rredpenn

Let's play with my Snazzy Garottage project

rredpenn
7 years ago
last modified: 6 years ago
We're building a carriage house (we prefer the term garottage) on a lot behind our house this summer. It will function as garage space (mainly boat/shed storage) with simple guest quarters above. Our original garottage is pictured above... Haha, it was truly a garROTage, built in 1940, I think. It was torn down last fall. Please don't bother telling me how to fix THAT garottage--IT'S GONE NOW! :) I used it as the dilemma icon to remind me how far we'll get with something "snazzier". :)

To be economical, we're planning on a 2-story structure. The new garottage must meet city code and have more living than garage space--61% living space--but the city is allowing a screened porch to count as living (Yay!) so we want to incorporate that on the structure. We hope to get 2br, 1 bath, a kitchen(ette) and laundry from the living space above, and a large-ish garage space below. This is a summer vacation spot and family/guest overflow space is what we're after!

We're meeting with the city planner and our builder/carpenter this weekend. We have some general ideas from looking at plans online, but have not purchased any yet. We'll know more soon about what we can and can't do after talking to our people here.

I don't have a specific dilemma/question yet, but started the thread to have a spot to be able to do that. I'm sure I'll have TONS of things I'll need opinions about! So, I'd appreciate any feedback as this project moves along! I'm terrible at envisioning things, and more terrible at decorating, so I hope the feedback, suggestions, advice and encouragement will keep me sane and make this a snazzy garottage worthy of the lovely setting it's on. Thank you! :)

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  • pickyvicky
    yesterday

    The only encounter I’ve ever had with a horse.....

    A friend in high school took me “camping” and planned a horseback ride. As a point of reference, this friend also laughed her head off and told me “a tree” when I asked where I could plug the curling iron in.... Anyhow, I was given the tamest horse who would follow the others along the trail and wouldn’t spook or buck. Thank goodness. I don’t think I relaxed the whole ride, sincerely afraid I’d make a wrong move. When dismounting, I didn’t realize where the feet were landing. Yup. It was a long, wilderness weekend where the only real memory was stepping in poo.

    Horse whisperer’s are special people.

    Mustangs with tires are safer for me.

  • fissfiss
    yesterday

    Duckie, what a fabulous day!

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  • ladma
    yesterday

    I sat on a horse once, for about 5 seconds. But somehow I could jump out of an airplane?

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    yesterday

    Lad that is crazy! Can you imagine being on a space walk? I'd feel so vulnerable... Of course, I feel that way under water, even in a swimming pool, too... LOL Totally out of my element.

    PV, that is hilarious. One learns quickly that way to look before you leap (off)...

    When I was a kid, at riding school, the valuable skill of getting off a horse immediately in an emergency was always taught. If the instructor yelled "Squirrel!" that was the cue to un-stirrup yourself and jump off, asap. The last one off was always the one who got to muck stalls that afternoon. LOL I got pretty good at emergency dismounts.

    Probably why I had such a bum leg, eh?

  • liasch
    yesterday

    I’m sure there will be a volcano in my future at some point… Whether it will be as grand as yours is an entirely different question however. It’s still chilly enough here to be concerned about frost and have a fire on in the evenings.

  • fissfiss
    yesterday

    Lia, we are in the middle of a long spell of fantastic, but seasonally appropriate May weather...mostly sunny, occasionally windy, the odd sun shower...but no frosts....After we come back from Seattle, about June 7...I will plant my containers, etc, etc...A) because dog sitters are wonderful people, but plant sitting is way harder....B) Memorial Day is pushing our last frost date...

  • liasch
    yesterday

    Moozie goes in and out several times at night, around dusk and before curfew, which is at 9:30. Every time she comes in she gets a couple of treats. And then asks to go right back out again of course. Eventually it’s last call. Then she runs upstairs and looks out the open window in the guest bedroom. The treats have to be served in a particular way, lol. They have to be served on the rug. I’ve tried putting them on a plate on a tray... but no. A treat is not a treat unless it’s on the carpet.

  • pickyvicky
    yesterday

    Yes, plants are hard to babysit. So are fish. Believe it or not.

    Yikes. Jumping out of an airplane? Nope. Got to get me on it first.

    Mustangs with tires more my style. 🤣

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    yesterday

    Having a fire in the evening sounds perfect tonight, but I'm just too tired! It was a busy day again today, but we are getting closer to being set up for summer. Just in time to have to wash all the pollen off everything outside. Ugh. My nose is still running but now it's less cold and more allergy. We really need some rain if just to wash the air and all this pollen away.

    I will be dreaming tonight about that little filly. I've already named her Sunny and have been daydreaming a future of visiting her daily with a bag of carrots... She was so sweet!

  • kcooz07
    yesterday

    Awww, would the owners let you visit Sunny on occasion? That would be cool.

  • marrymaid
    yesterday

    Still raining here. It has been a long dreary day and rain is expected all of next week. Rred the twins are right up your alley and I am glad that you had some special time with them. When you show up with goodies, they will recognize you every time.
    Wish that I’m had some deco or exciting updates to offer. Our updates are usually just the Littles and Big Littles. It is what keeps us going. Not many of our old previous friends are still here. We lived here previously with our girls were in high school.
    I do enjoy all of your happenings.

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    yesterday

    MM having the Big Littles and the Little Littles is a huge blessing, and I love to hear about them! The sports schedules and the graduations and next step plans... that is the stuff life is all about, imo.


    Kcooz, the woman was really nice and offered to let me to come back anytime, so I will have to do that. Sunny and her sorrel sister will be sold at some point, but not until the fillies are weaned and halter broken and can be led into a trailer, right? Socialization for them is important and I am a willing volunteer for that! Heck, hand me a curry comb and I'll do that too. ;) I'm good at picking out hooves, too, but it's been years.

  • fissfiss
    yesterday

    I love enjoying the next generation...TSFP is coming home to attend a wedding in August. I think we will end up with a houseful. Sadly, her friend who used to sales rep a sock company now works for a brewery...He used to bring nice socks as a hostess gift...beer will be fine, but not as long lasting.

  • pickyvicky
    yesterday

    Rred, this is exciting! Wow. Go buy the carrots, ASAP. It will be good for your soul after a hard year.

  • pickyvicky
    yesterday

    Fiss....wonderful news!

  • mamabear2014
    yesterday





  • glschisler
    yesterday

    😂😂mamabear!

  • nwduck
    yesterday

    Glad you all enjoyed the pictures. It really was a blast in more ways than one.


    The wedding shower today was also fabulous. The bridesmaid that put it all together could easily be a professional party planner. Artful, tasteful, pretty and really fun. I am so happy my niece could finally start her "wedding season".


    I can also report that my sister can talk without pause with no effort. Two hours down, two hours back and I hardly had to say a thing. LOL Loved seeing all three of my siblings, as it has been since Christmas of 2019. There was a pretty long group hug.

  • glschisler
    yesterday

    Fiss, I am so happy you get to see TSFP! Yay!

    RRed, a whole new hobby for you! I love looking at horses, but I have only ridden them a few times. I think the last time was when my SIL and I rode them on the beach in Cancun a few years ago, while the guys went deep sea fishing. Fun times😎

  • ladma
    yesterday

    The random pop up showers yesterday afternoon turned out to be a line of wild thunderstorms for an hour. I’m hoping I’d knocked down a lot of the pollen.

  • babophz
    21 hours ago

    Bouncer's face is priceless. Duckie, what you said about your sister reminded me of someone I heard described as the Orient Express, she would talk without pause as well, lol! Glad to hear you had such fun days! Yay for larger gatherings!

    The horse picture was very funny, rred!

  • liasch
    21 hours ago

    Those are great Memes mama bear and I saved a couple… I particularly enjoyed the cereal box one. What will kids do at breakfast without a cereal box?

    Haha on the mustangs, PV. I’m afraid I’m in the same category. My experience with horses is somewhat limited to my girlfriend and I jumping on the back, bareback, of an old workhorse up the road. She was completely horse crazy and I was completely unenthusiastic… there was plenty of opportunity growing up in Maine to be involved with horses, we even had stables in the neighbourhood but I don’t know what it is about horses. They’re a combination of primal and intelligent. An alien race that we have somehow domesticated. Sort of.

    TSFP is coming across the big water! That’s wonderful news. I can imagine just how much you want to see her!

    Ladma, I think those thunderstorms are headed my way at least according to the forecast. I had better get outside and get some thing done in the garden. No work on the staircase until the garden is not possible.

  • juliab51
    19 hours ago

    We could use some rain here. We went to Minnehaha Falls and the water was way down. It is still beautiful, though, and such a cool feature to have in a city park where everyone can enjoy it.



  • ladma
    16 hours ago

    We opened the pool. It will take a couple of days to clear the water, then we need to warm it up! I won’t be swimming for a while, the water was only 60. Some how when we were kids, and the ocean was 60 we thought the water was warm! It never got above 65 and my beach.

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    16 hours ago

    The lake is around 55 here and dumb Guffy swam anyhow. Then that night she had a “limber tail” attack (it’s a tail issue… hurts like heck. She basically acted like she had been stung on the bum but it lasted for hours). Limber tail can happen when a dog overexerts in such cold water. She is better now but we didn’t get much sleep a couple nights ago…

  • pickyvicky
    15 hours ago

    Beautiful Julia!

    We are set for a warm week. Finally.

  • fissfiss
    15 hours ago

    Nothing adds to the joy of Tax Day like one’s husband appearing and saying, “the toilet is blocked and the plunger did nothing.” Sigh....all flowing now....but the two young plumbers had to call the boss man. There was a hard blockage, but no obvious culprit flowed by when they got things moving again.

  • fissfiss
    15 hours ago

    Rred, that’s a new ailment for me! Fergus had a slight case of the terrier today....he tried to inhale a chipmunk out of a hole...there’s hope!

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    14 hours ago

    He has the cutest bum!!

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    13 hours ago
    last modified: 13 hours ago

    Yeah, Fiss, you should send DrTSFP this article so she can read up on "limber tail"... Lots of vets don't even know about it, but it's really common in Labradors and other sporting breeds, esp those that swim in icy water.

    https://www.ducks.org/hunting/retriever-training/a-lesson-in-limber-tail

    Since we've always had gun/swimming dogs, we have already had some experience with this problem and knew exactly what it was. Rest and a rimadyl or two has been taking care of it.

    I dunno why it's called "limber tail." Seems oxymoronic...isn't it that the tail isn't limber? Guffy was holding it down limply but at a slightly odd angle, and chasing/biting at it as if she had a bee sting. Then, she wouldn't lie down to sleep for quite a long time. I felt sorry for her, sort of.

    When she was a puppy, she attacked Batty too hard and did the SAME THING to my poor cat. Batty went around for a whole week with a limp tail, and that was so sad to see. So glad she recovered from that. A cat's tail is how they talk, y'know. It was like she was mute without her tail moving.

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    13 hours ago

    Well, we spent the day doing more yard work. I got the LFL flower bed cleaned up and cleared of all but three manageable sized clumps of bee balm. I put a bunch of the ones I dug out down on the bank where they can spread to their heart's content. Gave my neighbor a bucketful too. They looked pretty sorry by afternoon, so I billy goated a watering can down to the lake edge to get water for them. Lots of scaling the rocks and the slope there is harrowing; glad I don't have to do that very often...

    Planted three new peonies in the LFL bed too, where I had holes to fill, and popped in some marigolds, a few portulacas (moss roses) and alyssums for instant gratification near the road. I think I'm done with that whole side of the place for the summer now. Maybe?

    While we were putzing around, we burned more rotten boards of Jo's old dock. Slowly getting rid of that messy pile of dry rotted wood planks... hope by summer it's all gone. He spent the day doing tractor/chainsaw maintenance, and then chopped out four huge stumps that were in our way on the bank. Those willows sure are tenacious.

    Took a break to run the dogs to the DP for a hike around the perimeter and an hour or so of chuck-it for Guffy. Her behind is feeling much better, but I warned her, "No more swimming until the lake warms up a bit!"

    And now that we are all exhausted, the marina called and our boat is de-winterized and ready to pick up. But, but, now it's dinnertime! We'll just go tomorrow. Too bushed to do that tonight. Darn it! Been waiting around all day for that call!

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    12 hours ago
    last modified: 12 hours ago

    LOL So we ate, and then he goes, "I'm gonna walk to the marina and get the boat..." (It's in the water there, waiting...) He's like a little kid and can't wait any longer...even tho he's as dog tired as me. It's just a 15 minute walk. I offered to drive him there and drop him off, but no. He pointed out that I'm already in my PJ's... LOL Guess I'll walk down to the dock in a little while and meet him when he floats in. LOL

  • marrymaid
    11 hours ago

    I am trying to be a little more vigilant but no promise. Fiss, it is wonderful that TSFP will be over for a visit and mama, great Memes as usual. Julia, those falls a beautiful! There is something that I always love with water. Ladma, opening the pool, yes. When we lived in FL, we sure enjoyed ours. We knew that we wouldn’t be there long and needed one to be able to sell. It would have been a great place to retire but needed to be closer to family. Red, glad that the marina is close as I understand. One game was rained out tonight and will see what the rest of the week offers. Red, I forgot to mention that YD will be happy to know that Rimadyl is a success.

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    11 hours ago
    last modified: 11 hours ago

    LOL He walked back home. It didn't start for him. LOL-poor guy. Must be some kind of kill switch thing he doesn't yet know about. He said the engine was warm, bc the marina had just had it running... but the mechanics are all gone now for the day, of course. Sigh. Kind of a funny first date with it for him... memorable anyhow. LOLOL Tomorrow, then...

  • stryker
    11 hours ago

    Maybe the term started as "limper" tail.

    Sunny sure is cute. When I saw the notification for that pic in the hot mess (missed it there, so didn't get to see it big)...WTH? Now I know whose nose was next to your face. I have fantasies that you will buy her.

    Hello everybody. I hope you get my "likes" so you can see I've read and appreciated your comments.

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    11 hours ago

    MM, things are sure pretty and green at your place! Rain would be so welcome here. Everything here needs a deep drink. I'm being as frugal with the water as possible w all the new plants... I did get out the hose and wet the flower bed all down as long as I could, but the lawn and all the existing-in-ground stuff hasn't been watered. As long as it stays cool... it'll be ok.

    Julia, that waterfall is awesome. Love the name. Minnehaha is so fun to say! Just saying it makes one smile... :)


    Lad, the pool just having water in it has to feel/look like spring/summer! Our neighbor at home base has already had the grandkids swimming in his! (He must run that heater hot! We've only had a couple days warm enough, imo...)


    Duckie I am trying to picture you in a car for hours w your sister where YOU are the quiet one. LOLOL

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    11 hours ago

    Stryker, I have seen your thumbs ups! "Sunny" is already sold, I think, but yeah... what a daydream for me. LOL I'd love to raise a filly up from scratch like that. And she is so stinkin' cute! She'll be a pretty mare, I think. Such long eyelashes too. Sigh...

    Otherhalf would not allow it. He'd never see me again. LOL

  • mamabear2014
    11 hours ago

    Pretty yard MM!

    Julia, I loved the photos of the falls. What a view.

    rred, bummer on the boat retrieval.

    We went to another ball game. But rain moved in. They only played 2 innings. He got bonked on the shoulder and got a good hit. He mostly played first base and he is pretty good there. Outfield is not for him. LOL

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    11 hours ago
    last modified: 11 hours ago

    Boats are like that... they all have their quirks. This one hasn't yet revealed all hers yet. Heck, I haven't even seen her in the water yet. Well, he got THAT CLOSE tonight... he undid the cover, got in and did all he could to try to start it... nuthin! So, then he buttoned it all back up, and walked home. LOLOL

    It just sounds like a cold first date experience when I put it that way. LMAO

  • stryker
    11 hours ago

    I just looked at the HM photo notification again. That pic is hilarious. Wish I'd had a chance to see it big.

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    11 hours ago

    ok I'll put it back in there, Stryker... :)

  • stryker
    11 hours ago

    :-)

  • stryker
    11 hours ago

    OMG that is so messed up. I love it.

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    11 hours ago

    She gotta lotta whiskers! LOL

    I was crouching low so she wasn't intimidated by my height (or lack thereof) and that was the ticket. I was holding the camera up from my lap, so a weird, accidental selfie from below looking up.

    This was after she came cautiously over to investigate me. First she lipped at my hair, and then she and I shared air through our noses for a good long time...

    Satisfied, she let me touch, and then when I hit an itchy spot in her mane, she wouldn't leave me alone...

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    11 hours ago
    last modified: 11 hours ago

    That pic was taken when we were "sharing air..." LOL

    Horses like to do that. They sniff at your nose, and you breathe in their noses... deep breathing is calming for them, or it's the way they say hello, or something.

  • stryker
    10 hours ago

    Yep on the sharing air.

    That pic is the "I'm about to be eaten" grass view.

  • glschisler
    10 hours ago

    Glad to see you Stryker! You too MM and a pretty yard.😊

    Julia, those falls are beautiful!

    RRed, you sure do a lot of hard work! And that is too bad the first date didn’t go as planned. As for limber tail, see, I continue to learn something new every day!

  • glschisler
    10 hours ago

    Fiss, Fergus is quite the hunter. 😃

  • fissfiss
    10 hours ago

    It’s a good thing you can’t just walk into a boat yard and drive away, right?

  • rredpenn
    Original Author
    54 minutes ago
    last modified: 52 minutes ago

    LOL Fiss, they put it in the water for us so we could walk into the boat yard and drive it away...

    I guess that is what we'll be doing today!

    https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/acute-caudal-myopathy-limber-tail

    And, here's another limber tail article for DrTSFP's edification. :)