Thursday, July 10, 2014

Just plugging away.

In some cases, literally.  

I did have to don the respirator and take a trip up the ladder to see to a couple new bee holes.  They became evident when we removed the old facia. 

Travelling Companion spotted some activity. 

She has a sharp eye for…well,  bugs.   That kind of thing.

I swear she can see an ant heading for the house from fifty paces.

And then,  I’d best “deal with it”.


Oh,  and I never did actually *see* the bee.  I was just doing as I was told.


The Bug Man had graciously left behind some of his high octane bee-be-gone.  (Don’t tell.)    He wore a respirator, so I figured it was probably a good idea.

I wouldn’t mind filling up the old bee holes before we put on the new facia.  Most likely happening tomorrow.   I’ll probably just use up an old tube of brown caulking.  I’m reluctant to open up a new can of “Great Stuff®”, since you really need to use it up once it’s opened,  and I try to have a whole plan sorted out as to where it’s going to all go.  It’s been one of my mainstays for sealing up the house over the years.  I’ve lost count as to how many cans I’ve gone through in the last 20 years or so. 

I wonder if they sell shares?

Oh wait,  it turns out they do!   Might have to look into that.  Pays almost 3%.  That’s reasonable.


Where was I?



We decided to put on a second coat of Cetol® and carry on with the bits that will end up on the west wall.



That pile rounds out the entire count of 84.  Or was it 82? 

Oh geez,  I had better count those again.

Of course when I say “we”,  when it comes to putting on finish,  I’m referring to Son-in-law.   He had some spare time.  Came over to help.



That’s the new facia that I concocted yesterday.   I cut up the old pieces into “firewood”. I’m sure it’ll burn quite nicely.  For all of eight seconds.

I put “firewood” in quotation marks,  since it’s pretty well chewed and weathered. 

Hey, it was first installed in 1958!  It’s almost as old as ME!  And I’ve been feeling a bit “chewed and weathered” lately.


I think that’s all I got for today.  Like I said yesterday,  it’s just more of the same.  I’m dying to take a picture of the front of the house with the new frilly bits on.


Remember,  step on the ball*.


Thanks for looking.



*if you’ve ever taken flight training,  you’ll know that one.


  1. The renos are coming along really well, waiting fo the picture of the frilly bits.

  2. You're a good man to "deal with it" on the bug issue. Jim is the same with ours. I like the frilly bits and wait anxiously for the pictures.

  3. Pesky bees! Think how much you'd have finished already if they'd have left your house alone.

    1958? You? Gosh, you're ancient! :cP

  4. I'm looking forward to the frilly parts... being pretty much a "plain-jane" myself, I depend on others for that sort of thing. As to bees... my boss left yesterday for a week's vacation with instructions to leave the bees alone (that are building a home at the visitor center entrance). First thing this morning I took my handy can of bee and hornet spray and did the little buggers in. Just can't see scaring any possible visitors we have with bees flying out of the woodwork. Besides that, they are (were) probably carpenter bees, not bumble bees. So much for my following instructions.

  5. I can't wait to see the finished product!


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