I’m just a big kid…

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Raise your hand if you can’t resist kicking fire anthills. I know I can’t. I love to see them erupt from the nest.  They are so mad, it makes me shiver.  It’s been quite a while since I’ve gotten stung, my time is probably coming.  Years ago, I came really close to a mass attack while spreading pine straw. I was hugely pregnant at the time.  I looked down and my sweatshirt was covered with them. I have never divested myself of an article of clothing so fast! A good friend of mine tells this story: she was at a car dealership and stepped off the pavement into the grass. When she felt the first sting and saw she was covered with them, she starting taking off all her clothes! Thanks for sharing, S.W.!

Readers do you have any good fire ant stories? I’d love to hear them. Meanwhile, here are some pics:

I have done this before…

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We own a house at the beach that we bought in 2001. It was built in the 80’s and needed some updating. We smoothed popcorn ceilings, took down wallpaper, replaced carpet with tile floors and updated the bathrooms. We tore out the kitchen and started over- new cabinets, countertops and appliances.


You can see it here.

Pretty in Pink

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I like pink as much as the next girl, but isn’t this a bit much?

^^This is the downstairs hallway.

^^This is the upstairs hallway.

^^And this is the sewing room. The interior of a double closet at the other end of the hallway is painted the same color, shelves included.  Sherwin Williams #477 Pepto Bismol.

One more:

We need a new roof

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Fortunately, it is easier to find a roofer than a “foundation fixer.”  After getting several quotes and making numerous calls to finalize details, the roofer starts on Monday. The main roof is shingled and there are two flat roofs to replace- one over the front porch and one over the screened porch. There is a flat roof over the carport, but it appears to be less than five years old, so I am not replacing it now, but I will keep an eye on it.

Another professional was needed to take care of the “wildlife” that decided to move in the attic.  The critter catchers trapped (and released?) four squirrels and patched the hole they used to gain entry. I’m glad we didn’t find this instead:


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The previous owner installed temporary jacks under the house to take the “movement” out of the floor. After much internet research, numerous phone calls and three estimates, I have hired a construction company to remove the jacks and pour concrete piers to better support the floor. They start on Monday.

Water leaks and gas leaks

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The toilet in an upstairs bathroom started leaking and soaked the floor in the bedroom below. When the water was turned off, a gas leak was detected. A local plumber fixed the toilet and replaced the gas lines as they were too old to be fixed.

This is the damage to the ceiling caused by the water leak:

It has a nice yard.

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^^New demolition project. It looks okay on the outside, but there is a giant hole in the roof and from the inside it looks like it’s about fall down.

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