About a year ago I spent a few weeks patching the back wall of our basement cage with Drylok hydraulic cement and painting on 2 coats of Drylok masonry waterproofer. It held up really well until this past March when we had two back to back major floods, once which left our basement under 4″ of water.
About 4 years ago I washed the green algae and moss off our plastic [came with the house] yard fence. The fence gives privacy to both back yards belonging to our condo building. It’s taken about 4 years for it to get gross again. I only cleaned our part… sorry Kathy! It took 2 hours of constant scrubbing with a sponge dipped in white vinegar and hot water, followed by hosing off each section as I went. It was exhausting, but it HAD to be done
Ever since building the catio in 2015, it hasn’t needed much care. Last summer I swapped out the chicken wire for welded wire and added a homemade sleeping box. The catio still looks great and has no structural damage, despite some carpenter bees spending an uncomfortable amount of time investigating it lately. But some of the staples had pulled out over the winter.
One of the items on my 2018 Projects list was to build a platform outside one of the dining room windows so the squirrels and birds would have a nice place to eat and so the cats could watch from inside. I actually built and installed the platform back in March but haven’t posted about it until now, which gave me time to take lots of action shots 🙂
So we had 2 power outages last week. And it totally never occurred to me that our sump pumps wouldn’t work… until my mom mentioned it. That was a total DUH moment for me! In the 6 years I’ve lived here we’ve never had a power outage lasting longer than an hour or 2. And never during a record-breaking storm surge.