Saturday, February 18, 2012

Week 16 - Checklists and Paint Frustration

It was such a nice day today that I decided to venture to the edge of the property in the back to see what was there. I discovered that the yard abuts the aqueduct which transports water from western Massachusetts into Boston.

Of course once spring comes, it will be too overgrown for easy access, but for now, you can just see the edge of our little project house peeking out in the upper right hand corner of this photo.

See the tires? I counted. There are 20 of them and they appear to form a ring around what was once used as a fire pit, most likely for burning yard debris. Right now, I am torn about disposing of them prior to sale. Digging them up will be a chore. Thoughts?

Inside, the rooms at the end of the house are nearing completion and they are all sporting checklists in their windows. This one is in the small bedroom.

And this one is in the full bath. More to do there. Such a fussy little room.

And then there is the paint sprayer....

What had previously filled the Mr. with joy is now the source of large amounts of frustration. It decided to stop functioning. After a full day of tinkering, replacing components and trips to and from the paint store, he was certain that it would be fully operational again this morning.

Sadly, no. Time to break out the rollers I guess.

The faithful chandelier has been unceremoniously dumped in the garage.

Aw, poor thing.

Mango Momma


  1. What a great spot for a hike with your dogs behind the house! Bummer that the guys had to use paint rollers.

  2. Looks as though it's all almost done! Lucky to have a natural little area near the house. That would be a selling point for me!

  3. Wow - has this house come a long way since we last checked in too long ago! Congrats on how great it looks - you're all so organized with all the lil signs on the windows! Love the hiking area behind house - that is cool! I wouldn't be sure what to do with those tires either - they look as if they are resting peacefully where they are... hmmmmm.

  4. I don't know about Master Chew Sits, but in Utah, if you are being all legal-like, you have to take tires to a special place to dispose of them - you can't just chuck them in the dumpster. So I'd leave them. But, of course, that probably explains why my house/yard is in the condition it is in... *sigh*

  5. I really liked that chandelier! It's appropriate to the era of the house. (If nothing else, clean it up and sell it on ebay - someone would probably buy it.)
    As for the tires... Round here, some people would use those for flower beds! (I wouldn't, but then again, I'm not from the South.)

  6. We also got slack about checking on the foster house during MM. Looking good! Can't wait to see the finished kitchen.

    Leave the tires. With luck, there will be a thick green spring growth covering them in a couple of weeks. While the aqueduct path is a great selling point [no possibility of anyone building in back of the foster house], it also attracts unscrupulous dumpers. Anyone who would line a fire pit with tires is too dumb to live; tires burn, very slowly, and emit toxic fumes in the process.

    We agree; put the little chandelier on E-Bay. Can you set a minimum price, to be sure you can sell it for more than it will cost to ship it? What if you stick a 'vintage' or 'antique' in front of the description?

    Jed & Abby