Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Poetry Wednesday: Unfulfilled

Unfulfilled
by Becky Stauffer

Sometimes the world 
feels so big,
and I, so small,
so weak.

I'd planned to do 
so much by now,
when I grew up,
got big.

But I never 
grew enough
to be equal 
to the task.

Copyright Becky Stauffer 2012
All rights reserved


Reprising the old Poetry Wednesday meme. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I build a bookcase

One might wonder why a woman who spends weeks shopping at every furniture store in two counties for the perfect couch and finally has to special order it custom-built, would settle for assemble-yourself furniture in the same room.  I guess partly to save a little money and partly because this was a very pretty bookcase for furniture you assemble yourself.  Took me two hours on a Sunday afternoon.  Finished height is 48", I think.  I don't want any furniture taller than me in this room.  Here are the start and finish photos.

The couch and chair get delivered the first week in September, hopefully.  Window shutters are installed the week of September 19th.  Then I'll look around and decide what else is needed to complete the room.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Lesser Goldfinches

While I try to think of something interesting to write about, I'll post some pics of cute little Lesser Goldfinches.  They were attracted to the thistle feeder and have been around for a couple of weeks.  Just fueling up, I think, for the next leg of their migration.

I picked up this feeder about two years ago on a clearance table for a couple of dollars, and kept thistle seed in it for weeks at a time, until finally pouring it out onto a ground feeder for the quail and doves who could be counted on to clean it up.  I get larger American Goldfinches, but they seem to prefer the sunflower seed I put out for the other finches.  I thought the thistle feeder was a waste of time and nearly threw it out.  So I was tickled when this charming little group showed up a couple of weeks ago.  I hope they remember this nice place where they found such yummy seed when they're passing through again.

UPDATE:  The following day, I spotted the little finches foraging in the Russian Sage.
 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Finished!

On Friday April 13th, I posted "almost finished," and jinxed my remodel project.  It had taken just 10 weeks to that point to accomplish an incredible amount of work and change in my downstairs, including jackhammering a big hole, moving plumbing pipes and putting in a whole new bathroom.  Almost every day my driveway had been filled up with my contractor's and his sub's trucks and work trailers.  Some days I'd have to be up early shoveling snow so there would be space for all of them to park.  They worked hard, they worked fast.  They did wonderful work.  By mid-April it seemed we could finish up in just a couple more weeks.  I could not possibly know events would arise that would prevent my contractor from completing the job for four more months! 

There are a lot of things I could be mad about and I could lay out a lot of blame here.  But I'm not and I won't.  The truth is, despite poor communication, being left in the dark a lot, and sometimes feeling like a doormat, I really do understand the problems my contractor was up against.  He's an honest and ethical man and he had to make some tough choices.  My project had to suffer delays as a result.  But on the plus side, he does excellent work, I couldn't be more pleased with the finished product.  If I had a choice, I'd rather have a top quality but delayed job than a fast, shoddy job.  Would I hire him for another project?  In a heartbeat!

I have the bedroom just about set up now and my granddaughter is staying with me to try it out.  I've ordered some furniture for the family room.  You'd think I could find a couch to my liking in northern Utah somewhere.  But no, my criteria was too specific, and after looking everywhere, I finally special-ordered one; and by the way, got a really top quality Broyhill for comparable price to stack 'em deep and sell 'em cheap outfits in town.   It'll be another 6 weeks or so till the couch comes. But I've learned patience!  Haha!

Actually, the final inspection still has to happen, but we don't anticipate difficulty with that.  There were just a couple of things needed from the first inspection.

I will post pictures soon.  Even without furniture, it's a homey and cozy place.  I'm so happy with it and so happy it is finally FINISHED!