Tuesday, June 22, 2010


 Craig started painting the supporting beams for the upper deck that I could not reach from the lower deck.  I can stand on a step ladder, even the tall 8' one, all day, but I am no good on an extension ladder.

He painted 1/2 of the first coat over the weekend.  Although he also did several other jobs, at this rate it will take him about a month to do this area.  He finds standing on an extension ladder for more than a few hours very hard.

 (You can't see it on this picture, but  the ground is rough and sloped where the bottom of the ladder stands.)

Meanwhile I worked on the picky work of painting the supporting structures on the steps that go from the deck to the kitchen porch.

This was a bit of a challenge because there is another flight of stairs below what I was painting that go down under the house.  Drop cloth time and some acrobatics on the short step ladder.

There will be painting down below, but I hope to put that off as long as possible.  Spiders!

In addition to painting, Craig did the second round of weed-eating on the entire property (usually takes 2 weekends!) And cleared out a couple years of leaves and debris that had built up against the road side wall of the attached garages.

Thats our new roof!

Before any painting can be done here, we will have to dig away some of the dirt that has seeped down the hill.  No dirt should be in contact with the wood part of the wall.  I'm not sure if it will be a Craig job, or a my job!

While blowing the leaves across the driveway, he exposed this little critter.  We have been here for over 22 years and this is only the third one I've seen.  He must have been happily living under the old moldering leaves.
These pictures were all taken with my little point and shoot Cannon Camera.

Today I took the morning off and went to the 24 hour fitness.  Did 3 miles on the treadmill, went in the pool for awhile and enjoyed the hot tub!  Painted just a little this afternoon.

Daily countdown:
497 days, or 1 year, 4 months, 10 days to go.

Exercise Goal:  
1000 miles on the treadmill,  3 miles today
Total walked = 170 miles  
Someday I will be hiking 1000 miles  in National Parks!

Time spent Painting the House:  (This is not a contest, Craig is doing a lot of other things)
Me:  hours today         Total = 32 hours
Craig:     Total = 7 hours
(This is not a contest, Craig is doing a lot of other things)


  1. EWWW!!! That's a BIG one!! I see a game of rock, paper, scissors in your future (to decide who gets rid of the dirt near the wall). If he wants to flip a coin, your statement should be, "o.k. Craig, ready, heads I win tails you lose" :0)

  2. Dang, that's a lot of painting! I'm sure glad it's not me that has to do it. :)

  3. Ok, I need to see a picture of the whole house. It's now your regular ranch style house is it? It looks like it's quite a beautiful house. I'd love to see more pictures! I don't envy you all that painting!

  4. First rattlesnakes, now scorpions? Looks like you guys are getting out in the nick of time! The SC Mountains are being overrun by poisonous critters!


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