Thursday, July 17, 2014

Here a Little, There a Little!

It's been a while since I've posted anything.  Spring came.  With all it's wonderful nature bounty! Then Summer.  And we were just so delighted to be out of the snow and cold that blogging got put on the back burner!  But we have made some progress around here at the Money Pit! Would you like to see?  Here a little.  There a little.

We removed and replaced the ancient thermostat!

Yay for better control over the heat and air conditioning!

We discovered a missing drawer front---hidden back behind the drawer---for a little desk in the kitchen!

A little scraping, fixing, gluing, and clamping....

And our little kitchen desk was back in business!!!

We painted the side front door to match the regular front door!  It looks SO much better!

And it matches!

I decided to paint some of the newel posts and railings black.  The jury is still out on whether I like them.  But they are too widespread for modern safety standards anyway---so changing them all up is still a future project.  (No grandchildren falling on their heads, please!)

More scotch tape was found and dealt with in the office.

I have decided that there should be a law prohibiting children from buying, using, or even touching scotch tape!  I have found bits and pieces of it all over the inside and outside of this house---and of course it is impossible to remove!  Much of it old and brittle and stuck down hard.

Give children masking tape!  It doesn't hurt a thing and the worst residue it can leave is easily scrubbed off.  (My new mission in life---to get children to turn in their scotch tape dispensers for free masking tape!  Let the violence to walls and doors END!!!)

This particular batch had been painted over!  So when I pulled it off, it took part of the wallboard.  Making for yet another unnecessary wall patch!  Sigh.

Tee hee hee.  This wallpaper border was also an interesting tidbit we found in the office.   I imagine the previous owners making this decision:   "Hmmm.  The ceiling does something different here---how shall we handle the wallpaper border?"  "I know!  Let's just split it in half!  And pretend the bottom half stretched all the way through the alcove!"

I could have just removed all of the wallpaper border, but I kind of liked it--so I simply removed the sections that were so silly!

And then painted everything to match.  Much better.

Do you remember our sad little powder room!?

With the toilet that had rust stains that wouldn't go matter what I scrubbed, bleached, or pumiced them with!?

 And that wonderful brass hanging light fixture---that came down on both sides of the missing mirror---but only worked on one side---with both globes missing?

And the 1990 texture-looking vinyl wallpaper?

Yes, THAT powder room!  The one we could welcome guests into.  Yea.  Yuck!

The wallpaper removal was a total pain!

But we got it done!

And then found moldy wallboard behind the toilet.  Because the toilet was leaking.  (A theme in this house.)

The toilet got ripped up and thrown away!  (I'm actually an expert now at toilet removal--this being my 4th!)

Did you know a hair dryer is an essential plumbing tool?!  Well it is!  Especially for stuck pipes that won't budge when you are trying to replace a faucet!

But here it is!  The finished powder room!

Ta Da!!

Brand new "Edison Bulb" light fixture!  And a new mirror!

New faucet!  (I installed it all by myself!)

New towel rack.

New toilet!  New paint!  And a brand new feel!

Maybe guests will actually come back for a second visit now instead of running screaming into the night!

That's all the tidbits of progress I have to show today!

But here's our next big project:


Stay tuned for the expense and trauma and toil and sorrow.....  ; )

Friday, May 30, 2014

Mother Nature Comes to Life!!!

Things are progressing slowly at the Money Pit!  But Mother Nature is moving quickly!  Minnesota was cold and barren for the winter---but now that Spring is here---everything is alive and growing quickly!!!

Here are some of our nature experiences of the last few weeks!

We thought there were no dead bodies in the pool....but we were mistaken!  Our first creature noticed....was a dead frog!

We put a pump in the pool water and started to drain it out.  It was a MESS!  Lots toys and tools were buried under the leaves and muck.

Lots of TURTLES were buried under the leaves and muck, too!!!

We carried them down to the lake and let them go free in a better environment.

It's hard to see, (right in the middle of those leaves) but we found LIVE frogs in the bottom of the pool muck, too!

And digging deeper still?  We found turtle EGGS!

Fritz wasn't very interested in the turtles!

But WE WERE!  They were beautiful!!!

There were 4 in all---ranging from a great big one---to this little baby one!  The baby's belly was far more read and brilliant!  They are called "Northern Red-bellied Cooters!"

For obvious reasons!

Our biggest catch next to our smallest catch!  All happily living in the swimming pool---for how long?  We have no idea!  Certainly not just since the house was repossessed and sold to us.

Don't you just LOVE their stripes?  Mother Nature is an excellent artist!

Once the pool was empty---we felt kind of lonely for our nature fix of watching the turtles every day...

But we shouldn't have feared!  On a balcony just outside our master bedroom---two robins were building a home!

When they finished....they got busy.  1 little robin's egg!

Two little robin's eggs!

Three little robin's eggs!


Mamma sat on her nest...snug and warm...

 Until the babies were born!  I've never had such a perfect view of everything that goes on!  What a blessing!

Mrs. Robin got to work feeding them!  Mr. Robin helped, too!

For two days there were 3 little birds and a blue egg.  We thought it might be a dud.

But #4 was born!  And quickly made up for his smallness by crying for food the loudest!

All snuggled in together, they keep each other warm.

We had plans to scrape and paint this balcony---but apparently it is turning into a condominium!  Mr. and Mrs. Robin live on the top floor (upper left) and Mr. and Mrs. Swift have now built a home in the basement!

They don't bother with twigs and grass---their home is SOLID MUD!!! Apparently, they like their privacy---so we won't get a view of their business!  But swifts are fun to watch when they fly!  The only bird I know that likes to play!  Just riding the wind currents for no particular reason!  Swooping and curving and enjoying the fun! But when they all go away for the winter....who's gonna clean this up?!

We thought we were done with turtles when we put the last one from the pool down into the lake.....but apparently, we were not!  This teensy tiny creature was found crawling on the driveway!  Apparently, he took a wrong turn after hatching!

No bigger than Scott's thumb!  Tom Thumb...Turtle Thumb.  Or maybe it is Turtlumbelina?

But that is not all!  On cool quiet mornings---we find bunnies in the yard.

Yellow Warblers sing in the trees!

And baby squirrels scamper everywhere!

It is like a nature fairy has sprinkled magic dust down and Minnesota has COME TO LIFE!!!

We can't complain one bit!

I'll end with video of the baby robins getting fed!