Saturday, June 15, 2019

Thank You, Danny! We Love You!

Today has been incredibly great thanks to our dear friend Danny and his awesome helper Ernest!
Bottom    Line: We have the prettiest and best insulated ceiling in Texas!!!

I keep pinching myself, because it looks so beautiful and The Cabin is so cool, in so many ways.

Thank you, Danny! We love you!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Be Cool!

Today has been great and this past week has simply flown by. It is hard for me to know where to start telling all of the things that have been going on, so I will just highlight the main events.

As y'all already know Tony and I put in a ceiling in the bedroom and it was a ton of work, especially for Tony, because he had to nail up one board after another and  then shoved the pink insulation between each rafter.

Anyway, because we were so thrilled how much our/his work helped cool the house we decided to go ahead and do the rest of The Cabin—the kitchen and the big room.

Long story short the other day when our dear friend Danny was here, Tony told him about our upcoming ceiling project. Danny offered to install the new ceiling and it turns out that Tony and him worked out a trade, so the only thing that would cost us was the materials.

So this past Saturday Tony and I took the day off from working next door and we worked here—helping (gopher-ing for) Danny and Ernest, his electrician helper. And just so you'll know, before we started The Cabin's front porch looked like Medina's version of Home Depot and the inside of The Cabin looked like a tornado had hit it.

With the four of us excited about putting in the ceiling by end of day things went south fast, because all 22 rafters were hanging at various heights from the roof and we also needed more electrical work than anticipated. So to say the least I tried to be optimistic about it all, but it was hard trying not to frown even though Danny had figured out a solution.

In no time flat Danny and Ernest started running string lines from the kitchen to the front door, underneath the rafters, etc. so they they could accurately measure and make each rafter the same height from the roof 

It took several hours for them to "rip" 22 strips from 2 x4s. And basically one end of the strip would be as tall as 3 inches and would go from 3" down to a thin sliver. And the pictures below shows some of the strips in place. (They are the white looking strips nailed to the bottom of the rafters.)

And while Danny and Ernest were fixing things Tony pulled me aside and suggested that I go work on my writing cabin, because I was talking to much to Danny, when he was trying to think.

My feelings weren't hurt, because I knew Tony was right, so I hauled several boards to my writing cabin while Tony was setting up the chop saw and connecting the nail guns to the air compressor, so I could work inside the cabin. And in no time at all I was chopping wood, nailing boards, etc. while listening to my music.

Around 6:00, the four of us called it a day, because we were all tired and exhausted from the heat. And even though only six sheets of 4 x 8 OSB were hung up and the insulation installed we all felt good, because all of the building issues and electrical issues had been solved and fixed. And the only thing that left for us to do was put up the OSB sheets and insert the insulation. And this is how we left things, until Danny and Ernest come back this Saturday to finish putting up the ceiling. Then we will be done with expensive electric bills and be cool and comfortable.

And to my disbelief I honestly do love the new OSB ceiling, even though Danny had suggested that we paint it. But I've decided not to paint it, because it looks rustic just the way it is. So all is great.

This afternoon Tony and I went to Kerrville to run a few errands and I purchased a new rain gauge, at Home Depot, because when we had that freak hail storm it broke pieces out of the top yellow funnel—giving us inaccurate rain counts.

And here is our new magnified rain gauge that we purchased for less than $4.00!.

And that is about it for today, because Tony and I are going to go visit with Kent & Ruthie (Ruth Buzzi) and Sarah next door, at Escondida Resort. And then I plan to write the rest of the evening.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Big Foot Ranch!

Today has been great. This morning while Tony worked next door for a few hours, I felt guilty for not working, so I ended up mowing over here. Big Foot Ranch now looks beautiful once again and the only mowing left to do is down by the mailbox and the driveway entrance.

It appears that Tony and I will be working a lot of hours, next door, for the rest of this week, so I doubt that I will have much time to write a post for my blog.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Stuffed Chicken!

Saturday and today have been great. Yesterday afternoon my dear friend Carol called and left a short message. She said that she could not wait for Tony and me to come over to her ranch, because she was finally finished decorating her newly painted kitchen and the big room.

You see about a month ago Carol decided to take a leap of faith and have her beautiful kitchen and big room painted—white. She was a little nervous or better said, "a little reluctant" about painting over the beautiful wood covered walls. And my advice to her was to do if that's what she wanted to do. It is your home and besides, if you don't like it you can always remove the paint.

Yesterday evening Tony and I had a about an hour before we needed to go to work, so I called Carol and then we went over there.

Well, my jaw dropped to the floor when we entered her beautiful home, because I loved everything—the color of the white paint, the rugs, the furniture arrangement, the to-die-for ottoman and the paintings she chose to put on the walls.

"Carol, I've always loved your home the way it was and I never dreamed it  could look even more beautiful as it does now....This is totally incredible. It feels so restful and peaceful....I would love to blog about this, because your makeover can not get any better than this. This should be in a magazine or something."

"You can blog about it," Carol said. "I love how it turned out, too. I took before and after pictures and I will send you some..." And before leaving Carol's ranch Carol handed me the cutest, chicken with chicks needlepoint throw pillow—"I know how much you have loved this pillow and I want you to have it....And I can't use it anymore, because it does not go with the decor."

This afternoon, after working next door for a few hours, I checked my e-mail and Carol had sent me the before and after pictures. First I will show you her kitchen makeover and please note that the before picture was taken after she had removed everything from the kitchen, because the painter had requested it.

And this is how her kitchen looked when we saw it yesterday. I loved it so much that I wanted to move in.

Here is a before picture of her cozy, beautiful big room.

Now with the paint and her decorating skills—simply using the stuff that she already had in the house.

Like me, after seeing these makeover pictures, I am sure that you will agree with me that Carol is a natural-born decorator. And as I finish writing this, this evening, here is a picture of my awesome stuffed chicken with  her chicks throw pillow! That I absolutely love. "Thank You, Carol!"

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Time & Temperature!

Today has been great and Tony and I and our four-leggers are enjoying the much cooler air inside, since turning on our three window air conditioning units. And here is a look at the present time & temperatures inside The Cabin and outside.

 As you can see it is only 81 degrees inside and 91 humid degrees outside and we can definitely live with that. So, because we broke our vows to go without using air conditioning until June 1st, we are  celebrating the lower, much more comfortable temperatures inside. And besides, it is only money.

As I finish writing this short post, Tony and I decided to not work on finishing the bedroom ceiling today as we had planned to do, because we just want to sit (let me take a nap with our dogs) and relax and give Tony's bum shoulder a day off. So Life is Good @ Big Foot Ranch. (Knock-on-Wood)

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Don't Worry!

Today has been great. This morning Tony and I worked on the bedroom ceiling for about an hour until his shoulder could do no more. But the good news is we only have about 1/4 left to do and it should be a piece of cake.

Unfortunately, we broke our vows today about not turning on the air conditioning units until June 1st, so we could save money on our electric bills. But the good news is the window units are working fine and definitely keeping us much more comfortable inside. And needless to say, "Our dogs love the cooler temps."

Tomorrow morning Tony and I get to work next door for a few hours and we have our fingers crossed that we can finish the bedroom ceiling before days end. So, Life is Good @ Big Foot Ranch (knock-on-wood).

And as Kinky told me this past weekend when I saw him, "Nance, just remember what Tom (his dad) always said when times are rough. "Don't worry. It only gets worse."" And he and I had a good laugh about it.

Y'all have a great evening and keep on laughing!

P.S. Kathy, thank you for calling Steve. He called us and all is good. And thank you for still reading my blog—I am honored. Hugs to you and David!