Inside, Outside, and Walkways

Every time I think, “I didn’t really get much done,” I find evidence to the contrary. Take today for example. Yesterday was focused on moving furniture around upstairs as we are back to sleeping in the large double room and the front bedroom now houses sewing/crafts, the dogs at night (so they don’t get to whine and wake us up), and the queen bed. And today, while still organizing the front bedroom craft supplies, I moseyed on down to the homeschool room to organize a little in there as well.

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Originally a closet off of the utility room, the servant’s stairs were removed in order to make room for interior access to the basement, stairs I refer to as “the scary stairs.”

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Here is another view, from the homeschool room looking into what used to be the bottom of the servant’s stairs, and is now a closet. Today, Dave removed a section of the wainscoting, resulting in a two foot gap between the top of the bottom stair and the rest of the wainscoting wall that was put in.

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I want shelves in the closet and he wants to raise the bottom level of the closet to where that wainscoting ends, eliminating any head banging for folks taller than our diminutive 5’6″ heights. So the floor, and the last stair there, will go away, right after we put in 2×4 supports two feet up. Then we will install a new ‘floor’ and also several shelves for storage.

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After that, we can reinforce the stairs, put backs on them (I hate having them open like they are, and unless you are at least 6’2″ in height, no more banging your head when you go down the stairs!

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So we made a trip to Home Depot, where we also needed supplies for a few other things, like a proper bit to drill holes in this cottonwood tree stump.

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Nice big holes!

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Plenty of nice big holes…

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Add the Stump Out powder to the holes…

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And pour boiling water into the powder filled holes…

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They bubbled and frothed quite satisfactorily!

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This should help speed the decay of the stump and discourage it from trying to return to life…

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While Dave worked on that, I put the bag of sand we had purchased to good use. I laid this brick walkway right on top of the plain cement sidewalk early this year. I LOVE it. It just took bricks and sand.

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Recently I added some other pavers I had, along with some newer bricks and headed east. My goal is to take it all the way around the big maple tree and continue our landscaping into the side lot next year. Flowers, bulbs, more flowers…that’s the goal! Meanwhile, our chickens were enjoying themselves…

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Cranky Puppy, our neighbor who not only sold us this beautiful house, but did such amazing work fixing it up, brought me some bricks the other day. I combined those with some square pavers to head west towards the chicken coops and food garden.

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Recently our neighbor and handyman we have working on The Cottage and other tasks discovered more bricks in the back of The Cottage…

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Yes, I hand dug all of this, and no it is not level. I do what I can!

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My goal is to eventually lay a path all the way to the chicken coops and surround the fire pit and then surround the food garden.

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And maybe that is where you come in. We are so financially stretched with so many other projects that buying bricks, transporting bricks, these things are beyond our abilities. My van can’t haul that kind of weight, we have insane schedules, and no extra cash.

If you have extra bricks or even pavers, of ANY amount, and would like to see them put to good use, please bring them by. I know I’m asking a lot and not offering much except my gratitude – but I would love to meet more folks from the neighborhood and connect with people who care about Old Northeast, or simply have no use for a handful of extra bricks.

I envision an eclectic mix of pavers in varying heights and levels (especially with me installing them!) creating a whimsical path that is cobbled together thanks to friendship, helpful neighbors, and the DIY, self-reliant spirit we can all appreciate.

I’ll show you around the place, offer you some mint or lemon balm, and share some fresh eggs. Most of all, I’ll just be grateful and I promise to make a really killer walkway for you to walk on during the Urban Farm Tour next year!

 

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