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Garage Work Continues On

I know, I know, we’re behind just a bit in our blogging. I missed a day or two last week when Tim was gone. It was a lot of pressure, having to blog every day.

I did, however, make sure to take a picture each day. So the integrity of the Project 365 is intact. I just need to go back and write a few missing blogs. All will be in proper order soon. Sarah and I are determined to make sure 2015 has 365 blog posts. Don’t worry, Sarah, I’ll make things right before the end of June!

Today I worked for hours and hours on the garage. I got up early and started organizing while the kids (and Tim) were all still asleep. I stopped (briefly) for meals, one trip to Target, and an afternoon break to help a friend revamp her homeschool/rec room.

After that, it was straight back to the garage. It didn’t bother me that it was hot outside. I had a little fan to stir the air, plus my wireless earphones and plenty of Netflix shows to watch while I worked.

I will take pictures of the progress tomorrow. Today I was just too busy working to snap any pics. The cats are tortured by my labor because I open the garage door and shut them up in the house. No running down the street for them. We caught them trying to sneak out the screen door several times today. Sarah finally propped something against the door (from the outside) to prevent runaway cats.

Most of the time, in this heat, they look something like this.

"I cannot be bothered to get up right now, human."

“I cannot be bothered to get up right now, human.”

Lazy, fluffy cats might be my favorite!

Project 365 – Day 179

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Hot Tub Removal

When we first moved to this house, there was a working hot tub. We enjoyed it quite a bit that first year, but after a while, we found we were using it less and less.

Finally, we decided to stop using it altogether. It was too hard to keep the chemicals balanced, and the power needed to keep it heated seemed to be more than we wanted to pay (utilities in the ‘city’ were a lot more than we were used to paying in the country).

For years, it sat idle, unplugged and empty. Raccoons made use of the base as a den, and chewed the insulation into nuggets for bedding. I’m sure it was a very cozy place to live, but their odor was a bit repellent.

The styrofoam cover was full of water, must've weighed 400+ pounds.

The styrofoam cover was full of water, must’ve weighed 400+ pounds.

Now we’re removing it. I bought a reciprocating saw, and I hope to chop it into chunks that can be transported to the dump or otherwise disposed-of. The spa-removal company wanted $250 to take it away, plus dump fees. I just wasn’t willing to pay that … so instead, I spent $80 on a reciprocating saw, and I’ll chop it into pieces. By the time the dust settles, I’ll probably ‘earn’ about $2.00/hour for the time that I’ll need to get rid of this monstrosity.

But at least I will now own a reciprocating saw, which has been a long-time desire.

Project 365, Day 156

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