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Mute Monday: Assorted Photos

October 5, 2015

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Why To Cut Down The Tomatoes

October 3, 2015

Tomato Cut Worms! Yikes!

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Clearing out the summer’s tomatoes, this is what I found…

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ICK! They have little baby Cut Worms on their backs! (That’s the white thingies.)

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I shoved them down into the drum-size black plastic garbage bags!

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It took 2 drum-sized bags to hold the tomato plants I removed…& that’s not all of them!

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Hoping to transplant a cocktail tomato plant & some basil into pots for the winter in the greenhouse.

Paint! Well.. Primer!

October 2, 2015

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The sheetrock guys finished installing & sanding every single wall & ceiling in the house.

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Which means it’s time for primer!

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Starting in the garage, because it is easier to paint ceilings & walls in the garage before the doors are installed.

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Cloudy, rainy (MONSOON!) days didn’t make it easy.

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Billy, the painter (actually the guy who owns the company & keeps up with his crews) carefully inspected every surface. If there was a nick, a bump, anything not completely smooth, he drew a circle around it in pencil. That means it had to be sanded & re-primed.

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These guys work fast with no drips on the floor!

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Ooo! Color!

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(Gray primer was used because I chose a lovely dark red for the dining room.)

These are not the colors I chose… According to #1 assistant, 4 ounces of color is used in primer, while 8 ounces of color is used in the actual paint.

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Big Ugly Wormish Thing!

September 25, 2015

Can anyone identify this big, ugly, spiky, caterpiller-ish thing? It was on the May Pop plant growing up in the raspberries. Yikes!

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I would have killed it but I wasn’t wearing my gloves & I wasn’t about to touch that thing with my hand!

Happy Anniversary, DH!

September 24, 2015

Happy Anniversary, DH! 38 years ago we walked down the aisle to exchange our vows before the Lord & a church full of witnesses. (No, I didn’t choose the tux, my mother did.)

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We’ve been through a lot together – DH finishing med school, sons born & educated, pets, loss of both our fathers, vacations, moving to a different city & now back in an apartment for over a year while we build our house on our farm…


We exercise together, bush-hog our land, grill under the Hackberry trees, feed Lucy, pet Moxie… We may be older, but we still have fun, still have dreams… for ourselves & our sons.

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Installing the Sheetrock

September 23, 2015

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They started at the master bedroom end of the house & worked their way through.

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Ceiling pieces up first.

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The house looks smaller… & bigger! No more walking through walls, though.

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It took them 5 1/2 days to finish the whole place!

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Taping it to make the seams smooth is supposed to start this week.

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That means dust in the air, dust on every surface. It will look like a blizzard.

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This week, I have to finalize bathroom tile selections, interior paint colors, exterior paint… What else? Oh! Interior stain for doors & window frames. I have chosen my granite for the kitchen & master bathroom, though it hasn’t been reserved yet. Until the drawings of the cabinets are completed there is no way to know how much granite is needed.

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Anything else? Yes! I have to get our fall/winter clothes out of storage, set up the farm DBA account… I know I’m forgetting something…
Carole & Harry have 5 laying hens! Aren’t they beautiful! One egg a day per hen! Egg-cellent!

Progressing: Bathtub!

September 22, 2015

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Johnny’s guys can do anything! They correct framing mistakes made by framers… Hmm… They are Putting the siding on the outside of the house. They will build the cabinets for the entire house. They will install all the tile in the bathrooms. I think I need to make some brownies for them.

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Moxie inspected their work & approved.

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The tub is currently sitting in its box in what will be the dining room. Deep, white, oval – yep, it’s a tub!


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