Fence is Done! Hooray!

October 5, 2008

This was a HUGE weekend for us – the fence is done!  Dee Dee, Brian, and my parents came by to help.  Miriam’s brother, Santiago, and her sister, Laura, came by as well.  With everyone’s help we were able to put up all the remaining beams and posts.

Cindy came by on Saturday with gifts – a chicken lasagna, salad, soda, and ice cream.  The lasagna was delicious and has been feeding us all weekend.  Grandma Livia came by with some tasty crab dip and crackers.  It makes a great TV snack.

Thank you everyone for all your help – we really appreciate it and couldn’t have gotten it done without you!

Dee Dee and her Round-Up backpackDee Dee and her Round-Up backpack

 

Berdichevsky teamworkBerdichevsky teamwork

 

My Dad removed the tops of the postsMy Dad removed the tops of the posts

 

Dee Dee learns about the wonders of the nailgunDee Dee learns about the wonders of the nailgun

 

Brian put them up, I attached them - we blew through almost 1000 panels in four hours like thisBrian put them up, I attached them – we blew through almost 1000 panels in four hours like this

 

Searching for figsSearching for figs

 

Putting the last panel in place!Putting the last panel in place!

 

Riding off into the sunset after a job well done

Riding off into the sunset after a job well done

A Whole New Yard

October 1, 2008

Cara the landscaper came by with her crew today.  Dee Dee hired her (thanks again!) to come by and make our front yard look presentable.  Cara had tons of suggestions and we told her to do whatever she wanted.  She pulled up all the boxwoods lining the walkway, removed the abundance of weeds around the driveway and the east and west wings, cut down a bunch of dead tree branches, and even piled up all our yard waste that has been sitting in the backyard.

I am so happy with how the front yard looks – it is like a whole new place.  It seems massive compared to before.  And the house now has much more visibility from the street – it has a lot of character, I want to show it off!

 

Before Cara the Landscaper...

Before Cara the Landscaper...

 

and after.  What a difference!

and after. What a difference!

 

 

Boxwoods are not match for a chainsaw

Boxwoods are no match for a chainsaw

We have A Gate!

September 30, 2008

The air conditioning is broken at work so it has been very hot in the office this week.  I couldn’t take it anymore so I left early today.  I spent a couple hours in the afternoon working on the fence and I got our first gate (mostly) up.  This is a very exciting development and it was great practice for the big double gate opening over the driveway that we will be tackling this weekend.

This gate is the most exciting thing to happen to me since we moved in

This gate is the most exciting thing to happen to me since we moved in

Almost there…

September 28, 2008

The weather this past weekend was rainy and miserable.  We didn’t let that stop us – we only had 17 posts to put up and weren’t about to let some crummy weather get in our way!  By Sunday afternoon we had all the posts set in the ground.  What a wonderful feeling to finally be done with the posts.  We finished with the posts early enough to start putting up panels.  Next weekend I think we’ll be able to finish the fence entirely – especially if we have help again.

My Mom and Dad came over and helped out again – they put up a bunch of beams together and then split up to tackle separate projects.  My Mom worked on clearing back the bamboo again and my Dad worked on removing wallpaper inside.

One day this week Dee Dee’s friend Cara is coming by to work on our front yard.  She has a landscaping company and Dee Dee has hired her (thanks Dee Dee!) to tackle the yard.  She is going to remove the boxwoods lining the walk, cut down dead branches on the big willow oaks, get rid of all the weeds, and generally make it a much nicer place.

Looks very fence-like

Looks very fence-like

 

A shot of the finished french doors - I don/'t think I/'ve showed this yet

A shot of the finished french doors - I don't think I've shown this yet

 

wallpaper removal at it's finest!

wallpaper removal at it's finest!

Lots of Help this Weekend

September 22, 2008

We had lots of help this weekend.  Both of my parents came over to help, as did Miriam’s Dad.  Brian came by on Sunday with his power washer and cleaned off the front of the barn and washed the moss off of our front porch.  My Grandmother even stopped by!  My Mom, Dad, and Brian put up a ton of beams on the east side of the yard – the entire side is done save for two sections that are longer than the 8′ beams we have.  We’ll have to go get some 12′ beams from Lowes.

After the beams were up my Mom did some lumberjack work and used the Alligator Lopper to cut down the bamboo stumps.

Miriam and I got all the posts in across the back of the yard and most of the posts up around the driveway.  We got the big 6″x6″ posts in nice and deep – these will support the driveway gate and the walkway gate.  I figure we have about 18 posts left to put up down the west side of the yard.

Look at all those beams!

Look at all those beams!

Brian and the power washer

Brian and the power washer

This part of the fence was very difficult

This part of the fence was very difficult

Miriam's dad is handy with the post hole digger

Miriam's Dad is handy with the post hole digger

My Mom with the Alligator Lopper and my Grandmother

My Mom with the Alligator Lopper and my Grandmother

Brian and my Dad hard at work

Brian and my Dad hard at work

That went much faster than expected – seven days and the doors are in and the wall is down.  Tonight we were left with a very messy room to clean.  The dust was out of control.  And not just any dust – concrete and brick dust.  It turns into a thick paste as soon as it touches moisture.  And if moisture isn’t added, it all gets kicked back up into the air when you try to sweep it up.  After about six hours of work we got the room back to a livable state.

Still have a bit of exterior finishing work on the outside of the doors

Still have a bit of exterior finishing work on the outside of the doors

Open floor plan

Open floor plan

All that dust used to be our wall

All that dust used to be our wall

Getting Help with the Fence

September 15, 2008

This evening my parents came over to help with the fence.  They measured and cut horizontal beams with the mitre saw while I used the nail gun to put up the beams and panels.  We only had about an hour and a half to work so we didn’t get much done, but it was good experience for later on.  We still have about 35 more posts to put up before we are ready to do all the beams and panels.

What teamwork!

What teamwork!

A nail gun makes the job so much easier...

A nail gun makes the job so much easier...