Sunday, July 5, 2015

Two Saturdays Left

Time is running out.  I can't believe I only have 2 Saturdays left before school starts.  Here's what we got done this long weekend.

My nephew's bedroom now has furniture.  The mattress and bedding should show up this week (when my niece brings it out).  My mother was working on the curtains.  She thought his room made a great sewing room.  She used one of the glass top table's chairs with his desk and I think I will leave it in the room so I can cross 'find small chair' off my list.

This is his corner closet area.  Not much to look at.  He didn't seem to have any problems with it.  I imagine most of his clothes will be in a pile on the floor....haha.  Just kidding.

I FINALLY finished the little bit of skirting under the door.  My nephew finished painting it later on but I was too tired to back fill and hook up more fence panels.  Steps are only a dream at this point.  We will make do with cinder blocks for now, re-stacked, of course, once the dirt is in place.  A small deck and steps is on my project list for later.

My mother let me have this chair.  It fits in perfectly.  Not as big as an overstuffed recliner but still comfortable.  We put the glass topped table in to the barn shed because there wasn't enough room for it.  I have 3 weeks to find a little table or else we will be eating on the couch and chair which isn't horrible, just not ideal.  The cabinets were cleaned by my mother and she took one to the hardware store to get ideas on refinishing.  I might just paint them white.  That would be easy.  I found out the Home Depot has inexpensive formica countertops.  $68 for a 6' white piece.  That would do nicely.  I don't think I will get it purchased and installed before the deadline.  Looks like I will be working many more Saturdays after school starts to finish off all the things I had to postpone.

I did get my new modem (only $28 from ebay) and hooked it up.  That was a big relief.  It only took 8 extra days to fix all the connection problems.  My nephew will have a school laptop and his homework will be online.  I don't have a printer yet.  That is something I am working on.

The 500 gallon water tank is next to the mobile home now.  I had to do some more leveling and then I laid out the pipe and connectors from the tank to the pump.  Turns out I didn't have enough pipe so I made a list and will work on that next weekend.  After I hook it all up I will test the pump.  If I am smart I will figure out a way to test the pump before I glue everything together.  Hmm...I'll have to think about that.  If the old pump doesn't work I have a back up pump but it uses smaller diameter pipe so I will have to reconfigure everything with the smaller size.  Either way, my goal is to have water to the toilet, sink and shower before we move in.  No hot water yet.  That will be later project.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Good News, Bad News

Pictures!  I took a vacation day on Tuesday because I had too much to do.  My niece took the truck to pick up my thrift store stuff while I went out to the mobile home to wait for the Century Link technician.  While I was getting gas (and a donut) the Century Link tech called because he was lost.  I was still far away but I gave him directions and he actually found the place.  I got there a half hour later and he had already checked the connection from down the street and concluded that the connection box at my mobile home was bad so he snipped the wires and installed a new one.  He got in his truck to leave but then came back to make sure my modem was working.  It was not so he checked the line which was working.  I pulled out my back up modem and tried it.  That one worked but it isn't wireless so I have to buy a new one.  After he left, I took the modem apart.  My high-tech repair techniques (which involve shaking it and blowing on it) did not work so it was definitely dead.

I found a compatible modem on ebay for $28.  It should be here Monday.  So, no internet yet.  Good thing I started this process early.  I don't actually need it for another 3 weeks.

Here is a photo of the vinyl flooring that my niece and I put in my nephew's room. I like it a lot.  I'm not so fond of the blue walls.  I think a gray-blue would have been better but we were trying to use up the paint from my shed.

See the little desk?  It goes with the story of the chair at the end.

Here is the hallway which is a different pattern.  I made the mistake of not cutting an extra section for the doorway.  Now I have to find a scrap that matched that I can glue there.  They sell wood doorway 'transition' pieces but they get quite expensive the wider they get.  I bought a one inch transition.  I don't think it will be enough.

You can see that the trim is still stacked in the hallway.  It really needs to go on the walls asap before I fill the rooms with stuff.

Here is a photo of my new fridge and my mother who is working on the curtains.  The fridge was a house-warming gift from my mother and it is perfect!

Here are the 3 cabinets that I bought.  They are being stored in the barn-shed for now until my mother re-finishes them.  She volunteered to do it.  I would have just used them as-is.  I still might if we run out of time.
3 weeks to go and the heat is not going away until October.

And lastly, there is this big office chair.  I picked out a small, wire framed chair with a gray fabric seat.  When my niece went to pick everything up, they couldn't find the chair.  They called me up apologetically and I said it would be fine if they substituted another chair, preferably, with wheels.  The small chair didn't have wheels but I wanted wheels.  So, my niece shows up with this monster of an office chair.  Samsonite brand, leather, huge compared to the little desk.  I wasn't sad though because I have been wanting a comfortable computer chair at the house for a while now so I took it home.  Oh, and it was only $5 because the chair that they lost was $5.  I love that thrift store.

Later I called Home Depot to see if the vinyl from the living room was in stock yet.  The manager said she would call me on Monday but didn't.  Turns out they just ordered it on Saturday so it won't be in until July 9.  Sooo frustrating.  I pre-ordered and paid for the piece.  I can't believe this vinyl purchase has been so difficult.  Soon it will be done and then I am taking the rest of the summer off from major renovation projects.  I still want to build a deck though.  Someday...

Sunday, June 28, 2015

I Have Refrigeration

I can't believe I didn't take any photos this weekend.  Well, you will just have to take my word for it that things actually got done.  On Friday, my mother called and said she found a fridge for me at her local thrift store.  Her thrift store is 45 minutes away but I couldn't turn it down especially when she offered to pay for it.  My niece had choir practice on Saturday morning so I took my truck by myself and picked it up.  Since I was there, I went inside and found $10 kitchen cabinets.  They are old and some day I will refinish them but they will work for now.  I bought 2 base cabinets and one over the fridge cabinet which is not going over the fridge because I can never reach that cabinet.  It will go lower on the wall so that it is within easy reach and I can use the top as a shelf.  I also found an $18 desk and a $5 chair for my nephew.  The back of my truck was already full of fridge so I have to send my niece there on Tuesday to pick them up.

After the shopping, my mother and I went to my mobile home and managed to get the fridge unloaded by ourselves just by tilting and sliding it.  It was blazing hot so I went home but my mother stayed to hang curtains.  Around 4 my niece and I went to Home Depot to buy vinyl flooring.  I located the manager and everything was going well until....they didn't have enough vinyl on the roll.  Ugh.  I decided to buy a different pattern for my nephew's room so that we could get something done.  The manager gave us a discount for the vinyl that we bought last week which was 3" short and said she would call when they got a new roll of the pattern for the living room which should be tomorrow or Tuesday.  I can't believe we have to go back.  Oh well, it will be finished soon.

We stopped to pick up dinner and ate it at my almost livable mobile home.  The clutter is driving me crazy.  I need to put all of the tools away and the paint and dispose of all of the used paint brushes and rollers that have dried up. I plugged in the fridge and found out that the closest outlet doesn't work because the handyman cut it when installing the door.  I wonder what he did with the wires.  Luckily, there is another close outlet and the fridge was cold right away.  It is wonderful to have a fridge.  I can't put it against the wall yet since I haven't finished the trim.  After we ate, it was getting dark but I went outside to cut down the spiny bushes near the phone pedestal.  I need to call Century Link tomorrow because they were suppose to turn on the internet on Friday but it doesn't work.  I am pretty sure the old wires in the pedestal are the problem.  Then we cut the vinyl for the hallway and fit the new piece for the bedroom.  I only trimmed one side because we were both really tired and it was after 8pm.  So, that's all that I got done.  1/4th of what I wanted to do, as usual, but more done on the kitchen than I expected.

My nephew arrives on Wednesday and I have Friday off of work.  It should be an interesting week.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Insurmountable To-Do List

As promised, an exciting photo of gravel!  This is 8 cu.yds. delivered for $300.  That's a lot of money.  I wish I could afford more gravel for the whole driveway but I will have to be happy with enough for the parking area.  

The monsoon rains started today.  I hope my gravel isn't washing away.  I should be out there looking for leaks in the mobile home but instead I am in my house hanging out with my dogs.  Maybe I can get enough done on Saturday so that I can spend the night there next weekend.  I am dog-sitting two dogs this week so that throws a wrench in things.  I wasn't expecting it to rain yet.  I thought I had at least another week or two.

The manager of Home Depot called me about my short vinyl complaint.  She said she would give me a replacement piece at a discounted price.  We will see if that actually works out since she doesn't work until after 3 on Saturday and I plan to pick up the vinyl in the morning.  Besides buying the last 2 sheets of vinyl flooring, I plan to focus on fixing any leaks around the new window, door and dog door, and cover the water heater closet that I never covered because I still haven't finished the plumbing for the bathroom.  I've just about given up on gutters.  I have 3 gutter pieces but they aren't a priority at the moment even though I hate to see this rain wasted.  My list of what is not going to get done is getting longer and longer.  Century Link should be turning on my internet.  If my modem works I will be able to bring out my TV and Roku so that I can watch movies instead of working on all of my projects....hmm...that really doesn't make much sense.  Well, one of these days I will have all of the important projects completed and then I will be able to relax and watch a movie.  That's my goal.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Like Father, Like Daughter there an end to this project?  Last weekend was so busy it started Friday evening and spilled in to Monday.  My niece is finishing up her textured wall project.  Tomorrow she will paint it, I think.

I made some purchased from Amazon.  An air purifier, a Roku, and a roll of shade fabric were all thrown in this giant box together.  It was so big, it blocked my car.

Big box with small boxes and a lot of packaging.

So, Friday evening my niece and I meet at Home Depot.  We go to the flooring department and there was an associate who asked us if we needed help.  I was thrilled since finding help at HD usually takes forever but then the guy says that the flooring associate is helping the forklift guy and he will let him know we are waiting.  Bummer.  So we wait and wait and wait.  After what seems like 15 minutes, I go ask for help at the customer service desk.  Right then the flooring guy shows up and says there are two people ahead of me.  I say fine and go back to staring at flooring.  The guy shows up after a few minutes because the other people didn't need him.  I tell him that I want a vinyl remnant which is advertised on sale so he digs through the pile of poorly marked end rolls and finds mine.  Then I wanted a piece cut to size so he has to clean up the mess he just made when he threw the other end rolls in the aisle.  I tell him to cut it 13' 3".  He repeats it and finds a helper.  He asks me again, 13.3?  I say no, 13' 3".  He says ok, cuts it, rolls it up in plastic wrap and tags it by the square yardage.  My niece and I roll our unwieldy cart up to pay and a nice associate helps us load our truck.  Originally, we were going to take it to the property but it was 6:30pm already (it took over an hour to buy it) and it was very hot so we went home.

The next day we take our roll of vinyl to the mobile home and lay it out.  It is short by 3 inches.  I measure the wall.  13' 3".  I measure the vinyl 13'.  ARGHHH.  I thought about trying to roll it up and take it back without the aid of the plastic wrap and in 110 degree heat.  I knew there was not enough left on the roll at HD to get another piece immediately.  The associate had told us it would take a few days to re-stock because I need another piece for the living room.  I decided to keep it.  The short side will be mostly covered by the sink, future counter, fridge, and door mat.  The next piece will be a little longer so that I can cover any visible areas.  I haven't complained to the store yet but when I do my store survey which is on the receipt, they will hear the whole story.

Anyway, besides being 3" short on one side, the flooring looks very nice.  I picked up a free loveseat from a facebook garage sale page.  I can definitely see progress being made.

On Sunday we went to visit my dad for Father's Day.  I found this photo of him and me when I was 3 years old and he was 35, I think.  He had 5 children and was building a house on his own on evenings and weekends while working a full time job.  I don't know how he did it.  I'm exhausted with no children and only working on my mobile home on Saturdays.

I baked him a mini-chocolate cake.  He seemed to enjoy it.

This morning I attempted to work at home but couldn't get my computer to cooperate.  My plan was to was to wait for the gravel company to call me because I ordered a dump truck full for the driveway.  They called earlier than expected so I had to rush out there and tell the dump truck where to dump.  In my next post I will show you fascinating photos of gravel.  I know you can hardly wait!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Temps Go Up and Work Slows Down

I barely got any work done on Saturday.  In the morning, I went to the office for a couple of hours to catch up and because I knew I was going to be registering my nephew for school Monday morning instead of working.  It was 3 before I actually got out there and it was 100 degrees already.  It was a good test of the window A/C.  The indoor temperature was comfortable within 30 minutes.  My niece went to a CPR-first aid class in the morning and she didn't make it out there until 3:30.  We didn't do much.  We tried texturing one wall with drywall mud.  Neither of us had done it before and it was kind of fun athough the mud was thin and lumpy because it was old and I added too much water.  I cut one more skirting panel but I didn't screw it in.  It was just too hot to be outside.  We also attached one more fence panel.  We both decided than we should spend the night out there on the weekend so that we can get up early and work before it is hot.  The flooring and the fence would need to be finished first though.  Next weekend I hope to get at least one piece of vinyl flooring and maybe even two pieces.

On Sunday, my niece and I went to visit her aunt and uncle who live nearby.  They have lived here for 6 years but I have never met them.  It is nice to meet more friendly people even though they aren't technically my family.

This morning I meant to get up early and go to work but I hit snooze.  I tried to log on to answer work emails but I needed to do a full computer scan and that takes hours.  My appointment at the high school was at 9.  Everything went smoothly and the people seemed friendly.  We will go back on the 16th of July to register for classes.  I really hope my nephew likes it there.  They have golf and choir, two things he excelled at at his previouse school.  The first day of school is starting soon.  I need to make more of an effort to wrap things up at the mobile home and make it look comfortable.  It still looks pretty rough.

Friday, June 12, 2015

More Work Ahead

It was a long week.  I tried to post something Wednesday but my thoughts just wouldn't stick with a theme.  My niece hasn't been able to find another job so I have been thinking of odd jobs for her to do.  It's fun to have a personal assistant.  She went grocery shopping for me, swept and mopped the floor, picked up after the dogs, vacuumed my car, bought stepping stones for the yard, listed some books for sale on Amazon, etc....  This evening we picked up another load of fence panels and unloaded them at my property.  That is one less chore off the list.  We still need to haul a few rolls of vinyl flooring and then we will be done with the big stuff...except if I buy a used fridge, um, and a couch.

At work today I wasted a lot of time on a project before I got on the right path.  I feel like I should go in to the office for an hour or two to catch up tomorrow.  On Monday I have to leave work at 9am to register my nephew for high school so it really is a fair trade, I just have to get motivated and do it.  Then I will go out to my property and work on something, possibly skirting, fencing, or plumbing at 15 minute intervals and then go stand in front of the A/C for another 15 minutes.  I bought the plumbing pieces and I also bought some spray paint to spruce up the outside of the mobile home.  Maybe a nice mural?  I'll leave that for my niece to work on while I work on important stuff like running water.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Minuscule Progress is Still Progress

Another exciting edition of Daizy's Mobile Home Renovation, now showing every Saturday...forever.  Ok, not forever.  It just feels like it.

Good news, the A/C fits in the new window.  This is much better than putting the A/C in the horizontal sliding windows and trying to block off the opening above, especially when it is windy or raining or both.  Someday, I will put trim around it.  I bought the trim and it is on the floor in the bedroom.

My niece painted the bathroom wall brown.  I had extra paint in the shed that I wanted to use up.  I like it better than the wallpaper.  I suggested we try to use up another darker brown and make a sort of faux leather look but it just looked like brown poop on the wall.  Not pretty at all.

I spent a little bit of time out in the heat with the shovel and pick ax, trying to level out the fence panel.  I decided to put blocks under it instead of digging down any more.  It still needs work.  I have also changed my plan for the fence.  Because I haven't finished burying the earth anchors for the barn shed which I need to do in order to get my inspection and pay $650 (ouch), I am going to make the yard a little smaller for now.  I will buy cheaper cattle panels to fill in the gap instead of connecting the fence to the barn shed because the inspector needs room to get his equipment in there for the pull test. 

My niece and I rolled the 500 gallon water tank up and around the mobile home.  I need to clear out the weeds and old piece of plywood to the left of the tank, then stand it up and connect the tank to the water pump.  One tiny step closer to getting water to the bathroom.

We added more bungee cords to the pool tarp.  The wind was not cooperating and the bungees were only doing a so-so job.  I hope the tarp is keep the evaporation to a minimum.  We saw a snake snuggled up to the pool.  I think it was a gopher snake.  I couldn't see its head but it didn't have a rattle.  I went back for a photo but the snake had left.

And that was my exciting weekend.  My chore this week:  Buy pipe and fittings for the water tank to pump.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

DaNiece Returns

I only wanted to quit my job 6 or so times this week.  I can't quit though.  I have to support my nephew for the next 2 years and then fix up my property enough to be self-sufficient for the most part.  That means gutters and water storage, extra roof from patio covers and other shade structures, more fenced in space, a new culvert for the driveway, maybe solar panels or something like that, garden space.  I must keep working.

My niece came back!  My coworker likes to call her Da Niece because he is from Chicago.  I didn't think she would return but I am willing to contribute to her education in exchange for her help so she came back for the next 7 weeks.  I want her to get a part time job too if possible.  We have been looking for places to apply, Petco, Cold Stone Creamery, Taco Bell, a summer horse camp.  On the other hand, I don't want her to be too busy to help me.  It was nice to see temporary and part time jobs that I might be able to do such as office help or drafting.  I would not be opposed to some part time or temporary work once I leave my current position.

This evening we got a nice gentle rain which is very unusual for June.  May was unusually cool and I was gritting my teeth for a scorching June until the July rains start.  It was a nice surprise.  Saturday is still supposed to be 95 but that's better than 105.  I bought the rest of the trim to put up in the mobile home and I hope to get the other 2 skirting panels installed in front of the door.  Maybe we will clear a space for the water tank if we aren't too tired.  I bought more bungee cords for the pool cover.  It would be nice to go for a swim if the wasps haven't taken over.  Maybe I can put a bowl of soda out for the wasps so they won't bother us swimmers.  But, really, we should be working, not playing.  

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Never-ending Projects

It was the first 100 degree weekend and I was tempted to stay home but my car was full of supplies so off I went.  First, I picked up a few things outside because I don't want snakes hiding under them.  This guy was hiding under a piece of wood.  Good thing he wasn't a snake.

Isn't he cute?
After unloading the car, I brought my newly bought tarp to the pool.  The wasps were enjoying the water.  I attached my new tarp clips but only had 3 bungie cords so the cover only looked like this for 10 minutes until the wind blew one side in.  More bungie cords have been added to my shopping list.  I think a rope wrapped around the poles will help give me more attachment points.

My little water hoard.
 Next, I checked on the jacuzzi.  It had a foot of water in it for the last couple of weeks as well as a dead rat and tons of mosquitos.  You can thank me later for not showing you the photo.  I added bleach twice but the mosquitos were going strong and driving my crazy inside the mobile home (remember that hole I put in the water heater closet?  Ya, I still haven't finished covering it because I have to do the bathroom plumbing first and that hole is right above the jacuzzi.) I had to get over the ickiness and scoop the water out with a bucket.  All better now, until the next rain.  A cover is on my to-do list but it isn't a top priority.  Maybe I can just add mosquito fish?

Die, Mosquitoes, Die!
Next, I tried some trim and found that the 1"x 3" boards worked well in the living room.  The 1"x 4" boards will cover much ugliness on the hallway floor.  I figured out how many more I will have to buy and put up most of the ones that I had as well as finished some painting.  I can start to see what the finished room could look like.  Flooring will make a huge difference but I want to finish all of the painting first.

Almost ready to make it pretty.
 The only room that wasn't unbearably hot was the living room because of the A/C.  Even standing on a ladder made me sweat.  I was dreading doing anything more outside but I couldn't leave without starting on...The Pit of Despair.

The Pit of Despair.  Scary.
The Pit of Despair is the scary hole behind my block steps in to my new front door.  It smells like skunk under there and I am sure hides a den of rattlesnakes or other fearsome creatures.  The handyman quit before he finished the skirting and I need just a few more feet covered in order to close in my fence.  The handyman had been using an angle grinder to cut the cement panels.  I don't own an angle grinder and I read that the cement dust is terrible for the lungs.  Searching google for ways to cut backerboard, I stumbled on the suggestion of this nifty scoring tool for $10.  It got good ratings so I bought it even though I was skeptical.  Well, using my old fridge as a work bench and the grid on the back of the board, it only took three swipes with the tool to be able to snap the board in half.  I am thrilled that it worked!

Well worth the $10,
 I was dying from the heat but I was able to successfully attach one board in to place proving that I could do it myself.  That's one less "how am I going to do this?" in my head.  I will add 2 more pieces, paint, backfill, and then attack the step/porch project.  Or maybe we will be using cinderblock steps until it cools down in November.  At least I will be able to proceed with my fence.

I can do it!
I even had time this weekend to putter around my backyard at the house.  All of my plants need to be on the drip system before the end of July so I was consolidating and moving pots around.  5 more days of work before I attack the next project.  Maybe my niece will return to help, maybe not.  Either way, I'm still making progress.

Friday, May 29, 2015

My New Favorite: Ship-to-Store

I love short work weeks.  It is Friday already and than means I get to plan my to-do list for Saturday.  I want it to be a short list but every time I start thinking, the list grows and grows.  The plan was to go to Home Depot and pick up my ship-to-store orders today but one of them said it wouldn't arrive until tomorrow so I picked the rest of the stuff up yesterday.  I like the ship-to-store option because it is easier to find things online than it is in the store.  It is very frustrating to find something online and then go to the store to find out it is out of stock or not at that location.  Plus there is the added fun of wandering around hopelessly looking for an item and then trying to track down an associate who knows what I am talking about.  Yes, I know there is a Home Depot app that is supposed to tell me where everything is and if it is in stock but it drained my battery plus I don't have a data plan so ship to store is less hassle.

I bought an electrical wire cutter/stripper, ferrules, and a swaging tool.  Part of this journey includes learning new terminology like "ferrule" and "swaging".  It is hard to search for things online without the proper term.  Then today I got an email that said my last item, a digging bar, had arrived.  Well, too late.  I will pick that up later.  Also on my list was trim so I picked up some plain white 1"x3" and 1"x2" as well as some lattice strips.

The good news is that 8' long boards fit in my PT Cruiser.  I could even go 9' if I put them on the dashboard.  Too bad the back window doesn't open.  I could really haul long stuff if it could stick out the back.  I intend to tack these strips up and see how they look in different locations.  I need them to cover some ugly areas but I am hoping that I don't have to use wide pieces for the whole mobile home because I am running out of money.

Other than trim, I think I should try to work on the skirting.  I only need 2 pieces for the fenced in area.  I should be able to handle that. Also, the big tarp that I ordered for the pool arrived.  I want to cut a small hole in the center and glue on some screen so that water can go through.  I'm not sure if that is a good idea or not.  The pool cover that came with the pool has holes in it and the bees keep dying in the water.  I want bugs out but rainwater to go in.

Today was the last day of Sophomore high school for my nephew.  In 2 weeks he will go visit my sister in California and then 2 weeks later he will come here and help me decorate his room (or complain about the heat).  I changed my driver's license address online and I am waiting for my new license to come in the mail.  The high school hasn't posted the registration packet for next school year yet.  Once they do I will sign him up and then there will be no going back with this plan.  It will be 2 years of high school while living at my property and coming back to the "vacation home" in town for weekends and holidays.  I hope this plan works as well in reality as it does in my head.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Working Through the Weekend

The long weekend is over.  I got a lot done but it didn't seem like I got anything done at all.  On Friday, I picked up three 10' fence panels plus a 6' gate panel.  I would have loved a block wall but I don't have the time or money for a wall right now.  The ground between the mobile home and the barn-shed is uneven by about 4' so I have to do some digging.

Unfortunately, my fence panels don't quite reach all the way across the yard.  They are short by about 2'.  I'm not sure what I will do about that but I'm sure I'll think of something.  I need to buy another 4 panels for the other side of the yard.

I managed to get the window in.  The old metal mobile home siding is terrible to work with.  The outside looks pretty rough.  I'm sure some caulk and trim will help.

My mother helped with the painting this weekend.  The skirting looks much better brown.  I moved most of the dirt up against the skirting but it needs more work and I need to move all the big rocks out.  I would love to paint the outside of the mobile home but that is low on the priority list. 

  The current priorities are:  

Plumbing for the bathroom.  The sink has a drain now but it isn't connected to the main drain yet.  I bought connectors for the sink plumbing.  Next step, cut holes for the pipes in the vanity cabinet.  I still haven't tackled the water pump or water heater.

Continue working on fencing.  

Build stairs for front door.

Add interior trim.

Vinyl for floor.

And, a million little unfinished details.

And finally, this is a photo of my monster-hybrid sunflower.  I planted it for shade for my porch and it is certainly doing a good job.