Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Last weekend our contractor completed HIS work on our garage, and took all his scaffolding, tools, and ladders home with him. The following day he brought his final bill and we happily paid him off. Monday afternoon I shoveled the leftover gravel, which had been blocked off by the pile of scaffolding, into all the appropriate places. Removing the gravel pile made room for our camper to be returned from it's summer sojourn on my parent's lawn.

This whole process made us feel very satisfied. Everything on our property is, once again, OURS. For better or worse, the completion of our garage, except for a day's work from our electrician, is in OUR HANDS. Now we have room to move all of our tools into their new home. Now we can operate our table saw IN OUR GARAGE! This will enable us to make some minor repairs to our house and shed. Then we can get the house and shed painted before the snow flies. *crossing fingers*

We, hopefully, solved our skunk problem by allowing nature to take it's course. One hot, DRY, day, I was trying to think of a way to make the skunk's environment less inviting. Where were the skunks finding water during our drought? DOH!! Our birdbath! We haven't seen the skunks since we dumped the birdbath. L took advantage of their absence and filled in their den with rocks and topsoil. In addition, Z has been dumping all the dog poo onto their hill. Hopefully they'll find a more hospitable place to breed next spring.

DW is out of jail and back to her old tricks. She didn't show for work, or bother to call in, on Monday. Today she called in to say she had a headache and wouldn't be coming to work.
BS's 8-yr-old son has taken to playing with matches. Does this mean that BS will actually start supervising his children's activities? Of course not! When will these people get a clue?

My workplace does have 2 rays of sunshine. Kid is 15, smart, and reliable. He's been coming in, at a moment's notice, to replace DW. Brat is 17, smart, reliable, and has a wicked sense of humor. She's been waittressing, 3 days a week, for the past two summers. Neither of these kids has ANY patience with DW's antics. During slack times, these two hang around my waittress station. We've had some great philosophical discussions throughout the summer. I'll really miss their wit when they return to school. It's kids like this that give me hope for the future of our world!


At 8/16/2006 10:59 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Don't ya love being around the "kids" sometimes? They keep you young. Glad your garage is done - garages are wonderful recepticles for projects, storage, hanging out, etc. You have been BUSY!

At 8/17/2006 1:40 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Diana, they really brighten my day, especially when I have to deal with the OTHER dishwasher.
WE still have a LOT of work to do on the garage. We're hoping the electrician gets here soon so we can sheet and insulate the attic before winter.

At 8/17/2006 5:21 PM, Blogger Miranda said...

Oh, wow. I know what a great feeling it is to have the contractor all paid off. Congratulations!

At 8/17/2006 8:48 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

So glad your garage is close to done. How wonderful for you and your storage. We're actually going to have a two-stall garage with the new house. I love garages.

Yes, there are great kids out there. There is hope for the future.

At 8/18/2006 10:04 AM, Blogger European said...

Congrats on being so close to done!
We're just getting started - contractor is starting on our house next Monday and will be there for four weeks...

At 8/18/2006 11:01 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

It's always good to have a bright spot in your work day. The people I work with are awesome. The work environment here is the best I've ever had, which helps deal with the only drawback, the low pay. :-)

At 8/18/2006 1:00 PM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

Will the skunks really be deterred by dog poo? That seems kinda ironic to me...and funny!

At 8/18/2006 1:44 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Miranda, it'll feel even better when we pay off the bank.

Yay Squirl, no more pellet gun damage to your car!!

Euro, you won't have to live there while they're working, will you?

VV, our crew has always been like a family, but we now have 2 workers that are making life miserable for the rest of us. :(

WC, they say it will. They're not scared of the dog, so I don't think it'll work. My thinking is: we gotta dump it someplace, why not there?

At 8/18/2006 3:30 PM, Blogger greatwhitebear said...

Aren't you gonna miss your little furry friends?

Congrats on the finished prouct! May it always house your vehicles, and not become a warehouse.

pack rat's ex

ps as per your last post, we really do need to havfe a blog friends get together!

At 8/18/2006 8:37 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

GWB, not one damned bit! We have plenty of other furry friends, so we won't get lonesome.

We have the shed and the attic of the garage for all the packrat stuff. We always want to have workshop space in the garage.

I think a get-together is doable. Especially for all of us midwesterners and Canadians. We should seriously discuss this.

At 8/19/2006 1:58 PM, Blogger Notta Wallflower said...

Wow, you have been busy. Sounds like your place is really coming back together. One thing I hate most about projects is that other things have to be "out of place" for a while.

At 8/20/2006 6:37 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Me too Notta. Especially when it's somebody else's stuff that's in our way.

At 8/20/2006 7:29 AM, Blogger Vest said...

V V: Paying peanuts to their employees is what makes employers happy. When in years to come the wealthy orientals out source their labor intensive work to the impoverished western world. I hope you will know how to make noodles and stitch up 20 dresses within an hour.

At 8/20/2006 7:38 AM, Blogger Vest said...

It must be very comforting to know that a great job has been completed to your satisfaction. now slow down before you bust a boiler.A A N D

At 8/20/2006 7:45 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Thanks for the concern Vest, but we're not DONE yet. We hope to get the first coat of paint on the shed today.
We'll rest up when the snow flies. ;)

At 8/20/2006 8:39 AM, Blogger Nancy Drew said...

What Diana said. Congrats my friend, you have a LOT of sunshine there!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!


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