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Monday, January 19, 2015

Guest Bath Weekend #2

Well weekend two comes to a close, we have a new tub, we have new plumbing for the tub and shower, we have new green board and we have new luan!

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The new tub is really nice and I can hardly wait to fill it up for it’s first test soak!  The space that’s cut out is for the built in shower caddy that is going there.

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I just realized that I forgot to take a picture of the new plumbing!  Oh well not taking that greenboard down now!

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I know luan isn’t exciting but no more wood splinters from the subfloor is wonderful!!  For me spackling and sanding are on my to do list!

It’s getting there!

Monday, January 12, 2015

An Empty Space…

Well the guest bath is down to the subfloor, though I’ve been assigned the task of pulling nails tomorrow.  The tedious jobs always seem to land in my capable hands, I don’t mind though, what I lack in the ability to heft hundreds of pounds I make up for in my dedication to details.

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Future home of vanity & mirrors

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Bathtub & shower alcove

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Lots of nails to remove from the floor and the site of new commode.

Not much to look at right now, but getting this much taken care of is a good start.  Nothing major happens till the bathtub comes in this week.  So stay tuned…

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Supplies and Demolition Day 1

Baby, it is cold outside but things are heating up inside for the guest bathroom renovation!! 

Randy came home with a truck load of supplies yesterday to unload into the garage. 

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Saturday morning we started on getting out the stuff that could be salvaged, so the vanity top, the vanities and the toilet were loaded into the back of the truck and Randy hauled them off.

While he was gone I worked on getting the old wallpaper that was hidden behind the vanities off the walls, smoothing out rough spots and taking up the trim.

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Randy said he didn’t ever remember that wall paper being in there.  It wasn’t here when we moved in and I don’t remember it from when we were dating but at one time it was up there.

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Thankfully it looks like there really is luan under the first layer of vinyl flooring so removal while not simple should be easier.   That will be Sunday’s job, that and getting the rest of the tub out.

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Randy said that the bathroom was basically built around the surround that was in there.  He had ‘fun’ using his multi-tool cutting the thing apart.  We are going to have to do a little bit of work to the walls as they aren’t quite up to my engineers standards.

I have to admit I am excited to finally have this project underway, we’ve been talking about bathroom renovations for years!  Those surrounds are small and really not our style at all.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2015!  I hope that your holidays were joyful and full of family and friends.  We had a very nice holiday season and a very quiet start to the New Year. 
Randy is gearing up for the guest bathroom renovation (finally!)  He had talked about doing it over the winter break he had but that didn’t happen.  We did however manage to get most everything ordered.  I know at the very least he’s looking forward to demo!  Me I’m looking forward to getting rid of the blue!!
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I also know that after we complete this one, he will be ready to start on our master bathroom!
In other news… today brought us the first significant snowfall of the season.  It’s also the coldest air we’ve had all winter and I’m beyond happy! To me there is a peace of mind that comes with snow, and I know not everyone else feels or shares that sentiment. 
Zoe continues to plug along, she likes the cold weather a lot, it seems to make her frisky!  I watched as she played with Cooper when we first went outside, she hops and jumps at him and he gets so excited it gives him the zoomies.   It's nice to see them playing together even if it is just for a few minutes.  At 13 she's doing pretty good!
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Cooper wasn’t overly sure about the snow when he first went out.  There was a lot of snuffing and snorting going on, but it didn’t take long for him to realize that he loved it and off he went!  He’s been out several times today running around like crazy.  He will surely sleep well tonight!
Bright blessing of happiness to you all for the New Year!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

This, that and the other…

Where did the summer and fall go?  It seems like just yesterday I was outside with Cooper, cleaning out flower beds and watching honey bees pollinate the blooms all around me.  The deer fence is such a blessing I saw things grow and bloom that I didn’t even know I had!

On the subject of honey bees, they are all gone.  We went into late summer and early fall with two thriving hives but, over the fall they just dwindled and dwindled until the hives were empty, I don’t know why and I’m done attempting to figure it out.  I’ll be selling off all the Langstroth equipment as if I ever do keep honey bees again it will never be in those boxes!

We didn’t come close to getting everything in the yard done that we wanted to.  I’m now ready for the snow to blanket everything so that I can stop thinking about all of it for a while. We got a brief taste of winter this past week with a little snow falling and covering things.  For me snow brings instant peace of mine, no longer do I see all that needs to be done, just a lovely clean slate waiting for dreams to be planted.

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Zoe celebrated her 13th birthday in November!  She is doing really good and while she can’t get around like she could in her youth, she still tries.

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Cooper continues to grow but he is still very much a gawky puppy who only knows what his feet are doing fifty percent of the time.  He doesn’t understand why Zoe doesn’t want to play with him.

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For now, we are just getting ready for Christmas and spending some time with family and friends.  Maybe into the new year, we will get going on some new projects, at least I hope so!!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Quiet times..

Life has been quiet here as of late, we are waiting for the cooler fall weather to resume moving plants, or what’s left of them to their new protected home.  The deer have been relentless in eating the hosta even though they were sprayed.  It always surprises me, though at this point it shouldn’t, that they eat things that smell that bad and that are that close to the house.

Cooper continues to grow and he is a constant source of joy and entertainment.  We would love to get another Great Dane and we may do that, but we are both thinking the next one won’t be as smart or well behaved as Cooper is.

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The honey bees, well, the top bar hive is thriving  we had to make some adjustments and give them more space.  The picture below shows where the feeder was, but as you can see, they had somehow moved into that part.  Not a huge deal, but you don’t want them building comb in there with the feeder in place.

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So Randy made me a new system the piece you see below is a platform that has 4 sides to it so that when it’s in place the honey bees can only access the feeder through that hole.

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So in place this is what it looks like.  The bars are all below, he made a special bar with holes in it for the bees to pass up into the bottom of the feeder platform.  Hopefully when I go to switch the feeder out, this box will still be empty.

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I only have one Lang that is still alive.  We started seeing honey bees dead all over the deck and the last time that happened the hive died shortly after.  Sure enough, within a week there were no more honey bees in the hive.  I haven’t had the heart to go and dismantle it, that’s on the menu for this weekend.

We need to finish up the fire pit with some gravel and Randy is just about ready to start on the gates for the decorative part of the deer fence.  I’m ready for fall, I want to get back outside without being eaten by mosquitoes!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The first of many!

July is blessing us with some unbelievably beautiful weather!  This nice cool spell we are having meant that…

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We had our first official fire!  It was so nice sitting out there, listening to the crickets, katydids and the bull frogs.  Zoe and Cooper were both out with us, laying just behind the wall in the grass.  Quiet time is good time and quiet time by a warm crackling fire is great time!