Another Autumnal Delight

How is this trio of trees for color?  On a little walk in the front “yard” (woods) I  kept looking upwards and found these trees all in the same vicinity.  I think they posed quite nicely.  On the left is a Maple,  the center is a White Oak, and the tree on the right is what my brother, Bob, calls a Pignut Hickory.  I took these photos on Monday.  Yesterday it rained nearly nonstop the entire day and today was just downright dismal!

We worked on the camper today and finally completed our makeover.  The work was long and tedious, but the camper looks fantastic and there is no telltale odor from the water damage.  I was impressed.  I thought Mark was taking on a far too complicated job when he decided to try to repair one of the wall panels that had become delaminated.  When our friend Ben and our Ben removed the panel from the wall, it was like removing strands of toothpicks.  With Mark’s tenacity, he meticulously glued the strands back in place.  Where there was a void with no material to work with, he built the panel up.  After each session (and there were many!) he would add a layer of plastic wrap over the panel so any oozey glue would not stick to anything, then he placed buckets filled with gravel to weight all the work down and compress the panel.

The carpet had to be torn out and replaced, along with a section of floor that got wet and disintegrated.  The plywood was replaced and Mark labored over trying to find a good piece of carpeting.  It is incredible just how hard it was to find a match.  I wanted a carpet that was more “dirt friendly”, that is, less likely to show every little bit of dirt that came in like the previous carpet.  Mark was concerned about finding a good quality rug that was similar in height to the previous one.  One day, he and Ben went to Home Depot and found the perfect carpet.  I was a bound rug but was the right size.  We had to purchase a few carpet installing tools and the guys also found a great padding for under the carpet.

The carpet had a curve when it was installed originally and I told Mark it really didn’t matter to me how they installed it.  Well, not wanting to mess up the original design, Ben did a fantastic job of  replicating the original installation.  I was in awe!  The carpet could not look any more professional than it does.  Kudos to Ben for his great work!  I must add than in the process of all this, the sofa had to be removed as well.  The original installation of the sofa left some to be desired, so Ben built a ledger strip on one wall to give the sofa a bit more strength and durability.

There were many, many more little steps along the way….and things that needed to be replaced or repaired.  The front of the oven had some rust on it, so Mark removed the panel and repaired and painted it.  We put up a new miniblind near the door, as Angus used to go ballistic when he watched out the window and saw other people or dogs nearby.  There were other picky little jobs, like replacing wooden plugs on a handle inside the door.  All the little jobs added up to many hours spent!  But the camper actually looks as good as it did when we bought it some nine years ago!

We bought that camper so we could travel with our little Angus and not have to leave him behind at a kennel. We called it our little travelling doghouse on wheels.  We went all the way to near Philadelphia to purchase the camper.  On our way home, we decided to stop at Corning Glass for a tour.  I placed Angus who was all of five or six months old, into a little plastic kennel.  The wee puppy would be safe in his kennel in the bedroom.  The air was cool and we had a fantastic fan installed just for our Angus.

When we returned from our tour, boy, were we surprised!  Our little Angus proved to be quite the Houdini!   I had failed to secure the top tightly in place and the rambuntious little pup managed to “pop the top”!  I opened the door and was greeted by a wild little pup who raced from one end of the little camper to the next,  joyously greeting me!  Angus loved that camper.  If the table was up, he would hop up on it so he could survey his kingdom from the highest point.  And yes, he also sat in the chair and lunged at the window, making a mess of the (cheap) minblinds.

Murphy now rules over the kingdom, but he is happy to just ignore what is happening outside.  He merely awaits the next morsel to fall inside the camper….

We winterized the camper and it will be placed on its little plateau for the winter. Oh, it feels so good to have completed this project!  Phew!