Monday, November 26, 2007

Fun Monday #42: the unfinished edition

Blue Momma is our hostess for this week and here is her challenge:
I want to see your unfinished projects. I have so many that I really need some reassurance that I'm not the only one. Home improvement projects are what I have in mind, but it you don't have any of those show me any kind of project - needlework, cooking, scrapbooking, etc. You can even show me your spouse if they qualify as a work in process.


And again, HA, I say.

I am not the unfinisher in my house. I actually have one thing only that is never ever EVER finished, and that is the laundry. Laundry is always a work in progress.

This is not to say that there are no unfinished projects in my house. Oh no no no. I love my husband more than life itself, but even he would be the first to admit that finishing? Not his strong suit.

In our bedroom, there are two sets of bookshelves, built by the very talented Wonderhubby, that flank our gas fireplace.

Here is one:

Here is the other:

Please note the differences:

1) One is painted, the other is not.

2) One is finished, the other still has wood putty patches showing.

3) One has artfully arranged photos, the other still has assorted crap, including a wooden level, on it.

Funny thing is, the Wonderhubby actually mentioned on Saturday that he was thinking about getting the paint to do the other set of shelves. Operative words here: thinking about. Motivating factor: he saw me taking the pictures and he knows what the Fun Monday assignment is.

I have lived with the half-finished shelves for about a year (both were unpainted until a year ago, fyi). I guess I can live a little longer.

Second project: the yard.

I offered photos of our incomplete back yard during a previous Fun Monday.

Originally, the fenced thingy was going to be a dog run for our teeny tiny 9-week-old pups, to keep them safe from owls and coyotes.

Please note that the dogs are now almost 2 and no longer itsy-teeny and in need of that kind of protection.

So, revamp, revise, rethink. Presto. It will be a fenced vegetable garden. Wonderhubby spent much of the blistering hot summer digging out our nasty soil and replacing it with a potting mix and a garden mat. This is a closeup of how it remains today. (Note weeds poking up through the pavers.)

And, of course, with one side of the yard all torn up, this automatically means the other side is, too.

In conclusion, let me add that my darling Wonderhubby is currently surfing the internet looking for tips on installing hardwood floors. He plans to rip out three staircases and a couple of hallways worth of crappy carpet (rendered crappy by two puppies) and replace with bamboo flooring. In fact, he already has ordered the stair nose (doncha love how I can throw around those technical terms like I know what the hell I'm talking about?), which arrives in about 10 days.

Pray for me.


Hootin' Anni said...

Oh yes....I know just what you mean...laundry!! A man's work is from sun to sun, but a woman's work is never done [or however the saying goes]....and the project not finished, ever, is LAUNDRY!!!

Willowtree said...

Good luck with the projects. Remember, it's easier to demolish than construct. This being the case, it's advisable to finish construction of one project before going onto the demolition phase of the next one..

Sandy said...

Weeds in the pavers? Proof that your veggies will grow!

Blue Momma said...

Sound like your hubby is handy, even if he doesn't quite get through. I am our handyman, so I only have myself to blame for everything.

Not that I don't find something to blame him for....

kitten said...

OMGees! I didn't even mention laundry. If any one ever gets caught up on that task I want to know the how. Here when hubby starts and don't finish I land up doing it unless its something I just can't do. Like my kitchen floors. He started putting them in and stopped. I can sand down the wood floors and finish them, but the kid of flooring he put down I have no idea.
Good Luck!

Robinella said...

Aghhh! Just so you know. Bamboo is NOT as hard as they claim. We have bamboo flooring in our dining, kitchen, laundry areas. Love the look, hate that it isn't holding up to 2 boys who love to slide, roll cars, send superheroes flying etc. Luckily it is manufactured so it can be refinished up to 3 times. You can see a pinch of it in my FM post.

With two dogs and their claws, just wanted to let you know. Not that is sounds like it'll be finished anytime soon. haha.

susan said...

Ha! I nearly snapped a photo of our never ending laundry project too!

Do a little more research about the bamboo. Apparently an aquaintance had put some down when it first came out and now it is starting to dry out. She says "because it is, after all, a grass"

I don't know if that's just them or an ongoing problem when the floor ages. We've got fake Costco pergo and nothing damages that stuff!

Mango Marie said...

Great post! I really got a chuckle from the pictures of your bookshelves. I can SO relate!

Bren said...

I hear you on the mountain of laundry! Unless I wash a load a day, I'm behind.

The shelves are funny. At least your hubby is handy.

Sauntering Soul said...

I'm single and childless and can't ever finish the laundry. There's a load in the dryer right now waiting for me to fold it.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

Oh, Laundry. A never ending work in progress.

I laughed at the shelves. My spousal unit did the same thing, right down to leaving the level on them for about three years. MEN.

But, you've got a fireplace in your BR? Lucky!!

Tiggerlane said...

We do laundry EVERY DAY, and it's never done. My hubby usually finishes his projects - it's ME who doesn't! Make a rule that he can't tear anything else up unless he puts one thing back together!

The Rotten Correspondent said...

If I ever got to the bottom of my laundry pile the planet would implode. And to make it worse when you come in my back door you're in my mud/laundry room.

No secrets in this house!

Junebug said...

Bamboo floors, that is what my son wants in his bedroom. We looked at them at Lowe's. I will have them installed by a professional though. I would not attempt to do it. Neither would the hubby, he is not a woodworker but a machinist.

laurie said...

laundry. it's like almanzo and the sheep from "farmer boy." think about it.

Cynthia said...

I feel very at home looking at your pictures!

Joy T. said...

LOL 'wonderhubby' LOL love it. And I hear you about the laundry. Oh boy do I hear you!

Pamela said...

so, how many times to you restart the darn dryer so you can take a load out unwrinkled. I've got to stop doing that, now that I'm grown up. L:

your poor back yard. Needs some TLC. Great idea for garden,. your tomato and cucumber can climb the fence

dawn said...

I must say, I am feeling much better. I have forbidden Sirdar from doing any demolition with the hopes of changing things. What we have is fine, go ahead and make it nicer, or add to it, there will be no walls removed until I have evidence things will be put back together. Just my experience that has taught me a thing or two.

Karina said...

Laundry! I should have included laundry in mine too...I still have a load in the dryer from Saturday...sigh

Canadian flake said...

omg tooooooo funny...I think this makes me glad my hubby is an accountant that doesn't know a nail from a screw...hee hee.

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