Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Beautiful Tuesday




The sunrise was wonderful, loved the pinks in the clouds. Jim was able to be home for an extra day, which made my day. Of course the down side is that he will not be home next weekend. I so wish he could find a nice job closer to home, but don't get me wrong, I am very glad he is working. So many people are out of work, I could not knock his having a job.

Over the weekend he was drilling holes in the walls to be ready for the big job of doing blown in insulation. I have mentioned in the past that our front room is dark and sort of gloomy. In my daydreaming I have been trying to come up with a good wall treatment. Well, part of that has been solved. Under the wall paper was paneling, when Jim started to remove that to make drilling easier he found
a surprise. Some where along the line the people decided they did not want a window so they just blocked it up and covered it over!! We are going to restore it, now there will be more light
in the room. He also discovered that there is NO insulation in the walls, this would go a long way to explain the cold and drafts.
This same solution was used in an upstairs window?? You can see the window from the outside, even has mini blinds but drywalled over from inside. Sorry, I just do not get it. They did cover the window in the downstairs so can't be seen from outside, at least that was an improvement. See what people with new houses miss,lol.
We have a new member to our family, his name is Charlie and he is brown so of course going through my head is "Charlie Brown, he's a clown". He belonged to our neighbors who tied him up most of the time, when ever he got off chain he was over here. I would take him home, and he would be at my house before I got there. I kept trying to shoo him away and made sure not to feed him or encourage him. None of it worked, he loves me. The other day the owner came to pick him up, yet again, and I told him "you can just leave him here". They work and I am home all day so he thought about it and now Charlie is laying by my chair snoozing away. Very smart dog, he is learning manners quickly, I am always upset when people have ill mannered dogs. Just as bad as bratty kids (mine were of course angels, not), but they did know not to push Mom too far. Charlie is German Short hair Pointer and Chocolate Labrador Retriever. Very high energy at the moment but he should calm down some. Gets Elvira up and moving which is a good thing, he can be very annoying and she lets him know to leave her alone. He has been very good in the house, not bothered the cats and had no accidents. He slept by the bed for the last two nights and was a perfect gentleman.

I spent part of morning putting new stakes out for more fencing, the goats have done a great job clearing out their other areas. Now I will have three different pastures for them and three less places to mow, hooray. Using this wire is so easy, I love that I can do it myself, a little later I will go out and string the twine and tie it in to the existing fence. Neighbor is coming over later to help me with some hog panels that I want to use to block off their pen. Hog panels are large sections of welded wire and there is quite a bit of it around here so will put it to use. They are a little heavy and the people here previously put them up high to keep their pigs in.

Yesterday Jim helped me plant my butterfly garden, the plants were delivered last week and I needed to get them in the ground. While not large there were quite a few of them, so the extra pair of hands helped bunches. He also helped me plant a new rose, we had picked it up to replace one that did not make it through the winter. When Jim went to dig up the "dead" rose we found that it was trying to grow, so back in the ground it went and we found another home for new rose. If we won the lottery I know where a bunch of mine would go,lol, tons of plants ,my dream garden. I have thought what I would do if we were lucky enough to win one of those huge jackpots and trust me it would not all go for play. I am so glad my roses are blooming again, lots of buds. I want everything to grow now!! Not that I am impatient or anything. Need to get back to work on the goats new pasture. Wishing everyone a wonderful day, full of joy and laughter. We need to appreciate all the good things we have going for us, makes the bad seem a little better.


Barbara

9 comments:

Jo said...

I know what you mean by the surprises you find when you have an older home and get started with the renovasions. The original part of our house was built by a VietNam vet. There was a little bit of renovation and some adding on done by the next owners. Then we bought it..... It was way too small for when the kids came so we decided we needed to add on too. JD is a carpenter and has built as well as designed many houses. There is not the first professional thing to be found on the original house. When JD started the addition he had to go about it in a way that would match the original house. I guess you could say that the original house was "Rustic". When he finished the job it was beautiful and would never guess that it was added on to. I'll have to do a post sometime with the transition pictures.

Jo said...

I know what you mean by the surprises you find when you have an older home and get started with the renovasions. The original part of our house was built by a VietNam vet. There was a little bit of renovation and some adding on done by the next owners. Then we bought it..... It was way too small for when the kids came so we decided we needed to add on too. JD is a carpenter and has built as well as designed many houses. There is not the first professional thing to be found on the original house. When JD started the addition he had to go about it in a way that would match the original house. I guess you could say that the original house was "Rustic". When he finished the job it was beautiful and would never guess that it was added on to. I'll have to do a post sometime with the transition pictures.

violetlady said...

Hi, Barbara. I always love reading your blog and finding out what new adventures you are having at "the homestead." Charlie looks like an absolutely wonderful dog. You are so good to give him a better home. I hate to hear of dogs being chained up for long periods. Have a beautiful day!

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Barbara,

What a beautiful sunrise photo! Love the pink clouds.

Sounds like you got a great deal accomplished while Jim was home. Imagine finding a window, under the paneling!

I'm glad Charlie found a new home with you. He looks happy in the picture, enjoying his new freedom to run. Your rose looks lovely, and you sound happy and content. Counting our blessings instead of our problems makes life more joyful and pleasant.

I enjoyed my visit to the Clark Homestead. Have a grand week!

Hugs,

Renie

Nancy said...

Thank you for dropping by my cooking blog and leaving a comment. Nice to meet you, too, Barbara!

Your renovations sound exciting! Finding a window you didn't even know you had must have been the highlight of your day! That is great!

I love your kitty's photo! I have 33 of those furry things, all inside! And your new dog is beautiful, too! He is very lucky to have found a home with you! I hate to see an animal tied or chained up! He knows who loves him, doesn't he?

Drop by and visit my blogs anytime! My regular blog is called Nancy's Nonsense. Stop by whenever you can! I'll be back to visit, too! You have an intersting blog! And we're about the same age, too! (I just turned 63 in April.)

(((HUGS)))

Karen said...

It sounds like both you and Charlie are lucky to have found one another. And to find a new window in your home -- that's awesome! I can only imagine your surprise! Your home sounds lovely, Barbara, and the clematis is beautiful. Mine is tucked in the corner of our yard where I wonder that it even bothers to grow, but every year it out-does itself and comes back fuller than before. I wish I had thought to put it in a place that had more room and showed it off better. But I guess it's happy. "Bloom where you are planted" and all that stuff:)

Gramma Ann said...

I blogged over here from Nancy's cooking blog. I enjoyed reading about your house and animals. I'm sure, having Charlie will help the week go faster until Jim gets home on the week-end. And another plus, you don't have to talk to yourself, you can talk to the "Clown, Charlie Brown."

I am from Iowa and when I noticed that "stormy cloud" picture, I immediately went to your profile to see where you were from, and sure enough it was Iowa. So nice to meet you, Barbara, I'm Ann, without an 'e.';))

Have a nice evening with Charlie;)

Gramma Ann said...

I blogged over here from Nancy's cooking blog. I enjoyed reading about your house and animals. I'm sure, having Charlie will help the week go faster until Jim gets home on the week-end. And another plus, you don't have to talk to yourself, you can talk to the "Clown, Charlie Brown."

I am from Iowa and when I noticed that "stormy cloud" picture, I immediately went to your profile to see where you were from, and sure enough it was Iowa. So nice to meet you, Barbara, I'm Ann, without an 'e.';))

Have a nice evening with Charlie;)

Gramma Ann said...

I don't know how that happened.