Tuesday, March 20, 2012

OUR STUCCO JOB BEGAN THIS MORNING & IS WELL UNDERWAY:))

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IT WAS A MUDDY WORLD WE HAVE BEEN LIVING IN FOR A COUPLE DAYS

A sigh of relief this morning looking out to see no new snow on the ground.  Enough is enough is enough already!!  We don’t need no more gol darn mud going on.  Grrrrreat to see clear blue sunny skies again knowing the day’s hot sun will dry things up right quick:))

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PHEEBS CHECKS OUT A RIDER WITH 2 HORSES GOING BY

Well, it was a busy morning we had ourselves again.  As mentioned previously, we made the decision to have our ‘cowboy constructed’ rough & tumble house exterior done in stucco.  That process began this morning.

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Doby & two workers showed up at 8 o’clock & got right to work first unloading a truck full of materials.  Soon it was the sounds of hammers & Spanish.  Doby’s two young helpers are both Mexican fellas & it was interesting to hear them speaking back & forth as they worked.

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DOBY EXPLAINS TO KELLY WHAT THEY WILL BE DOING

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I busied myself first thing smoothing out the pile of dirt from the septic tank repair.  Sure am putting a lot of miles on MIKE'S garden rake that he lent me a week ago.  The orange Kubota digger machine had left tread tracks in the rain soaked muddy ground Monday as well so I had to get that all smoothed out before the sun got up & baked the ground back to it’s normal hardened self.

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EVEN HAD TO RAKE OUT THESE KUBOTA TRACKS BEFORE THE SUN BAKED THE GROUND ROCK HARD

Kelly & I headed into Wickenburg about 10 & made 3 quick stops.  Hardware store, Safeway & the paint store where we went over a bunch of paint charts & got ourselves back on track with our kitchen color scheme.  With ‘Aloha Sunset’ on the walls we picked up a quart of ‘Bronzed Orange’ for the kitchen cabinet frame.  Haven’t decided on what color combination I will do the cabinet doors yet but there might be some ‘Dry Creek’ in there somewhere.

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HAVE TO NEXT FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH THESE DOORS

We were back home before noon & noticed how beautiful the snow covered Weaver Mountains looked on the way.  It may be temporarily warmer back home than here right now but surrounded by beautiful Arizona scenery we are quite happy to be right here where we are:))

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DOBY CHECKS OUT THE COLOR OF A NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE HE DID A FEW YEARS AGO

Surprised at how much Doby & his workers had done by the time we were back from town.  Very efficient crew & they expect to have the stucco job completed by Friday.  Interesting process with today being stage one putting sheets of three quarter inch Styrofoam insulation around the entire house.

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JUST THE STYROFOAM ALONE IMPROVES THE HOUSE  A HUNDRED PERCENT

I again spent my afternoon dangling off the end of a paint brush & was musically accompanied by Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby Stills & Nash, & The Everly Brothers along with a whole host of other 60’s artists.  Definitely was another great trip down Memory Lane for me.  Oh & what a colorful memory it is too…….:))

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DOBY TACKLES THE ROUGHEST WALL OF THE HOUSE

We think the Motormouse made a bit of progress today.  Although still basically shunning food she did enthusiastically gobble down some more hamburger.  Even got her to drink some Pedialyte as suggested by readers.  She still has no interest in dog food.  Barked a couple times at workers going by & came out twice for a walk around the property.  She is looking a little more perkier but still not back to her feisty self.  Until her appetite returns we will not relax our concerns.

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THESE GUYS ARE FAST EFFICIENT WORKERS

It was good that we had the heavy rains a couple nights ago because it showed us where the two leaks in the house roof are.  Definitely going to have to make arrangements to have those 2 spots repaired.  Fortunately, Doby & the crew are adept at all repairs, renovations, etc.

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A BIG INSULATION  IMPROVEMENT FOR SURE

I like Chinle’s Raven photo over at SPOTTED DOG RANCH as she ponders the question, ‘do clouds ever get lost’.  And no, she didn’t find an Owl, but she did find an Awl:))

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DOING A WALK ABOUT AFTER SUPPER

GROANER’S CORNER:(( 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the kings' horses,
And all the kings' men.
Had scrambled eggs,
For breakfast again.

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- Tourists see the world, travelers  experience it.

- Home is where your pet is:))

- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right  now...AL.
stargeezerguy@gmail.com

25 comments:

  1. All that positive thinking that went to the Bayfield Bunch seems to be making a difference. Your little doggie girl must be feeling all those good wishes heaped on her.

    Your new house is looking perkier and newer by the day. It's fun to see the progress.

    Emjay

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  2. boy you sure are moving on the house, it's going to be hard to leave it.Glad the little one is feeling a bit better.

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  3. Hey, with all that mud around, maybe you could have redone the outside of your house yourselves. :) Can't wait to see the finished product... but just in photos as we are heading out for Dead Horse Ranch State Park and points north tomorrow.

    Sure glad to read that Cora is doing a little better. Our 18 year old cat, Tucker, only ate poached chicken breast for the last couple years of his life. I was more than happy to cook it for him!

    Safe travels.

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  4. Thanks for the blog mention, Al! :)

    Your house is going to look really cool when it's all done. You're going to have the best of both worlds, with your gorgeous gardens in Ontario and this place in the desert. The kitchen colors are starting to remind me of some really picturesque adobe style stuff I've seen in Taos. Maybe a Taos blue for the cupboards? Dunno...I'm sure not a designer.

    It's fun watching you put it all together. Hope Kelly and the Mouse really get better fast - the Mouse sounds like she's improving.

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  5. The house is really coming along nicely, inside and out. I love bold paint colors.

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  6. This really is an interesting process to watch. Those guys are quick.

    Glad Motor could take the Pedialyte.

    Snow melted away today except for a few shady patches. I hadn't been out since Saturday and had company tonight so will have to rake tomorrow. Those ruts can harden into forever.

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  7. If it was me?..I would paint the cupboards white...love the wall colour..orange/terra cotta!!..

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  8. You sure are getting a lot of work done in a short amount of time. Looking good!! Hugs to Motormouse.

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  9. WOW,,,,Way to go!!! Its lookin great. I like the way you guys get 'er done!! Thanks for the pictures..... That stucco will make a whale of a difference in both appearence and insulation.... Soon you won't know that is the same place.... I'm anxious to see what color you choose for the outside.....
    Keep training the Rake for me,,,,,,

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  10. It's looking great! Glad to hear Motormouse is improving a little!

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  11. I agree ~ the stucco job will make the house really look GREAT!!! Love the improvements you're making!
    Have fun
    Donna

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  12. That stucco will totally change the look of the Bayfield Siesta Stopover...Glad Cora is feeling some better..hamburger would do it for me too!

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  13. I remember when I was a kid my Mom & Dad had their large home stuccoed,the best decision he ever made, it is now almost 60 years old and still looks good and no leaks. You will get your moneys worth out of it I'm sure.Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

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  14. Making progress pretty quickly and taking shape. Looking good.

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  15. You are truly 'gettin 'er done!" Good for you. You bought a bargain, and are making it a treasure. Hurray for the Bayfield Bunch!

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  16. You guys are really movers. Probably doesn't seem that way to you but to me you were just thinking about a house in the desert and then bingo you found the house, bought the house and are well into the renovations. I'm impressed. Love the kitchen colors and the doors looked great just like they are to me. Tricolor look. But I'm not known as any kind of decorator.

    Sherry
    www.directionofourdreams.blogspot.com

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  17. I hope Cora keeps on improving, poor puppy!
    I love the kitchen colors, perfect terra cotta!
    Amazing work sure to improve your new home!
    How soon until you close escrow?

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  18. All we can say is "Wow"! Your place will earn a feature in Better Homes and Gardens when you are through :-)

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  19. Al, your home is shaping up quickly. You don't waste any time!

    If you're near a drugstore, you might want to pick up some children's medicine syringes. I always have them when I travel and in the house. My friend's little dog was dehydrated. We gave him some water every few minutes with the syringe and he was fine. I hope she feels better, soon.

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  20. The color on ur cabinet doors are perfect. We have a southwest home in Az & our cabinets are the same colors, only reversed. Perfect colors.

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  21. Did you ever actually close on the house? I keep thinking you are putting a lot into the house and you might not even own it yet. Then again, I'm one of those folks who always have everything to wrong when it comes to real estate deals...

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  22. 1st off glad motor is better. you know how it is the older we get the longer it takes to get our giddy up back, furkids are the same. Kitchen looks great, I love bold colors, but always too chicken to try them in my own home. I agree that they look great now w/ the tri color

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  23. I spent some time near Tuba City AZ. A Navajo lady called mud like yours "crisco". Muddy roads were like "crisco" when wet all slippery and slidey but when those "crisco" ruts dried, they turned to cement! Rutted roads were so bad in the Rez, took us an hour to drive 15 miles to the Post Office in Kykotsmovi AZ!
    Glad to hear MotorMouse is gaining strength every day!

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  24. Would you like to come to California and organize the renovation of my house? You sure are getting a lot done quicky!

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  25. Wow! I'm excited for you, great
    progress on your home. You both are mover's and shakers.
    Sorry for Kelly's ankle. I know
    she must dislike being waylaid
    with so much to do.
    Great posts....keeps us all
    watching...lol

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