New PORCH Time DIY

New PORCH Time

DIY

(Do It Yourself)

New Porch Time DIY for 1940 home in 2018 - We The Seniors Build It

New Porch Time DIY for 1940 home in 2018 - Corner Posts Eaten Away By Termites, Front Porch Needs Rebuilt - Yes - We Always Over Build With Confidence!

BEFORE - 1940 Front Porch Needs Rebuilt in 2018

Hey There! When It Comes to DIY, My hubby and I are All Over It!!!!!

It's 2018 and I'm nearly old enough to stop creating such hard projects and Vance, my hubby he's always wondering what I'm going to think up next! Does that make us seniors? Well, in the field of DIY, YES. We are Seniors in knowing what it takes to do nearly every phase of construction and landscaping. All these details will come out in future posts.

I'm just getting my blogging business and website created so all in good time, My Dear Reader!

When it comes to DIY, I feel qualified to call myself, Mama D. That stands for Mama Duchess. But who in their right mind or world would expect a Duchess to be out mixing 5 full pallets of concrete by hand as the men set the posts and I kept the concrete flowing to the holes.

I know there are women out there who work as hard as me so I will be speaking to all with the nickname phrase of "guys"... meaning, "'ya all" And, I have lived in Georgia and they called me Miss Duchess, still, that just doesn't work here. I'm going with Mama D. in this area of my blogging and sharing.

 

New PORCH Time DIY

Mama D. Get's The Itch!

Ok... let's stay focused.

We bought this older 1940 home in the later months of 2016 and it's now 2019. Last year, as Vance and I were out in the front yard on a Saturday afternoon, I said my common statement that indicates... HOLD ON TIGHT! Ahhhhhhh..... Vance, "HUMOR ME!"

That's the Trigger for NEW PROJECT ON THE HORIZON!

My hubby is amazing and he patiently watches me go into whatever action I'm introducing. I grabbed the hammer and pry bar and knelt down on the sidewalk in front of our porch and started pulling the bottom pieces of white wooden slats off the exterior part. The first slat removed. The 2nd slat removed, the 3rd and so on and then.... the project begins!

OF COURSE THE TERMITES HAD BEEN DINING ON OUR HOME & FRONT PORCH!

Front Porch - Needs Replaced - Termites
No Porch Post on Ground Termite Eaten - DIY Project

New PORCH Time DIY

Ya THINK?

SERIOUSLY... WE LIVE IN CALIFORNIA and there's nothing holding the corner posts up or the ROOF of the Front of the Home Porch! ...but the rotten side boards?

What The .... ??? I'm familiar with Earthquakes and they happen here in California so My Hubby and I were ALL OVER Getting this porch torn apart, the corner areas supported ASAP!

 

No Wood Left on Porch Post - termite eaten - DIY Project

Now, what the heck, here we are tearing the front porch apart and we have NO DESIGN PLANS for rebuilding it??? Who would do such a thing?

We Do This Sort of Thing All The Time. But... Usually, We have the designs and plans and estimates of materials and supplies all set so we are ready to hit the ground running!

This is a small project. We both do design drawings and when I say design drawings, we'll do 50 or more for one project, just so we can consider all our options.

With me being a sculptor, if it's a landscaping project, I typically even sculpt the design in colorful 3 dimensional form because we normally always lived in areas that had HOA's  (home owners association), and many times the review committee appreciated seeing what the final project would really look like. Drawings are ok but we always got approvals on our landscaping plans when I sculpted the 3-D version of our designs.

Back to the Front Porch - Did we get plans drawn up and approved by the County where we live? Yep-a-doodle! See embedded docs.

I then got to work on the materials supply list and I'm the one who calls in the orders and makes sure deliveries and materials are all orchestrated.

 

 

We always over build. If you don't know what that means, we Don't Cut Corners or We Don't Take Short Cuts. We push ourselves to do our very best so we can feel confident that we will have little maintenance or repair.

Embedded Are The Plans We Drew Up and they were submitted for our building permit with the county.

I still have the front trim to put on the entry way which still shows in the final image.

We built the patio out of treated 4x6 corner posts and the rest was out of redwood. The inspector couldn't believe we'd used redwood, but like I said, we over build.

The entry to the patio is built to house a screen door but we haven't yet decided if we want to install one or not. The screening makes a nice wind break due to our patio being on the east side of our home and most wind comes from the south and west.

SEE THE FINAL PICTURE OF THE FRONT PORCH

AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE!

Ya' know... I'm going to wrap this post up. Just trying to get my website created but wanted to share this with all you DIY Empowered Individuals. I'm trusting others who wander into my site will be inspired to take on some new projects or programs that will add quality to their life and I Invite you to find something that speaks to your heart as well within the pages.

Let me introduce you to Ted before we say, "good-bye". Ted is also a woodworker as is my mother. I'll write about her and all her creations later as she was discovered for her hidden talent by someone who travels the world. When he found her and saw her creations, she was written up in an International Magazine.

She's another part of my areas to share in my posts with all of you.

TED, by the way, his primary creation that I share with others is mentioned on the page in my website that has other DIY projects.

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MY SON, HUSBAND AND I  built the chicken coop you see in the picture. Yes, we are all about DIY

AFTER - 1940 Front Porch Needs Rebuilt in 2018

Love Wealth Health DIY Projects

Love Health Wealth DIY YES YOU CAN!

Love, Wealth, Health, DIY Projects!

More Love Wealth Health DIY Projects! Intentionally Changing My Life!

Dedicating Conscious Intention to Create More Love Wealth Health DIY Projects and Fun. I'm Honing My Focus and Taking Action Now!

Hey There! What Can I Say As Each Moment In My Life Is Actively Being Transformed?

How Can I Write and Create this Website if I Am Only Writing Words? Who Am I Fooling if my words are filled with "hot air" and have no fruitful Impact on My Life or Your Life?

As I see it, You Are As Important as I Am so... Let's Walk Together on this Journey of Transformation.

How do we do it together? It is All through Intention and Accuracy in Reaching and Creating Our Dreams. From there all things  and energy will Flow out into the Universe touching the Lives of Others. In that Way.... We ARE Working Together but By Dancing To the Beat of Our Inner Guidance.

My Website Targets these main areas of interest of nearly all people:

This gives us all a place to find common ground! That's Awesome if You Really Want to Know!

RELATIONSHIPS

HEALTH

WEALTH

DIY PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

With this understanding, I Am Consciously Choosing to Start NOW! Right Now to Do Things Differently!

How Will I Do This? One Moment At A Time!

From this day forward, I will NEVER Let Another Day Pass Without Giving My Husband and Son A Hug as Long as We Are Able to Do So!

I Am Going to Go For A Walk Every Single Day, no matter the weather unless I'm ill and physically unable to do that. A 20 - 25 minute walk.

I Will Continue to Work on My Website and Business of Sharing Information With Each of You, Every Single Day even if for a few moments.

These are my 3 things that I'm making a conscious choice to put into action RIGHT NOW THIS EVENING?

 

Are You With Me?

Hugs and Sending You Love!

Duchess

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HUMOR ME… HOLD ON TIGHT

HUMOR ME...

HOLD ON TIGHT!

HUMOR ME...

HOLD ON TIGHT

New Project or Something

On the Horizon

Having been married for nearly 20 years now, my husband and son know one thing for certain; when I or I'll say here, "when mama says, "HUMOR ME... HOLD ON TIGHT!" I Mean Exactly That!

When those moments appear, Then we all know there is something new on the horizon. That can be new pets to be adopted, a new outdoor or indoor project or a new car or home, or... .or... or....

Our son will say, "We have all learned to HOLD ON TIGHT and see what comes of Mom's Moment."

It's been nearly 10 years since I had the "itch" to buy a new car. We have too many other things going on. But in the past year, once the county we live in approved the zoning for small urban farm animals where we live, the "ITCH" showed up again!

3 sweet chickens, an awesome coop and run area for them had to be build and that added to our quality of enjoying life.

Chicken Coop DIY Project We Took On!

But, hey, let's not stop with chickens, we can have two farm animals: goats, horses, cows, pot belly pigs, etc. I chose to adopt 2 miniature horses. No noise except for when we come out of our back door and Kya and Niah shout out to us, "whinneeeeee nay.... whinneeeee"

My Family & 2 Miniature Horses

I'll be sharing many of my "HUMOR ME... HOLD ON MOMENTS" with you within my blog postings.

I'm trusting they will offer enjoyment, entertainment, personal experience that may reach deep into your heart core space and allow you to connect and know, someone like me, has possibly, "walked in your shoes".

I've moved 65 times in my life and I'm not even 60 years old. I've been homeless. I've struggled with Severe PTSD, I'm an artist, a writer, a graphic artist, a sculptor, landscaper, builder of many things and have even changed an entire toilet out and have replace the float in one in an office building because the landlord couldn't get there to do it in time for us to close up for the night.

All in life experiences... a 6 month bicycle trip with my doggy, guitar and still figuring out ways to earn money doing things for others along the way, all brought miracles and prosperity to me.

I will share my stories in trusting you will find the "Silver Lining" of Inspiration and Empowerment within each blog.

 

 

My two Rhode Island Reds and I are looking for Worms after a couple days of rain.

Until I get my next website page created or another blog written .........

My HENS: Feeding Jewels & Charlotte Worms

Please KNOW One Thing

THE WORLD IS BLESSED

BY YOUR BIRTH!

 

YOU DIDN'T LAND ON THIS

WEBSITE PAGE BY

ACCIDENT!

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I AM Wishing You All the Best!

Always and In All Ways!

Duchess


Wear A Baseball Cap

Wear A Baseball Cap and

Don't Look Up!

One Step At A Time!

How Do You Approach A Challenge? 2200 Miles on a bicycle and hills to climb on coastal roads of CA was my teacher! I Wear a Baseball Cap and Don't look up!

Here is my story:

Reaching Your Goals – Have You Ever Climbed a Mountain? Well I have but on a bicycle with a small dog and fully loaded down with gear. A 6 month bicycle trek up and down the West Coast from Long Beach, CA up into Yakima, WA, With Everything I owned on my bike. Yes, I counted the weight of a Needle.

Here’s the long story short and then I’ll write this up in a blog in my website. But the first week I was on my bike, I was at the bottom of a steep uphill grade. No Freakin’ way was I strong enough to ride straight up that hill. My legs weren’t strong enough, my arms weren’t strong enough, MY MENTAL BELIEF Wasn’t Strong Enough!!! So, I got off my bike, put my pup on a leash and we did the trek up the road the hard way but we got to the top of that first hill and Let Me Tell You, The Down Hill Ride on my bike blowing through my long dark hair at the age of 23, I was Flying!!! And Loving It! Yes, my pup in his basket on the bike and my guitar on the back also!

But the next hill approached and darn it if I didn’t look up and see the top and so, I got off my bike and pushed with my arms and legs. Again, the down hill was AWESOME!!! No brakes, take my lane in the middle and let the cars go around me and I’d fly down the hills… fearlessly!!!

Next hill… next hill, next day… next day… Ok… my legs are getting stronger, My Will, to get to the top or to that Goal, was getting stronger, everything in my core and my physical body was getting stronger and I was believing I could do this crazy bicycle trek until I found my next place to live.

Yes, I was a gypsy lots of times in this life time. All good, all an adventure, all a learning experience! I’ve been homeless, lived on my bicycle for 6 months and rode 2200 miles up and down the west coast and have moved over 65 times in my life and I’m not even 60. So, I think I qualify to be a gypsy!

But with that being shared, I’m a Christian and I have never let the essence and sound of God escape me even in my darkest moments. Faith is what has kept me here on this planet and yet, I know I have the Gifts and Talents that I’ve been given and I must use them all wisely. So for the two arms and 2 legs and brain, I had to figure out how to get up the hills I knew were in Front of Me!

But, there came a day when I was going through some town along my path and I stopped by a store and bought a baseball cap. I HATE wearing any kind of baseball cap or really any hat other then snuggly ones during the winter months.

DID YOU HEAR WHAT I JUST WROTE?

GET A BASEBALL CAP

AND DON'T LOOK UP!

Here’s my thought process that I have never Forgotten since that first day that I put on the base ball cap. I can remember the moment and the thrill to this moment that I write and share this with you. And, I’m turning 59 in a month or so.

I thought, Every Time I Saw The Top of the Mountain, I knew I couldn’t make it to the top riding the bike like if I were on flat ground. BUT TODAY (back then) with my new baseball hat on, I was determined to make it to the top of the mountain!!! RIDING THE BIKE WITH MY DOG ON IT WITH ME!!!

Here’s how my life and my challenges have been met ever since then…

I pulled the cap way down so it nearly covered my eyebrows. I refused to look up above the road level of the bike, meaning I’d look ahead but never UP toward what ever hill might be in my path!!!

I just peddled, kept my head down, focused on riding and taking on any challenge of a hill or flat ground that rolled beneath my bicycle tires! OMG…. Yes, I DID IT!!!

I had ridden to the top of a hill, passing other bicyclist along the way that were seasoned riders. I was no seasoned rider. I wore my street clothes, looked like a gypsy with my dog and guitar and camping gear on my bike and I waved at the guys as I rode by them!!!

This occurred all the time now, I’d just keep my head down, do the work, push and push of each peddle, and I’d get to the top and the longest mountain down hill I ever got to experience was a 45 minute all cut loose, take my lane, going fast enough to maintain my place on the road not the shoulder and I actually had to stop to let my arms rest due the control I had to maintain while riding the bike so fast on the curvy California Coastal Roads.

And for a splash of FUN… Yes, I had a blast riding my bike everywhere and even taking it into the Malls that I’d come to on my journey so my doggy and belongings could be with me. On July 4th around 1983 or 1984, I was riding my bicycle through downtown Sausalito, CA. Picture me riding my bike with all the gear, my guitar and pup and my long dark hair in braids and a large BLACK CROW flies up beside me, head level and matches my speed. It’s on my Left Side and then, it lifted just enough to Land On Top Of My HEAD!!! OMG… cars slowed down, windows went down on cars in all directions and the cameras all came out in view.

The huge crow just settled his claws into the hair on top of my head with ease. With the braids giving my hair a tightness, the bird must have thought it was getting a Free Ride and who was I to argue? So, off we rode for a bit and then, my fair weathered or fair feathered friend took to flight. No Kidding, my husband loves that part of my story and journey!

LESSON of Reaching and Achieving Your Dreams and Goals, Buy a baseball cap if necessary… Put your head down, meaning get focused to where nothing but your breath and your mental imagery is front and center of what you are focusing on, take the steps, turn the peddles, whatever it takes, but know this:

I have never forgotten the feeling of Getting to the Top of a Hill or Achieving Something such as when I was on the bicycle trek, 2200 miles, that today, I still tell that story as I’m telling it to you today.

Of course my legs got stronger and I didn’t need to wear the baseball cap any longer but just remembering that story and all the emotions that went into that learning experience, I carry it all with me today into my blogging business.

How Do I take this experience into my affiliate business and can my personal experience Inspire You or Help Empower You? I certainly trust my story will touch some people in a profound way due to the place they are in their Own Life Journey!

  1. BUY A Baseball Cap and Don't Look Up!
  2. I learned how to keep my focus and how to maintain it until I accomplish whatever goal I place out in front of me
  3. I don't judge if I don't reach or complete the journey to my goal. If doors close and I receive an inner feeling that it is time to shift and take another turn in my life journey, then I do just that!
  4. I have been able to bring my entire artistic and creative arsenal into nearly every phase of this business
  5. I have moved 65 times in my life, must have the DNA of a Gypsy which has allowed me to "walk in the shoes" of many different people's struggles and challenges.
  6. I have done marketing for years but long ago so am back to learning what works in today's market
  7. My Intention is to Always Empower and Share Authentic Truth in All Areas of My Journey.
  8. To Write and Create My Website so it offers something for everyone in the way of a product, service, program and or opportunity
  9. To Be willing to share all I know with others to help them also be successful in their Life Journey
  10. To Be Authentic And to Continue Challenging Myself in working my business and creating within my website daily for sometimes up to 24, 33 to 43 hours straight.
  11. To Hold Stead Fast in Sharing Information with Others that may benefit them.
  12. I Do Not Have Anything to Sell which is Awesome. I only share the information and then present the page content so you are well informed!

That's my scoop for now and I'll write more later.

I want to introduce you to our 3 Chickens, 5 Indoor Cats, 1 Chihuahua, 3 feral cats the previous owner of our home left behind, our 2 MINIATURE Horses!

My motto is:

Making The World A Better Place Through
Art & Animals & Sharing Info!

Inspire & Empowers Others To Trust In Their Inner Intuition!

 

Always Wishing You the Very Best, Always and In All Ways,
Duchess

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