Monday, March 26, 2012

Doors and Paint

Well, we lost an entire week last week somehow.  I think my contractor was occupied elsewhere.  But he's here today and tomorrow installing new doors and trim.  Friday the painters come.  Then we do tile floor in the bathroom and then fixtures.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I'm most eager to get a washer and dryer installed.  Tired of hauling my laundry to my son and daughter-in-law's house.  But realistically, that's two weeks away. 

When the doors are in, I think I'll take some pictures.

The word of the week is "fatigue."  In addition to the construction and mess, I've been tending my daughter's diabetic cat for the past week; administering insulin shots twice a day.  She's an easy cat to care for except for the shots.  And except for the fact I have to keep her in the TV room as there is no way to keep her out of the basement if I let her run loose.  And that is most unadvisable with the sheetrock dust on everything.  It's worked out okay, but I'll be glad to do one more feeding, one more shot, and then turn her back over to her family tonight.

 And, of course, with the warm temperatures outdoors, I've started some of the annual yard prep for spring.  Even with the inevitable body aches and pains, it was just wonderful to spend time working in the warm sunshine.

Looking forward to normal.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sheet rock is up

The inspection went well.  There are a few things related to venting the water heater and fresh air supply to the furnace which will both be fixed tomorrow with minimal cost.  Everything else is great and work has stepped up.  Two new windows are in.  That means every window in the house has now been replaced with energy saving windows.  The big hole in the floor has new cement.  Dry wall went up today and the rooms have all taken shape.  The bathroom does look tiny, but everything really looks good.  I had a strange feeling looking at it -- like it's not really my house, or like I'm making some mistakes with all these changes.   I know it will be okay.  It's just that "somebody moved my cheese" feeling.  My house will be better and beautiful.

Now the pressure is on me to finally decide on paint colors, carpet, bathroom fixtures, fireplace rock and mantel.  I've been working on it and it will all come together this weekend.  Then finishing starts next week with paint and doors.  (yay!) 

I have construction fatigue, but the very visible changes today have raised my hopes and some energy is returning.