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Home Improvement – DONE!

So, does anyone want to buy a house? Because now that the renovations are FINALLY finished, ours is up for sale.  I mean, it’s not like we installed new carpet and painted the interior for our own future living enjoyment.  Everyone knows you do all this hard work and then when it’s done you wonder why the hell you didn’t do it earlier when you could enjoy it yourself.  Because you don’t. What you do is put your house up for sale.

We had a POD delivered and filled it with most of our stuff so we could stage our house in the most impersonal way possible.   Except once the POD was taken away, I realized I had packed away stuff I still needed.  No problem – just went out and bought new.  Everyone needs two circular saws, right?

Note the "Podzilla" name - Awesome!

Note the “Podzilla” name – Awesome!

I had to explain to Boca-cat that the litter box had to go.  You can’t sell a house with a litter box in it.  It’s a rule.  And the dogs had to vacate the premises when the house was being shown.  Which was super cool to them because they got to go to the park and poop in a new grassy lawn (thank heavens for park supplied pet poop bags).

Every time I mowed the lawn I would pray it would be the last time.  Because I am so over mowing almost two acres of land.  (Although I am still totally loving my weed whacker and have newly discovered how awesome it is to use a pressure washer)

And Craig’s List became my new friend.  Because I had to sell this:

 And this:

 And this:

 And this: And also this:

 As you can see,  we had some projects in mind and while some of the materials were used, we had leftovers. Went pretty cheap.  I wasn’t in the mood to bargain.  Unfortunately the one thing I REALLY WANTED TO SELL WAS THIS:

 Alas but not to be.  Lawn still needs to be mowed.

Then there was the “green pool incident” where I came home after a few days out of town to discover that our swimming pool water had a definite greenish tint to it.  Larry, the go to guy at the pool store immediately knew what it was (But I do think he was a bit taken aback when I gave him my water sample stored  inside a Christmas Tupperware bowl.  I mean EVERYTHING went into the POD).  Larry started explaining to me about fertilizer and algae and how I needed to put in 8 ounces of this and turn off the pool pump and then back flush the something. At which point I totally lost interest.

“Look, Larry” I had to explain, “all I do is skim the pool. So anything more than that just isn’t going to happen.”

So I got a different bottle of algae stuff, written directions on how much to put in when and agreed to clean the pool with a brush everyday for a week.

I am beginning to hate the pool as much as the lawnmower.

My husband is still working out of state so I am doing this all on my own.  In hindsight I probably should not have mentioned to my husband that I had our day laborers check the oil in my car and give Abbey a bath.  Because they were so great and helpful and I was paying them $15 an hour. Each.

But now it is all over.  For Sale sign on the front lawn.  I. Am. Done.

Day Two of Shed Building; Three Weeks Later

As you remember, we are in the process of building a 10X10 shed in our backyard. This is a project we have had on our to-do list for a very long time. Don’t ask me why we chose to do this during an Ohio winter. According to my husband, all we needed was three days of fairly good weather and we’d be done.

So we started the project by creating the cement floor right before Christmas. And we did finish that on Day One. Then the snow came. And stayed.
However, we had a major warming front come through over the weekend and on Saturday morning we were out again in the wet and muddy back yard to work on the project. This time we started to put together the frame for the shed.O
Things I have learned so far:
• My son is much better to work with after he has eaten something for breakfast and drinks an energy drink (preferable a LARGE energy drink). Especially if we are expecting him to be up and useful before 9:00 am on a Saturday.
• My daughter has her work schedule perfected so that she ALWAYS has to work when we plan shed building time.
• Our two dogs love to hang around outside with us all day. And they absolutely do not care that their feet end up all wet and muddy from the melted snow. However, this was definitely a bad time to install a new pet door so our Golden Retriever can go back into the house whenever she wanted.
• There is a difference between a sump pump and a septic pump. I learned this when I was banished from the work site due to arguing with the building foreman and told to remove the standing water from the top of the pool cover. (I also am not a good worker before 9:00 am on Saturday. Unfortunately for me, NOTHING is going to make me in a better mood short of putting my ass back to bed).
• There are different hammers. And my husband is extremely picky about which one he wants to use. Next time I am going to print out a label so everyone knows which one is his and no one else can touch it.
I will admit that I am not horribly useful with this project. My son bitched at me saying “all you do is stand around and watch.” I told him this wasn’t true, I also picked up all the dog crap from our work area, replaced water bottles and tided up the trash. It isn’t my fault I am not allowed to touch the drill, can’t hammer a nail straight and am not strong enough to move heavy stuff. Okay, so when my husband told me to measure the 117 boards to make sure we had the proper number, I did disappear for 30 minutes until he did it himself. I have no idea the difference between a 3X5; 2X4 or 1X2 nor was I going to measure every single one of them. A task that would have taken me half a day was completed by him in less than 15 minutes.
What I was very successful in doing was drying the concrete with my hair dryer. We needed to have the concrete fairly dry before we placed the last two anchor boards to the concrete using tubes of gluey stuff. So my job was to place the dryer on the concrete and move it periodically until it was dry. I hate to brag but I was damn good at this.O
So by the end of the day we did make some real progress by having the front and back framed and some of the roof done. But then it was supposed to rain (oh, darn!) so we moved everything into the garage at the end of the day so we could continue to work on it.
Only one more day to go and this little project will be completed. At least that is my story and I am sticking to it. Only our three-day project began in December, continued in January and will most probably end in March or April.