I got to sit down with the contractor and look at a program that puts the siding on my house digitally. This is not a perfect representation but it is close to how the house will look when the project is finished.
My loan has been “conditionally approve”! I just need to sign a few government required paperwork saying I haven’t been foreclosed on and I’m not trying to “Launder Money” via a refi. I don’t think a criminal or a terrorist would answer such questions truthfully but I guess these things are all about “Playing the game”. Sort of reminds me of the old Soviet joke, “We pretend to work and the government pretends to pay us.” If everything is good I will get the loan by the end of August and start the siding/window replacement work in September.
Got some shopping done today. Added two more pressure treated 2×4’s and four more 6′ foot cedar fencing boards for the garden “board walk” project. That should be enough materials to complete about half of the job I have in mind. Eventually I want the boardwalk to be a walkway around all the raised beds that the wagons and wheel barrow can maneuver easily, plus block the weeds and stop my dogs digging around the beds.
I bought another of the Commercial Electric 8.5 inch LED portable task light for $20.00 at Home Depot. I love these little lights because the have rechargeable batteries and with the USB charging port they can be recharged via battery banks or even a small Solar panel setup for charging electronics. Two features I really love is the lights have magnetic attachments so they hold great on a fridge or metal door. So the lights are very easy to stick on surfaces around the house were you need light. The second feature I like is the lights have 3 setting from high (reading or work light) to low that works as a slightly more powerful nite light. The magnetic mounting brackets have worked great when mounted to wood cabinets and I’m now testing how well they stick on drywall.
I finally found where where the mice died and it was in my pet’s 72 hour bag. Oh my gosh the stench was vile! I saved my water bottles and some rope but the backpack was tossed as I could not contain my gag reflex long enough to clean it. My BOB seems to be okay though it is now sitting outside until I can go though and check out the contents. Score one for the Army’s use of CORDERA material for backpacks! I’m going to place my bag in a hard side container or plastic bin to insure the mice and critters can’t get at the contents or simply die in my backpacks. I know some have had plastic containers attacked by mice and it is not a perfect solution. Through out my little mice infestation problem all of my plastic totes had no mice inside. Bags and cardboard boxes got infested. Live and learn if you are lucky and especially learn from my mistakes and the stuff that works out right.
So to wrap it all up or TL:DR
- The house is getting a new exterior and new windows installed.
- Building the cedar boardwalk around the garden
- Mice are not cute and are vile vermin that must be eradicated in your home.
- Now I know why our ancestors used metal and glass to deny all vermin access to food and water.