We have been taking advantage of the summer months to their fullest. Our days are crammed with activities. No rest for now. That can come in the winter months when we are toasty inside. Warm weather is now! Work is now! After a summer shower we noticed a small sliver of water on the chimney in the kitchen. After a quick, panicked trip to the attic we noticed that we could see daylight next to the chimney. Off to Home Depot to pick up a couple tubes of roof caulking and sealer. Okay, now up the ladder. Not me, Ted. I don't do heights well at all. I found this out a few years back when we climbed a nice big boulder in Gloucester, Massachusetts and I had to be rescued by Ted. I don't do ladders. He on the other hand is comfortable on the roof. Thank goodness. Caulk away man. I'm right down here, I got your back...er ladder.
They did hatch out a total of 16 keets. We caught them and put them into the brooder where they would
be safe and not get lost. Guineas will walk off and forget they have young. Little keets scattered in the grass.
Inside we have been working on the floors sanding and getting them ready for stain and poly. It is dusty work removing many layers of old varnish and stain.
This is a big improvement and we are still working.
We started sanding and realized that there was too much damage from an old leaky tub. Scary but we pulled up the old floor planks. Unbelievable amount of nails later and a good vacuum.
New flooring down and ready for a good sanding to blend with the old. The big poster board covers a hole. We had the water pipes in the bathroom moved to an interior wall. They were on the north facing exterior wall and would freeze in the winter. Not a good idea. We will frame in the area and have an access door for the pipes. Right now it's poster board. Real fancy don't ya think?
We found an antique grate that closely matches our big grate. Years past they had coal heat in the basement and the big grate above allowed the heat to rise and warm the upper floors. It was important to us to keep this in the new flooring.
We found a local craftsman to re work our staircase. All of the spindles were there and the handrails are mahogany. He is working on stripping and repainting the spindles and posts white. Making any needed repairs and re installing them. I can't wait. We even found the support post in the barn. Just take care going downstairs.
The pups are even tired.
The spiders are busy again this year.