Sidetracked

In my last post I talked about he adventure of moving hay bales. A weekend that could have spent packing sand for a patio project turned into helping a neighbor instead. This weekend I was pretty confident I would get to packing sand but again it evaded me. The weather was fairly nasty Friday night and Saturday it was gray, overcast and humid. I’m the hope that things would clear off after lunch I headed to my mother-in-law’s after my workout to say hi and check on the status of her project. My husband’s aunts and uncle came down to help replace her patio door.

Well, her project went sideways and I got sidetracked. While she was aware that water was getting in places that it shouldn’t there was much more damage than initially realized. We ended up pulling up a bunch of the floor and re-insulating and replacing boards. The good news is it was discovered. The bad news is we didn’t get to start actually installing the new door until about 7pm. Nothing ever goes as planned, that’s a fact of life. The installation didn’t go well and we ended up securing it for the night and going to bed.

Sunday we went at it again and discovered that whomever added on the addition to the home she’d bought didn’t do a fabulous job. The porch had settled and the wall now ran down hill that we were attempting to put the door in. The original door didn’t come out well. We knew things were off kilter a bit but it was really off – about 3/4″ gap on one end. I called in a family favor and we got a second opinion. The decision was made to secure it but not permanently to allow us to circle back next weekend and jack up and reinforce the corner that is sagging to prevent further, long-term issues. Not only did I not get to pack sand for my project we may have just discovered that we need another weekend to finish getting her’s right. Geez.

Progress

This spring I tried diligently to find a contractor willing to give me a quote for labor on a large shop project on our property. It is a DIY project that got sidetracked and our physical resources got allocated elsewhere. After much searching, calling and conversations I got a quote. It was a bit higher than I was looking to spend but in my mind worth it to advance our project along.

That was about two months ago and little has happened in the way of progress. At least until about a week ago when I awoke at 7am on a Sunday to noise outside only two find a couple snappy young fellas working on the roof. Apparently the contractor subbed out some of the work. Hmmm.

Fast forward a week. My roof is done (except for where Menards shorted me materials) and the fellas have now offered to the contractor that they could do the rest of the work. In the mean time I’ve asked the two boys for a few other project quotes. It looks like I could get lots more done than I had imagined. Suddenly things are moving along.

The stone work is still a DIY and we are also cruising thanks to really good weather. The look of progress this past week has come in many forms. The “lawn” is getting bailed, the inside of the shop can now stay dry and the stone is going on. I’m happy.

Mother Nature, Please…

So we started the home build project 10 weeks late thanks to the appraiser. We recovered. The shop project started almost a year late for the same reason. Then it rained. Then it rained some more. The next thing you know you have had more than 12″ in 3 weeks. After 4 weeks of no action we finally got concrete poured, block laid and walls assembled to go up. There it sits. Today it rained. We have puddles everywhere and a soggy, muddy mess. I can hear the thunder going again so we will be getting more overnight and into tomorrow. It makes it very hard to get anything accomplished outside. I would like the sun to shine. 

Distracted

I had been wanting to print photos to canvas for some time. I continually put it off cuz it’s one of those expenses that can wait. A few weeks ago I got a coupon for 80% off and free shipping and decided maybe now is the time. I’ve been holding off doing any decorating other than existing pieces we already had so adding family photos to the walls seemed fitting. 

I knew the package was coming last week from the tracking information but time got away from me. Next thing you know the delivery confirmation said “yesterday”.  What?!  After pulling in after work I immediately went to the front door and retrieved my package. Exciting! I was excited. 

Needless to say I got nothing else accomplished that night. I spent the entire time trying to figure out where each picture was going, measuring and hanging prints. It’s funny how certain things can consume your mind. Our house is looking more and more like a home everyday. 

An Expensive Date Night

My husband and I have an exciting, no, an interesting, life. Most “date nights” consist of a trip to Menards (or Lowes, Home Depot, Fleet Farm, etc; you get the idea). As we approach the top of the chimney (we are above the roof), we are getting ready to begin the next project – a 40’x60’x14′ man cave. Since we were supposed to start the project last fall (why we didn’t is a long story) we have many of the building materials purchased and on site already. Well, except for a couple big items – trusses, siding and roofing materials. 

We have made three trips to Menards over the past 48 hours. Wow! That was expensive and we didn’t get it all! We laugh about it in real time. Friday night or Saturday night, we usually have the place to ourselves. We wander the aisles. We are often in their longer than we need to be. Sometimes before supper but usually after. So while other couples are bowling, at the movies or having a cocktail at the brewery, we are hanging at our favorite big box store. 

I love our life. Crazy, but good. I’m hoping after these major construction projects are over that landscaping will feel like a cake walk. 


Oh, I should mention that dinner was almost free due to a gift card from my realtor thanking me for my business. Thank goodness after what we spent this weekend!

The Price of Progress

So my husband and I don’t live in the same house most of the time. It’s the price we pay for our careers. That will soon end with our upcoming move to the north woods. Between now and then we need to put up field stone on the new house and get the current house market ready. So, the separation continues for a few more months. 

Tomorrow I will be spending my day doing home improvement projects, boxing up my life and cleaning. I might do some work work in between all that too. My husband will be spending the day with my dad laying stone. It is going to be marvelous when it is finished. There is such pride in being able to do something yourself, especially something so massive and decorative. It’s the centerpiece of our new home. I will be helping soon once our home in the city goes on the market. My goal – sell it in under 14 days.  

My husband will come home Saturday night with a truck and enclosed trailer. Sunday will be spent loading. That’s our one day together this week, then back to work. We are fortunate that we are both handy in different ways. You have to be a little resourceful moving to the country. The hardware store, the bank, the grocery store and the gas station – they are several miles away – not a few blocks like they are now.