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Old 04-14-2012, 12:40 AM   #2116
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Last year they didn't finish the highway in front of my house. Yesterday they blocked it off to put the final asphalt on. Of course we had to have another street party It was very cold out, 36F, so that kept the turnout low. But we had fun. Of course many people were ignoring the barriers at the end of town with the detour signs. We were there to kindly assist in turning them around and sending them back. We had one altercation with an American but he came back with a case of beer and said he was sorry. That worked out well. I met the sister of the woman who used to live in my house. She and her husband will stop by to see what I have done. I told her it is quite different now. Here are a couple pics. dorf dude...
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:51 PM   #2117
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Today Mat brought over a front loader and cleaned up my pile. Greg showed up and gave a hand too. We moved the big stones up and made a wall. I will level out behind it. We built in a water fall feature. That is the big flat stone sticking out. Things are moving ahead. Here are a couple pics. dorf dude...
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Nice work.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:25 AM   #2119
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I got busy today. I decided to finish the trim around the staircase and balcony wall. Came out great! Now for the secret project. I have an artist friend that gave me an 8"x10" print of her original a couple years ago. I had it scanned and printed on indoor banner material. I had to get very creative on how to hang it up. My son gave me a hand. I will now frame it with a gloss black frame with the name of the picture "Navigator" on it. The artist's name is Patricia Jensen. http://www.patriciajensen.com/home.htm I hope you like it as much as I do dorf dude...
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:49 PM   #2120
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Those arbor vitae in the back look nice. I think the German name is Thuja.
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Those arbor vitae in the back look nice. I think the German name is Thuja.
Thanks and yes Thuja is the correct name in German. I have already hit them with time release fertilizer. I can't wait for them to get huge! That will be some years. Mia loves going up behind them between the fence. She has her own secret path. The neighbor's kids come and pet her up there. Thanks for following. dorf dude...
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Wow, I had not noticed how the skylight spills light directly down the stairway. That's wonderful! What a fabulous idea.

And the stairway trim looks great, also!
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Wow, I had not noticed how the skylight spills light directly down the stairway. That's wonderful! What a fabulous idea.

And the stairway trim looks great, also!
Thanks. I planned it that way with the orientation of the roof. I will need a sun block come this summer or else I will thermal over heat this summer from the solar effect. I get no heat gain except from the direct sunlight through the roof window. I'm so insulated that it doesn't get out. I hope this makes sense. dorf dude...
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After all this time I finally trim painted around my windows. What a difference! Looks better in person than in photo. Here is a before with the tape and after.The little details take up a lot of time. dorf dude...
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wow that is too cool! i wish i had a window here to do that with..when i build my greehouse i am definetly going to copy it in one of the windows as a window seat. Loving your house
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I got busy today. Trimmed in the exit window. I also created sitting benches with leather covers on 2 window ledges. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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Window ledges and trim are finished on the remaining windows. I used construction adhesive for the most part on the trim. That way there are no screws or nails to be seen. I used tape to hold the pieces until the glue set. As luck would have it I ran out of the trim molding on the last 3 inches of the last window. I will have to buy a full length piece just for that little bit. I had left over wood from the stairs for the ledges. Worked out great. I have a little trim calking and then they are finished. The windows had never been cleaned so that was a job in itself! It was a multi pronged attack. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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Good morning Shu!

Sorry for not being able to find the time to keep up with your thread. All the goings on since last time I checked in are absolutely great.

I especially love the way your stone trimmed windows came out, but then they always looked good right from the start.

Sounds like your weather is similar to ours here - still getting nights at 3C. But we are supposed to get some decent highs this weekend and coming week - over 20C! It has mostly been only 10 - 11 - 12 in the day thus far.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:20 AM   #2129
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I've been growing tired of looking at my white fridge. I've been replacing "Divorce" stuff as I can. This was marked down 40% so I jumped on it and sold my old one. Here is a before and after pic. The stainless works much better on the eye. What do you think? dorf dude...
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Looks good...too bad they don't make a stainless steel spray paint. Just think of the money we could all save!

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