The Adventures Of IndeMoJo: October: Summer Wind Down

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The Adventures Of IndeMoJo: October: Summer Wind Down 1

The Adventures Of IndeMoJo: October: Summer Wind Down

Well. These are not so much adventures (right now) as they are just rehashings of all the things I’ve been doing around the house since I bought my new home in Independence, MO.

I’ll continue with what I accomplished in October. As the saying goes: “All the news that fits.”

It’s just days away from Christmas 2022, and it will be strange not spending it with my mom, or my family back in NJ. Christmas & New Years now, will forever be tied with my Mom passing away. I lived with my mom for three years before she passed away January 3, 2022 at the age of 94. So it has not been that long, & is still pretty fresh in my mind & my heart.

But without her passing I wouldn’t have my new home, or even the opportunity to own a home again. It’s bitter & it’s sweet.

And with that … here are the further “adventures” of IndeMoJo.

October 5, 2022 @ 6:40 PM
The Hill At Sunset
The Hill At Sunset

#joProjects: The Hill At Sunset

Well … it’s finally done! Cleared, cardboarded, and mulched. Ordered 8 cubic yards more to finish the entire thing. Of course I have mulch left over. But that’s okay.

Just loved the way the sun was hitting the tree and its fall colors—just starting to turn. Is it really fall???

I had more plans to plant, but I returned them & got my money back. I’m done with planting for this (my first) season in my new home. Though a couple more hydrangeas might happen. The back hill looks so empty. 😝

#gardening #mulch #hydrangea #sunset #fallcolors

October 8, 2022 @ 6:20 PM
Done Done Done!
#joProjects: Hill = Done! Done! Done! (for this season at least)

I was up at 7:00 AM and out in the 37° morning by 8:00 AM—coffee in hand—to finish this damn hill. And finish I did.

At one point I took a break. The sun was so beautiful coming through the trees I just had to record it. It felt so good to be basking in this morning sun & worshiping not only my surroundings, but worshiping in the House of Bruce. I was listening to Bruce live at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ circa 09/19/1978. Together—what a heady brew!

Meanwhile back to reality … I had to pull up all the mulch in this only section that wasn’t cardboarded, haul all that to a pile on the other side of the backyard. Then I cardboarded the entire area & used up all the remaining mulch from this new 8 cu/ft delivery.
It took me several days to get this section done. It was a lot of hard work! Not that I mind. Just the facts, Jack!

And so … the hill is done. I am done. The only thing on my agenda is to get contractors here to quote on driveway, windows, and gutters. I’ll be content to watch others work for a change! 😝

#gardening #garden #mulch #mulching #finishedproject #finishedprojects #flowers #sunrise #joPhotos

Done Done Done!

Ken Wiener: No pumpkin patch?

October 01

October 8, 2022 @ 7:30 PM

Joe Streno: Maybe next season. I’ve done enough.

October 02

October 8, 2022 @ 8:50 PM

Tom Quinlavin: Real nice Joey, real Jersey nice. ❤️

October 03

October 8, 2022 @ 8:08 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: What a huge improvement from the house you bought to the home you have made ❤️❤️❤️

October 04

October 05

October 9, 2022 @ 10:29 AM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Susan! It’s getting there. Just got a quote for a new concrete driveway and sidewalk replacements.

OUCH! It’s the biggest job to get done before the first snow.

I’ve started winding down on all the yard work & am cleaning up & putting things away already for winter. Feels good!

I’ll have to figure what to do to occupy my time with no yard work to tackle. 😆

October 06

October 9, 2022 @ 11:19 AM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Joe I’ll teach you to knit or bead!😉

October 07

October 9, 2022 @ 10:29 AM

Brenda Siegelman: That’s leaf raking , turning over garden compost and snow shoveling time coming up . Take some r&r for good behavior?
October 9, 2022 @ 4:35 PM

Joe Streno: Brenda … getting ready for fall & winter—most def! There are so many trees around my property & in neighboring yards, I’ll just wait for most or all the leaves to fall, then use my electric blower to corral them to the lawn area, then use the electric mower to collect & mulch all at once.

I will also have/make time off for EXCELLENT behavior.😉 I’ve done a LOT of work since moving in May 18th. Wowzer!

Though I might have one more project up my sleeve: I want to put up 5 ft high welded wire fencing, with metal U post supports along the top of the hill to keep the neighbors dogs from trodding through my hill mulch & garden. We’ll see. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Plus I can plant morning glories, climbing roses, and other climbing plants to help block out the house next door. Win win! 👍😃👍

October 08

October 9, 2022 @ 6:21 PM

Phyllis Stein: TJoe, it’s looking great. I know this is hard work. It’s hard to even coordinate when you use landscapers. Make sure the plants you’re putting in can survive the weather in your area.

October 09

October 10, 2022 @ 8:14 PM
October 8, 2022 @ 6:27 PM
Post Punk Apocalyptic Urban Gardener
Post Punk Apocalyptic Urban Gardener

Having a dust bowl, post-punk-apocalyptic-urban-farmer/gardener moment. 👍😎👍

This batch of mulch was incredibly dry & dusty. Sure didn’t need to breathe that in! Safety first, baby! 😷😷😷

#joPhoto #selfie #postpunkapocalipticurbanfarmer

October 8, 2022 @ 7:02 PM
The Hill: Panoramas
Just shot these panoramas of the yard—back & side. Wish the rental house next door was nicer to look at … but it is what it is. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
The Hill: Panoramas

Charlie Maraiar: Plant tall bushes at top of slope.

October 10

October 9, 2022 @ 9:56 AM

Joe Streno: Was thinking that. But nothing that needs trimming or maintenance.

I was thinking maybe welded wire fence and posts, then grow climbing plants, morning glories, roses, etc. We’ll see how it develops. Fence will also keep the neighbor’s dogs off MY hill. lol

Also found out that half of the hill is not mine & belongs to the other house. D’oh! But in 8 years, if I take care of it, it’s mine. Or so I’m told. Some squatter’s law. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Either way … it improves curb appeal & property value for us both. And the owner is okay with what I’ve done. 👍

October 11

October 9, 2022 @ 11:25 AM

Charlie Maraia: Joe Streno arborvitae grow tall and fairly quick. Unless you have deer. But you’d have to ask your neighbors since you’d probably want to plant further up than’d have to be careful of how wide they grow so they don’t invade their driveway.

October 12

October 9, 2022 @ 2:59 PM
October 11, 2022 @ 11:37 AM
Happy Heavenly 95th Birthday Mom.
October 13

Happy 95th Birthday, Mom … and your 1st in heaven. Thinking of you & missing you on your special day. Hope you are having a heavenly celebration with Dad, Nettie & Milan, Joe & Ann, and all the rest of your forever friends, and family. Sure wish you were here to celebrate with your earthly family & friends. But either way … we all still love you! ❤️💔❤️💔

October 13, 2022 @ 4:40 PM
#joProjects: Moving Indoors
#joProjects: Moving Indoors

So with Fall falling & temps dropping, time to move things indoors.

I started with shopvaccing the entire basement. There was still residual dust from the main beam replacement, mixed with fiberglass dust, and other assorted detritus.

Once that was done I moved all the boxes that were on the floor to the cement shelf above. Gained a lot of floor space! 👍

I then bought a shelving unit assembled & filled it.
I also moved all my garden tools into the basement as well. Kind of mind boggling to see them all in one place.

I also used my new saw horses to set up a nice little work table, using a spare HEAVY wood door as the top. 👍

It’s nice to see the whole place so cleaned and organized, on top of how the joist insulation, netting, pipe & HVAC insulation wrapping looks. Awesome!
Still moving things in … but you get the idea. 😃

#basement #tools #shelvingunit #shelving #storage #fallcleanup #fallcleaning

#joProjects: Moving Indoors
October 15, 2022 @ 12:47 PM
#joProjects: Moving Indoors
I love buying other people’s art. Especially art that makes me smile every time I see it! ❤️😃❤️

“Citrobot” by Trevor Toney also gave me chills unwrapping it and taking it out of its shipping box. That’s a very rare thing! 👍😎👍

Now Citrobot is chillin’ with Modern Man waiting for the appropriate place to be hung. Wherever it goes I want to be able to see it all the time!

Um …. can you tell … ME LIKEY!!!!

#art #midcenturymodern #wood #woodart #modernart #awesomeness #respect #talent #Citrobot @Trevor Toney Furniture @Kristen Kieffer @Kristen Kieffer Ceramics

October 14

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Me likey too!

October 15

October 15, 2022 @ 2:15 PM
October 15, 2022 @ 12:47 PM
#joProjects: Gutters Removed
#joProjects: #Gutters: Out with the old. In with the new. 👍

Took down all the worthless plastic gutters. On the sides of the house. Only place they were. Of course the facia boards were not painted.

I painted all the facia around the entire house, while also doing minor wood anchoring in places needing it.

I’m ready for new gutters & downspouts around the entire place on Tuesday. Awesomeness!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

#aluminumgutters #newhome #newhomeowner #faciaboard #painting #exterior

#joProjects: Gutters Remove

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Your home is really looking beautiful

October 16

October 16, 2022 @ 4:11 PM

Joe Streno: Thank you, Eileen! Day by day. 👍

October 17

October 16, 2022 @ 4:13 PM

Carolyne Mas: So proud of you!

October 18

October 16, 2022 @ 4:25 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Carolyne! It’s my home now … so it needs some TLC. ❤️❤️❤️

October 19

October 16, 2022 @ 4:28 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Carolyne so agree. Joe your house is worth so much more now with all of your hard work
October 16, 2022 @ 4:51 PM

Stuart McArtney: Good work Joe Streno ! 👏👏

October 20

October 16, 2022 @ 4:33 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Stuart. One job at a time. 👍

October 21

October 16, 2022 @ 4:50 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Susan! May end up putting in more $$$ than it will be worth. Guess time will tell. Just trying to make it livable & lovable for me.

Next big item: new cement drive & sidewalks. After that I’m tapped … and done for quite some time. Big ticket item-wise. lol

But I like how it’s shaping up. And with the place being newly insulated and made air tight, it’s mighty cozy now.

October 22

October 16, 2022 @ 4:56 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Joe we’re supposed to have our first snow tomorrow mixed with rain!😳 ugh…. Welcome to the Midwest. I took my geraniums in a few days ago because of frost warnings. Stay warm my friend

October 23

October 16, 2022 @ 9:02 PM

Charlie Maraia: I got my Kubota stuck in a mud pit by the pond. Took hours to get it out. I hate painting(although I did it for a living), but I wish I was painting as opposed to laying in mud.

October 24

October 16, 2022 @ 6:31 PM

Joe Streno: Bummer dude! Had to Google Kubota … had no idea. lol

Don’t even know the last time I had to paint … probably when we bought our condo in Seattle 14 years ago? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

October 16, 2022 @ 7:19 PM

Charlie Maraia: Life goes on…listening to Style Council…brings back memories

October 25

October 16, 2022 @ 7:20 PM

Tom Quinlavin: Such a great house!

October 26

October 16, 2022 @ 7:28 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Tom! It is a pretty cool little house. Me & the kitties like it lots! Big(ish) yard too. Now if I could reroute the trains … even better. 😝

October 27

October 16, 2022 @ 7:31 PM
October 16, 2022 @ 4:48 PM
IndeMoJo: Relaxing? What’s That?
#IndeMoJo : just chillin’ on my front porch. The chair was my mom’s. The cats use to love it! When she passed, I claimed the chair.

Sadly(?) it would not fit anywhere in my new home. It sat in my basement since moving in in May.

After cleaning off the porch at the end of summer & cleaning the basement, I decided to use the chair on my front porch. Great idea! Now I can relax and enjoy the fall weather & my neighborhood. 👍

Win, win! (not so much for the cats 😼😼😼) 😝

#relax #relaxing #enjoying #enjoyinglife #fall #fallweather

October 28

Lori Rembetski: You could always enclose the porch so the cats could use the chair. 😀

October 29

October 30

October 16, 2022 @ 4:56 PM

Joe Streno: Lori … I’ll get right on that!

October 31

October 16, 2022 @ 4:58 PM

Lori Rembetski: Joe Streno They’ll be happy! And if your kitties are happy you are happy.

October 32

October 16, 2022 @ 4:59 PM

Marjorie Richards: I used to have a *satellite dish* chair! I loved it.

October 33

October 16, 2022 @ 7:50 PM

Diane Streno Clark: FYI it was mine originally when my living room furniture was replaced I bought it at Pier 1. I Always loved that chair. It didn’t fit in living room when I replaced my “beachy “ themed stuff so mom took it.

October 34

October 25, 2022 @ 11:27 PM
October 18, 2022 @ 8:44 AM
October 35

Joe Streno: Still waiting for the gutter installers. They were supposed to be here at 7 AM. Seems it’s too cold for these Missouri snowflakes! They might be here between 9-10 AM—maybe. ❄️🖕❄️🖕❄️🖕❄️

October 36

October 18, 2022 @ 8:51 AM
October 18, 2022 @ 1:46 PM
#joProjects: Gutters = DONE DONE DONE!
#joProjects: #Gutters = DONE DONE DONE!

It was a brisk day (read: in the 20s) here in IndeMo. The installers got here around 9-ish AM.

They did what they came for. Did a little “creative problem solving”, & did an excellent job installing all the gutters and downspouts.

Letting the days go by, water flowing in brand new gutters …

One more job down … and one or two more to go: driveway/sidewalks & or window replacements.

Oh … and they carted away & cleaned up all the plastic gutters I took down. They even took the satellite dish I took off the roof, because I asked one of the workers in passing. Awesome! 👍

#aluminumgutters. #downspout #newhome #newhomeowner #construction

#joProjects: Gutters = DONE DONE DONE

Claire Lorenzetti Schreck: Coming along 👍…not that you asked 😆, if you can’t do both, I would do the window replacements and power wash the drive and walk ways…with the cost of heat and winter coming would be more cost efficient

October 37

October 18, 2022 @ 2:18 PM

Joe Streno: Claire … power washing the mud & gravel driveway … now that would be a trick! 😂🤣😂🤣😂
October 18, 2022 @ 2:27 PM

Claire Lorenzetti Schreck: Joe Streno 😆 didn’t know that
October 18, 2022 @ 2:28 PM

Joe Streno: Claire … welcome to my world. lol
October 18, 2022 @ 2:29 PM

Tom Quinlavin: Looks great, now for some rain, 90 degrees in ca. tomorrow

October 38

October 18, 2022 @ 3:42 PM

Joe Streno: 90° is long gone in this neck of the woods. Couldn’t believe it was in the 20s this morning. 🥶🥶🥶

October 39

October 18, 2022 @ 2:29 PM

Chris Gibson: Looks really good

October 40

October 18, 2022 @ 5:59 PM

Joe Streno: Chris Gibson … Thanks! The cats helped too. They supervised. 😼😼😼

October 41

October 18, 2022 @ 6:22 PM
October 20, 2022 @ 8:09 PM
Got double vaxxed today!
Got double vaxxed today!
COVID Pfizer bivalent booster & my high dose flu shot. 💉💪💉
October 42

Brenda Siegelman: Yay , and thank you . I did both last week ,and am really glad I did .

October 43

October 20, 2022 @ 9:37 PM

Joe Streno: Brenda … I only found out about the new booster days ago. The sad thing is that though it may help with previous versions of Omicron variants, it may not help with the new BQ.1, BQ.1.1, and other “Scrabble variants”. COVID is so insidious the way it constantly mutates.

But we do what we can do to keep ourselves & others safe. And I get my flu shot every year.

First time I’ve gotten two together. Now let’s see what my left arm feels like tomorrow. May eat some ibuprofen tonight. 👍

October 20, 2022 @ 10:15 PM

Brenda Siegelman: Ibuprofen is a great thing to do , I took naproxen , it helped . I get hungry for hot , spicy food after boosters , who knows why ?

Yes , the mutations and variants are the stuff nightmares are made of . I had Moderna since the first vaccine , through all boosters until last week when they said going with Pfizer would offer even more protection they wanted me to mix vaccine ( for extra goodness ? ), sounded logical , so I did that . I has the super double flu shot again this year , at the same time as the covid vax . My arms were not terribly sore , but I did need a full day of rest . It happens .

I am traveling into some fairly crowded places, bus to Boston , train to Philly during playoffs ,and then there is the gig . . . I trust my n-95 , bzk wipes and the bivalent booster plus the flu shot to help make this safe as possible .

I packed plenty of test kits , and tested negative a couple hours ago . I hate the idea of a new variant , and cases going up – but need to do my work .

October 44

October 21, 2022 @ 12:04 AM

Lori Rembetski: Got my flu, have to wait on my covid.

October 45

October 21, 2022 @ 8:43 AM
October 23, 2022 @ 5:38 PM
The Hill At Sunset
#joProjects: Gutter Guards Installation 👍
New seamless aluminum gutters & downspouts were done the other day.

I decided to install powder coated galvanized steel gutter guards myself.

Went to Lowe’s very early this morning and bought fifty-four 3ft guards. Came home and started installing.

Got both sides and the back of the house completed, before it started raining. Good timing? No?

Plus my left ankle is killing me from climbing up and down the ladder all day in my new 🥾🥾. But I’ve been having problems with it for a while. Just aggravated it more today. It’s the price of admission for the job & old age. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

At least I’ll eliminate having to clean out the gutters all the time. Bonus points!

Next project: digging a trench to connect all the gutter downspouts and my sump pump pipe on the driveway side of the house. It will go from the front of the house to half way into the yard. I’m doing it this way because there is a natural slope from front to back. 👍
I think that’s enough for one Sunday! 🥵🥵🥵

#gutters #guttercovers #gutterguards #gutterguard #gutterguardinstallation #guttercleaning #homeownership #homeowner #project

#joProjects: Gutter Guards Installation
October 25, 2022 @ 7:23 PM
#joProjects: Toilet Tank Plumbing Replacement
#joProjects: Toilet Tank Plumbing Replacement

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the bathroom … the float valve stops working and the water keeps running—yippee!

Yet another trip to Lowe’s (maybe I should just live there) and back home with a complete “tank innards” replacement package w/ tools included. Awesomeness!!!

Figured if I was going to replace one thing, might a well replace it all. Start fresh. I think that is the motto of my new home—start fresh. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Whatever works! 👍😊👍

#toilet #floatvalve #plumbing #homeownerfun #startfresh

#joProjects: Toilet Tank Plumbing Replacemen

Charlie Maraia: Some things dont need to be discussed.

October 46

October 26, 2022 @ 7:39 PM

Joe Streno: Charlie … Oh, shit! Sorry. Not! 😛
October 26, 2022 @ 7:44 PM
October 26, 2022 @ 6:14 PM
Greetings from Asbury Park!
October 47 
Greetings from Asbury Park! Look what came in the mail today!

A little piece of AP in IndeMO!

Made my day!

October 26, 2022 @ 6:23 PM
#joProjects: Toilet Tank Plumbing Replacement
October 48
The end of a fall day here in #IndeMo. Two piles of leaves. Too late & too tired to bag up. Tomorrow and tomorrow.

Just sitting on the back porch watching the squirrels going about their business & waiting for the sun to set.

Nice ending for a nondescript day. I’m okay with that. ✌️😁✌️

#fall #falldays #leafraking #leaves #sittingontheporch

October 31, 2022 @ 1:53 PM
Get Out The Vote: Blue Dot In A Red Sea
The Adventures Of IndeMoJo: October: Summer Wind Down 2

Yup. I voted this morning. I could not believe how long the line was to vote! It wrapped around the block. I waited over 45 minutes to get to a FVT (Freedom Vote Tablet). I kid you not! That’s what they’re called here in IndeMO.

Luckily I had filled out my sample ballot PDF & used that to guide me through the maze of judges, and ballot issues. The major choices were Democrat or Refascipublican™. No brainer there.

Once that was done I walked around downtown and stopped in a few stores, two home stores & a music store. Ooooow lots o’ pretty guitars & things. I left my wallet in my pocket & just looked. 👍

One thing I didn’t expect… being nervous, bordering on anxious while I stood on line. I caught myself scanning the area for gun toting crazies. This is an open carry state. But I think it was a combination of reasons. It’s a sad & fearful testament to the new normal(?).

Anywho … stepping off my soapbox …
It was a nice fall day & was fun to walk around downtown in it.

Vote early. Vote often. ✌️😁✌️

Dorothy Orant Morrison: Mailed mine in weeks ago.

October 46

October 31, 2022 @ 5:43 PM

Joe Streno: Ms Dorothy … here in “Refascipublican Land™” … you have to have a good reason to get a mail in ballot. Being old isn’t enough. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But they do have “no reason needed” early voting via paper or a Freedom Vote Tablet 🤮 at a designated early voting place. It makes no sense at all. Plus you have to have a photo ID to vote. A voter’s registration card isn’t enough here in IndeMO. And so it goes ….
October 31, 2022 @ 6:19 PM

Dorothy Orant Morrison: two words. Josh Hawley!

October 46

October 31, 2022 @ 6:44 PM

Brenda Siegelman: I dropped off Rob & my ballots today at the town office . It is very fast and easy to vote here .

Thank for the synopsis of voting there .

October 46

October 31, 2022 @ 7:41 PM

Kathleen Scurlock: Mine down to The ballot box today (Halloween) hoping for a treat on November 8th!

October 46

October 31, 2022 @ 10:46 PM
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artist . musician . photographer . retired apple computer consultant . residing on planet earth with his two cats rudie, & rocco & living to tell tales about it

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