Lily Update- Home Again

Got back from the vet with Lily and Rosie (Rosie just had her nails trimmed again). Lily had two perianal anedomas removed (one large and one small), as well as nine extractions of loose or broken teeth, which sounds worse than it is, but small dogs often get bad teeth. None of them were abcessed, which is good, and the rest of her teeth were cleaned. When I asked how many teeth she has left, Harry just told me “plenty.” So that’s good enough for me:

There was no puking on the car ride home, which is always a bonus whether I am driving my dogs or my friends, and Lily took a nice little walk around the neighborhood and seems to be doing well.

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Here’s a better picture of her resting behind me in her doggy bed:

Best dog ever. I love those big eyes and that wet nose.








Meeting the Neighbors

I had to drop Lily off at the vet this morning, as she is having her teefus cleaned and having a benign tumor removed from her bum, so keep her in your thoughts. Afterward, I went berry picking at some of my spots, and on the way ran into a nice young family:

You can’t really tell from the stationary picture, but you can see almost a dozen little jakes and jennys there:

I like how after I complimented them, they talked back (you gotta listen closely). Good haul at the spots- picked another gallon back in under an hour. I’m up to about 4 gallons frozen, so I’m going to have to start setting it up soon as preserves.








Two Projects Down

Pergola or whatever it is called is done:

Now just gotta paint the deck and repaint the old wicker chairs rescued from my parent’s basement.

Shelves done:

Woo. As always, it looks better than my pictures make it look because I am a terrible photographer.








Today’s Appalachian Adventure

In between the on and off rain storms, I managed to get a few things done today. First off, we basically have the construction phase of the deck finished:

Need to paint the last board, do some touch up painting, powerwash, and then stain the deck and then hang the canopy and I am done. HEY MOM AND DAD SOME WICKER FURNITURE WOULD BE A SUPER PRESENT.

Also got tired of waiting for sunny weather so I just put a tarp down in the dining room, set up the sawhorses, and put another coat of polyurethane on the shelves. Afterwards, Dom, Gerald, and I went berry picking. Went to a bunch of places I used to explore when I was a kid, and ran into just fields and fields of milkweed:

So many bees. It was a bit early to do really productive berry picking, but we did scout out a bunch of places that will be loaded with berries in a few days. We did end up with about a half gallon for 90 minutes of tromping around. I washed them all up and put them in the freezer, and will just keep adding to it until I have a couple gallons and can make jam:

I’m tired. Tomorrow I have a bunch to do in the big city, but I am picking up Tammy for the weekend because it is my birthday and her husband is going out of town, and we have a lot of projects and things planned, so I am looking forward to the weekend.








Pergola Update

All done but a few little things, but got it primed and painted and mostly in place:

Tomorrow the finishing touches, then put up the shades and hanging plants. After that, powerwash the entire deck and stain it grey. Again.

Also got the first coat of polyurethane on the shelves I have slowly been working on:

Those are the bottoms, so tomorrow I will put a coat on the tops, wait 4 hours, sand, and put another coat on.

After the bookcase, projects are taking a hiatus for a while. But you have to keep up on this shit or the next thing you know you are living in a crumbling shell of a house. Gotta keep my eye on craigslist for some cheap wicker furniture. I got the entire front porch set for 150 bucks or thereabout, although I did have to clean it and repaint it and give it some tlc.