although we opted not to put in our usual vegetable garden this year during the house renovation, we do still have a garden with lots happening—every day something new comes to light, like the mophead hydrangeas beginning their blooming ...
although we opted not to put in our usual vegetable garden this year during the house renovation, we do still have a garden with lots happening—every day something new comes to light, like the mophead hydrangeas beginning their blooming cycle this week.
they are at that lovely stage where the buds and leaves are thick and unearthly green; the new petals are delicate and fresh, brushed with pale pink, blue, and purple washes of color. it might be my favorite blooming thing in the whole season.
from the number of buds weighting down the bushes, we are in for a treat this year in blooms, not to mention how much everything is filling out. our perennials are having a field day with all the rain we’re getting and continuing cool temps are keeping everything happy and lush. what a change from last year, yay.
what am i saying—not just a nice change from last year, but a spectacular change from what we are looking at inside the house, haha.
you wanted that wallpaper gone? well, it’s outta here.
the demo is going pretty well so far, though we had quite a shock on friday. it started out in the normal demo way, lots of noise and banging underfoot. my study and temporary office is just above the area where the work is happening; everyone else has moved to the downstairs office space. our kitchen has moved to the enclosed porch at the far end of the lower floor.
they have been making excellent progress ripping out cabinets, walls, flooring, etc.
and because of my new perch, i get to hear a lot of what’s going on in the work zone, for good or for bad, haha. i must not have been paying attention friday though, because all of a sudden, someone started up a gasoline powered tool of some kind and began sawing through the wall of the dining room where it joins to the old office space, to cut the new opening between the two rooms.
now in most homes, this would be a mere matter of knocking out a bunch of plaster and/or wallboard, but in our home it means cutting through two courses of foundation blocks because it used to be an exterior wall. our old office used to be an outdoor porch that was converted to indoor space many decades back to make a doctor or dentist office.
sawing through all that is a mighty chore for even the most robust of sawzall-type tools. i’m still not exactly sure what that mofo beast looked like but when it started doing its thang, the house instantly filled with billowing clouds of exhaust and brick dust. oy vey
it’s not that we didn’t know it was going to happen, we just didn’t know it was going to happen friday morning. and naturally, we were not prepared, haha. nothing was dust sheeted (not that that would have helped), nothing was protected (except the yarn; we keep the yarn in covered boxes at all times, as far away from the fray as we can get it).
haha, i leaped from my desk when i saw what was happening and ran to wake david up (yes, he was actually sleeping through the racket, which is either a testimonial to how thick our walls are or proof that he utterly exhausted himself getting the house ready while i was gone last week). well by that time of course, there was nothing to be done; within moments every single thing in my upstairs study was covered with a fine veil of brick dust and i was choking from the fumes. i couldn’t leave though, because i had to finish my june chapter! time to put on blinders and get the job done (oh wait, blinders might not be needed after all).
sometimes i’m just gobsmacked by extent to which i live in a parallel universe.
and now, i’ve got the portal to prove it, haha.
anyway, at first, it sounded smart for me to move up here where i could work alone and in my familiar space. however, there is a lot of fallout from the reno work that i didn’t visualize beforehand—the noise is one thing, but the air quality is quite compromised, too; i may be forced to move, not sure yet.
i’ve been lobbying for a while to find