My 'to do' list today had 10 tasks on it. I was able to only accomplish the 4 easiest tasks. I tried my best but it was fruitless. Man, animal, and mother nature were all against me today.
We got an early start because R needed to take his truck in for AC service, so I needed to follow him to the shop to bring him back home. While he was giving them the keys, one of the guys mentioned that he knew where R could get a new bumper for $100.00. This truck came with a screwed up rear bumper and it was one of the reasons why the truck was so affordable. He could get by with the bumper that is on there but for a 100 bucks it would be nice to have one that didn't look like someone had run into the rear of the truck. But then again it is a work truck that we use to haul rocks, dirt, mulch, debris, and scrap so it doesn't have to look pretty.
But first R wanted to check the price of a replacement bumper at Bumper Mart......yes, Bumper Mart. So we needed to drive over there and price a replacement bumper. Nope they couldn't beat the $100 price so we drove back to the shop to tell them to order the $100 bumper.
We drove home and watered and fertilized all the flowers and veggie plants. We use fish fertilizer and the flies came from the next county the minute I opened the bottle. Ewwww, it's stinky but works great.
I was just about ready to open a can of paint when R asked me what I wanted to do with all the branches etc behind the barn. Normally we would just burn them but currently we are under a 'no burn' condition because of the lack of rain.
While I was behind the barn I heard a bird making a lot of noise. I finally located it and it was a woodpecker feeding her babies. Did I have my phone with me? Nope and by the time I got back to take a photo, she was gone. Bye bye...I'm outta here. So I kept my phone with me all day in the hopes of getting a photo.
I was just about ready to open my paint can when I heard the mail truck. So I walked out to the mail box to get the mail. That's when I got distracted for another hour. Sharon from Laurelhurst Craftsman sent me a Flint Faience Tile catalog. I had to immediately sit down and look at the tile options that were available back in the 1920's when my house was built. I found my master bedroom fireplace tile and my master bath tile and sadly the vestibule tile that we removed and discarded. In my defense, it was damaged and missing a lot of pieces, plus we thought it was from the 60's. I'm ashamed.
Thank you, Sharon
So now I want to correct that mistake and install mosaic tile in the vestibule. Probably in various green shades. The original was various tan shades which is not a color that would work well with anything that I have in my house right now.
By now it was lunch time. We ate and I don't know about you but after I eat a meal I am worthless for about an hour. I spent the next hour day dreaming of tile and snoozing in my reclining lawn chair. When I finally woke up out of my food stupor I opened a can of paint.
About two seconds after I stuck the paint stir stick in the paint, R walked up and said "you have to drive me to the shop to pick up my truck". OMG I'll never get any painting done.
I drove him up to the shop and drove right home to paint. I reopened the paint can and started up the ladder when I realized that the ladder was at the wrong angle. Back down the ladder I went and waited until R came home to help me adjust the ladder. The ladder is heavy and it takes two people to adjust it even when it is not fully extended. I waited and I waited and I waited. R had decided he needed a Mexican mocha coffee and then he ran into a couple of people he knew and yadda yadda yadda it was an hour before he came back home. In the meantime I was back looking at tile designs in the Flint Faience Tile catalog.
Once the ladder was adjusted and I was actually able to paint. I got all of this painted...
...before a bee/wasp/hornet buzzed my head and hair. I was afraid of being stung (I'm allergic) or falling off the ladder or spilling paint all over the new windows so I came back down the ladder and called it quits in the painting department.
By this time the sun was partially behind the trees in the front yard so I decided to transplant a catalpa tree that I found growing in my rose bushes. I've been watering the tree heavily for the last two days to help with transplanting stress but first I needed to dig the hole. I picked a good spot and started to cut through the sod. I was shocked at how hard the soil was where I was digging.
I peeled back the sod and started digging. Actually it was more like chipping away than digging. I finally gave up and filled the hole with water to soften the dirt and will attempt to plant the tree tomorrow evening. I always transplant trees in the evening so that they can recover in the cool of the night from any transplanting stress.
By this time I was ready to call it quits when I remembered I had one more trash can of twigs that needed to go to the curb for trash pick up tomorrow. I no sooner got behind the barn and I hear that woodpecker again. I look up and she is feeding her babies. Their little heads were sticking out of the hole in the side of the tree. I reached around to my back pocket to grab my phone to take a photo and it wasn't there. By the time I got back....she was gone. I'll get a photo one way or the other and I'll get some painting done, too. When? I don't know.