The New Router Was the Least of My Problems

Last week I got a new router and had some issues getting it going .

The "internet" light was orange but it's supposed to be green.
The “internet” light was orange but it’s supposed to be green.

But I finally got connected. It was working fine on Thursday night but on Friday morning the orange light returned. We also lost our telephone dial tone.

The old box was not working properly.
The old box was not working properly.

I contacted Verizon and they sent out a technician who decided our old outside box had been fried maybe by lighting, not to mention it was a home to wasps.

This new box is attached to the outside of the house.
This new box is attached to the outside of the house.

He exchanged it for something new, not actually new but refurbished.

The buttons are labeled: Alarm Silence (top) and Battery Emergency Use (bottom).
The old box
The new smaller box means I need to touch up the paint on the wall even though the box does end up behind a curtain and sofa.
The new smaller box means I need to touch up the paint on the wall even though the box does end up behind a curtain and sofa.

He also replaced the inside box which is smaller than the old one.

Connected again.
Connected again.

Fortunately this was the fix. All the appropriate lights are lit and I can connect to Wi-Fi again.

Do you still have a land line?

How the Changes Look

We had a big tree taken down this week.

The tree was dangerously dropping limbs and leaning toward the Cottage and house.
The tree was dangerously dropping limbs and leaning toward the Cottage and house.
Only the stump remains.
Only the stump remains.

The plan is to clear this whole area.

I'm not planning to make an actual structure.
I’m not planning to make an actual structure.

I have been wanting to make a chapel in the yard (#40 on my 101 in 1001 list).

Great is Thy Faithfulness mirrored window would work in an outdoor chapel area.
Great is Thy Faithfulness mirrored window would work in an outdoor chapel area.

I don’t have a clear vision of what I’m going for but I do have some ideas like the mirrored window I made here.

The stump is too large to remove so we'll try to work it into the landscaping plan.
The stump is too large to remove so we’ll try to work it into the landscaping plan.

And I could use the newly created giant stump as a focal point.

We have a few rounds to choose from.
We have a few rounds to choose from.

Perhaps some of the smaller rounds would be good, albeit heavy, stools.

Do you have a special, private outdoor space?

Another Tree Down

We have lost so many large oak trees in the past 15 or so years on our property. Some have spontaneously fallen, other have been blown down by hurricanes, and others have just died.

It's a scary tree.
It’s a scary tree.

The only big oak remaining in the center of the property was carefully removed yesterday.

If the oak fell the way it's leaning it would crush the Cottage.
If the oak fell the way it’s leaning it would crush the Cottage.

It was covered with fungus and very near a large sugar maple.  The sugar maple is still in tact but the dead oak has been sawn down to a stump.

The tree cutter is standing
The tree cutter is standing on the diagonal limb.

The tree service did not bring a boom truck but instead had a serious climber go up into the tree.

Some of the branches ended up in the chipper.
Some of the branches ended up in the chipper.

Limb by heavy limb the pieces were cut and lowered to the ground.

Charlie is standing among the rounds to give an idea of scale.
Charlie is standing among the rounds to give an idea of scale.

After the pieces were lowered to the ground the lumbermen cut them into more manageable rounds.

This is the third dead tree we've had taken down this year.
This is the third dead tree we’ve had taken down this year.

We will either list these rounds on Craigslist or Charlie will split them.

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Here’s a shot of the Cottage with the tree removed.  Compare it to the blog’s header which clearly shows the tree.

Do you like heights?

The Last Week in July

We have NOT been getting projects finished at The Glade.

Charlie spent yesterday clearing the base of the tree so the fellers could cut it down to the ground.
Charlie spent yesterday clearing the base of the tree so the fellers could cut it down to the ground.

This week, however, we’re trying to check items off the list.

I can assure that the tree, not the house, is leaning.
I can assure that the tree, not the house, is leaning.

Charlie has set up the tree service to cut down and cut up our big, dead oak for this afternoon.

The lower cabinet must be pulled out so new red oak flooring can be laid in the hall.
The lower cabinet must be pulled out so new red oak flooring can be laid in the hall.

Meanwhile I’m making a master plan of how to clear the sub-floors that we hope will be floored on the weekend.

  1. Hang 2 lighting fixtures in the bathroom.
  2. Make room in the back bedroom for Charlie’s highboy and move it there.
  3. Move building supplies and cabinet out of the master bedroom hallway into the bedroom.
  4.  Move all clothes and cabinets out of the master closet into the master bedroom.
  5. Move all furniture from the conservatory into the dining room.
  6. Move the flooring lumber from the living room into the dining room.
  7. Unbury the chop saw in the Cottage bring it to the house.

That list alone should ruin my week.

I listed the dresser in the middle of the room on Craigslist with the goal to sell it.
I listed the dresser in the middle of the room on Craigslist with the goal to sell it.
The dresser has been sold.
The dresser has been sold.

I sold the mid-century dresser in the Cottage. Now we have a nice empty space.

The ceiling will be patched with spackle.
The ceiling will be patched with spackle.
The Cottage ceiling is not sheetrock so the seams will remain but the spot that was damaged is now fixed.
The Cottage ceiling is not sheetrock so the seams will remain but the spot that was damaged is now fixed.

In the mean time my future tenant is filling holes and spackling cracks in the Cottage.  The plan is to paint the unpainted ceiling which has already been spot painted with Kilz.

We have a new propane contract for 500 gallons at $2.49 per gallon.
We have a new propane contract for 500 gallons at $2.49 per gallon.

Speaking of the Cottage we are also resigning our pre-pay propane contract. The Cottage has a propane water heater and furnace. The house has a propane water heater and stove. Since the Cottage has been closed up for a couple of years we know we will be using more propane than recently. Charlie is negotiating that contract which we’re hoping will be even less this year due to posted propane prices.

Do you negotiate?

Behind Glade Cottage

For the past few years we’ve been working on the renovation of the main house.

The Cottage interior is slowly but surely getting sorted out.
The Cottage interior is slowly but surely getting sorted out.

The Cottage became a holding space for tools, building supplies, and odds and ends.

Glade Cottage
Glade Cottage

Ditto the outside space around the Cottage.

The other side of the roof is even a little mossy.
The other side of the roof is even a little mossy.

My friend who might be residing in The Cottage for a while started by sweeping off the roof which gets a lot of debris since the it sits under trees.

Tendrils od English Ivy are still sticking to the shingles at the back of the Cottage.
Tendrils of English Ivy are still sticking to the shingles at the back of the Cottage.

At the back of the Cottage English ivy was growing up the wall. My friend pulled it all down.

Excess building supplies were piled everywhere over the past three years.
Excess building supplies were piled everywhere over the past three years.

We still need to relocate the lumber back there.

Charlie sorted the metal into piles by material.
Charlie sorted the metal into piles by material.

On the downhill side Charlie has amassed some metal recycling. He cleared it all out.

Before
Before
After
After

In the meantime my friend cleared away the vines that have overgrown between the front and double propane tanks on the side.

The path from the front of the Cottage to the back of the yard has been cleared of poison ivy, Virginia creeper, and grape vines.
The path from the front of the Cottage to the back of the yard has been cleared of poison ivy, Virginia creeper, and grape vines.

We will be reinstating the chip path to the back part of the yard in the near future.

We're going to pull this lumber away from the side of the Cottage.
We’re going to pull this lumber away from the side of the Cottage.

We’ll be attacking the street side of the Cottage next. I am not seriously helpful with this clearing up other than deciding what goes, what stays, and where it goes.

Have you been neglecting a project? Has it become overwhelming?

Clean and Chippy

When the trees were taken down in the front yard we took the option of keeping a truckload of chips.

Chips from our trees.
Chips from our trees.

Charlie had them dump the pile on plastic at the end of the driveway.  This pile won’t last as long as the rubble pile.

We have plans for these oak chips.
We have plans for these oak chips.

A friend came over to clean up the plantings in front of The Cottage.

The weeds in front of The Cottage are potentially oversized trees unless removed.
The weeds in front of The Cottage are potentially oversized trees unless removed.

Basically she cut away weedy tulip poplar trees and other stalky greenery.

The hosta looks healthy this year.
The hosta looks healthy this year.

All that remains are hosta, liriope, and liatris.

I was named "sidewalk supervisor" since I was just out of the shot sitting in the shade.
I was named “sidewalk supervisor” since I was just out of the shot sitting in the shade.

Then I pulled out some corrugated cardboard to line the path that leads to our propane tanks.

A chip path is an easy way to neaten up an area.
A chip path is an easy way to neaten up an area.

Charlie covered it with some of the new chips.

Before
Before
The driveway ends in front of The Cottage.
After

Voila! A neat appearance at the front of The Cottage.

How do you deter weeds in your yard?

Another Cottage Corner

The Cottage clearing is coming along.

Paint supplies, craft supplies, refinishing supplies, and general junk.
Paint supplies, craft supplies, refinishing supplies, and general junk.

The corner just inside the door is a catchall for everything and anything that we have used for various projects.

And the air hose from the compressor was all tangled up in everything.
And the air hose from the compressor was all tangled up in everything.

There is even an old amplifier and a bag of speaker wires.

I haven't seen the floor in this corner is ages.
I haven’t seen the floor in this corner in ages.

I boxed this junk up and cleaned it out.

Soon we'll have to sort through the doors and get rid of the ones that won't be used.
Soon we’ll have to sort through the doors and get rid of the ones that won’t be used.

The pile of doors isn’t nearly as intimidating now that the clutter is gone.

Would you replace some of the new doors in the house with the original vintage ones?