Saturday, July 31, 2010

Barn update

The previous photos probably didn't make clear exactly where this yard barn is located so this photo probably clears that up. This is where we left off on Friday night.

With a very busy week upcoming, it may be a couple weeks before completion.

Thought I'd take a photo of the pear tree. A bumper crop is breaking branches this year.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Many years ago I made myself a promise I'd never let the garage get so that I couldn't get the cars inside and I've been able to keep that promise so far. But it has gotten pretty cozy from time to time.

As a matter of fact, it is a bit cozy right now so after several years of "talk", today we started the "walk" and a yard shed is in progress. Here are photos from today.

Kyle and our neighbor Kirk, start early this morning placing the 4 - 4x4x16 treated timbers on which we'll build.
A trailer load of rock quickly disappears as they set the timbers.
About 10 AM the floor joists are in place.
Kyle nailing the first 4x8 sheet of 3/4 inch treated plywood flooring as Kirk's son watches.
Right after lunch the first wall is in ready to lifted into position.

Mid-afternoon and two walls up.

The end of day 1. Ready to start with the roof tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


Having seen dozens of illusions I find this one quite fascinating. It moves, then doesn't move, I even see it rotate yet the dark red doesn't move at all......

Believe it or not, this image is not animated. The effect persists only in your peripheral vision; if you focus on any one of the spirals, it will stop moving.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Patio - with lighting

Thankfully installing the lighting today wasn't too strenuous because even with a nice breeze and a 16 inch fan about 16 inches from me as I worked, my clothes were drenched by the time this project was completed. Humidity levels were maxed out today.

I had a photo shoot in Peoria this evening and was afraid I'd get home after dark - too late to shoot a picture of the finished product. However, getting home in time wasn't the problem, but rather the rain that was just beginning. So, this shot was hurried and the grill is still in the photo but at least I got a quick shot.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Rain, Heat and Flowers

Good year for flowers!

More patio, etc.

Approximately two feet separate the old fence and where the new patio starts. That area was originally planned as a space for flowers. This plan would frugally save from purchasing about 25 square feet of flagstone. Then we decided it would be a good idea to have a raised flower bed. Then we saw and liked the idea of building a column. And oh yes, these we might as well put a light on the column (not yet installed) and you can see what is coming can't you. That 25 square feet cost more than the entire patio stone cost!!

Oh well, at least we like it so far. The project designer has chosen to mix stone colors a bit and so we hope when it gets all done, it all works together. The stones are glued so redesign will be a bit rocky!

These flower beds were hurriedly finished Sat morning before we headed south to spend some time with my folks. Brenda is ready to travel but came out and planted some flowers while I finished watering other plants.

Opposite side

Brenda persuaded me to pose quickly before heading in to clean up for our trip. A bit more and this area will be complete. Then on to the next area.