Category Archives: Operation: Manhattan

Progress on renovating my house.

Taming the backyard, phase four

It doesn’t look that impressive because there’s still a lot of waste baking in the sun before I can throw it out or better yet, find someone with a wood chipper to convert this into mulch; a preferred solution. I … Continue reading

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The new, improved patio!

Since Saturday was spent on the yard and I really couldn’t get much further due to a lack of disposal, I decided to take on another sore spot in the divorce, the patio or as I often call it, the … Continue reading

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Taming the backyard, phase three

My immediate backyard goal of carving out a “moat” around the house has been fulfilled! Through my chainsaw, machete and grit, I cleared out all the remaining dead branches, cut down the skank trees and chopped down the green weed-like … Continue reading

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Taming the backyard, phase two

Above is the first major view from the porch! It may not look like much but I blame the Sun pounding down on the ground. Trust me, I’m making progress. The immediate goal is to clear out a “moat” around … Continue reading

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Taming the backyard, phase one

Here lies another reminder of my divorce and my ex’s inability to finish anything she starts, the backyard. When we first got the house, Somara wanted to do all this yard crap and gardening and blah blah. Handling the lawn … Continue reading

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Minor side trek, my workspace

To be fair, I made the setup/situation worse that it originally was for two reasons. The first was to create the fake drama, the number one rule for “Reality TV,” since my desk wasn’t that much of a disaster. The … Continue reading

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New household addition

Don’t let the Ozarka label fool you, inside is pre-filtered tap water. What originally happened was a friend of Jennifer’s retired a couple weeks ago and this water cooler was his personal gadget. He didn’t need it in his house, … Continue reading

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Kitchen is now done, or at least “boy clean”

Operation: Manhattan continues to roll on! I finished the other half of my kitchen by cleaning the stovetop, the remaining cabinet, organized the coat closet, more dishes and then some. I will have to hire someone to do that deeper … Continue reading

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Another nudge toward defeating chaos

The Memorial Day weekend was put to good use as I tackled the space over the dishwasher, the area where I store the cat food and the biggest undertaking…cleaning out the microwave. The ex was quite a piggy here. She … Continue reading

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Before & After – The Dining Area

Last year I initiated Operation: Manhattan, made only five entries about how I cleared up the master bedroom (now about half undone) and some progress on the guest bathroom. Then…it fizzled out as I got sidetracked with my last entry being … Continue reading

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New fridge at Chez Maggi

I hope the 1990 version of me never finds about how 2020 version of me was stoked over this new fridge. Admittedly, I did some shopping online to compare and came upon this one because I love the door on … Continue reading

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A Sunday project mostly completed

Today I put together an interim desk to get through this crap. I dislike working from home but if I have to, well at least I have decent gear. Doing my job with this will be much easier than from … Continue reading

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Operation: Manhattan Stage Two Started

Today I pushed forward on a two-pronged attack by starting on the south side of the living room (it’s next to the porch) and tightening up how tidy the guest bathroom is. The toilet and floor are great! The shower … Continue reading

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Operation: Manhattan Stage One Complete!

As of last night, the Master bedroom is over 95% cleaned up and I can’t wait to show it off to my friends in person. I sleep in there now. My cat Isis finds anywhere she wants on the bed … Continue reading

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A useful discovery during Spring Cleaning!

Even before the Pandemic and America going on lockdown, I was going to engage in some reorganizing of the house. With it officially being mine entirely, there’s going to be changes but more importantly…serious cleaning. I decided to go with … Continue reading

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