Sunday, May 22, 2011

Today was my turn

Yesterday, the Irish Woman power washed the porch, driveway, sidewalk, footbridge, and about half of the siding and rock face of the house.  Today was my turn.  I took care of the rest of the house, the fences, the aggregate patio, the picnic table, and the barbecue.  By the way, did you know that aggregate patios that are in the shade 90% of the time are a perfect growth medium for mildew?

Except for what was covered with cloth and safety glasses, I had an even green-gray undercoating, with stripes of darker material covering everything.  It kind of resembled a very fine tiger stripe camouflage pattern.  Man, I haven't been that filthy in a very long time.  I'm pretty sure the last time was when we did an exercise and set up the command post at the bottom of a coal strip mine and it rained for three days.  Taking a shower without actually touching something was an adventure, even after hosing off in the yard.

Anyway, the power washing is done.  Next project is to repair all of the concrete and coat it.  Then we repair the blacktop in the driveway and treat it.  Then we replace the 4x4 posts on the car port.  Then we paint everything.  Of course, we still have to transplant two fruit trees and plant the vegetable garden. Longer term projects include removing the old outbuilding, putting a new roof on, replacing the retaining walls in the back yard, and screening in the porch.  And of course, theres the antiquated ductwork, wiring, and plumbing that all need replacement.

Oh the joys of home ownership, especially when your house was built in the late 1940's.


LabRat said...

Nice Vibrams... ;)

DaddyBear said...

I like them. Of course, this pair won't be nice until they get washed and laid out in the sun for a few days.

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