Monday, November 8, 2010

lots accomplished this weekend...

 This post will be very photo heavy.  Rich took off Thursday afternoon for the house and worked straight through until Sunday night.(he still has some vacation days left)..  I had a dr's appt that I couldn't change so I didn't get to the house until Friday afternoon...  When I walked in this is what I saw...

 All of the upper cabinets in the kitchen were gone except for the overhead on the stove and that's only because he needed me to stand there and tell him when the electric was off... it's nice to be needed...if only for the fact that I can see and yell loud enough he can hear...  

He also had pulled all the linoleum up off of the kitchen floor. 

 He also got all the drywall put up on the wall that now separates the basement steps from the kitchen.  MUCH...BETTER...

 Here is the other side.  Rich believes in ghosts and he thinks all those floating orbs are spirits left in the house from the previous owners...  I think it's dust... anyway...if it is spirits? They need to start helping out.  I plan on leaving a list next weekend..   We probably won't drywall the other side of this wall for two reasons.. we don't feel like hanging drywall over steps and we don't care...cause it's only to the basement and I won't be going down there...at...all...ever...for any reason...and there will be a nice 6 panel white door at the top of the steps and a nice solid outside door at the bottom.

Then Rich got started on the electric in the kitchen.  He started to the right of the sink...  Sorry..no before photo.   He rewired a plug and a light switch.



 Then he started to the left of the sink.  There was some discussion about what I wanted.  I don't know a lot about electric, so I asked "what can I have?"...his pat answer is always "whatever you want, honey".  LOL
Really?  cause i want this to be done...

Anyway...I decided I wanted a double light switch.  1 switch will operate the outside light over the deck and the other will turn on the lights over the long counter.  Then I asked for a double electric plug.  I need one for the coffee pot (or Bev will never visit!) and a few more for other appliances..

Inside this wall we found a plumbing stack .. It's one of those black lines down there.  The other black lines are tape on some old...old...old...very stinky...insulation.  It was really bad.  It stunk like old mouse urine.  Which is what it was.  It's all gone now...thankyouverymuch..
 




for some reason all the outlets were filled with spray insulation which makes it very difficult to get them out...

most of the insulation is gone now

we can make quite the mess...

This is where the upper cabinets were...Rich is adding electric for hanging lights over the long counter that has a seating area for stools..  We didn't have the dimensions for the countertop and I couldn't get them on a Sunday so we just picked a spot for the electric and will make a final decision when I do have them.


KIDS - DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME

 Occasionally we get out and go here...




We buy a lot here... We even have a Friends and Family card that is supposed to give us a rebate back on our purchases... 

And when we go there...we pass some of our neighbors..

Cows out in the pasture...

Prisoners inside the walls... you never see them outside...I guess they were really bad..and some of them are certifiably crazy... really...they were certified by the court system..

Let's look at what else we did this weekend...

This is the view inside the fridge area.   The fridge that they left is apartment size..  And there was this BIG HOLE and the opening went all the way up to the ceiling..  I needed that fixed.. so we got to making a false ceiling..

Here we are using the stove as our worktable.  It's ok..it's safe...it doesn't work..


And there it is...


ah...much better



See...this is the kind of stuff we find.  Instead of removing the electric plate..they just painted it.  And it's not even the same color blue as the wall.  So that means they purposely painted it..a different color.  And not a very good paint job either...  That's ok..it will soon be all covered in primer..with new outlet covers.



And Rich climbed up onto the roof and covered the flue.  Rich HATES to climb on anything.. He does not like heights..  This took some doing on his part.  Luckily the roofs pitch is small so it wasn't too bad.  I was supposed to hold the ladder...instead I took photos...
neighbors to the left... you can just see them.. it's that white dot in the middle of the photo..

neighbor to the right.  can't see them at all.

trash pile from the last two weekends... we have a great guy who comes out every time we call him and hauls it all away and we pay him cash.  It's a win-win situation..    

woops..  better hold the ladder.


And here is the kitchen as we left on Sunday evening...  but before you see that.. I must tell you one thing.

This weekend was daylight savings time.  Spring forward and Fall back.  So we were going to gain an hour. Somewhere along the line.  Rich gave me a choice.. I could chose to sleep later on Sunday morning or leave earlier on Sunday night.  I could ONLY GET MY HOUR ONCE...  I couldn't sleep late AND leave early.  I opted to leave early on Sunday night.  We got to leave at 5pm instead of 6pm...LOVELY...  : - )

And here's the promised photo of the kitchen...
see ya next weekend
Nancy

7 comments:

Judy D said...

I love reading about the progress and adventures of the house. Laughed at Rich sitting on the counter! Silly guy.
Thanks so much for taking us along on your journey.

Tangos Treasures said...

LOL love it! You are too funny! It's really coming together!

Linda said...

Lots done this past weekend. How long before you think it will be move in ready? Can you do me a favor please, I changed my email address and forget to make the changes on the redwork group, and now I can't get in.....lol......can you change it for me please?

Anonymous said...

hmmmmmmmmmmm, looking at all those orbs gives me the creeps too.... you have to admit theres alot of them......
Bev

Kristina Strain said...

Wow, what a big job! My husband and I are just striking out on home renovations of our own, but they're small potatoes compared to this! I can relate to the crappy paint job, though.

Kristina
Sweetfern Handmade

KatieKate said...

Ok, so I've been thinking about your bare stud wall going down to the basement. (I know, I'm ridiculous). I know it doesn't bother you BUT IF IT DID, you could cover it will some 1/2off burlap from JoAnns... just staple it to the studs. Then you could hang light stuff from it... lap quilts, photos from the studs, etc. Simple, but finished?

Not that you don't already have a million things to do :)

Leslie said...

I think I used to have that grape-y wallpaper in the kitchen at my old house when I moved in there! Careful - the orbs are gonna be mad 'cuz they eat that spray in insulation in the sockets to give them higher supernatural transmitting powers.
;-)