This has been a crazy, slightly stressful week. Definitely a week of stamping out fires. It feels like it should be Friday of next week already with all that’s been going on. Ever feel like you’ve packed two weeks worth of stuff into a few days?
Friday I drove the 9+ hour trip back home from Louisiana and arrived in Atlanta exactly at 5:00 PM, just in time for rush hour. In the rain. Yuck.
Saturday and Sunday were spent on fabulous, garden tours followed by sipping icy cold margaritas on the outdoor patio of the Raging Burrito in Atlanta.
I got a call during the day while touring the gardens from a sweet son and these (along with chocolate) were awaiting me when I returned home. Love that boy, now a grown man and a dad. He’s still my boy, even if he is grown.
On Monday, as the day began to heat up, I turned on the air conditioning upstairs for the first time this season and after about a half an hour, the thermostat had not budged. Ugh. I turned it off and called my A/C company. They couldn’t come out for a long time so I changed companies and went with a highly regarded company in the area. They promised to come out on Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday were some hot days here in the office. Thank goodness for fans.
As I type this, I’m now enjoying cool comfort. The A/C guy just left, he showed up right on time and had the problem diagnosed in seconds…a bad MFD Capacitor…whatever that is. Sounds like something Marty or Doc would have attached to their DeLorean time machine in the movie, Back to the Future, doesn’t it?
Having been unable to solve the mystery of the failed-e-mail-post-deliveries prior to leaving for Louisiana, I worked on that much of Monday. I found a couple of great tutorials online and followed them setting up a domain email for Between Naps on the Porch and Denim Do Over at the server cPanels for both blogs. Next I made the necessary changes in Feedburner and was so happy when some of the BNOTP readers began reporting they were getting e-mail updates again.
Unfortunately, some folks are still not receiving them. I’ve talked to a few IT folks who told me it might take a little while for the big companies like AT&T, Comcast, AOL, etc… to start unblocking the emails again. What’s really weird is some Yahoo folks are getting emails and some aren’t.
I’ve spent hours working on this and I’ll continue working on it until it’s solved. I know you’re as frustrated as I am that you’ve subscribed to something you want and your own email service is blocking it. I will figure this out, don’t worry.
Commenting at BNOTP
While we’re talking bloggy stuff, you may notice the “comment” box works a little bit different now. Some folks were seeing teeny, faded writing when they tried to leave a comment. I just started working with a new service for tech help and they said another comment plugin I had activated was somehow interfering with another one that came built-in to Jet Pack, another plugin I use. They deactivated Comment Reply Notification and I think it corrected the problem.
Let me know how you like the new comment box/process. If you’re a blogger and you use a particular comment plugin that you and your readers love, please share the name of it. I would love some alternatives in case the Jet Pack Comment thingy doesn’t work out well.
I noticed Jet Pack doesn’t let you see your comment once you hit submit. Even though I moderate comments to stop spam from posting, the old comment plugin I was using did at least let you see the comment once it was written and submitted. So, we’ll see how this one goes and you can let me know what you think.
Several folks have ask for an update on the Zeon Zoysia lawn I had installed late last summer. (You can see those posts HERE and HERE. Well, remember the ugly ice storm that hit Georgia this past winter?
It left cars stranded all over metro Atlanta for days, including on the road that’s back behind my home.
Apparently it’s now responsible for my front yard looking like this in mid May. My neighbors lawns that have been in for years, have all greened up. But my “just planted last July/August yard” is struggling and it’s slightly freaking me out. This wasn’t an inexpensive investment so it has me a bit nervous. Leave it to me to sod my yard the summer before we get a bad ice storm…great timing, huh?
Here’s a close-up of some of the “still asleep” areas. There are hints of life showing through.
Look at my neighbors lush green lawn across the street. Hope I’ll be seeing that soon. My lawn service came out yesterday and on their invoice they wrote, “New Zoysia-winter injury, give time to recover.” They treated it with two things: “summer green organic” and something called speedzone. I watered it in and now I wait.
The side yard looks a little better.
Remember this picture of the back yard right after the sod was installed?
It’s a total loss. I could cry. This area gets a lot of shade so I never expected the grass to be super wonderful but I didn’t expect this. Apparently, the ground just stays too wet back here after it rains and we got LOTS of rain last summer. If that’s not it, I have no idea what happened. Same grass as in the front, Zeon Zoysia. Dead as a doorknob now.
Painting the Porch, Pergola and Decks
Monday and today I was busy getting estimates for having the exterior of the whole house pressure washed, including the screened porch. The estimates are also for painting the exterior and interior of the porch, along with the decks and pergola.
It’s been six years and the humidity is finally beginning to take a toll on the paint. The rest of the house is still fine, paint wise, but this area in back surrounded by trees is in need of some freshening up.
One of the companies I got an estimate from recommended using a product called Superdeck for the deck handrail and deck floor. I normally just have the decks pressure washed or clean them myself and then restain them with a good semi-transparent stain, like Cabot. But each year after I clean the decks or have them pressure washed, it strips the stain right back off. A never-ending maintenance job year after year.
Apparently, Superdeck is supposed to be extremely durable and only has to be applied every 6 years or so. It can be just about any color you can imagine, I even saw lavender and turquoise in the brochure. Don’t worry, I won’t paint my deck lavender, but if I had some shutters on a beach house, the turquoise sure would be tempting.
I was thinking of using it in white for the deck handrails since it’s supposed to be a lot easier to wash than paint. It’s supposed to be really good for badly damaged decks but since my deck flooring isn’t damaged, I sort of hate to use it on there since it’s a solid color treatment. I’ll let you know if I end up using it.
It’s been 6 years since everything was painted…
…and this one corner board on the edge of the bay window, under the pergola, has to be replaced. This was replaced last time I had the house painted. They will be using Hardieplank this time, like the siding that’s around it, so hopefully this won’t be an issue again.
Ditto for the corner pieces of the fireplace. Those were replaced last time but for some reason the company I used replaced them with wood instead of Hardieplank. Maybe they only made siding back then. The only damaged part is at the very top, but I’m going to have the whole piece replaced on all four corners with the fiber cement Hardieplank material so it will be done for good.
I wonder if the woodpecker who did this to my bird house decided to go for the main house, too. Grrrr!
So this week has been AC repairs, painting estimates, fixing (or trying to fix) email issues and comment box issues, along with a little sod worrying mixed in. And it’s just Wednesday!
How is your week going?
I can’t leave you staring at holey chimney siding and dead grass so here’s a pretty picture from the streets of New Orleans. House tours coming soon. Promise!