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The Makeover Continues!


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A few weeks ago, I wrote about getting our home painted, having new rain gutters put up, and the patio roof repaired.  It all looks so fabulous, it made us want ...more!  So our son-in-law, John has continued to make improvements!

What did he do next?

Well, the first thing John fixed was the irrigation system.  It has always been a bit poopy, and he quickly discovered why!  This is all technical, so I won’t get into it although I did understand after John explained it…..several times!  The long and the short is this:  it was never installed right in the first place!  (Landscaping by a professional expert, having landscaped all over the Middle East!)  After putting several hours into digging many holes, a trip to Lowe’s did the trick!

Oh those back-breaking holes!

The only one around here that knows how backbreaking digging holes in the yard can be is Daisy, our dog!  She has most recently been on archology excursion to find  the Lost City!  I need to tell you, neither Les or myself taught her to do this.  I’m sure she learned it from talking to the other dogs at the “dog park!”  You know the ones,  the dogs whose parents don’t teach them right from wrong!  So now, we have to be the bad guys and give her a time out for attempting world travel, or trying to bury a chew stick.  I hate being the bad guy!

Now the fun starts…

Tuesday night after John had prepared the yard for new dirt, and sod, and headed for home, Daisy went outside and…No she didn’t dig holes, but she spread her toys over the dirt.  I think she was saying, “This is my yard, leave it alone!”  All through this process she has been agitated, and I couldn’t even get her to leave the house for a walk in the afternoon.  The yard being all torn up bothered her, and she would come in to get one of us, and take us out into the back to show us what John had done to her yard.

What’s next?

Wednesday the top soil went down, and from Wednesday until Thursday afternoon, Daisy had to stay out of the yard.  I believe it is “Murphy’s Law,”  to have the animals roll in freshly watered, manure, and top soil!  We could just see her with the smelly dirt stuck to her fur, and needing a bath before we could let her back into the house!

Thursday morning John started putting down the sod, and then things  changed.  Keeping a dog off her grass is a challenge, and reasoning with her to not dig holes in the grass or she will have to sit on the “Naughty Rug” is the fun part!

Today is  a new day, a new start, a new yard we can be proud of, and it looks great!   After the yard was watered, pots will get drips on them, and things just look so much neater.  I’m loving it!

Then what?

There isn’t  much left to do.  Maybe a few little things like putting a few more drip lines in, or re-wiring an antique iron lamp that was my Great-grandmother’s, but that is about it!  You can be sure that pictures will follow one of these days!  This was back-breaking work, that I could neither do, or help with.  We are both so grateful for John, who tirelessly worked to make our home, and yard something we could all be proud of!

I think we all deserve a glass of vino, and maybe some cheese and crackers,   and oh…..Chocolate!!!  We must have chocolate!

It’s The House Wisperer!


How could any artist do without help of some kind?  If we had to pick up our own “stuff,” or do all the gardening,  or wash our own cars, it either wouldn’t get done, or we wouldn’t have time to paint, and create!  I’m so grateful to have Ariceli here  to clean our bathroom, kitchen, to scrub floors,  and  chase the herds of dust bunnies that have taken up residence on the slate floor, and under the furniture!  The dust bunnies have become more elusive since we’ve had Daisy,  our dog.  They  duck, and dart in, and out of sight, leaving me wondering if I’m  seeing things!  Well, yes, as a matter of fact, I was seeing things, they are called “Dust Bunnies!”

Sometimes when we are quietly enthralled in a movie, paying absolutely no attention to anything around us, out of the corner of my eye I think I see something roll by.  Subconsciously it doesn’t even register until a couple of minutes later when, it dawns on me, ”  What was that, a heard of mice, or dust bunnies? ”   Rarely, if ever,  in my life have I seen a herd of mice running through the house!  So out of process of elimination, it must be a heard of “Dust Bunnies!”

Ariceli’s job has increased a little since we now have a dog, and a cat!   It was bad enough to have Kramer in the house, he drags toys around, and shreds our books if we don’t put them away.  We now are careful to hide reading material out of sight leaving me to wonder if Kramer is on the take, you know extorting money from Ariceli for getting us to clean up some of our own mess!

Today is the day we get help, and yes we do a little pick up prior to her arriving.  Somehow, the few days before she comes, we get a bit messy, and leave things here and there.  Our home is really small, and this doesn’t help, but still we continue to be messy!

After she has cleaned all the nooks, and crannies, steamed the floors, and herded all the Dust Bunnies, we always walk into the rooms with a huge sigh of satisfaction.   I dread taking time to slow down while Ariceli cleans, but I love the times when we walk into our rooms and can’t see any shredded ropes, squeaky toys, leaves, or other  stuff lying around.  The house is fit for company, but we aren’t having any, so we’ll just sit here and enjoy the quiet, cool, of a clean house just the two of us!  Ariceli is truly a “House Whisperer!”