We now have a LOT of fruit trees.
Well — we always had a lot of fruit trees. We just now KNOW we have a lot of fruit trees. These may include…
- Grapes (okay, this is a vine, not a tree)
- Blackberries (also a vine, not a tree)
And, the apple tree appears to be a grafted tree. Meaning, it’s producing two different kinds of fruit, and we aren’t sure yet what the other kind of fruit is.
A fruit MYSTERY! How exciting…
We figured this out because we spent a lot of time in the yard this weekend, and it’s starting to look like people might actually love it and care about it. But that was just one of many projects we took on.
One of MANY, people! Aren’t you impressed?
We also (more bullets! wee!)…
- Removed the garbage disposal because garbage disposals are NOT ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
- Corrected the wonky-ass plumbing the previous owners had concocted to enable the evil garbage disposal’s existence
- Installed more GFCI outlets
- Put in a new kitchen sink
- Packed half the apartment
Alright, alright. We confess. Joyce and Bryce (Trent’s parents) did most of that. They also fed us food and booze, too. They are super in-laws. But we did our best to keep up!
And our contractors are seriously on fire. Mr. Gianni, the man in charge (with the mustache) put the smackdown on the Oakland Building Department and got our permits, so not only is all our mud, tape, and paint work finished, but our old craptastic and seismically unsafe deck is GONE. And Trent is going to use the abused but still-sturdy old redwood to build us a reclaimed dining room table. A great first use of his late dad’s power tools at the new house.
Starting tomorrow, we’ll be opening up the back wall for the seismic retrofit work. We’re in the home stretch, and getting psyched about moving in (even though it’s a long way from dream home status yet). I’ll continue going by each day in the morning and after work this week to check in with the crew, make deliveries, hoe the backyard and prune my new babies with my supersweet pruning shears!
Still, for just two weeks in possession, we’ve absolutely dominated the house. We feel confident we’re the kind of people who can handle this level of responsibility.
As long as we keep enough money in our budget’s “beer” line item.
A few more good shots of stuff goin’ down this weekend…
See lots more pics of 3675 in progress here.