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Spring 2013 - St Patrick's Day - Green Begins

The Spring "greening" started a few weeks ago with those early arrivals - Crocus and Daffodils breaking ground. Today, with a bit o' Sun, yet very chilly wind chill... I thought I would do a walk around the yard and capture a few moments...

imageThese Daffodils jumped out and shouted...
Mythbuster Bamboo Episode

imageA bit of the new (budding) and the old (straggler berries)

imageDaffodils under the street fence

imageA patch of snow drops under Dawn Redwood (memory tree)

imageShapes of Nature - Ziva in far background

imageZiva on Rest Break

imageMy first construction project, 18 yrs ago (bridge)...
...with cast iron birdbath - iced over

Get out and take a peek... as nature pulls the winter covers off, starting up Spring and the march (pun intended) into Summer.

Remodel - WIP continues

To K & M remodeling - what do you think of this change?

imageBEFORE

imageAFTER

Remodel 2013 - More WIP

We are continuing with the remodel of the closet and bedroom. Work is slow during the week, because we both work. Besides our 'day jobs'... I teach 2 nights a week, and wife is taking care of her 80+ yr old mother here at home for the next month.

Progress so far? Ripped out 20+ year old carpet, along with the 3/8" plywood they laid over the original floorboards of this very old house (see pics). Ripped out molding & drywalling around closet door. Ripped out hanging pole (along with 2x4 end supports). Patching, cleaning, painting walls & ceiling. Initial patching of door (some work to do there, yet).

A few more photos of WIP (aka work-in-progress).

imageOld Closet View

The vertical "tables" were purely "functional" - yes they held stuff - but they ate up a huge amount of space.

imageNew hanging wire shelf - more useful space above

The wire shelving will "breathe" and put stuff up out of the way. The closet already looks bigger. It's not a high dollar closet organizer system - but for us, we are satisfied.

The light in the closet has always been a sore point with me. Pure glaring light at the end. So a couple of weeks ago - we found a new sconce that will be a lot nicer looking than "a bulb"!

imageIf you can't live in a 'wreck' - Do not start!!!

Yes - it's a drag to find things. It's a drag to walk around things. Remodeling at any level - even just painting... disturbs the eco-system which everyone has grown accustom. People ask a lot of questions like "where's this or that" and pets already curious in their being, have kicked it up a notch. The phrase "just deal with it" is never more apparent than in situations like this.

Hopefully the next post will be completion - because Spring is springing!

March 2013 - Spring is springing

Weather forecast is Sunny (well... partly cloudy, but that also means partly Sunny) for next week or so. Still cold, but this March is opening up like a lamb.

Does this mean it goes out big at the end of the month? Well, the winter so far - the part in January and February anyway - has been snowy! Which is good. The part in November and December - mostly rainy. Which is also good... with the idea that it is still moisture and like many areas we need a recovery on that front.

Regardless the state of the current calendar - it's days like today and the upcoming that really start to make Michiganders stir from the restless embrace of winter and start to think of Spring!

For me, at the Marsh --- the greenhouse that I buy my plants from called yesterday asking about tomato varieties. That's nice personalization for a business! I suspect that by planting over 200 tomato plants for the last several years does put me in a different category than the "common" patio gardener (not that those are bad... just a different production level).

I think I've reached the limit for one person though. I can see how much work farming is and why farming moves into mechanization. Gardening at any level - one pot, 10 pots, a bed, a row, or 5 rows... is something everyone should do! It brings you back to our roots (no pun intended), is calming, and enables you to view our world in a different light.

Happy Spring!