Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday in the country

When we moved into our home in the country, there was an attached garage but also a driveshed (detached) garage.  It never looked quite finished, sort of an afterthought, so this year the chap who fixed the ceiling in my studio around the skylights which had leaked for years until we had a new roof put on the house last year, looked at the driveshed and said, why don't you do something with it.  There was already a parking space beside it, so we covered the space in and created a carport.  He also added slanting boards at either side of the entrance at the top and added a frame around each opening.  Spring will see it stained a slate grey.  There had been rot due to weather and squirrel conditions (squirrels seem to eat through wood out here in the country).  This is last week's snow.  Thankfully, much of it has gone.

This afternoon, looking for a calendar for my 6 year old granddaughter so that she can be taught to make her bed, clean up her toys and if she does, a sticker could be applied to each day.  I looked for gold stars or gold circles.  Do you think I could find such a thing....stickers have changed since my days of raising children...no gold stars, no gold circles.  Fancy stickers with all shapes and sizes, popular movie theme characters, etc.  So much choice, I was overwhelmed.  I'm wondering why life has become one of so many choices and too much visual stimulation.
Rosey in Ontario, Canada

14 Comments:

At November 24, 2014 at 2:41 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

Rosey,
I feel that way about so many things, even the ones that we have to purchase - too much! Your garages look wonderful. You have a very talented craftsman working for you. And I enjoyed the peaceful look of your Sunday photo.

 
At November 24, 2014 at 1:33 PM , Blogger Sara in Florida said...

Not so long ago I found the stickers you were talking about in an office supply store, in with the things teachers use . If you have one close by check there. Like an "Office Depot" or "Staples" type of store.
Sara in Fla.

 
At November 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Yes, Kathi emailed this morning also that Staples carried the gold stickers. I'll check it out. The problem is they sell in bulk, but I'll have a look see...thanks Sara, and Laura, I did have a talented craftsman build the carport and repair the old drive shed but we had to move some of himself's collection of 'materials' (junk to me as it's never used) to the old hen house and this caused a major disruption to himself's psyche. Says he can't find anything now. Couldn't before anyway. I shudder to think of cleaning out the garages, the basement, etc. etc. A dumpster will be required, for sure.
Rosey

 
At November 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM , Blogger Fran (Sth Aust) said...

Rosey, we are in the process of doing just that (cleaning out) right now, and it's HIS items which seem to be the ones which HAVE to come along with us on our move. Today we take our first trailer load down to a storage facility, and 90% of it is the tools and "men's stuff" which he MUST keep. This included every screwdriver he has ever bought, I'm sure. We haven't had to use a dumpster, but it has been good to be able to get rid of the stuff which definitely didn't work any more LOL (This looks to be a summer-long process - we are now due to move in Feb/March) Oh, and the addition to the garage looks great!

 
At November 24, 2014 at 10:29 PM , Blogger Bee said...

Fran and Rosey, I can just see the boys,"can't find anything " I have heard that so many times before.In one of Harry's cabin trunks were a heap of old bus tickets from the UK and when I asked only a grunt was the reply.

 
At November 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM , Blogger RoseyP said...

You know, this is when the quilt chat works so well, to be able to share some little bits of information, to rally around one who may not be well, may be feeling upset about a loss, and yet, I thank you both, Fran and Bee, for sharing your experience with 'men's things'. Himself, after we carefully moved lumber, etc. to the old hen house, which Fran, was behind the new one and not easily seen from the laneway, he did not speak to me for a whole two weeks. After that it became passive/aggressive and by the end of that I was ready to call it quits and get a dumpster, to heck with it all. But now I sit again with the realization that I am sitting atop many treasures, such as had been fifty or so extension cords, none of which worked with the new three prong plugs; a room downstairs that has some paneling from somewhere tacked haphazardly on the walls which have to be removed; to yes, every tool that has ever been collected over the past 27 years....old tubular light fixtures, etc. etc. What is it about some men? Fran, how large is the trailer that is taking G's supplies into storage? And then what?
Rosey

 
At November 25, 2014 at 2:22 PM , Blogger Bee said...

At one stage we had electric jugs none of which worked and when asked was told just in case.Of what may I ask!!!!!!

 
At November 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Bee said...

and need I mention old garden clothes.

 
At November 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM , Blogger Marion in NZ. said...

Just has to join in with this chatter !! I have a man here who won't throw anything away.. as for 'work clothes" don't get me started on that...
Your craftsman did a great job Rosey, the new garages look lovely. What a difference the slanting boards make... a touch of genius no less !! I am home "alone today" and plan to make a start on writing the cards to go to UK for Christmas... I've been in NZ for over 50yrs but still have lots of old friends to keep in touch with and somehow the generic letter has never caught on with us or even the emails..

 
At November 26, 2014 at 2:06 AM , Blogger Laura in IA said...

I feel your pain ladies. I am pretty sure mine would not miss a thing I removed, if only I had the energy. However, I am not guilt free but do a better job of a place for everything and everything in its place. You know, the same old question, "Where would I find such and such?" "In the same spot it has been all our years in this house. (Unless, for some reason, he has moved it.) Yikes.

 
At November 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Bee said...

he never did any gardening....they were just in case!!!

 
At November 26, 2014 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Bee said...

he never did any gardening....they were just in case!!!

 
At November 26, 2014 at 5:26 PM , Blogger Fran (Sth Aust) said...

mmmm that sounds like G's woodworking tools. But then maybe this new shed, with everything in its place hopefully, will be when he can use them, eh. Rosey, the trailer is 1.20 x 2.10 metres with a cage going up to 1.10 m, although it was only half full because of the weight. It will take at least 3 trips to fill it, I think

 
At November 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM , Blogger RoseyP said...

Any empty space is an invitation for himself to fill. The attraction to an empty space is that it must be filled. It's like a magnet. It means that garbage will be inspected at roadsides, the dumpster at the glider club will be thoroughly searched, as before. Had I known before.....! It seems endemic with some males to collect, 'just in case' as Bee says. So, Fran, where will all these tools, etc. go when they reach their destination? Have you sold the house, I'm assuming you may have. I find it disturbing to sit on top of what I know is downstairs in our basement. Had I known before...it is familial...perhaps to do with their Scottish ancestry?? Unfortunately, cleaning it out isn't part of the agenda of collecting.
Rosey

 

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