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  1. A Farmer's Tan

    by , 06-01-2010 at 06:44 PM
    Today was a glorious 80 degrees. After the rain from yesterday, the ground was perfect to dig in. I woke up with a plan to relanscape my backyard. Before I even ate breakfast I headed outside to chop down a lot of vegetation. You know those huge things that grow where you don't want them to. In my case, it was Maple trees. Now, there's no way I'll get the whole thing out without a bulldozer. I settled for a haircut instead. Those skinny trunks and large limbs fit very nicely in the empty ...
  2. Some Rain Must Fall!

    by , 05-31-2010 at 11:28 AM
    How does that saying go? Into each......some rain must fall.

    Today, I was finally going to tackle the yardwork that has been staring at me since the contractor had the construction debri removed from my lawn. I got out my tools. My husband helped me move the heavy stuff, and I set forth to do a much needed relandscaping of the south side of my backyard. Then, like clockwork, down came the rain.

    It just seems that lately something always gets in the way of what I ...
  3. A Day Off

    by , 05-24-2010 at 05:59 PM
    Tomorrow I get a day off from watching, and/or wondering what the plumber is going to do next. I didn't realize that he would have to make a hole in my kitchen wall, as well as my tenant's in order to put in new pipes. I guess it's probably better I didn't really know what was involved in this whole process or I might not have started any of it at all.

    It has gotten very warm here in Chicago, and I am really glad that the plumber won't return until Wednesday.

    I guess ...
  4. Busy Day

    by , 05-20-2010 at 07:08 PM
    Today was a very busy day at my house. The plumber was there doing the final stages of roughing in the pipes, for the bathroom. Then the contractor showed up with a work crew so they could put up the walls around the new staircase.

    My poor tenant. She now has about 1/2 a room where she used to have an entire bedroom. She now calls that room her walk in closet. She jokingly asked me not to raise her rent, which I told her was probably going to happen by the end of the year. ...
  5. Progress Report

    by , 05-19-2010 at 07:00 AM
    So the plumber has been working, each and every day, since bright and early Monday morning. I guess I really didn't have a clue how plumbing pipes were going to reach all the way up to my attic. It stands to reason that existing pipes are going to have to be connected to brand new ones. It then follows that in order to get at these existing pipes, a wall will have to be opened so you can access these pipes.

    It sounds so logical after the fact, but I really didn't have a clue before. ...
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