I am a dreamer

I have not been too keen on posting lately. I live near a fine line of depression and helplessness. I don’t want to write about that aspect of my life.

I keep racking up the projects I want to see happen. I scored a few more things off craigslist, so now even more projects. I need to finish painting my porch this week. Ashley, our dog, is coming back to live with us. She has been staying with my daughter and son-in-law  since I had my stroke. Ashley coming here represents even more projects. I have to train her to walk gently with me. She gets excited and pulls too strongly now. I need to bake her treats. She has sensitive skin, and allergies to some foods. I can’t wait for my copilot for car rides. She loves road trips as much as me. I will have to combine the road trips with other adventures to conserve on gas. I wish I had a pony cart to hook her up to. I believe she is strong enough to pull me around.

I saw a free  boat on craigslist. I thought it would make an awesome quest cabin for my yard. I have no real way of getting it here. I already have too many projects lined up. A girl can dream  though.


Still Getting Used to New Territory

found in Rome NY

I have lived here almost a month,  I still have much to learn about the surrounding communities and even my own lot. I made a birdbath from some clay pots and a aluminum bowl. I saw the idea on pinterest a while back. The area of my lawn that I put it had some pieces of plywood I assume left by the previous owner. I had just walked around and looked over the yard for sticks that fell from my tree a week ago, and did not notice all the scrap I saw today.  I might take pictures, but I am not 100% pleased on how the birdbath turned out. It looks shorter than expected, so I might add another pot to the stack. The bowl also looks out of proportion (too small) compared with the base. I also did a quick and dirty paint job, I am not too proud of the resulting terra cotta showing around the edges. It is also painted  the color of my front door. I don’t want to spoil the newly painted door reveal. I just primed it today with rusty metal primer, after lightly sanding it. It is a steel door, and was rusting where the previous owners dog had scratched the paint off. I also painted the trim around the door frame white. It was starting to peel in a few spots. Now it looks fresher and cleaner. It makes the rest of the porch look sad. I have plans to paint that as well. I am trying just to do a little at a time.

In my down time (lots of it when the temp is above 80), I have been watching American Pickers on Netflix. I realize I have seen most of the episodes before. I also try to keep up with my mom’s soap (they cancelled mine). I have been watching HGTV’s Design Star. I am not sure which one I like better. The ones whose designs I liked best have already gone home. I liked Hilary’s personality, and she went home last time. They just won’t find another David Bromstad, he is the best. I wish I could be the next Design Star assistant. I scored a free large mirror off of craigslist. It has a few chips in the frame. After I repaint it, I don’t think the chips will stand out. It is huge. I am vein, and I could use some extra natural light reflection. There was so much awesome free stuff on craigslist I missed out on. I called about some mason jars, already gone. I called about estate sale left overs, they said they just left.  The person giving away clothes my sons size never got back to me. So, it is fierce competition around here, and not much offered for free.

In Survival Mode

the eyes are the last to go

I did not have much planned for today, since I knew it was going to be a scorcher.  I ended up watching some stuff on netflix. I tried to print out a stencil in Word, that failed…….miserably and more than a dozen times. I should have, could have, will sketch one out free hand at another time.

It actually cooled off over 10 degrees, so off to real projects I go. If it stays hot the rest of the summer I just might have to change my schedule to projects at night, sleep in the day. I ate a popsicle for lunch, so now onto a heartier dinner

I need shade in my front yard

the sky on fire

My driveway (on the side of my house) and my whole front yard is without shade. My grass is brown and crunchy. My car is usually 200% inside. I guess I  need to remember this when it is snowing and the windchill is below 0. But some shade would be nice too.

I am going to the laundry mat late at night. I am trying to avoid the heat of the sun, and the heat of all the driers going at once.  Hopefully, I will be the only weirdo there. A few more weeks and my gifted used washer and drier should be here.

I Liked That It Rained Today

not all clowns are scarey

I did not have to water my plants. I had an excuse not to do any work outside. I still have stuff to unload from my car into my shed. The real reason I don’t want to do it is to avoid the million spiders in the shed. I also have perennials to plant. I can’t decide where I want to put them.

Sorting Priorities

Erie Canal lock

Shortly after moving in I quickly burned out from trying to get everything accomplished that I wanted done at my new place. I still have a list of places I need to change my address with. I still have empty planters and sun burned cucumber seedlings. I acquired more projects from dumpster diving, and gifts of used items from friends. I have a small pile of broken glass in photo frames that I vowed I would fix. I wilted from the heat. My son is exhausted from staying up and out late with friends. I still need staple food items to cook meals.  I am about ready to pull the reins.  I have decided the ladder is going back to my Mom’s (she asked for it back). I will finish painting the walls closer to fall, when hopefully it will be cooler. I might even  find my own ladder at a garage sale or dumpster. I still have plenty of painting projects to do meanwhile. My front door is going to be purple. I received an old wooden box that I am making into a planter box, that will be painted purple as well. I still need a birdbath and to transplant some of my Mom’s perennials into my empty planters on my porch. I have trips planned to teach my son local history of the Native Americans and canals and perhaps some war stuff too. I also promised him a trip to the Baseball Hall of Fame.I have also been thinking of working on my bucket list, or at least trying to remember what is even on it.

No Child (or pitbull) Left Behind

you’re not leaving without me

My dipsy doodle dog, stayed in the van while it was being loaded up, despite the heat.  She suffers from extreme anxiety about being left behind. It always makes me wonder what happened to her before we sprung her from the SPCA. For her own good, we forced her out and put her under a tree with water, while I sat nearby. They did not allow me to pack anything in the van as well.

I have been busy trying to settle in, avoid heat exhaustion, and amuse myself without TV or internet. We still are doing without TV, but I finally had the internet hooked up today. I read three books, painted walls, unpacked, and went through a tote full of photographs. That was my amusement. I still have more painting to do. I am slow at everything. I have lost a few more pounds, maybe from the heat.