Trees And Other Things

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    I thought lawn mowing was over for the year. The grass has gone to seed, and sending up tall shoots that are catching the first of the falling leaves. Otherwise a strong wind often blows them all away, not sure where. Yeah, I can mow one more time. Even the driveway. The riding mower is a fantastic leaf-blower. That was Friday.

    The only new visitor was an odd looking caterpillar, walking across the barn floor. Got the toggle button mixed up on the phone camera---it was off when I thought it was on---but found a better video on the internet anyway.

    Yellow Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Halysidota tessellaris)



    Another coat on the closet ceiling and one light skim coat on everything else this morning. Sanded and touched up some spots tonight. I'd like to do one more skim coat. This part of the project should be finished by Tuesday night if I don't get lazy. It sands so easily I don't see how it stays on there. Maybe I better paint one coat soon? :confused:

    Rusty still likes those pear chunks. I've got at least 5 lbs of them. They thawed out and froze back again into one big brown mess. He even likes just the peelings. I've thawed a few, drying them in the toaster oven right now to see how that works. They are too messy to deal with otherwise. I believe he likes them better than ginger snaps! Silly goat. :rolleyes:
     
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    Carmen has been at it again. :rolleyes: Yesterday there were THREE egg sacs! I'm tempted to put one in a jar and watch it, but what would I do with them?

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    A video of two yellow garden spiders mating. Not worth watching really, except get a load of the size difference!



    More stuff HERE.

    "Cocoons (egg cases) wall layers provide barriers against burrowing larvae of insect predators and ovipositors of parasitic insects, but wasps ...and ... flies ... lay their eggs in Argiope aurantia egg cases. In fact, one study found that in addition to A. aurantia, nineteen species of insects and eleven species of spiders emerged from A. aurantia egg cases."

    Also sad to learn that Carmen will die when the first frost comes, if not before. {sniff}

    First the hummingbirds, now Carmen. But the snake will still be around. I need to give it a name. :p
     
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    11:00 pm: Joint compound and touch up is finished. Used up all the "mud," except about a cup. :cool: Sanding tomorrow morning and then a coat of primer. You can sand that also. There is dust all over everything in the house upstairs. Major cleaning needed before going on.

    I think it turned out pretty good. If I start obsessing about flaws, all I have to do is look at the ceiling in a small utility room in my house, with the light hitting it just right, that someone else did. Some of the tape is even peeling off. I may redo this ceiling now. [​IMG]

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    ps: I forgot to mark where the studs are. :oops::rolleyes:
     
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    Finished the primer on the closet earlier tonight. Still hate painting, even such a small room.:p Left and right sides, as you enter.

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    The man in the YouTube video was right. You can make the result look as good as you want, depending on how much time you want to spend.

    Frankly the dust was becoming irritating, so I decided to wrap it up, and seal it. If I had it to do over, I'd have sealed off that bedroom completely from the other rooms. Learned a lot so far.
     
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    Amazing!!!
     
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    Way to go Nancy!;)
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    Thanks for the encouragement, @Beatrice Taylor and @Joe Riley.

    In the morning light, it doesn't look too shabby. After it's painted with regular paint, I'll pick out the worst flaw I can find, and post a picture of it. :D

    I'm afraid when the cold weather comes, the wood in the house will shrink and the corners will all crack open, or when you start nailing some trim, the plaster will all fall off.

    Honestly the dust was really starting to take a toll---coughing and sneezing all day, red scratchy eyes. The plan is to spend today doing some heavy duty dusting. :p
     
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    ....and some heavy duty breathing outdoors!
     
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    That's when you could really notice the difference---after a few hours out at the farm, then come home. Hope that stuff didn't get in the heating ducts. Ironically, the reason I started repairing this closet in the first place was because I thought dust was creeping in from the attic, through some cracks and holes in the closet walls that repairmen and roofers made.

    I don't know where to start. :confused: Even the walls probably need vacuumed. I really need to take everything outside and shake it. There is no place to move things while you clean. Maybe this is a good time to throw away some stuff. Two birds with one stone.
     
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    You could always fill up the new closet.
     
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    It may be the only room without dust right now. [​IMG]

    Tempting, but If I did that, it would guarantee the closet would never get finished. Just close the door and forget about it.
     
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    Dust removal went pretty well so far. There is no plan. Just start anywhere you see dust and keep going.

    Dogwood tree. Two bags of top soil and one bag of pine bark mulch. Not as deep as it looks. Should be able to rake up lots of pine straw from the front yard out at the farm in a few weeks, to spread around a little farther out.

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    Oh my....are you for hire? That looks amazing! You go girl!
     
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    Looking on the internet for closet clothes rods, brackets, storage ideas, etc. Ran across these. All that drywall and finishing work unnecessary. :cool:

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    I'm not looking....I hate spiders! Wood Roaches are another of my most least favorite! But a good "flip flop" can do a job on both! LOL
     
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    Hi Pam! If you have a pet spider, like I do (I mean, did :() it will make you cry. ;)

    I was hoping for a big wind to blow all the leaves away, but 4 days of rain have ruined that plan. :rolleyes:
     
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    I forgot about leaves and snow. Ugh! The leaves out in the country all came down in one week with the rain here. In town they are mostly still on the trees.

    I bought one gallon of very expensive Sherwin Williams paint for the closet. Wanted to try it, to see if SW paint is better, plus I thought I could get 2 coats out of it. Nope. Must have been that chalky primer. Touched up some missed spots with a brush, and I'm going to thin the rest down and make do with what I've got left, for a second roller coat, to hide the touch ups. Did I mention I hate painting? :rolleyes:

    I guess the next step is baseboards and trim. Or maybe I should try to finish the floor? I'll probably put a carpet in there anyway, but I've never tried to finish a hardwood floor before, and it would be a good opportunity to learn.

    Seriously thinking about using galvanized pipes for the clothes rack. Don't want sagging rods. Something like this.

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    In our upstairs hall closet, they used blocks of wood with a V cut in top, and galvanized pipe. Very solid and simple.
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    Joe, that is exactly. what was in that closet before. Pipes on blocks of wood, just like that. :D :cool:
     
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