Thursday, May 29, 2008
The list of things to blog about is almost as long as the to-do list. Wait, that's not possible, scratch that.
Monday, May 26, 2008
It took an entire day to haul all the dirt around, and the piles kept looking like we hadn't made a dent. There was about 20 yards of material, so it was kind of a lot.
At the end of the day, tired & beyond filthy, the vegetable garden went in - in its new spot, basically next to the dining room. I had to dig up the snap peas from the old garden, let them hang out in milk crates while we did all the tilling, and then replanted them tonight. They look pretty good - hopefully they survived the transplant!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Today every single yew around our house is not gone, in preparation for Operation: Bungalow Landscaping. My Landscape Design teacher called these 'lollipop shrubs', because of the silly way they were pruned. I'll miss the big square one at the back corner a little bit - but only because it wiggled like a bowl of Jell-O when you touched any part of it.
Friday, May 16, 2008
waiting was getting to be a little sketchy - so we just swapped for one they had in stock. It's gigantic, and will sure haul a lot of landscaping stuff. Ed got to try the maiden voyage, then me. Ken dumped me out of it too, and it worked great. Hint: don't sit indian-style when someone is dumping you out of a wheelbarrow. You're guaranteed to land in a very ungraceful way.
So, the landscaping has officially begun - we got almost all of our soil amendments, soil, and many plants - and we're ready to boogie. And so is the MOST AWESOME HUGEST WHEELBARROW EVER.
Thanks for the early birthday present, way cool bro & BT! You guys are da bomb!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
We got a great vintage brass knocker for the front door (see below) from Portland Architectural Salvage where a friend works, and have been looking for a second, similar (but not match-y) one for the back door.
Ebay to the rescue.
I hadn't been on Ebay for quite a while, but a couple of weeks ago just randomly logged on and searched through the door knocker results. I happened upon this beauty, which miraculously did not say 'Eastlake' anywhere in the title or description. That little omission and the bare-bones description were enough to apparently keep it off some folks' radar screen, because I won it with the opening bid. I won't make you jealous by saying what that bid was, but it wasn't much more than, say, a quality 6-pack of microbrew. Unbelievable.
We confirmed that it's solid when it showed up (the ol' magnet trick), and it's really quite nice. It's got a lot of weight to it, and it even came with a nicely-worn clavo to knock against. I think it might be bronze, since it's a bit richer in color than most of our old brass.
So yesterday I broke out my secret jar of antique oval head slotted screws and installed it. Partway through, I realized it actually needed round head screws because the screw holes were not beveled. Fortunately there were two of those guys in the jar along with the oval heads. So I got that goin' for me. And that's nice.
The only bummer is that the weatherstripping makes it so that the knocker has to be just slightly off-center with respect to the knob & lock, but we'll fix that when I get the door off and re-done later this summer or fall. For now, we're OK with one lopsided knocker. Straight to the gutter again :)