Storm Cellar Pt. 3,408

Yep.

You read that right.

That’s what it FEELS like.

The longest project ever.

BUT, we are most definitely on the homestretch!

This week, we poured the final portions of concrete to make the landing “pad” at the bottom of the steps.  We also started the repair work on the one step that had suffered so much water damage that it had actually turned back into sand.

Last Sunday, we had another work day at the house. Mr. T, Dad and I all got to play in concrete!  **I swear that I work on these projects…I just been voted official documentation person…so sometimes it’s hard to document myself!**

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You can see from this angle, that second step down that was so damaged.  We were able to concrete in a cap to help close the distance between the steps!  It’s still not finished out at this point, but it will be in 2017.

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**Please note..**

I started this blog post LAST WEEK!!!  This is embarrassing that sometimes accomplishing the little things can feel like climbing Mr. Everest!

The reason I am pointing this out is…

We have been living in torrential rain all week long.  Which translates to this, all of the improvements are WORKING!!  The basement is dry!!!  The drain is working.  The gutters are working.  The french drain is working!  It’s a BEAUTIFUL day in rainy Ohio when this happens in my world!

So, tomorrow…last work day for this project is scheduled.  We are planning on building the door frame and door.  I will be working on dragging the rest of the crap that has been down there out and covering that drain.  All said and done…one step closer to a decent, not scary, functioning old basement!  YES!!!

By next year….my basement entrance will be as cool as this!

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I even have the matching yellow hose!

Next week, painting class!!!  So….lots happening this week.  Meaning…probably not gonna blog. (if you’re local and interested, click here!)

I just like to keep it real around here!

Oh, and I finally did it this week!  I pulled the cranky yellow horse out of semi-retirement! For your viewing enjoyment!

Peace out peeps!

 

 

 

 

 

Moods and Weather

Listen.

I am a total weather person.  I LIVE for the 70 degree days, blue skies, slight breeze and warmth of the sun.  When those days pop up….I soak up every ounce of EVERY moment of them and I store them.  Like a chipmunk with nuts.  Or is it a squirrel?

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Whatever, you get the point.

Right now is one of the most challenging times of the year for me…mentally.  I know…every day is a struggle, but right now…it’s a damn obstacle course to get through the day.  Like a American Ninja Warrior course. My work as an elementary art teacher is sucking every bit of life out of me.

My patience.  Gone.

My urge to be healthy.  Gone.

My energy.  Gone.

My brain.  Gone.

Most of my urge to care at all.  Gone.

So, I need Mother Nature to step it up.  Quit throwing out these crap days.  I need sunshine…for like DAYS IN A ROW.  I need to be able to play in the dirt.  Mow my yard without trying to coordinate it between two jobs and the sobbing tears Momma Wild is throwing down from those heavy gray clouds.

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My yard is loving it.  My tractor is not. 

I get it, she must have bad days too….but doesn’t she know????  Lots of us feel a lot better when she blesses us with those glorious, amazing and healing days of sunshine and warmth.

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Here’s to everyone in my boat.  Keep bailing those raindrops out.  Hang in there…because there will be one of those glorious days coming soon.  When it does…absorb it.  Harness the warmth and save it…you’ll need it.  Especially if you live in a place like Northeast Ohio.

I mean, there was a VERY specific reason the Ravenna Arsenal was built here.  (Which is a super fascinating place to learn about in the chapters of U.S. history….perfect for a rainy day!  hee hee hee)

Hang in there.  I keep telling myself the following…

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Thanks for letting me dump my emotional baggage on you for a second!

Peace out peeps.