Sunday, August 24, 2008

So Far, So Good

Yesterday Joel ran speaker wires, TV cable, telephone wire, thermostat wire and the doorbell wire. He also noticed where we DIDN'T get wire run for the range hood. We also completely cleaned out all construction scraps and the dirt that has been accumulating. That in inself felt really good. Joel also picked up the plenum!!!!!

Today I insulated the cathedral sides of the great room and put up all the proper vents (I don't know why they are called that, are there "improper" vents?) That was a bigger job than I thought it would be. It entailed a lot of stretching with the stapler, trying to reach tight spots behind me or over my head on a ladder. Joel's "ladder safety rules" are "Always keep three points of contact". I am enough of a scaredy cat when it comes to heights that I maintain three very SOLID points of contact at all times - that might be what made my job harder but I didn't fall off!! I am still trying to get those doors painted but we figure we will have good weather through September at least....

Joel worked on hooking up the plenum and started to run a few ducts. He was very happy to see that everything fit - he's never done HVAC so I know he considers it his biggest challenge of the house project. So far, so good!

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your prayers!!!

Monday, August 18, 2008


Here are some pictures!

I don't know that any need any explanation. Joel calls the pex plumbing "a bowl of spaghetti" but it is a labeled bowl of spaghetti.

This week is a big one. Kids start to school tomorrow. The corn is all ready to pick and freeze. The tomatoes are going gangbusters. I have one plant (of the 24) that fell over in it's cage. I want to paint the doors (finally good hot, clear days) finish the insulation (almost done!!!) I need to put in the vents so Joel can insulate the cathedral bays and then please pray that the plenum would be finished so the ducts can get done! I checked the Menards website and our countertops, cabinets and most of the doors are in. Just waiting on a special order bifold that is supposed to have come in last week. SO, the truck could come with lots of stuff this week! I am excited, but I have to clean out the house and get it ready for the next phase. I am not complaining :) We are getting to the fun stuff.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Envelope Please!

I have a couple of special awards to present for the events of yesterday.

The first is: "Most Deserving of a Kiss" Award

This award goes to "Larry" the plumbing department man at Menards
He either placed into my hands or into my cart all of the little 1/2" to 1/2" pex-swett-fitting-90 degree elbow BLAH BLAH BLAHs. I had a long list of little piddly things. I could feel my Menard's headache coming on (I usually leave that place with a headache...) and I prayed that God would help me relax. He sent Larry!!!

Joel did not even get nominated for this award because he was the one who made the list and then had to keep calling with MORE little piddly plumbing parts....

The second award is "Most Likely to Cry" This one is a tie.

Joel wins for misplacing the water control valve on the tub shower. He had just read the specs for the basement shower and used those on the tub/shower so he put the water turn on/off valve too high. You can't take a bath and turn the water on and off with your foot! He was pretty frustrated.

I also win this award. I was at Menards and looked over at the lighting department. I saw a chandelier that looked a lot like mine. Hmmm, I went over to it and it was mine! It was the 8 Light version of my chandelier for $100 LESS than what I paid for the 5 lite one!!!!!!!!! GGRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!! My mouth just dropped :) I wrote down the specs for the Valhalla's they had and maybe I can get some $$$ off my bill from Bellacor. Maybe I'll send a few back... Menard's didn't have the energy star versions, they didn't have the large pendants either but man, after all my online shopping for good value and wide selection, seeing my lights at Menards just "burned my toast!"

The bright side was I got to see the light hanging, and of all the lights there, that is the one I liked the best :)

Have a great day!

I will try and do better with adding pics of the house. Here are a couple of random ones just for you Mashell - Walk across the field and come on over anytime neighbor :)

Friday, August 15, 2008

The Prodigal "Daughter" Comes Home

Yesterday I got home from work and Joel told me that he had news. Our little cat Whinny, who had left our new place to go back to camp, had been spotted with baby kitties. I went down to camp and successfully transfered Whinny and her six (!) babies back home. So far, she is sticking around. Whinny is a world champion mouser so we'd like to keep her.

Today I finished insulated 90% of the upstairs. There are just a few bays that need some caulking around the outside outlet boxes before I finish them off and then we have some soundproofing and stapling. The insulating has been a big job, but it has been nice and cool so can't complain about the weather.

Joel got rained out at work today so he came home and almost finished the plumbing. He got all the water lines run and he thinks he just has a few hours left. The plenum isn't finished yet but progress feels very good!!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Guess What?!?!?!

Here's a quick note to say that I am in the midst of putting up insulation! I got the easy bays done and tomorrow I will work on the ones with wire, pipes and outlet boxes! That will be a little tedious, but I am excited to be started on it.

Yesterday Joel hooked up the heat pump to copper pipes. This afternoon he spent some time putting manifolds up on the wall for the water lines to attach to. I guess things are finally moving along!

Last night the weather got nasty so we went over to the house - The kids had to make sure all the pets were safe so we hauled the cats over there. We have a new kitten, Joel named her "Fannie Mae". He said our next cat will be "Freddie Mac". HaHa but quite appropriate for this stage of life.

This morning I went over to the house and Joel had left the door open after he went to work. Inside the doorway was a dead bird "offering" from one of the cats and the dog was sleeping in our bedroom. I told the insulation delivery man that the animals had already moved in :)Hopefully they will let us live there too!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hurray for Progress

Insulation is on its way! It could possibly be delivered yet today.... When it gets here, my plan is to don my insulating duds and get busy!!! I want to win the new olympic "insulating a house" event. I have the drive and motivation, we will see about the stamina - but it is a beautiful cool day so I have high hopes :)

The electrician apparently has enough done that he gave us the go ahead to insulate and start covering stuff up. Wow, that is very exciting. :) Nice to feel like things are progressing! He plans to stop out today and put up some temporary lights.

The granite sink we like is also on sale at Menards this week, so it looks like there is another trip in the works as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 8, 2008


I am finding the need to be patient. Still waiting for the electrician to come and finish up a few things. Waiting for the plenum (for the furnace) to be built so ducts can be run. Waiting to get the ducts in so that we can do the waterlines...

I just remind myself that our goal is to start hanging sheet rock by the end of August. That is still very doable. It seems like things drag for awhile and then all of a sudden they're done! I remember being so excited to see the walls go up because I wanted to look out my windows. Now I am waiting for the sheetrock to go up- it will happen!

The girls are working at the church rummage/bake sale today. Beth made gingerbread cookies and Jayne made individual cheesecakes. I love gingerbread but this morning I tried to get away with just a bite of a little cheesecake. I couldn't resist and ate the entire thing. The recipe is from our friend Justin who we met through diabetes camp and it is the best!!!!! I am not the worlds biggest cheesecake fan but these are great.

Tomorrow we have a softball tournament game in the morning and a church elder board retreat in the afternoon. All this activity is helping me to stay focused on life in the present. I'm trying not to live in the future. Today is all we've got and whether I'm in the trailer or the big house - I need to be content!! (It's hard though...)

(Uh Oh... I think I hear a mouse in the cupboard.... where's the cat??!!?) :)

Thanks for checking in!

Monday, August 4, 2008


Yay! Finally got the lights ordered. That is a big relief. It was fun for awhile, but then it got a little tedious. Even this collection didn't have mini-pendants for a sloped ceiling, so I found something from another company and I think it will work together just fine. If you are looking for a way to waste a little time, just go to and check it out. THOUSANDS of choices! :)

Joel is hoping that the electrician will get things wrapped up this week so we can start INSULATING!!! After that comes the sheetrock - then paint and then we will move on in.... (I'm ready!)

Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Little Help?

Hi All,

I just got off the phone with a "Bellacor Lighting Specialist". My big dillema was whether or not I could interchange shades within a product family. For example, with satin nickel finish you could buy white shades and the only shades offered with the bronze were tea colored. I wanted white with bronze, which another site offers, but that site has no return policy that I could find on their site (red flag) and another site has a 20% restocking fee for returns - no thanks when buying online! Bellacor will match any price and has a no questions, no restocking fee returns policy. (How is that for a little commercial!) Anyway, the rep is going to call me back tomorrow and let me know - maybe my light buying chapter is about ready to come to an end.

Yesterday Joel put in the basement shower and did some stucco work. Things are looking good.

Just a little side note- I was out picking green beans the other day. Tanny (our golden retriever) was out in the garden too. I heard her chomping something and figured she had a mole. I heard more, very loud crunching and lo and behold she was eating beans right off the plant. I hadn't seen that before!!! We have no fence around our garden, so Tanny does the night watch duty. I guess we owe her a few green beans - too bad she doesn't eat the zucchini :)

Thanks for checking in!