Friday, August 22, 2008
I've been thrilled with the success of this tree, but then I read (in addition to the years you wait before it will bear fruit) that you actually have to have at least two so they can cross-germinate, or something. [I should have paid attention in Biology class. Sorry, Mr. Cunningham.] So the tree at the bottom is Tree A, started in early 2007. The pit at the top is the beginnings of Tree B, started August 18th-ish, 2008. Let the cross-germinating begin...
I'm going to photograph the new toilet, but you have to imagine what it will look like with a nice drywalled wall behind it, and a nice white baseboard.
There's a big chain of events for the downstairs bath:
1. Set water lines into wall for washer, so the washer and dryer can be moved back about 8 inches.
2. Move dryer vent to side, so the washer and dryer ... etc.
3. Box in the cold air return ductwork.
4. Drywall back wall of bathroom.
5. Run plumbing for a sink, then buy and install a sink.
6. Have Bob install a V-groove wood ceiling, painted shiny white. (Here's the ceiling, as it is now.)
7. Have Ross patch other walls and paint Sherwin Williams Mega-greige. I love this color, inspired by one of Martha Stewart's kitchens.
8. Install the light fixture that's waiting down in the basement.
By the way, wouldn't you assume that maybe an American Standard toilet would be made in the good old U.S.?
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Pardon the messy garage. That's another project, waiting to happen.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Or, what annoys not just us, but our neighbors...
And here's a shot that shows the overgrowth behind the compost pile. It's too bad that this is what it looks like after being hacked back once already this summer...
And then there's the monstrous crack in the wall behind our bed.
To say that we have lots of work ahead of us would be a huge understatement. Every wall has cracks, most have holes from where the electricians ran wiring. (Our first task, upon closing on the house, was to rewire it, top to bottom.) The good news is that we feel totally confident in all the electrical systems. State Farm only insured the property contingent on replacing all the knob-and-tube wiring.
Soon, I'll show before and after pictures of the plaster downstairs.
Monday, August 11, 2008
And here's what our dining room looks like, since we had to empty the upstairs for this project:
The living room was even worse.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Here's what makes me mad, though...
Twice now, I have heard people say (different people, that is) something along the lines of "and she's not even attractive!" Ooh, boy, does this make me mad. Attractiveness is the key to a good relationship (or in this case, affair)? I guess my parents didn't teach me this one. I've also heard people say things like "I can't believe he's not married; he's so attractive!" Ugh.
I keep trying to put into words how I feel about this, but I keep coming up short. Do you get my drift, though? What the heck does attractiveness have to do with anything?
People are more (or less) deserving of a mate based on how they look?? An affair is only worth it if the person is a hottie?? Gag. Puke. I find this disgusting.
End of rant.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
- Brand new, top-of-the-line kitchen (or, at the very least, maybe some cabinets and countertops??)
- New plumbing, including clearing the drains in the basement and installing an outside plumbing clean-out
- New roof, decking over the old built-in gutters, and attaching new gutters -- wait, no... if Bob had his way, and we had unlimited funds, he'd restore the built-in gutters and put on a metal standing-seam roof on the house, porch, and garage
- Have two functioning bathrooms, plus a laundry room
- Water-proof the basement
- Repair the soffits, thus preventing birds (and worse???) from entering the attic
- Refinish the hardwood floors
- Install a permanent showerhead in the upstairs bathroom, rather than a shower wand with no place to "park" it... it just hangs there
- Install nice light fixtures in all rooms
- Install ceiling fans in the upstairs bedrooms
- Bushwhack the yard and start over
- Oh, insulate the whole house! (There's no insulation.)
- Install storm windows, screens on all the windows, or maybe replace the windows? If not, then restore the sash cords/weights, etc. so that the windows stay open.
I could go on. If you have an old house, then you understand.
Now, having said all that, I LOVE THIS HOUSE. It met all my criteria, and it was in bad enough shape that we could afford it. And Bob loves it, too, now, though he loses sleep at night over how in the world we'll ever be able to fix everything.