John finished installing the green board on the master bathroom ceiling today. It wasn’t easy because there were a lot of cuts and angles. At times, it sounded like he was wrestling an alligator. I’m glad it’s finished!
The cuts included two Panasonic ceiling fans, heating/cooling feed and return along with high hats.
For the walls, we’ll install 1/2″ Hardiebacker.
When I took this photo, I was standing in the bathroom looking out the entrance to the hallway. Cutting the green board for the angled entrance was time consuming. First, a dryfit, followed by lowering the green board, applying DAP drywall adhesive (we buy it by the case) and then raise the green board again to screw in 1 1/4″ coarse thread drywall screws.
Tip: Make sure the flathead penetrates the drywall an 1/8″ but no more; this allows spackle to fill the hole but doesn’t compromise the holding power of the screw.
Looking at the ceiling of the walk-in shower. We’ll add two small high hats which will be dropped between the joists for shower lighting. The wiring is already completed.
A high hat is at the angled master bath entrance as well and on a dimmer.
Yesterday, I spent part of my morning at Lowes Garden Center.
While choosing a variety of flowers and vegetable plants, I added a half-wine barrel to my cart. I always find it hard to resist walking by the stacked barrels without wanting to buy a few. They pretty much can go anywhere and in any setting.
There are several reasons why I love having rustic wine barrel container gardens. Firstly, they add old-world charm to a patio or deck and beautify a driveway entrance. The barrels are also roomy making them ideal for planting a variety of plants including vegetables, herbs and small shrubs.
For those of you who live in warm year round climates, the half-wine barrels are perfect for Pomegranate, Guava, Key Lime, Kumquat, Limequat and Bonanza Peach. A grape vine supported with a trellis or stake is yet another plant that would be paired perfectly and appropriately for a wine barrel.
Of course, the half-wine barrels are readily available at Lowes where I chose a Wood Barrel Planter ($39.98). There is also a slightly smaller fiberglass wine barrel to the right ($29.97) in brown or black (this size might be more appropriate for a front stoop).
I chose easy annual workhorse plants in contrasting colors that will bloom all summer: Yellow African Marigolds, Pink Vinca Impatiens and Deep Purple Salvia. I’ll add trailing ivy and sweet potato vine to drape over the edge of the barrel.
(Other non-stop blooming summer plants to consider: Aster, Gloriosa Daisy, Purple Coneflower, Purple Fountain Grass, Moonshine Yarrow and Dahlia, among others.)
Next: Step-by-Step Container Garden in a Wine Barrel & Step-by-Step Garden Design in Gronomics Rustic Elevated Garden Bed
After the last frost, I had John loosen the soil to plant my tomatoes, peppers and squash. We had a lot of rain in May with a few chilly nights in the early part of the month, so I waited until May 15th, when I asked John to use his pick axe to turn up compacted soil.
I had limited time this spring and didn’t add peat moss or organic matter to the soil. Next year will be different with the backyard graded and cleared allowing for a bigger garden.
Regardless of not amending the soil, the plants have been thriving since I planted them on May 15th.
Using a a pick axe is exhausting to say the least. (Video) After John was finished, it took a couple hours for me to rake, dig holes for a dozen plants and add a few bags of mulch to keep the weeds down.
My container tomato plant was very small on that day.
And so was my zucchini that I started from seed.
As of this morning, this is the garden after a full night of rain. The squash seedling that was in my hand is planted in the right corner to the right of the geranium rectangular planter.
It only took about one month for everything to grow to the height it is now. The buckets in the background will be used for when we do the grading job.
The tiny tomato plant in the earlier photo is on the left and bearing a lot of fruit along with the one on the right
Today’s an exciting day. I’m collaborating with Lowes on a project for the Gronomics Rustic Elevated Garden Bed, which John assembled a couple of weeks ago. It’s time to add soil and plants. Stay tuned!
John cleaned out the garage today and guess what he found? Several black rotary Bell System phones, which Bill, the previous owner, had left behind.
This particular model is from March 1956. It’s in good condition. It’s not damaged and it doesn’t have any cracks; it just needs to be wired for use. It has a clear plastic button in the lower left corner. I’m assuming it was a hold button in order to switch to another line?
When I turned the phone over, the bell made a noise so the ringer works.
If anyone would like to buy this nostalgic phone, please email me at email@example.com
Payment is via PayPal or credit card.
The phone price is $50 plus shipping ($15) to a USA address. I don’t ship to Hawaii or Alaska.
I also posted a 13-second video of the rotary phone on my Instagram account.
Some of the other rotary phones are from the early to mid sixties and are office phones. They would make great props.