Get ready for your close-up

So. A media event came and went in the vacant lots next to 1651 Portland. The lots are going to a natural dyes project. Kind of disappointed since we tried to take them on ourselves.

We just didn’t want a parking lot or something gross going in – but once you started putting in the effort to achieve something it’s hard to step away when you don’t get it.

At any rate – there will be flowers which is a good thing. We still have to tuckpoint that side and fix some drainage issues, but maybe it will be okay. We’ll see!

I went out after work the night before the announcement and put another coat of paint on that side. I painted it last year, but it was cheap paint and wore off quickly from the weathered wood. Plus some yahoos at some point used that stupid “Great Stuff” spray foam insulation to fill every gap rather than trimming it out – you just can’t paint that stuff. Until we’re ready to replace the old siding with something else it will have to do.

Had a hard time reaching the top because an armada of bees kept hovering. They would come out in formation and nudge me out of their area. They were pretty aggressive. They must live under the gutter boards – which we need to remove and replace. Not sure how I’m going to manage that – very gingerly, I suppose.

A robin came in the back garage door and couldn’t find its way out. It kept chirping and banging into the windows. Tried to shoo it out, but it wasn’t having that. I hope it gets out, otherwise it might die from lack of water. What’s the superstition? A bird in the house means death? Something like that. Bummer. /:(

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