Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I'm Not Going Anywhere

When Gary was working on the loft project here in the Green Acres Garage, I had a pile of wood stacked up in front of me. I couldn't have gotten out of the garage if I wanted to. Piece by piece, the wood got used up, and I had a clear sight of the garage door. I was thinking that maybe I could go outside to enjoy the sunshine, or maybe Gary would give me a bath. Neither happened. Things were already a mess behind me because of the area that needed to be cleaned out to work on the loft. And now, I can hardly see the garage door once again because of a new batch of clutter that was brought home. And what is all this stuff you ask? Well, Gary went to an estate auction this past weekend and bought all of the 1940's steel kitchen cabinets that were in the house. The house is going to be demolished soon, and everything inside and outside of the place was sold. He didn't only buy the kitchen cabinets, but also the range, six French doors, all the tongue and groove flooring in one room, half of all the windows in the house, and several smaller items. I think he's NUTS, but he is VERY excited about his purchases, especially the kitchen cabinets. Eventually, the cabinets will be cleaned and re-painted, and they will be used in our own house. In the meantime, I'm hoping I don't have to look at them for long. I suggested stacking them neatly under the new loft, and I think that Gary liked my idea. All I have to do now is to make that happen without sounding like I'm nagging him. He's pretty motivated right now to get things done, so I'm reasonably sure he will get on it right away. The windows and the flooring still need to be removed from the demolition house. When the materials get here, I hope the garage is organized enough that there will be room for them somewhere but in front of me. I like having an escape path. More news from the extremely messy Green Acres Garage soon.

Project Number One is Done!

Gary is always saying that he starts projects but never finishes them. Well, I guess he can't say never anymore. He started and finished building the loft for the garage in just a few short days. It's definitely overbuilt for it's intended purpose, but that's the way he usually builds things. Better too much than not enough, right? I know he has a lot of things to store on the loft, and I'm sure I'll be witnessing the transformation from empty to full very shortly. I am counting the days until we get to go camping again. Twenty six days from today we will be at Paynes Prairie once again. Until then, Gary has a whole lot of work to do. I'll do my best to stay out of his way and cheer him on as he continues his projects. We'll see how it goes!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Lofty Goals

During my last post, I mentioned that Gary was planning to build a loft over part of the garage. Well, he wasted no time in getting started. He came home with "Dodge" loaded with wood, and got to work the next morning. As usual, he's working on several projects at once, but this is the biggest and most important one. I had no idea what Gary had envisioned in his head for the space he had cleared out, but as things have come together, now I understand. From this series of pictures, you can see the progress he has made. The basic framing for the loft is done. Some of the flooring is up on the loft, but isn't cut to size or attached to the framing yet. I'm pretty sure the whole thing will be completed by tomorrow night. Gary is very motivated to complete this project and move on to something else. I'm not sure what will be stored on the loft, but I'll be finding out before long. I'll keep you posted. I'm a tired little Serro Scotty. All of this work in the garage has kept me from getting the lengthy naps that I'm so used to. So, as another day ends and Gary is already sound asleep, I'm going to hit the hay myself. Goodnight, my friends.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Home For Six Whole Weeks

Sorry I'm a week late in saying this, but Happy New Year! On behalf of Gary and myself, we wish you all a healthy and happy 2014. Did you make any new year's resolutions? I didn't. I have never stuck with the ones I made in the past, so why even bother? Anyway, there's been a lot going on since I last checked in from General Coffee State Park in Georgia. We greatly enjoyed our five day stay there. The weather was good for the first four days, but it rained on New Year's day and night. Poor Gary had to pack up our camping gear in the rain, and it rained all the way home to St. Augustine. It was a miserable ride, and I was especially sad knowing that our camping was over for awhile. Last year, we camped almost constantly until mid-April. But this year, Gary needs to get some work done around the house, so we have to stay home for a few weeks. The garage is a mess, and the house doesn't look any better. Gary's new year's resolution was to make a BIG difference in how things look around here. That includes getting rid of a LOT of junk, building more storage areas, and getting better organized. He's off to a good start. I just hope he sticks with his resolutions better than I ever did. I'm also hoping that if by chance he gets a lot done this year, that we can have an extra long camping season next fall and winter. That would be SWEET!!! So, I'm going to sit and watch, and not get in his way or get him aggravated. Yesterday, Gary needed some room to work in the garage, and I got to go outside for awhile. I hung out with my buddy "Dodge" the van, and Jackie and Caroline, the newest arrivals in the growing fleet of Serro Scottys here at the Green Acres Garage. A big step in Gary's organization plan, is to build a loft over about half of the rear area of the garage. With the floor area cleared back there, he got to work. Shelves on the steel racking have to be emptied and rearranged to allow the wood framing for the loft to be attached. Gary has all of this envisioned in his head. I don't have a clue what he is talking about, but I'm sure it will come together as planned. Even though the garage is pigged up right now (no offense to pigs, of course), it looks pretty big without me and "Dodge" and the little Neon in it, doesn't it? Well, it has looked MUCH bigger and MUCH better, and I'm sure it will again. I promise I won't be as lazy as I've been this past week, and I will post pics of the progress made SOON. Thanks for stopping by, and once again, Happy New Year!