Sunday, January 27, 2019

Ready to Rent

Everything has been cleaned and repaired and the Prineville house is ready to rent. There is a family moving in on Feb 1st.

We had to replace that awful Frankenstein counter. It was pretty expensive to remove the old one. If we had known we would end up renting this out, we probably would have paid a little better attention to the state of the kitchen. LOL

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

And 2018 is Over!

We hope everyone had a wonderful New Years' Eve.

Today was a beautiful sunny day in Portland and Jeff spent a couple hours digging ugly rose bushes and a large volunteer maple tree out of our front yard. There were four old rose bushes in the yard that were hideous when we moved in and we always meant to pull them out. Today, finally, Jeff did it. Usually, we like roses, but we suspect these had died down to the rootstock at some point before we bought the house so the flowers on them were nothing to blog about.

The front yard had gotten pretty overgrown. Here is how it looked last summer.
Some of the plants we planted in the rain garden had gotten really big, plus we had a number of maple volunteers pop up.

Jeff trimmed back the spiraea douglasii, which had gotten as tall as the roofline. And he is working to pull out the volunteer trees, except for one birch which he really likes.

Here is how it looked after some tidying work. Until Spring when the plants start leafing out, it will be hard to tell how successful he's been.
I've spent the last couple of days sifting our SCA belongings and taking photos so I can list them for sale. AnTir's 12th Night is next weekend and it's only 2 miles from our house, so this is one of our best opportunities to thin down those possessions.

I've spent quite a lot of time on the various trade sites the last couple of weeks. I don't particularly like dealing with eBay, but sometimes it's the best option.