly agreed -- it's frustrating, but understandable -- and told him I'll be decluttering & repairing with a vengeance. Hopefully my energy levels will be coming back as I get used to the machine.

Take the tree down -- I love my mulberryless back yard. It has a pavillion in it right now.
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
>with an ipad. that's just so darned cool.
Well, with a level, actually. But point taken. :-)

>My guess is those itty-bitty caterpillars that drop in your hair.
Well, yes. But I don't know what they are when they grow up. I'd need to identify them to find out what to spray, when to spray, then I'd need to actually do the spraying... I don't have that much energy.

Sure - I can run you through I-hate-patching-101. :-) It's not terribly hard, but it's one of those things that comes with practice. I'd invite you over to audit my next patch, but believe me - no one wants to start with ceilings!
Jun. 14th, 2012 01:15 am (UTC)
Darned tootin' I don't want to start on a ceiling! Although unfortunately ceilings are something I will have to deal with here. Someone who shall remain nameless (ahem) lost her balance in the attic and put a foot between floorless boards making a bendy crack right across the already fugly popcorn-spackled ceiling. Plus even with the roofrake, our flat back porch roof did get ice-dammed.

I'll also need the skills for the walls in the hallway & back porch --both under 1970s panelling -- and the bathroom if I don't just throw my hands up and pay someone to do it. (I need to revisit the estimate and ask them what they can cut out and how they can bring the price down about 50%....)
Jun. 12th, 2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
It sounds like that poor tree needs to be taken out of its misery, no matter what. Once it's gone, if you decide you really, really, need something there, you can always replace it with something that doesn't drop little caterpillers in your hair.

And thinking about it, I'm not sure I've ever seen a crab apple which *didn't* have moth eaten leaves.

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