Away for the Winter

Yesterday was a beautifully clear day albeit cooooold.

The shutters are fine in the weather but should not sit on the ground all winter due to termites and dampness.
The shutters are fine in the weather but should not sit on the ground all winter due to termites and dampness.

Charlie, however, put on his insulated one-piece overalls and got busy outside clearing up issues that shouldn’t ride the winter.

A gratuitous photo of our Wee Little House.
A gratuitous photo of our Wee Little House.

We probably have 16 or so pairs of shutters for the house most of which we’ve been storing in the wee little house (our shed).

Shutters in front and also against the back wall of the shed.
Shutters in front and also against the back wall of the shed.

Somehow Charlie made space for five more pairs.

Looks like some serious leaf-clearing is also in the offing.
Looks like some serious leaf-clearing is also in the offing.

Now the east side of the house looks much neater.

The propane tanks for both the house and Cottage are hidden from view on the side of the Cottage where the path had become obscured over the summer.
The propane tanks for both the house and Cottage are hidden from view on the side of the Cottage where the path had become obscured over the summer.

Then he cleared the path to the propane tanks.

Our propane tanks sit behind the Cottage unseen from the house.
Our propane tanks sit behind the Cottage unseen from the house.

I had been worrying the truck would come to deliver propane and the driver wouldn’t be able to navigate the tall grass behind the Cottage.

What’s your leaf clearing method: blower, rake, lawn mower, the North Wind?

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Upgrade at the Wee Little House

We have always called our shed the Wee Little House (to distinguish it from “The Little House” which is what we sometimes call “The Cottage” at The Glade).

The shed is tucked under the trees in the east yard.
The shed is tucked under the trees in the east yard.

Recently I saw these photos and had the idea to do something similar in front of the shed.

Approaching the potager from the driveway the wee little house can be seen beyond the iron fence and garden.
Approaching the potager from the driveway the wee little house can be seen beyond the iron fence and garden. (2013)
Viewing the potager from the driveway the Wee Little House is in line with the garden gate.
Viewing the potager from the driveway the Wee Little House is in line with the garden gate. (2014)

I asked Charlie if he thought we could do this project, just the two of us.

There's a mirror hanging on the front of the shed just for the fun of it.
There’s a mirror hanging on the front of the shed just for the fun of it.
I think the shed will be sooo cuuuute with a little deck.
I think the shed will be sooo cuuuute with a little deck.

I don’t know when yet but I think by the end of summer we’ll have a little deck outside the Wee Little House.

Do you have a long to-do list that you just keep adding to? Or are you sane?

 

A Beautiful Spot

I was taking pictures in the yard and came upon a beautiful vignette.

A view through the woods.
A view through the woods.

I really didn’t know how lovely it was until I saw the photo. The rhododendron marks the edge of the Children’s Garden we established last year.

The Children's Garden
The Children’s Garden

We had transplanted the pale yellow azaleas from the front of the house and added daffodils and lily of the valley (which bloomed early in spring), iris, and yellow day lilies, and daisies.

A place to rest.
A place to rest.

Everything seems to be very happy and healthy in this partially shaded garden.

How does your garden grow?

 

 

New Shelves in an Inconspicuous Spot

We have a darling shed that we call the Wee Little House which holds a lot of necessary-but-I-don’t-want-it- in-the-house stuff. And we’ll be storing house items that are in the way during our planned renovation.

The shed is flanked by  developing woodland gardens.
The shed is flanked by developing woodland gardens.

One of the worst areas of disarray is the side where the mower and gardening tools are stored.

The downhill side of the shed has sliding barn doors to allow access for large items.
The downhill side of the shed has sliding barn doors to allow access for large items.

After we took apart the catchall closet in the front hall we had some nice lumber to make shelves so I suggested Charlie put some in  “his” part of the shed.

When the doors are open it's clear this area could be put to better use.
When the doors are open it’s clear this area could be put to better use.

The sides are hiding all nature of clutter.

This looks like a Dr. Seuss topsy-turvey stack.
This looks like a Dr. Seuss topsy-turvey stack.

Once cleaned out, the side alcove was the perfect place for some shelves.

The cross members provided a head start on the shelf installation.
The cross members provided a head start on the shelf installation.

Using the structural elements of the shed walls to hold the shelves Charlie carefully cut and notched the lumber to make permanent shelves tucked into one side.

Three sturdy shelves in place.
Three sturdy shelves in place.

Oddly enough once the shelves were built a lot of the clutter just disappeared.

Shelves are a good start but a few special purpose hangers would be useful.
Shelves are a good start but a few special purpose hangers would be useful.

On the other side he has assembled the long-handled tools: shovels, picks, rakes, etc.

The long-handled tools could be stored on the wall along with our wooded ladder.
The long-handled tools could be stored on the wall along with our wooden ladder.

And we got rid of the snow blower  and some old jugs of oil which we had never used.

What gives you the impetus to CLEAN UP?

Peg in the Wee Little House

We keep most of our tools in the Wee Little House which could be a lovely potting shed if ’twere not for the tools all over the place.

The shed wall has some room for storage since I moved the metal shelves to the Cottage.
The shed wall has some room for storage since I moved the metal shelves to the Cottage.

Charlie had come across some used pieces of peg board along with a myriad of attachments for holding various tool.

Old but usable pegoard
Old but usable pegoard

I painted the board with some navy spray paint and Charlie screwed them securely into the wall of the shed.

We just screwed these pegboards to the wall.
We just screwed these pegboards to the wall.

Then we both got busy trying to figure out the best way to sort the tools and hang them onto the wall.

Peg boards can hold a large variety of items.
Peg boards can hold a large variety of items.

I’m pretty sure we’ll be tweaking this project for years to come. I think we should put a frame around it.  I’m not sure Charlie see the point.

We can use the trim we took from around the front hall closet to frame the pegboard.
We can use the trim we took from around the front hall closet to frame the pegboard.

I also think we should get rid of some of these tools. Another difference in point of view. Oh, well.

Do you own multiples of handy items? Do you ever let them go?

Storing Vases, Hmmm?

Last week I took apart and packed up our catchall closet.

The closet is empty now but the vases needed a special storage spot.
The closet is empty now but the vases needed a special storage spot.

Everything was either boxed up or put away except for the vases and large bowls which are difficult to pack because of their bulkiness and fragility.

One of the bowls that needed a storage spot.
One of the bowls that needed a storage spot.

I found the perfect spot. We have a cabinet in the shed which (I had forgotten) was almost empty.

Vintage wood cabinet has deep shelves, perfect for vases.
Vintage wood cabinet has deep shelves, perfect for vases.

Now it’s full of vases, planters, and large bowls.

The closet is fill and the glassware is protected.
The closet is fill and the glassware is protected.

Of course, after I packed the cabinet up Charlie said he had been planning to use that space for his tools.  Oh, well. Early bird catches the worm.

The beginning of organization. Woo hoo!
The beginning of organization. Woo hoo!

Now the vases are packed in the Wee Little House, the shutters are lined up, and we’re clearing the clutter out of the house.

What are you putting away for safe keeping?

Removing and Making Room

As part of the demolition prior to the remodeling at The Glade we need to remove certain outdoor shutters and windows.’

Three windows and the kitchen door will be removed in the remodel and replace with a 2-story addition.
Three windows and the kitchen door will be removed in the remodel and replace with a 2-story addition.

This area is getting an addition so ultimately these walls will be removed.

The planned elevation which will replace the west side windows.
The planned elevation which will replace the west side windows will use the shutters we are taking down.

In order to get to the screws to remove the shutter hinges we also had to take out the storm windows.

The shutter hinge screws are set behind the storm window frame.
The shutter hinge screws are set behind the storm window frame.

The plan is to take down 6 sets of shutters and remove the storm windows from 5 windows.

The front windows and door are being rearranged in the reno.
The front windows and door are being rearranged in the reno.

The shutters which we are reusing and windows need to be stored somewhere.

The shed gets cluttered easily.
The shed gets cluttered easily.

To that end I cleared up a space in the Wee Little House to temporarily store the shutters and storm windows.

After a little rearranging there's room to stack both the windows and the shutters.
After a little rearranging there’s room to stack both the windows and the shutters.

We decided that in the short run the storm windows on the ground floor should remain in place for security purposes until the actual building begins. Admittedly the builder could do this quicker but with less and care and for much more money than we can accomplish the task.

How hilarious is it that Charlie borrowed my tie-dye glasses to work on the details?
How hilarious is it that Charlie borrowed my tie-dye glasses to work on the details?

The first shutters and window took about 2 hours to remove so we’re going to take this project a bit at a time realizing the second floor items may even be more difficult to take down.

One down, five to go.
One down, five to go.

Why is every little project a major undertaking?

Do you do your own demolition?