Monday, June 1, 2009

A Personal Chat

The sounds of heavy equipment running.

Hi there, thanks for stopping by.

As you can see, I've been cleaning up my work area.

This is the clearest my work bench has been in many moons. I've got some other projects, but a cleaned construction site is a good way to started.

Let me move this dumpster out of the way, and if you have a few minutes, I'd like to talk to you.

Make yourself comfortable.

I really don't know where to began. The other day, when I went to pick up my stuff at Clara's Coffee Shoppe, Clara explained something to me that I was completely unaware of. Miss C said that a lot of the girls around here find me to be attractive. That's why they followed me to the pool. This information also explains why I was doing so many service calls on garbage disposals. I was rather embarrassed by this news. There are some very attractive young ladies living in this area, but I had not really given them any thought. Let me explain why.

When I was attending M. I. T. (Miniatura Institute of Technology) , there was a girl there that I adored. Maxine was the greatest! She could pick up a dime with a front loader! I've seen her parallel park a folk-lift. Watching her operate a Jack-hammer was like watching a ballet. She was just plain amazing! We dated for a little while, and then she moved on to that great construction company in the sky. As I recall, the name of the company was GREAT WHITE CLOUD ESTATES. They specialize in residence for flying fairies and pixies. We lost contact with each other, but she still holds a special place in my heart.

Now that I'm aware of the situation with the neighborhood girls, I've got some thinking to do. I'm not sure that there is any one of them that I would be interested in.

Of course I could be lying. Be seeing you soon.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Pumpkin Project (Part 4)

C.J. singing softly "This job is done" (to the tune of our day will come).

Still singing while putting the finishing touch on the last window.

Hi! I didn't hear you arrive.

I'm sure glad that this project is over. Doubt if I'll ever build another pumpkin house. There are just too many problems in the design of this type of structure.

I think the "Pumpkin House" came out pretty good. The true test will of course be what the customer thinks. Silvana is due here shortly, in fact here she is now.

C.J.: "Welcome, Silvana. What do you think of your pumpkin house?"

Silvana: "I am impressed! It really looks like what I wanted. Can we go inside?"

Silvana: "I'm sorry C.J., but it is so small inside. I'm afraid that my furniture will not fit. I am really sorry, the workmanship is great, but it just won't do. Could you possibly find a buyer for me?"

C.J.: "I'll see what I can do".

If you know of a pixie looking for a home, have them contact Pixielated Builders & Realty at the number listed on the "For Sale " sign.


Clara from the Coffee Shoppe called and asked if I could stop by.

When I arrived, Clara told my that she was in possession of the items I had left at the Pool, when I escaped the "crowd".

Clara is a real down to earth individual, and I asked her about the "pool crashers".

I got my life preserver and flip-flops, and some information that really embarrassed me. I've got some things to think over. Maybe I'll share Clara's insight, with you next time.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Pumpkin Project (Part #3)

This new floor gives more headroom, but less flat floor space. I do think it is a large improvement from my first design.

I think that I've got a handle on the window problem also. It requires building some extra framing. The test on the old pumpkin seems to work. A trip to Norm's Dollhouse is in order, as I'm short on framing material. Think I'll visit the Pool again.

I decided to take the long way, since it is such a nice day. The scenery is really nice, also.

Strange, I feel like someone is watching me. Oh well, I'm relaxing, no time to worry about it.

Almost there. I sure have been enjoying these pool visits.

This is great! The pool is very quiet, think I'll take a little nap.

(Loud music from a boombox)


Where did this crowd come from?

Multiple female voices " Hi, C. J."

Why is it only crowded in this area of the pool?

I don't understand, but I'm going to get out of here!

I think I left my flip-flops, but I'm not going back.

Seems that I may have to start spending more time building and less time relaxing.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Pumpkin Project (Part 2)

Some projects go easy, others hit a snag sometimes, but I've never run into a job where there is one problem after another. I managed to get a floor into the pumpkin, the problems are that it does not leave much head clearance and does not fit flush with the sides.

I don't like the way it will fit against the cut out section, either. I may end-up getting another pumpkin and starting over. The next problem appears to be fitting flat windows into a curved side.

That's it! I'm taking a break. A friend of mine is getting a swimming pool into shape for Summer usage. He told me to stop by when I got a chance. This is CHANCE! I'm going to load up my stuff and go relax by the swimming hole.

It was a long drive, but here is the gate.

My friend wasn't around, but had given me instruction on getting into the pool area. It looks pretty deserted.

I found a nice area and set up my beach chair, umbrella, and some liquid refreshment. This is really relaxing.

I spent about a half-hour in the sun. It was pretty bright and I decided to pack up and leave. I get sun burned very easy, and decided it was a wise decision.

It was so nice to relax, that I thought I would do a little 4-wheeling on the way home.

This has been Great!

I got an idea as I drove into the sunset. I'll let you know about it in my next entry.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Pumpkin Project (Part 1)

Pixielated Builders has always specialized in Unique homes for Unique pixies. This next project is about as "UNIQUE" as it gets.

Pixielated Builders has a new client, she has requested that we build her a house made from a pumpkin. I've explained that pumpkins are not available at this time of year, and we will have a better chance of finding a pumpkin in the fall. She is not willing to wait that long, and has agreed to find the pumpkin needed. I wish our motto was "Normal houses for normal Pixies'.

I was surprised, but Silvana found a pumpkin. That's her perched on top of the"Great Pumpkin". She sometimes fills in for the Tooth Fairy, which explains her wings.

So we have the pumpkin, but we had additional problems. Try going to your city/county offices and try to get a building permit to make a residence out of a pumpkin. Talk about "orange" tape. There are no building regulations covering this type of structure in any records for this county.

I finally had a "bright idea". You may remember the nursery rhyme:
Peter, Peter, pumpkin eater,
Had a wife and couldn't keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well.

By doing a google search, I located Mr. Pumpkin Eater. He graciously provided me with the original drawings for his wife's house. It took awhile for the Fae city counsel to review and finally approved his plans, as an acceptable structure. Then we had to resubmit plans with the modifications that fit Silvana's ideas of her perfect home. that took more time, but we are now able to move forward with the "Pumpkin Project".

We marked off a rather large section in the rear wall as we will be cutting it out .

As you'll notice, we have the heavy equipment standing by. The crane for lifting the section and the front loader and truck to help with the disposal of the innards.

Taelyn has had some experience with pumpkins (as this file photo shows) and indicated that they can be very messy.

For a Tooth Fairy stand-in, Silvana is pretty sneaky. She could have let me know that this was a Styrofoam pumpkin and had no innards.

Maybe things are turning around and this project won't be as bad as I had thought.

Friday, April 10, 2009

A Home for Miss Hitty ( Part 7) Finally

Hi there, visitors. I hope that you did not report me as a "missing person". My disappearance had to do with a quest to find the right building material for the next "Pixielated Builders" project. For now I'll just say that the item was out of season in this part of the country.

I did get back just in time to welcome Miss Hitty to her new home. Dad and the Phist Bros., finished it during my absence.

Sorry, but the photos Dad took during my trip, did not come out. I am posting before and after pictures of the remodel.

The front.

The side.

The interior.

I think this project, turned out very well.

Thanks for your patience, I'll try hard to keep you current from now on.