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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Trials and Tribulations of the Townhouse...

Before we get to the townhouse, I have to show you my favorite hummingbird.

I finally snuck up on Woody and got a photo of his way of drinking... It is so ridiculous that it is fun to watch him try to get at the liquid.  Hey!  Whatever works! He holds on to the outer ring with his toes.  Puts his tail beneath as a prop and  then sticks his tongue down the tiny hole to get at the juice.

 Tessie managed to get the bathroom fixtures down to the closet.  I am not asking how she did it... I think Zapped is the right word.

There is no way she could have gotten all of the pieces down the stairs.  There  is no way that she could have gotten them through the bedroom either. 

Anyway, she now has proof that the plan will work... Yes... I took photos for her.  It's easier than arguing.

She is thinking of using the mid century mod furniture that I made a couple of years ago. 

Only one problem, I can't find the slab coffee table that I made to go with them. I have been searching high and low for the past hour.  It's nowhere to be found so far.

I do believe that the table and chairs are going to have to go back in the bay in the kitchen.  If they stay in the living room area, there is no room for the couch.

I am going to have to make another chair for that set.  I only made three before, because that was all that would fit at the time.  I think that Tessie will be able to get four in there now.

With it open, there will be a better traffic pattern on the ground floor. 

No. I didn't do anything on the castle this morning... Tessie was demanding...

Back to work.   

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Me And Tessie Cleaning... Apart!

I worked on Sleeping Beauty's room this afternoon...

I am going to focus on one piece for this entry.

The table that sits at the end of the bed...

If you don't know how to do marbling, here's a shortcut. 

After all those years up on top of the bookcase, this didn't look too good.
However, it was a piece that could stand a good scrubbing.  It is a Formica sample from one of the lumber stores.  They can be cut with a scroll saw.

Yup. Many years and still scrub able. I just took a toothbrush and some Colgate Toothpaste to it and it is like new.

The little pot in the center refused to move, so I scrubbed that too.
I put the table back where it belonged and it looked almost like new.  The other pieces on the table got the toothbrush/toothpaste treatment as well and they all came through it just fine. Even the tiny shells in the semi-tiny shell made it through without a scratch.

I did cheat a little and put a coat of lemon oil on the covered dish, to shine the plastic up a bit.
Every once in a while I peeked in to see how Tessie was coming with her renovations...

I should have stayed in the bedroom with the castle. 

I ran and got the camera to make a record of the fact that Tessie can move walls all by herself.  I am not needed! Yay!!!
The only problem that I can see is that she moved everything from the bottom floor to the middle and top floors...

I guess she figures it's one floor at a time.

Just a couple of seconds after I took the last photo, she gave a mighty "Heave Ho!" and the wall that she removed went bouncing to the floor and across the room.

As I said.  I think that, as long as she is working on the townhouse, I am going to stay out of the way. 

I may get some yellow plastic tape and have it printed with "Keep OUT!  Tessie at WORK!".

Then I am going to stay as far away from her worksite as possible!

See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Baby Squirrels at Breakfast...

Here's proof that we have three new babies...

Salad for breakfast?
"This is the very best thing I have eaten so far. Yum!"
Salad is a good thing for breakfast... If you are a baby squirrel...
Mom has to get in on the act.  After all, she is the one that suggested salad for breakfast in the first place.

She is not a lot bigger than the babies now. They are growing by leaps and bounds!
And  the answer to your next question... Yes. I am working on the front porch of the castle.

I fear that the grass is going to have to be replaced... If so, there will be a trip to the train store before long.

But actually, if I don't have grass stuff, I will just have to watch the squirrels a while longer.. That's a LOT more fun than replacing sod!

Back to work.

See you tomorrow. Grass or no grass!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tessie's Cactus Collection...


I no longer have a cacti and succulent collection.  This afternoon, Tessie helped me start gathering the information on all of the plants that I have on the back porch and in the yard... Then she announced... "If I have to do all of this work, I should have custody of all of the plants that I list.

She seems to think that she has listed every plant on the porch... Interesting. I have not even gotten all of them listed yet.

Why am I doing this?

All of the plants that I have in the collection are things that are of interest to me.  I came home after buying most of them and looked them up on the net. 
 That is an easy way to find out how to take care of them.  I keep collecting photos and information on my Pinterest site in "Succulents and Cactus".

That way if something goes wrong, I can find out, pretty fast, what to do to make them get healthy again.
I am always amazed at how much you can find out about anything that you want to know just by putting a couple of words in the search box on Pinterest.

I am writing things down the old fashioned way, but I may just have to do it on the iPad.

Tessie is holding on to about 10 pages of the notebook that are filled with names of the things in the pots on the back porch... She did NOT write them down.  I did... Therefore I think that the plants are still mine.  She will tell you a different story.  Please don't listen to her.

Anyway, I had a doctor's appointment this morning.  Nothing wrong.  Just routine. So I decided to do something fun, just for me.  I fed the birds and squirrels.  Then I sat back and watched.  We have three new baby squirrels.  Walter called me out to the kitchen window to watch. Momma was teaching them to chew on the bird  block this afternoon.  Very cute! 

So I didn't really accomplish anything mini, but then, neither did Tessie! So she can't hassle me about not doing any minis.

The wind seems to be calming down a bit.  Maybe I can do some more re-potting.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Neglecting Tessie...

I should never leave Tessie home alone. I went to Wednesday Witches this afternoon.

I finally finished these two rings.  There is a tutorial for them on You Tube.  The instructor's site name is Bronzepony.  All one word.  She does some very nice tutorials.
 Of course, after I took the photo, Tessie grabbed one of them and put it over her bun.  Then she declared it a "Pillbox Hat".  I thought sure it was going to be another crown...

No.  I still have not gotten it back.  She is holding it hostage until I work on her townhouse.
Speaking of which, she has now emptied out the bottom floor and is threatening to take a sledge hammer to the walls that are in the way of the open floor plan.

I am trying hard to ignore her and go on with the castle... It is not working well.

I did hide the only mini sledge hammer that I could find.  I hope that she doesn't know of another one, or there will be no house left when she finishes her idea of mini demolition.

I am going back to work on the castle the first thing in the morning.  No Tessie allowed on the site. Maybe she will demolish the whole townhouse and then I won't have to re do it.

Back to work.  See you tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

From Tessie With Love....

Tessie here... OK... I have control.  I used the mesmerizer on Casey and she is typing whatever I say.

I used it on her this morning and dragged her into the living room. 

I made her stand in front of my townhouse and take photos. Then I told her what I want done on each floor.  NOW. 
 She is not going to give me the castle, so I want my house re-done.

We will start with the living room and kitchen.  I am saying OPEN FLOOR PLAN in her ear, every time we look at it.  Maybe she will get the hint.  I hate the dark kitchen that can't be seen, except through the windows.

Then I made her look at the bedroom.  That's not to bad.

However, when I get up to go to the bathroom at midnight, The bathroom being on a different floor is a pain!

Maybe she could put a smaller bathroom where the closet is and then make the bathroom a larger closet.  Most of my aprons would fit in there if that were the arrangement.
The roof garden is the only part of the house that I really like. I have to make a list of other things I want done.

Don't tell Casey what I did....

OK, Casey here... I let her think that she was in control.  I really wasn't mesmerized..

It was just a way to get her off of my back whilst I finish the castle. She just doesn't give up.  I need a break.

I may have to do some of each for a week or two.  She wants all new furniture for the living room and an open floor plan for the first floor.  Big plans for the whole house.

I hate to admit it, but I have never liked the layout of her townhouse. Maybe if I work on it a little too, she will be a happy camper and easier to live with. 

It's either that or kick her out, house and all.  I probably wouldn't live long if I tried to do that.  So...
Appeasement is in order... We are going to have a heart to heart talk.  No mesmerizer anywhere in sight.  Wish me luck.

See you tomorrow.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Back to Her Old Self...

Tessie has been hassling me for a couple of weeks now to put her back in a white dress.  She dislikes black.  Would you believe that she says that it makes her look too skinny? And besides, black clothes scare her.

Anyway, I put her back in white today... She looks like her old pudgy self again... And she is happy about it?

Oh well. To each his(or her) own.
She tried on every apron that she owns. It was a regular runway show for a couple of hours. 

I knew what was coming... She was not going to be pleased with any of the many aprons she owns...

I asked her what she wanted in the way of new aprons.  Knowing full well what the answer would be, before I heard it.......
She flounced into the bedroom... Nobody can flounce like Tessie when she puts her mind to it.

She plopped down on the six fabrics that Gayle brought me and said.... "Hmmmm.....  Let's see... I will have one of each of these.  The blue one first.  It will go with my eyes. 

I am not sure what mirror she was using at the time, but her eyes are brown... Almost black.  They were never blue.

 I sighed and answered her with the usual phrase... "Don't hold your breath, Tessie."

Back to work on the castle.

See you tomorrow.