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Countdown to Move In

March 3rd, 2008

Oh Dear – I am afraid that the next few weeks are going to be a hectic spasm of activity. Here is what has to be done before we move in on July 1.

1. Paint all interior walls three times (one coat primer, two coats color) – this is my job, I primed the upstairs this weekend.

2. Paint all ceilings – Dennis and Jordan’s job.

3. Drag reluctant tile contractor by his throat to the house and get him to install a tile floor in at least ONE bathroom, so we can have a functioning bathroom when we move in. I feel certain I am going to have to stand over him with a hack saw and a gleam in my eye until he is done.

4. Install wood floors throughout entire main floor (Country Doctor’s job)

5. Move contents of current house to new house. (all warm bodies in family will work on this).

6. Have lateral field installed and hooked to house so that we can flush.

7. Hang light fixtures

8. Install carpet in upstairs bedrooms.

There are many many other things that have to happen before the house in finished – like paint cabinets, install cabinets, tile other bathrooms, trim entire house, install plumbing fixtures, paint and hang doors, etc, etc, etc…but they are not as necessary as the aforementioned items. And even though it is somewhat overwhelming and not likely to work out as I would like, I am looking forward to all of it. I will be happily working in the depths of my house, covered in paint, sweat in my eyes, but a big smile on my face. Very happy to be getting to do something I always dreamed of. I may not see you all as often as I would like, but I will try and update occasionally. Tomorrow please stop by as I will be typing out my grocery list for you.

Soup Door

March 3rd, 2008

Okay – you want to impress a contractor? Next time you build a house, ask for a soup door. Then step back and watch the new found respect dawn on his face.

A soup door is a factory second, something went wrong, so the door is sold as a “soup door” and contractors use them as temps until the construction work is done.

The door in this picture is a soup door. It even says “Soup” on it. When I first saw it, I thought, that sure is strange graffiti. I mean if you are going to scribble a word on a door, deface property, vandalize – why write write “soup?” It puzzled me for a long time. Then Dennis, our contractor explained.

I know a few of you have been worried about that door. Thinking, why is that door there? Surely that is not their door. Surely they realize that door is not really right. I know you have. I just KNOW!

And you are correct. It is our soup door. The real door is coming…sometime…hopefully…soon

Hive of Activity

March 3rd, 2008

Our general contractor Dennis, arrives at 7 am. A time of the day I try to avoid at all costs. He is currently sawing oak boards for trim.

Jordan shows up a few minutes later and gets set up to stain trim in the basement.

Ron, the tile guy shows up around 8 am to start putting our bathroom floors together. Can I hear an Amen!

And the propane company stopped by to deliver a propane tank and dig a trench.



Then there is always this activity. Which goes on night and day without ceasing until they fall into a comatose like state around midnight.

The concrete guy just showed up to pour a foundtion for the A/C. It isn’t even 10 am yet. Good Lord!