Project Update & Tip O’ the Day

Yesterday I was able to work several hours on “the project room.”  My aching back and neck are not sure if we will work on it this afternoon.

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I was reasonably pleased with my progress (albeit very slow going).

Except for this discovery (drat!):


Because all I really hoped to find was a trap-door to the hiding spot for a pot of gold.

I’ve also discovered we need a new roof (drat-drat):

Sad looking shingles.

Sad looking shingles.

Under the linoleum and sub-floor are lots of staples to pull out of the wood boards:


The best way to find the staples you missed when growing weary the day before?  Take photos for your blog while sock-footed.  There’s your tip.  You’re welcome.

I have lots of this crud to haul down to the dumpster today:

DSC_0453 DSC_0461  Pig-farmer was worried about his supper yesterday, so I quit before wrapping up the day’s work.

My morning chuckle was provided by this kitty:



While I went about my chores, he was playing with his “catch of the day.”  I was praising him for being a good barn kitty.  “Thank you for being a good mouser,” I said.  His play was getting the attention of the other barn kitties.  I decided to investigate their source of fun.  It was {drumroll} a frozen chunk of donkey doo.   Sigh….


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13 Responses to Project Update & Tip O’ the Day

  1. debweeks says:

    Apparently you found the reason they covered the wood floor to begin with. Fortunately, that little problem can be fixed and you’ll have a nice looking floor when it’s all done.

    Animals are certainly good entertainment for humans and who knew donkey doo could be such great entertainment for kitties.

  2. dayphoto says:

    We have that same floor in our 1930 house. I wanted to sand the floor,…then decided against it. We then put in a carpet…soft fluffy carpet. I am so thankful we did. Our roof looked just like that…took us three years doing one side at a time…and we put on metal. What a wonder was this winter!

    ❤⊱彡 Linda

  3. dayphoto says:

    Love your header, by the way!

    ❤⊱彡 Linda

  4. says:

    Don’t those metal roofs come with a lifetime guarantee? If so, that would be the way to go. Provided you can stand the noise of rain on a metal roof. Shame on Nubbin. Where’s his couth?

  5. Dianna says:

    Oh, I love the sound of rain on a tin roof: it sang me to sleep many nights when I was growing up! Funny story about your barn kitties!

  6. I see you have reliable kitty helpers (supervisors?)with your project! I also know that frozen donkey doo rolls really well (is it sad that I know that?) and I can see why the kitties like to play with it on their break.

  7. pattisj says:

    Creative kitties find their own fun, I suppose. Did they approve what you have done in your room when they came to inspect your work? I can identify with the neck and back.

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