Friday, March 23, 2012

OUR STUCCO JOB IS COMPLETE…TOMORROW WE BEGIN WATERING……

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It’s not everyone who gets to wake up each morning with a face full of dog Slurpies….but I do. Soon as I begin to stir, Pheebs bounds up on top of my bed & if I don’t get my head under the blankets I am immediately smothered in doggy smooches. We have ourselves a big snuggle followed by play time. Happens every single morning….and I love it:))

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As the house mud dried it turned from  a dark army green to a battleship gray.  The guys finished the primer stucco coat all across the back by late morning & then began at the beginning again putting on the final textured coat.  Very labor intensive & it made me tired just watching them.  Doby, who is over 50 has been doing this for about 30 years & it’s a wonder his arms aren’t worn out.  We found out early he is a very well respected fellow in these parts & does good work.  I feel we were very fortunate with our timing to get him to do our house job this week.  He will be returning next Wednesday to paint the house.

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BASE COAT  IS ABOUT THREE QUARTERS DONE

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COMING DOWN THE HOME STRETCH 

The color we have chosen for the house is ‘Colorado Trail.’  It’s a vibrant bright orange………ok, ok, just pulling your leg.  It is a darker brown because we want the house to blend naturally into the background scenery.  My plan is to surround this house with greenery just as we have done in Bayfield.  Want the earth tone house color to blend in with nature’s greenery.  Think we will be planting a lot of OLEANDER & BOUGAINVILLEA around the property. 

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HOUSE IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF A GOOD CLEANING  

It was another trip to Wickenburg this afternoon & a lot of time was spent at the Bank of America arranging to have monies wired from Canada to the States.  Since 911 it is a tedious time consuming procedure with ID’s to be double & triple checked & of course, the proverbial mound of paper work.  With all the money matters completed we were off down the street to the ‘Treasure Chest’ where Kelly had spotted a wooden cabinet type small dresser she liked.  Also picked up an old painting with an original frame for cheap.  We intend on doing this house in an old western & southwestern style.   

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PHEEBS & MOTOR CHECK OUT TODAY’S SALE ITEMS

Still wrestling with the kitchen colors & I did end up repainting one of the kitchen walls in a desert sand color.  That Aloha Sunset we put on the walls is just looking a little too pinky for us.  Because ideas keep changing I didn’t paint any of the cupboards today.  Maybe tomorrow I will have another color inspiration & get the paint flying again.  Have to admit, my patience is wearing a little thin with all these back & forth color changes.

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CHANGED THAT END KITCHEN WALL COLOR THIS MORNING…STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO WITH THE CUPBOARD DOORS 

The green dining room you see in the photo above will also change color.  Plan to do that in Desert Sand, just like the end kitchen wall.  Finishing these two rooms is my goal before we return to Canada.  In the Fall I will repaint the big blue room at the north end of the house.

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KELLY’S $10 LAMP WITH SOME REAL LIVE KELLYISMS ON IT

Although the official closing date is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, the house is basically ours now with our transfer of funds today.  Of course we have been treating it as ours all along but we will be relieved to officially get the closing date behind us next week. 

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DOBY HAS BEEN AT THIS A LONG TIME >>>

Stopped for a couple Sceamerburgs at Screamers in Wickenburg this afternoon before hightailing it back to Congress.

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SCREAMERS FOR BURGS

The boys were coming down the homestretch with the stucco texturing & by 3:30 this afternoon they were all finished.  The stucco job on the house was done:))  Maybe I can concentrate on some photos other than house pics now.   Yaaaaay.

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THE GUYS JUST HAVE A FEW FEET TO GO BEFORE THE ENTIRE STUCCO JOB IS FINALLY COMPLETE

Our job this week-end will be to water all the stucco down 3 times a day both Saturday & Sunday.  Painting will start Wednesday after the big hot Arizona sun & warming winds have dried the stucco.

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THIS IS THE UNPAINTED TEXTURED FINISH

More improvements for little Motor & I’d say she is back to her normal barking & hungry self except of course for her food pickiness.  She does seem to like poached chicken though & that is encouraging.  She nearly threw me out of my chair tonight trying to get at some mild Italian sausage on my plate.

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STUCCO HAS DRIED TO A BATTLESHIP GRAY COLOR…LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING SOME DARKER PAINT ON IT   

Chinle over at SPOTTED DOG RANCH just got herself a little white Burro.  Plans on doing a little prospecting with her.  Kind of a darn cute little thing she is too:))

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PHEEBS IS STILL ENJOYING HER SAND  BOX

THE TRAVELS OF ED, CAROL, & GOPHER THE DOG are our latest Blog Followers.  Welcome aboard folks & safe travels on your upcoming journey to Virginia.

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GROANER’S CORNER:((  A Sunday school teacher said to her children, 'We have been learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible times. But, there is a Higher Power. Can anybody tell me what it is?'
One child blurted out, 'Aces!'

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- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right  now...AL.
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15 comments:

  1. oh come on now..Bright orange would have been a great colour for the house?.. just kidding of course, desert tan sounds like it will be a good choice!

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  2. What, no music list today? I was getting into that, I even downloaded a bunch of Sons of the Pioneers and other tunes you mentioned. Stuff I used to have back in the good old days of discs and cassettes and such (I won't mention 8 tracks and give my age away). :)

    How soon will you be leaving AZ for Canada? What route will you take? The house is looking great and glad the Mouse is better. She's so cute - and Inspector Pheebs looks like she's keeping a close eye on everything.

    Like the idea of a Western theme. Wish I could get some of my rustic authentic old-time Colorado cowboy furniture down to you, it won't ride so good in my burro.

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  3. Glad to see pics of Motor doing more than sleeping. And that she's feeling better. We were worrying about her.

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  4. Things are really moving along.

    How about some contrasting color stencils on those cupboards.

    Hope to come down to Congress tomorrow so may stop by.

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  5. Just the grey stucco makes the house look a lot better, Sure is coming along nicely.

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  6. Al, before you go getting a bunch of Oleander plants you should Google Oleander and Dogs, not a good mix.

    The new place is coming along great.

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  7. The house is looking great Al, and you will never look back on a cold night as they help insulate the cold out.Are you going to try for dual citizenship like Kelly has.Couldn't miss the stars and stripes on the mantle.Love to have you as a fellow American. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

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  8. House looks 100% better with stucco. Looking forward to seeing it after the greenery gets planted.

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  9. Maybe you could sell/barter some of your great photos of the stucco job to Doby! He could use them for his business and perhaps give you a discount on the bill!

    Amazing how he has transformed the house!

    YAY for the fund transfer! We were nervous for you, after all of this work you two have put into it!

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  10. Like that wall lots after the color change...and your house color sounds perfect to bend in with the terrain...Are you going to plant some Mesquite trees??..Our uncle has a cool fountain shapes like a cactus in his yard in Illinois...but they used to own a home in Sedona..and still love Arizona...

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  11. Was touched by the American flags when we visited--you've always expressed your love for this country in your blog, especially the SW ;-) The beauty of your place is that it will always be a blank canvas for you. You mind must be dizzy with ideas!

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  12. Great job on the house -- you will have all summer to think of new ideas.

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  13. This summer you really aren't going to be able to stand it going home. I'm going nuts already wondering how the work is coming along and I haven't been gone a week yet.....

    I'm with you on the too pink thing, but the place will really look nice once it isn't old siding and dirty white........

    And once the money has been paid, believe me they won't give it back so no matter what the paper work problems might be, they will get it straightened out. It's Yours!!!!

    Congratulations.... Rod and Loyce

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  14. All good news! Except for the Aloha Sunset re-do.

    I like the knotty pine walls. Is that parquet (butter)? Looks nice.

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  15. What I like about neutrals (desert sand)on the walls is that you can add all the colors in accessories,
    dishes, rugs, pillows, etc. I do like the colorful cabinets! Your Southwest home is looking great!

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