Tag Archive | Construction and Maintenance

Daily Prompt: Trading Places

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of the
opposite sex for a day? What do you think life would be like?

Me a man???… NO WAY!…

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I’ve watched and been with my Dad and husbandI see how hard it is!…

We depend on them for so many things…

I watched my Dad get up every morning k11116764 … for so many years… not missing a day of work… because he had to feed, clothe, entertain and care for us mentally and physically

My Dad…by himself… built two homes for us hs01p008 … and I don’t mean paid for it to be built…

He put every nail , screw, board, shingle, plumbing, electricity, water, windows… into these homes literally by himself… k10310793

He worked from sunup u10591574 to sundown every day to achieve his goals…

Hard labor… and I’m sure at times mentally exhausting!…

Besides doing this… he worked as a wallpaper hanger… Climbing a ladder every day… carrying heavy tools and bundles…  k8051072 having to please people… keeping his tools ready for each new job…

I imagine he got frustrated… was so tired… but, continued to get up every day  to meet what the day brought…

and I’ll always remember his great smile  cof0713 he showed to all around him…

I would like to know how you could have so much strength… so much pride… so much determination… because this is what I saw in my Dad!

My husband… had the same work ethics… Providing two homes  k9572272 for his family also…

Not building them… but, taking care of them…

Painting, doing electrical work, doing plumbing, laying floors, fixing appliances,  bon0756hauling and shoveling dirt , gravel etc. to make our yard beautiful…TOCL0116

climbing trees to trim them…

Digging holes and putting up fence bon0805 Climbing on the roof to clean out gutters k7765573…even roofing our home…k7765435

Fixing any of our car problems x11850362 … Keeping things in running order and ship shape …

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I learned to lean on him so much…

and besides… holding a job as a heavy equipment and forklift mechanick8675174

Laying under trucks in rain, snow and freezing temperatures… to get them fixed…

and in the hot summers on pavement that was so hot it melted his tools into the asphalt

Do I want to be a man and have these responsibilities… No way!

I would like to know what it’s like to have such stamina… such a will… such love

I’ve always said, “I’ll keep my position”… knowing I also have lots of responsibilities… but, the physical part and their kind of  responsibilities weigh far too much for these shoulders… k5980268

Ooh La La!… “Paris” Bathroom Makeover!

It’s taken about a month… Not too bad… to be on a budget

Once we get started… we move right along…

This was a three person work effort…

My husband, Bobby…

My son, Doug…

and myself

Bobby does the “hard” work… and do mean that earnestly…

He is all that!…

My son is the go getter… holder… reach high places… and gives lots of advice!… sometimes… really good advice!…

I’m the cleaner upper… wall paperer… decorator… bargain shopper…

I get to do the really fun part of picking out pictures, theme, colors etc. …

The following photos is just getting prep work done…

Taking off old wallpaper… plastering… taking down old light fixture… smoothing walls… taking up old tile floor… taking off closet doors to expand bathroom…

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Starting to tile floor… measuring… lining up tiles… spacing tiles… cutting tiles… gluing… grouting… rubbing off grout… applying sealer…

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Walls have been smoothed… chair rail measured… cut… nailed on… painted…

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Wallpapered… not many photos since I was doing this part… My daddy wallpapered all of his life… I wonder how he did it… I wish I had learned the “tricks of the trade” when I was young… but, I have self-taught myself…

Top… a Paris Themed Print… and bottom a gold-tan-white swirled design…

and then the fun part began…

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Pictures… towels… metal wall hanging…

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Pink poodle Toothbrush Holder I used as a little flower vase… Photo frame of Eiffel Tower I ran off computer and framed… Towel Holder next to light switch cover…

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Small black chest with 3 drawers for my make-up, etc. … Sheer curtain with black/gray stripes…

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Small decorative dish I picked up after Valentine’s day…

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Fashion throw rug in the bright colors of pink, black and gray I chose… and the painting I painted at a class of the Eiffel Tower…

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I painted the smaller picture on the right from the artist design in the wallpaper…I think he is so cute…

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We sat down and went over all we spent… and it come to $350.00 for everything… I keep telling people I’m a great shopper!…

Of course that doesn’t include the labor… We are way to expensive to hire…

I just love it… but, so glad it’s finished…

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Things Are Looking Spiffy!

I’ve been cleaning out my kitchen cabinets …My husband is refinishing and painting the doors and drawer fronts  … Looking quite spiffy!…The least I could do was clean and rearrange my pots, pans , bowls, utensils and silverware while he was beautifying the rest…We are a handy little team…always have been… I guess you say we “compliment each other”… I almost said, “Complicate” each other…That too sometimes! …It feels good to get the dust out …line with new shelf paper…and throw out things I’ve not used in a long time… It gets to be less each time… I feel that’s a good thing!…I found my sister’s compote bowl she has been searching for… more like asking everyone for… I didn’t even know I had it!… but,when I pulled two of the same thing out of the back of one of the lower cabinets… I knew I was the culprit… I called and confessed“I was so worried about it!”, ha,ha! …I didn’t find anyone elses bowls or pans… but, I bet I have a few at someone’s house just waiting to be discovered … Is it time for a cupboard cleaning? … I’m missing a clear glass plate with a gold edging… Anyone seen it?

“My Kids!”…

We had cabinets in our kitchen area at school … There were actually four kitchen areas… but we only used two… They were built in the schools when Home Economics  was taught… No more… so they weren’t kept in working conditionWe don’t need to learn to cook, measure  or bake  anymore, or do laundry anymore , or learn to make a bed anymore, or sew anymore How obsolete! …but, we tried to teach these things to our students…We called it pre-vocational training… I believe there are still families who need to be fed… restaurants that need chefs … I still believe there are bakeries who make cakes and desserts… I still think we have hotels that need to be cleaned and beds made beside the bed you sleep in every night… I still think we need to keep our clothes clean… and not wash something dyed red with the whites… I think we still lose a button every now or then and that maybe there are clothes designers making wonderful salarys…But, who are we?… We just thought it might be handy!… We also taught our kids to keep things clean… and cleaning out the cupboards  was a task we showed them how to do… soapy water …cleaning detergents…and elbow grease…And guess what? …We sometimes ran into that lost item we had been looking for Now where did that baking pan go?