I finished a couple of household projects today; the first was pulling up the heater/cooling vents cleaning them up and painting them, the second was planting some Lantana plants under the bedroom window, the third was try-fitting pavers to make a better entrance to the front stairs.
The vents were in a well used sort of shape, new ones would have cost $6 or $7, paint cost $4.00. I had six vents to paint so I saved some money doing it myself. The flowers I hope will take and the little ground squirrels I hope won’t use them for lunch. The pavers are to form a walk way that will be better than walking through mud when it rains. The weather people say we will get rain this weekend so I’ll see if my idea works or needs tweaking.
Vent rehab project
New paver walkway
We have done a lot of work inside and out. The outside work caused for piles of debris that was causing me concern because of fire hazard. The winds here can be very strong and if a fire started piles of brush that are dry would burst into flame easily from flying embers. I contracted with a man to come in with his Bobcat and trailer to clean up these piles of brush. Here are the photos of the work as it was done.
Now cleaned up
Bobcat at work
Bobcat at work
Bobcat at work
The truck and trailer
Pile next to the tool shed
The Gooseneck trailer
I have been working on the house so far I have repaired and painted a guest bedroom, repaired the vinyl skirting so there are no more holes that animals can get through and I have planted two trees, and filled four big pots for flowers. It seems that everything takes longer than one expects and costs more too. I’m happy with the way the guest bedroom turned out as it had been a kid’s room and they had shall we say they “Issues”? I got the damage repaired and the walls needed priming then painting now the room looks nice and clean. All I need now is furniture for the room and it will be ready for guests. The skirting had holes in it from who knows what some were large enough for a small dog to go in and out. I replaced the skirting were needed and covered up the holes, the new skirting doesn’t match perfectly, but it doesn’t look bad either. I planted two more trees in front of the house for shade and found a site on-line that let’s me buy four trees a year at cost if I plant them on the West, South, or East side of the house. These trees are ordered and I will start digging holes for them later this week. Digging holes here is a challenge as the soil is hard-pan clay and rocks. I have to start a hole fill it with water and then wait till the soil softens then dig it out and do it again and again until I have the hole deep enough and wide enough for what ever I’m planting. Here are some photos of the house with the work I’ve done.
Guest room now painted
New vinyl covering holes
Hole in vinyl at the corner
Cement block blocking a hole so animals can’t get under the house
Front porch with new planters
Front porch with the start of a block path to the patio
The road I live on yes it is a dirt road
Road is dirt and rock and this is the good part
View of the house from the road looking better now that it is cleaned up
This is what the place looks like in April 2014. A lot of work has been done and the place looks like someone lives here. Now to find a person or company to come in load all the brush, cactus and trash then haul it off to the dump. I have gotten an estimate of what it will cost to have new front and rear doors installed and it kind of takes my breath away. The Estimate is $1040.00. Being a cheap skate this figure has my head spinning. I’m going to give this a lot of thought before I commit.
These are plants blooming on my property and neighboring property taken by Samantha this morning; thanks Sis 🙂
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Mexican Bird of Paradise blooming hopefully I’ll get more from this plant
Mexican Bird of Paradise blooming by my back door
Palo Verde tree showing life and blooms
Mystery plant blooming across the road
Yuccas blooming across the road from the house
Ocotillos blooming on the road to the house
Photo of the house with trees leafing out
I arrived a few days ago here in Vail AZ. I have been lucky that I had someone here working on the landscaping while I was in Mexico. With the removal of dead, overgrown and tangled plant material the place is looking better and better. I have been to a manufactured home parts store and priced out some of the things I would like to have replaced. The price of some items seems high to me, but I have no other source of parts. I did get a name of a man who does repair work on manufactured homes and I will call him and see what he has to say about where to buy replacement items.
The replacement items are the front and back doors both are in sad shape and are the cause of air leakage so the house is not being heated and cooled efficiently. Also there are parts of the skirting that need replacement as someone wasn’t careful about using a weed eater and cut holes into the vinyl skirting. Another project is to erect an awning on the East side of the house. This would shade the house so the morning sun doesn’t heat up that side of the house. In Arizona even the morning sun can be hot by eight or nine in the morning during our blistering summers. The temperatures can exceed 100 degrees for some of May all of June, July, August and part of September so shade is very important.
With the care the plants and trees are starting to bloom and some that looked like they might die are showing signs of life. This is a heartening sight as I know that no watering had been done a year or more prior to my buying this house. Now I’m thinking of what trees and plants I want to plant. I have purchased two climbing bushes for the front of the house and I’m thinking of buying a couple of trees to increase the shade of the front or West side of the house. Somehow I have to figure out a dependable drip watering system that will water while I’m gone on one of my trips.
Here are a couple of photos of some plants blooming here in the desert.
Volunteer blooms lucky the rabbits haven’t eaten them yet
I will take more photos and post later.
At the same time I’m getting my RV ready for the sale lot in Tucson. I had no idea I had so much stuff in that RV. It has taken me hours and hours to clear out “stuff”. I still have the bins under the RV to clean out, I’ll tackle that problem tomorrow.