Monday, April 20, 2009


April20, 2009-Rebuilding Back of my Home

Sunday, April 19th, 2009- Rebuilding the back of the house.

WOW, What a week this has been.

My youngest son, Ronnie showed up on Monday with all the boards needed to re-do the bottom half of the back of my home. I have a second story on the back of the house. First he had to pull off all the old bad outside boards and then we discovered that a lot of the main house boards underneath were bad and needed to be replaced. Then came more bad news. We had to replace 4 of the main upright 2x4`s in the outside frame of the house as the old ones were rotting. Today the framework is done with 2x6`s, but back in 1955-56 when we built our home, they used 2x4`s. So, in order for the new uprights to fit the rest, we had to replace the old 2x4`s with new 2x4`s. We also replaced most of the insulation in the back wall. A lot more work than we were expecting. I never before watched someone go that fast working alone with no help. After 5 days of hard work, the back of the house is now ready for painting. We had hoped to do some painting today, but the boards were still a bit damp from the rain yesterday. I even surprised myself. I decided to fix the back door and the screen door so there would be no air leakage next winter as I had this past winter. Originally the screen door was just added without a proper fitted casing. I removed the old casings and the other boards the door had shut against. Then I cut and replaced the door framework so it fits the doors the way it should. There were extra boards used to fill in the space and now their is just the one solid board and a better fitting door casing all around the three sides and both doors shut snug and latch tightly. While doing this, I also was doing a washing. Knowing how I hate to stop working until I finish what I have started, I hung the towels out onto the line to dry. Before my son showed up, I had started digging out a tree so it could be transplanted further from the clothes line. I knew I would be too tired to do more digging by the time we finished the work on the house. I also knew if I hung some of the washing out on the clothesline I would not do any digging while those clothes were drying. This way I would have to stop and rest when the doorway was finished instead of doing more digging.

Now I have to get used to using the door handle to open the screen door. Before the latch didn`t strike far enough into the latch to hook the door shut and I had to add one of those spring type latches to hold the door shut. A couple times I started to just push the door open and the first time I thought the door acted like it was locked. Now, I do remember to turn the door knob to open it. Even the lock works with the key unlocking it. First time in years that door has looked good and worked great. My son , the carpenter, told me I did a great job. How`s that for getting a compliment? Usually it is me telling him what a great job he did for me. I had done a lot of house re-pairs, but never tried making a new enclosure around a door before. There is also a tiny place where the side door isn`t sealed tightly, so that will be my next project now that I know I can do it ok.

But before I can start a new project I must finish straightening up inside. With all the pounding outside, I had to remove all the pictures, etc. from the dining room wall, plus move everything breakable off the top of everything and even pull furniture away from the wall. Years ago when we added on the larger kitchen, we didn`t add an upstairs over it. Kitchen is just the single floor section with a small attic space over it. We had just closed up the grocery store and turned the Business back into a Bicycle shop and no longer needed the addition on the front of the building. So, Walt removed the front section and added it to the house for a larger kitchen. This room is not as tall as the rooms in the rest of the house and I didn`t care for how it looked where the two ceilings connected. To make it look like it belonged that way, I decided to make a shelf going all the way across the width of the 8 foot dinning room ceiling about a foot down from the ceiling even with the height of the kitchen ceiling. The new kitchen is only 7 foot- about 1 foot shorter than the connecting room. I made the shelf so it starts even with the 7 foot on the kitchen. I added a trim to make the shelf look good. this shelf holds all my fancy dishes and plates-such as my Mother`s Day plate, the two 25th Anniversary fancy plates, the 50th Anniversary plate, plus more pretty plates. Some are hand painted that belong in the family years ago, two are Horse plates, one is a fancy cake plate that is quite old, plus others. All the plates hang on the top back wall of the shelf and the shelf itself holds more items. I tell all about this shelf to show more work that had to be done. I had to take down all the plates and all the items off that high shelf so they wouldn`t get broken from the pounding. Wish it was warmer out as I would have liked to re-paint the shelf and back wall while I had everything down, but still not warm enough to open windows for painting inside. So, that has to wait.

Yesterday I started washing everything from that shelf and washed the shelf and back wall, plus the ceiling over the shelf and replaced everything. Today I removed everything off two and 1/2 more of the dining room walls, washed the walls and cleaned all the pictures and other items before hanging them back on the wall. I still have one more wall to clean once I have taken down everything on it- which includes three small glass door knickknack cupboards filled with salt and pepper shakers-which will also need washing. I still have the glass door cupboard filled with horses and other small items to wash, plus all the crystal, blown glass, regular glass items, horse goblets, other size horse glasses, musical Horse items and other items that sat on top of the bureau and on the top of the double glass door floor horse cabinet. I never realized all the work I would be doing just from replacing an outside wall. But I did need to take down anything that could break. And I never could put them back up without first cleaning them. Once you start on a room, the rest of the room needs the same cleaning. Can`t wash one wall section without washing the rest of the room.

Did stop for a few minutes after cleaning my organ and putting it back against the clean washed wall. I ended up sitting at the organ and playing music for about a half hour before getting back to work. Nothing breaks up hard work like enjoying oneself doing something you enjoy.

One of my twins showed up with Ron today with his paint sprayer. They were hoping to do the primer paint on the back of the house today, but the wood was a bit damp from the rain last night. Might rain the rest of the week, so might be the week-end before they can paint. Should save me some fuel cost next winter.

Guess I should add on that I ended up recalling something Walt used to say to me whenever I was working hard for hours doing something. He was always telling me to " sit down and rest before you get hurt". Well, while pounding in those small finishing nails , I ended up hitting my left hand middle finger with the hammer. Ended up with a blood clot that measured about 1/2 " long and about 1/4" wide on the left corner of the tip of the finger and the whole end of the finger was discolored. That was three days ago and I have been careful not to break the blood fester so the pain has already left. Now it is like the old saying- It never hurts unless I touch it. Ha Ha. A few more days and the finger should feel back to normal. Discoloration has already left. Walt always said I do things differently than most people. I cannot use my thumb and 1st finger to pick up or hold things due to the arthritis putting my joints out of alignment. So in place of the first finger, I use the middle fingers with my thumb to do things, or I use the 1st and middle finger to pick up many things by squeezing the fingers together around the top of bottles, etc. As my Dad always said, "Where there is a will, there is a way". Yes, if you wish to do something bad enough you can usually figure out a way to accomplish it. Of course that should only be when doing things you can feel proud of doing. Wonder where the saying "doing things bad enough" came from, when this time the word "bad" means wanting it a lot.

This reminds me of what one of my Dr`s said to me about a week or so ago. He asked me how I manage to do things with my hands in such shape. I showed him how I use the two fingers for things others would use the thumb and first finger together for and how I keep a pair of scissors and a pair of pliers in a kitchen drawer. I cannot hold bags of food tight enough to tear off the top of the bag, the bad just slips out of my hands, so I use the scissors, can`t pull up the tongue in my shoes, so use the pliers for that, and so on. Dr told me I was very resilient. Must have meant being flexible, so guess he is right. Maybe I am just too stubborn to stop trying, or maybe I just learned not to give up from watching my parents keep working hard as they aged. I am already almost 6 older than my Dad reached, but my mom was 4 days short of being 91 years old. She was still putting up wallpaper in her early 80`s and still on a Bowling Team then. She never slowed down very much until the year she broke her hip and ended up with a hip replacement. With my help, she was still able to get back walking with the use of a walker. I knew she could have walked without it, but my fear of her falling again kept me from saying it to her. When she first came home from the Hospital she asked me if I thought she would ever be standing or walking again. I told her-before I was through doing her exercises with her - she would be on her feet walking, but that she might need to use the walker for security from another fall. I would often see her taking a few steps without the walker, but for going very far she did use the walker. I spent every day the first three weeks doing her exercises with her and I was as happy as she was when all our hard work paid off so well. I will always feel happy knowing I was able to help her manage so well.
Still so much work to finish doing before the dining room is completed. Actually it is not used as a dinning room any more because years back we added another section to the kitchen to hold the table and chairs. It now holds my organ, daybed, horse collection and other items- but mostly filled with the large horse collection. Many of the items were bought by Walt and my kids, gifts from my grand kids and gifts from my sisters and brothers and a brother-in-law. I bought very little, but some are worth a lot in money value, but all are worth a lot in memories.

Guess I should stop writing and get more work done. I made a new frame for one puzzle that I want to hang. Waiting for the glue to dry so I can stain the frame before adding the picture puzzle .

Hi Dot ~ you are a constant amazement to me, and make me feel so lazy not to mention ashamed of myself. hahahaha I know I could do more than I do, but I guess we all have different interests, or maybe it's that we were all taught different things. I can paint and stuff like that, but never in a million would I know how to build anything or put a new door on a house!! Heck, I can't even fix the torn screen on my sliding glass door! You can do EVERYTHING imaginable! I admire you so much! I know your family is so proud of you also.

Take care of yourself though; try not overdo~I did that last week several days in the yard~once I got started, just couldn't stop myself, now I don't even want to move out of the chair. hahaha *(*HUGS*)*
You are an inspiration dotm.I am just going to link you and read your posts for sheer motivation.Like sally says we all have different interests.But you are a jewel in the crown that is called womankind.Keep going lady,but as Sally rightly says,do not overdo anything.Take care.We need you in fine health and cheer.
Dot, you really are the best! You are surely resilient as your doc said and an absolute inspiration.
It must have been really lovely for you to have your boys come by and do all that for you.
Btw, I've tagged you.
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Sally, I know what you mean about overdoing. I had a couple bumps starting in my back and knew it was the discs starting to move out of place again. I had those exercises so many times over the years that I know them by heart and immediately started doing them. Today I am having less problems so they must have popped back in place again. I will just need to be careful how I bend and move for a few days.
Hope you are doing much better real soon. I am like you, I hate to stop until I have the job finished. Funny, thinking I could have finished all this work in just a couple days a few years ago and now it is taking me almost a week and still not finished. Oh Well, tomorrow is another day and there is nothing that says I need to hurry faster. Ha Ha. If I lived closer i would try to help you fix your screen.
Hugs, Dot
Thanks Hip Grandma. It was a blessing that the kids stopped to visit this afternoon so I had to stop and rest for a change. God works in misterious ways to make us do what is best for us. Come back anytime.
Yes Hillgrandmom, I feel very lucky to have so many helpful kids. Theboys finished the final coat of paint on the back of the house yesterday. They used one son`s paint sprayer so it didn`t take very long. So it is finally completed. My youngest son is a carpenter by trade and he put on all the boards all by himself and they go all the way from the bottom of the house to the second floor roof. It is something to see him carrying those long boards up the high ladder and nail them on with no one to hold the other end while he nailed them on. Boy, he is something! i wouldn`t have believed anyone could do it alone if i hadn`t watched him do it. He amazes me.
I will do the tag soon.
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