House Chronicles…part 1

Well….as you’ve seen over the past two weeks, I have a new project that I am working on for my son…I am re-habbing his grand parents house over on the west side of GR so he and his fiance can move back here to GR from NYC in a couple of years…the whole thing started when the friend of his who was living in and taking care of the house just ghosted on him and the city got involved and condemned the house since the grass hadn’t been mowed this year and there was paint flaking  and brush growing all over the small lot. Since the back yard is raised, and the fence that surrounded it is gone, that was another part of the problems on the lot that have to be repaired along with two  windows, some tuck pointing of brick in the front of the house, and maybe some lead paint removal but the paint they are bitching about is not lead…the peeling paint is on the porch that I painted twice with latex so I need to make sure the inspector knows that when I meet with him Monday. I have a quote for a new fence that came in at 1900 bucks that is about 600 dollars less than I expected and I have another company coming Monday morning for a second quote along with a window company to quote the two windows….I may have to have the roof replaced too, but I hope I can let that go until spring since getting on a schedule for a roofing company is almost 90 days out and I need to have the house done before November 1st when my lease is up here. The big bitch is that the assholes in GR shut the water off until everything is done and that makes it hard to do anything without a bathroom or water to start to fix the lawn or clean my tools etc. I am going to bring that up Monday and just see if I can get the inspector to get it turned back on since I have made progress already and it would make it easier to get it done. So, this is going to be an ongoing series where I chronicle the journey of the house back to the best one on the block. Stay tuned…

July 13th

Well…when anyone tells you that it is “good” pain after doing a bunch of hard labor is full of crap…it is just pain and it hurts like crazy…dug up about 60 paving blocks to clear the path for the new fence at the house and I hurt everywhere…it won’t keep me off the bike today but I’m not going to do anything else….need some off time  after busting my butt for the past week….slept okay last night but I should have and it felt good to not get up until after 6….still pretty worn out and I forgot to turn the coffee maker on last night so the coffee ended up in the microwave…doesn’t make any difference since I usually microwave it anyway but I hate forgetting little things like that….have been neglecting things around here so I think I need to clean the bathroom today if I can get motivated to do it…and I need to cook today…have some chicken legs that need to be cooked but I forgot to marinate them overnight so I may have to have them later today and find something else for lunch…man, I’m tired…think I’ll stop here and have some more coffee…need to get on the bike in a few minute and this is going to be a hard one….more later…

It gets lower…

Well….you know, I knew that trump and his cronies are the most low class people who have ever infested the WH and more and more evidence continues to pile up about just how bad they are. Yesterday, trump held his social media “summit” at the WH and the trash who attended were the dregs of the right wing swamp who are so bad they have been thrown off most social media for being the racist assholes they are…and that showed through yesterday when the Rose Garden almost erupted into fist fights when Gorka verbally attacked a reporter as the rest of this sleazy group stood there and cheered…high class all the way. I really never thought anyone could go lower than what we have already seen from the sex assaulter in chief but I was wrong….every damn day it gets worse….very presidential….I wonder who was in fistfights when Obama was president? Impeach….

July 12th

Well…man, I hurt this morning from clearing more brush and tuck pointing the brick at the house yesterday…using all those muscles I just don’t use anymore but most of the hard work is done other than taking the stumps out next week so I should start to heal soon…I do need some ibuprofen this morning before I get on the bike today since the pain is worse when I’m riding….the mortar did a number on my fingers, too since I had to just use them to fill some cracks that were too small to use the tools I bought and I hope that heals this weekend…slept okay last night but all the work is taking a lot out of me and I am still exhausted this morning…I really would like a day that I just didn’t have anything to do but that won’t happen until I get moved so I guess I’ll just hunker down and power through it…as you can tell…I didn’t get anything done around here yesterday and today will probably be the same with having to be at the house at 2 for a fence estimate and I need to get the path cleared for them to install it…so, I think I’ll get there early and get started on that….more later….

Hey, let’s break some more laws…

Well…I don’t know about you but I’ve had enough of trump and the rest of the damn repubs thinking that following the law or the courts is optional…the latest is the idiot trump saying he will ignore the supreme court’s ruling preventing him from putting a citizenship question on the 2020 census form and sign a executive order ordering it to be included. Now, what the hell are you going to do about this one dems? When are you going to do your frickin jobs and impeach this lawless sun of a bitch? While you’re at it, Barr, Mnuchin, and Acosta should be impeached for their roles in breaking the law,too for everything from lying to congress to refusing to follow the law that says the house can get ANY tax return they want just by asking for it…and they don’t need any damn reason for it at all…but Mnuchin seems to think he can create new interpretations of the law just by saying it. I have had enough…just frickin enough of this criminal administration wrecking my country for pure political gain…impeach this asshole right now…

July 11th

Well…running a little late today with doing the grocery run and then reading the paper before this…and I’m not sure why I’m so sore on my right side other than trying to start the mowers a few days ago…it hurts all the way down my side and I think that will make working on the house a little tough today…but I need to get over and get some pictures of the windows that need to be replaced so I can e-mail them to people to quote…and I need to do some more clearing to make sure I get an accurate fence estimate tomorrow…I did have a nice lunch with T yesterday and it was good to see her and have a few laughs…with all of the house work, I have been neglecting things around here and that looks like it’s going to continue…just worn out and need to get a little rest at some time so something has to give…I have slid back to only one ride a day and I think that is a good idea with all of the other stuff going on….I did find the noise in the back of the bike and had a nice, quiet ride yesterday but today’s is going to wait until after I do the house stuff…need to hit Depot to get a bunch of stuff today so I can get started on the tuck pointing on the house….more later….

Been busy today…

Well…have been busy as heck with my normal exercise routine and the lunch with T and now working on the house so I haven’t had time to really think about anything political today…I know there are plenty of outrageous things going on…like the idiot Barr telling people that don’t even work for the justice department anymore that they can’t talk to congress about the Mueller report….and Barr’s essentially threatening Mueller if he goes through with his testimony on the 17th…I mean, when does the House charge Barr with contempt of congress? Or when are they going to impeach Alex Acosta for his lawbreaking in the sweetheart deal he gave Jeffrey Epstein? Cripes, something came up and I was off taking care of it and almost forgot to come back here…so, I’ll end this one here…

July 10th

Well…got all the way to 5:41 this morning but I’m still exhausted just like yesterday and there has to be a reason for it…not sure what that would be but I need to figure it out soon…might be taking a nap here in a little while…just wish I could get enough sleep without resorting to that…oh, well….at least my shoulder feels a little better today and I don’t think I did any permanent damage…going to take it easy on it for the next few days…or until Friday when I need to rent a chainsaw to remove some stumps at the house…I do have a fence guy coming Monday for an estimate so that will be taken care of and I have some mortar work to do but I am having trouble finding a window person but will work on that tomorrow…I think I’m having lunch with T today and it will be good to see her after 6 weeks or so….I need to clean here after that but we’ll see how I feel…might have to take it easy if I’m still exhausted like I am now….more later…

Here we go…

Well…it looks like Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary committee has had enough of the stonewalling from trump and his cronies and is getting prepared to issue subpoenas to just about everyone who had anything to do with trump/Russia and the Mueller report. This is going to be a major test of the powers that the Legislative branch is granted by the Constitution and that have never been questioned by the courts…every time, the courts have ruled that yes, the House does have the power to compel testimony from anyone, no matter what the sychophant Bill Barr does or says. That includes Robert Mueller, who Barr has dangled help to avoid going in front of the House on the 17th in just the past few days…imagine that…the AG of the US trying to protect a criminal instead of upholding the Constitution as he swore to do…yeah, I know, after the past two years  it appears quaint that the laws should apply to repubs but they still do and the only people in this country who still uphold them is the dems…this is a fight this country needs…impeach…

July 9th

Well…another morning of feeling pretty crappy with no energy and I’m not sure what is going on…slept a little last night but my allergies are the worst they’ve been all summer leaving me with a constant headache and my head plugged up…I’m just damn miserable and it didn’t help that I really hurt my shoulder trying to get the mowers running right at the house yesterday, either…almost couldn’t shift the car coming home so that is going to need some rest today…but, I did get one of the mowers running…a 40 year old Toro and I finally got the grass cut down to a manageable length…now I need to rent a chainsaw to get rid of the brush stumps so I can get some estimates on a fence later in the week…but today, I am going to rest the shoulder since I can barely move it….went back to one ride a day yesterday and I think I’ll continue that…just can’t get moving to get an early ride in with my lack of energy…I even took a nap by 8 am yesterday and I really could do that again today and I just might…I should do some cleaning, too, but that will be on the back burner for a while…more later…

What you never want to be….