Making progress on our home, the Pool Room is looking good and I'm working my way back through the other rooms. After today's resupply run (more beer), I'll throw down some Kilz on the subfloor, or at least half the total area. The subfloor isn't in bad shape, but it's the original subfloor from 1977, so a couple coats of Kilz won't hurt... I have two 5-gallon buckets of Kilz, should be more than enough for the job. A little different from painting boats, but it has to be done if I'm gonna make this place livable. The home already looks WAY better since I stripped out all the junk, it's gonna be a stylin' bachelor pad & mini pool hall when I'm done. Some hand ground down all the welds on the hex head screws and carted off the security bars for doors & windows, so my home no longer has that "institutional" look. Perhaps I should say "correctional" look---felt like I was in jail with all those bars in place, LOL. Good riddance to 'em... my home will be streamlined and comfortable once I'm done, with killer views of mountains in several directions. And I'm ex-Infantry, so if any perp breaks into my home, I'll shoot the tweekin' crackerhead myself, aye? That'll fall under the heading of "Entertainment"---well, time to hit WallyWorld and resupply with beer, it's the cheapest place in town for purchasing multiple 30-packs, LOL.
P.S. Every now and then I'll throw down some rum & mixer, but only at the end of the REALLY long days... otherwise it's more beer, some dinner and a well-deserved break to sleep like the dead for about 8 hours.
Still in the middle of painting, but the home is looking WAY better... had some friends over last night to party, and they were amazed by the transformation, LOL. Can't wait to get the new carpeting done, that'll really bring the home up to speed... it looks pretty modern now with all the rooms streamlined and whited out, wall art will help tone down the brightness once the carpet is done. I already yanked the A/C units out of the windows, they'll go directly into the walls pronto... which frees up more window space and lets in even more light. I have more rolling to do today, but rolling is easy compared to the tedious cutting in of corners and trim. Meh, I knew this transformation wouldn't happen overnight, but it's progressing as planned and I'm satisfied with the results so far... kittehs are liking it too, now that they're getting used to our *new* home. My view of the Dragoon Mountains & Cochise Stronghold is hard to beat, it's the first thing guests see when they step onto the deck & patio. I'm off to resupply before tackling more painting, little by little I'll get this job done.
Hammering away at the home rehab, knocking it out and bringing the place up to speed... it already looks a thousand percent better. Managed to swing through historic Tombstone last week, had a good time as I took a break and walked the dusty streets and wide boardwalks... felt like I was in an old Western, LOL. Tombstone is a full-on tourist trap nowadays, but there are still some cool old buildings and plenty of history in that burg. Check out these pics:
And a few bonus pics of the historic mining town of Bisbee:
Well, gotta climb back aboard the home rehab horse, the problem with this sort of work is that it doesn't do itself... if ya ever figure out a way to make it do itself, you'll be an overnight billionaire, aye? Next weekend, friends & I are heading for Tombstone (just down the road about 23 miles from my house) to enjoy "Wild West Days" & St. Patrick's Day, should be a good time walking the streets & boardwalks, watching the parade, having a beer or two in a saloon and checking out the gunslinging action, LOL. Probably be more exciting if they used real bullets... have to dodge 'em like in the old days. Alright, youse nautical heroes, time to get off the wi-fi and hit the trail... HASTA LA VISTA!!!
Taking a break today, my feet are tired, been on 'em for the past three weeks... was gonna run down to Tombstone yesterday for St. Patrick's Day, but the weather here was absolutely perfect for applying that elastomeric coating to the roof, so I wound up doing that instead. One full coat anyway, the second will go on in a few days. Got one heckuva view from my roof, I can see at least five different mountain ranges... I'll have to post up some pics when I get a chance, it's a spectacular view.
Almost finished with the rush job of painting those rooms which will be carpeted, the carpet crew arrives on Wednesday to measure the rooms, then it should only be 3-5 days before the job is done. Once the rooms are carpeted, I can get my stuff outta storage and start living a normal life again... if my life can ever be called normal, LOL. Meh, I'm still above ground, and the kittehs have hung tough throughout this long unsettled period of trying to find a suitable home, aye?
Gonna drink beer and hang some wall art today, this doesn't really qualify as work but it still needs to be done... I'll hang the nautical chart of San Diego Bay first, it makes a statement wherever it goes and I can simply point to it whenever guests ask me about my home town. Funny thing, I don't miss Coronado at all, that overcrowded dump, but the chart brings back good memories of past voyages, aye? And even though I'm now in the high desert, I can recall those voyages with perfect clarity...
The high desert has its advantages too, the views are insane and the night sky incredible... a million stars overhead. I'll hafta figure out a way to hang my deluxe Pawleys Island Hammock so I can swing in it at night and look up at the heavens. Well, time to sign off, I gotta run to the store and pick up some stuff, including a big ol' pack of yardbird... for some reason, I have a hankerin' for chicken today, dunno why, but it'll taste good after I drink a river of beer, LOL. Ah, yes, the Bachelor Life, it's a rough gig but SOMEBODY has to do it... CHEERS, YOUSE NAUTICAL HEROES!!! HASTA LUEGO!!!
Making progress, home is starting to look good... carpet man measured the rooms yesterday, so the kittehs & I will soon have nice new carpet in our home. First thing Sage will do is puke on it, no doubt, he's getting old and he occasionally has digestive problems. Meh, that's why I didn't pay for top-tier carpet, just good middle-of-the-road stuff that'll wear well... both cats will sharpen their claws on the carpet, same way they sharpen their claws on my furniture. I call my leather motorized reclining sofa "the $1100 scratching post"---blasted varmints love sharpening their claws on that thing.
Gonna knock off early today and have a big ol' BBQ with friends... these are the folks who are putting up a home on 7 1/2 acres a short distance from my house. I went to check out their spread, it's a nice piece of property with heller views, they can even see Mt. Graham, which will be a recreational destination for us later. That's a bad@$$ mountain, it's over 10,000' in elevation and there's an observatory up there because the night skies are so clear. Can't wait to run up there and do some offroading, maybe some camping too... views must be spectacular up near the summit.
I hung that wall art the other day, the nautical chart is up and looking good next to the poster of Poseidon, God of the Sea. I also hung my framed poster from the '92 Cup Series, it was signed by Team Espana, the biggest losers in the regatta. One hundred years from now, that poster will be worth a million dollars, as nobody else will have bothered to keep one signed by the Spanish team, LOL. The poster shows a good close-up shot of the America's Cup, the trophy itself which I once wheeled into the San Diego Convention Center on a dolly. It's a pretty cool trophy, I dig the engraving from certain races with lines such as "spars carried away..."
Alright, time for me to hit the trail and run a few errands, I'm looking forward to BBQing this afternoon and just taking it easy with good friends... these folks are loaded too, but they don't act like the rich wanks back in Coronado, they're from the Midwest (Kansas City) and they act normal, LOL. I bought a HUGE pack of beef from Safeway, two ginormous London Broils that are over twice the thickness of any London Broils I've ever seen before... 7.55 lbs. of beef on sale for $20, they look more like roasts than steaks, aye? I'm gonna slow-cook 'em on my grill this afternoon, LBs aren't my favorite cut but these were too good of a deal to pass up.
HASTA LUEGO, NAUTICAL HEROES!!! I'LL BE SURE TO DRINK A BEER FOR YA THIS AFTERNOON, LOL... CHEERS!!!
HaHa, I was many years ago... I was big on enzyme nutrition, food combination, etc., etc., only I grew tired of watching my friends eat greasy pizza and thick-@$$ steaks hot off the grill. Convo went something like this:
Friend: "Hey, E___, ya want one of these Filet Mignons?"
Moi: "Er, no thanks, this celery stick is mighty tasty..."
Pulled the vegan thing for about a year, then said to heck with it and went back to chomping whatever I wanted, aye? No worries, I still employ vegan tactics I learned long ago while juicing fruit straight off the trees, making primo dinner salads, selecting proper food combos, etc., etc. I just planted four citrus trees in my yard about a week ago: Valencia Orange, Dwarf Honey Orange, Eureka Lemon & Minneola Tangelo, they should bear tasty fruit if they survive to maturity, and they're doing well so far, they seem to be over the transplant shock.
Here are some pics of those ridiculously thick London Broils we BBQd the other day, things were delicious and the cold beef left over made for great sandwiches, LOL. Beer can is positioned for scale in photos:
So much for veganism, I'll take half the cow for twenty bucks, LOL...
Hey, here are some pics of the chart up on one wall of my home, right next to the poster of Poseidon, God of the Sea, LOL. My home is currently a work in progress, but you can see a bit of the layout and the new carpet that went in yesterday:
Chart itself is starting to show its age, but no worries, the discoloration adds character, LOL. Here are some pics of that Cup Series poster I mentioned earlier, the one signed by the Spanish team, don't mind the glare from reflected light:
I was trying to capture some of the trophy engraving in that last photo, but the glare is vicious... BTW, that poster was NOT professionally framed, a friend of mine made that frame when he was drunk, LOL.
They look like something the Vikings might have used, LOL... but I'll let ya in on a little secret, they're actually pieces of mining machinery, 10-4? Y'all be good, I'm off to buy some cold beer and set up the truck rental for tomorrow, gotta pull my stuff outta storage so I can set up my furniture, pool table, big screen TVs, etc. Still have some home rehab to do, but I might as well live comfortably while I'm doing it, LOL.
Got a few pics of the ongoing home rehab project... y'all can see how this salty dawg is decorating his home, LOL. Not done yet either, but I banged a fingertip with the hammer the other day, so I'm still on light duty, unloading boxes and putting stuff where it belongs. Had to resupply by making a beer run, so I figured I'd stop by the library (free Wi-Fi) and share these pics with ya. Here we go...
That blue kitchen island is yet to be painted, it goes in semi-gloss like the kitchen itself which also needs to be done. Pretty cool layout with the diagonal island, it's gonna be sweet once I'm finished, I have some cool art reserved for that island, LOL. Lemme show y'all a few more nautical touches, LOL...
Jumped the gun posting that one... one of my jobs today will be to hang that flatscreen in the Pool Room, I'm putting the huge curved screen in the back room to make a private movie theater, LOL. Pool table isn't done yet either, friends are coming over later this week to help level the slate and reapply the felt. Blanket & carpet remnant serve as covers so the kittehs won't scratch up the felt, LOL.
Got my fridge magnets up, LOL... kitchen isn't done yet, there'll be more counter space on that island once I clear all that cr@p outta there. Meh, it's big enough for a confirmed bachelor and two cats, plus we do a lot of cooking on the BBQ outside, so no worries. That's my little guard dragon on the island counter, he keeps a weather eye open for trespassers and tweakin' crackerheads, LOL.
Round #4 of pics, including stuff I need to work on today after I get a few beers in my system:
Actually, those pics show what I'll be working on for the next month, LOL. Like the kitchen, the bathrooms are yet to be redone, though I scored two matching cr@ppers & two sinks for $30, some hand in Sierra Vista gave me a deal on those. Deck needs to be redone as well, along with the skirting of the double-wide. Gotta like the two full-length metal awnings on the east & west sides, 60' of shade over those concrete slabs. Two full baths, there's even a separate enclosed shower stall in that bathroom with the garden tub... all on about 1/4 acre overlooking the Dragoon Mountains & Cochise Stronghold, not a bad deal for $36K, LOL. I paid cash, of course, I'm not big on mortgages or debt slavery, aye? BTW, that absolute clusterf#% you see in the third pic is the first mess I tackle after I get home and drink a few beers, gotta reorganize that mess for the final rehab assault, LOL.
P.S. That's my gong in the third pic, that big brass table... gonna polish it and hang it outside, then make a striker so we can bang the gong while BBQing, 10-4?
Fifth & final round o' pics, just a few shots of my yard on this beautiful sunny day:
Those are the citrus trees I planted, they're all doing fine even though the lemon tree suffered some leaf burn when I put the fertilizer spikes too close... had to yank the spikes and reposition them, now the lemon tree is flowering despite losing a number of leaves. Before I sign off and head to WallyWorld to pick up more beer, I suppose I should post a few pics of my supervisors hard at work:
They move at the speed of gubmint, those pesky home rehab project supervisors, LOL.
HASTA LUEGO, NAUTICAL HEROES!!! I'M OFF TO BUY SOME BEER AND WET MY WHISTLE, AYE??? CHEERS!!!
Walked outside with a cold beer yesterday evening and watched the sunset, just the usual colors, nothing spectacular, the really wild sunsets have flaming colors and take your breath away, but this worked for me after another long day of home rehab:
Some shots of flowers in my yard, don't know what kind they are but they look good, aye? WTF, this is the high desert, I'll take whatever I can get, LOL...
Here's Sage chillin' out atop the pool table, one of his favorite places to take a nap:
Some shots of the wet bar I've slowly been bringing up to speed:
That vase doesn't really belong on a bar counter, but it looks cool with that tall ship and the gal waving goodbye... guess she missed the boat, LOL.
Made some breakfast burrito mix today, sauteed sausage with fresh hot peppers & onion, folded in some diced vine-ripened tomato, added a quantity of leftover BBQd steak, and threw in half a dozen eggs whipped with a bit of whole milk. Fresh cilantro salsa, sour cream and avocado rounded out each burrito, I could only power down one before I was full... thing was a monster, I'm guessing the plate was around 15,000 calories, LOL.
Finally got my AZ Flag plate back on the Mighty Camry, only took what? About seven weeks? LOL...
Some more shots of my bar and the cabinet above the sink... everyday glasses on the left, fine Swedish crystal on the right, I'll bust out the Swedish numbers when I have company, aye?
Hey, I saved this Chokers glass from back in the day, I'll bust it out whenever I'm feeling like a LOSER, LOL...
"SAN DIEGO SUPER CHOKERS..." Hack, choke, oh, wait, they moved to Smell-A, so I reckon that jingle is now obsolete, LOL.
Check out my Japanese bar tongs, I call 'em "eyeball pluckers"---if any jackhole gives me grief while I'm behind the bar, I'll snatch up those tongs and pluck out his eyeballs, LOL. Probably drop 'em into a couple of fresh martinis, "GREEN INFERNO" style, don'tcha know???
A shot of my retro '50s blender base, with a more modern base as a backup, gotta have the blender for margaritas and such...
Last but not least, some photos of the Napoleonic Era artwork I have hanging out by the Pool Room, this has nothing to do with the wet bar but I forgot to post pics of it last time I was here:
See that hand lying face-down in the snow at lower left in the picture? Moi, after too many drinks at my wet bar... missed all the action, slept through the entire battle, LOL.
ALRIGHT, YOUSE NAUTICAL HEROES, TIME TO SIGN OFF AND CLIMB BACK ABOARD THE HOME REHAB HORSE... ONE OF THESE DAYS, I'M GONNA SHOOT THAT REHAB HORSE, LOL.