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Momentary progress and a new snag

July 26th, 2013

The new dining room carpet went in last week. The installers arrived 1 1/2 hours early, which meant we were finished that much earlier. When Dave came home, we shifted furniture back into the dining room. Oh, the space! Just the dining room set, the china and curio cabinets, and some plants. In other words, it actually looked like a dining room and not a disaster area. Then we started unpacking the contents of the curio cabinet and bringing the china back down for the china cabinet.

It was during that transfer process that I realized the upstairs thermostat was making a clicking sound, and the temperature reading was higher than the thermostat setting. Time to call the ac people again, about the new just-installed-last-month thermostat.

They were out on Thursday, reworking some of the installation settings, and headed out again. Three hours later, when I was back upstairs, I realized I was hearing the same clicking sound, and once again, the temperature wasn’t right.

Friday afternoon he pulled the entire unit off the wall and re-installed, per the manufacturer’s instructions. Three hours later, there were still no clicking sounds, but the upstairs temperature hadn’t budged down from 86 degrees.

As of now, we’re still on hold waiting for a new replacement thermostat to come in from the manufacturer’s. I hope it comes in this afternoon, as I really don’t want to go another weekend without any ac upstairs, but at this point I’m not holding my breath.

In the meantime, progress on putting the sewing room back together has stalled out, since the boys are currently sleeping in there. All of the boxes that were in storage for the last round of work in the sewing room came back home, as we had given our move out notice. Since the sewing room isn’t available, everything is stacked in the dining room once again.

On the plus side, last Friday we thoroughly cleaned the aquarium, which was decommissioned over a year ago in advance of the new floor tile installation, and set it back up in the house over the weekend. No fish yet, but we had already decided not to get the actual fish until a couple of other household commitments were finished.

We also picked out a new kitchen light over the weekend (which wasn’t in stock, of course.) It’s here now and installing that will probably be a project for this weekend. After nearly a year, we also selected new lights for the boys’ bathroom. Those are also not in stock, but we haven’t ordered them yet. We’re still trying to finalize the decision on updated lights for the downstairs bathroom so we can order all of those at the same time.

Painting done; carpet partially done

July 11th, 2013

The painters finished up in the kitchen on Tuesday. The new carpet install was scheduled (re-scheduled, actually) for today but the carpet still has not arrived from the mill. I apparently mis-heard the message on the machine regarding re-scheduling. I thought we were looking at possibly pushing things off until August but if we’re lucky, the new carpet will be in next week.

In the meantime, I called someone else out to at least get the carpet in the sewing room re-stretched. This fellow has done the same thing for us before, with all the foundation work that’s gone on, and he was able to get out yesterday afternoon to get the work done. I’ll be working today on starting to shift things back around/into the sewing room!

Painting-yes, Carpet-no

July 9th, 2013

The paint crew is here working on the kitchen even as I write this. It’s looking very nice but I’m not certain if it will be finished today or not. We’ll just see.

The carpet installation, which was scheduled for Thursday, has been delayed yet again, as they still do not have it in stock from the mill. I believe they next projected possible date is going to be mid-August. I’m trying to decide whether or not to check out options at another carpet place (we looked at four different places and both agreed that what we chose was the only thing close to what we wanted) or just settle down to having things on hold again.

In the meantime, I may see if I can get someone out to at least re-tack down the carpet in the sewing room so I can start putting at least one area back together!

Getting slowly back into the swing of things

July 6th, 2013

Yesterday I finally started pulling bins of fabric out of the closet, going through to start cutting out fabric bowls for the fall season. Cutting out is the tedious part, simply because it involving ironing in one room and cutting in a second room…back and forth for each fabric.

So far, I’ve done a bit of cutting and more of simply pulling stuff that was already cut out and putting it in a pile. In some cases, it’s more of “pulling out one of the two required pieces and trying to see if I already have the second piece cut as well.” I don’t always have both pieces cut, simply because of how the lengths of fabric work out when I’m working.

I’m starting to get a start on things, but I’m also taking it fairly slowly. Until the carpet in the sewing room is re-stretched (hopefully at the end of this week), I don’t want to clutter up the room any more than necessary, since I’ll just have to pull everything out for the work crew later.

I also pulled out about 5 bolts of fabric to wash for making placemats. That’s probably going to be another “while I’m at Mom’s” project, assuming the schedule over there looks as if actual work is going to be an option for the next visit.

Getting closer

July 5th, 2013

The plan when I left to visit Mom last week was the new carpet would be going in while we were gone, which would mean that I could be putting the sewing and dining rooms back together this week. (And that would allow the kids to reclaim their toy room, where all the boxes are currently being stored.)

Instead, the carpet place called to say that our order still hasn’t arrived from the mill. Our new install date is this coming Thursday. We’ll see if that actually works out or not.

In the meantime, the kitchen crew showed up this week and started on that. The wallpaper has been stripped off, some drywall repair has been completed, and texturing has been added. Tuesday is the expected date for the actual painting of the room.

Current expectations are that the kitchen, sewing room, and dining room will all be complete by end of the week, which means I can start shifting furniture, etc., around. We’re replacing the overhead light in the kitchen, so I’m hoping to do some windowshopping for ideas. We also need to replace the lights in the bathrooms, so I’ll be looking for that as well.

It’s still now coming along as quickly as I would have hoped, but progress is definitely being made.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

June 24th, 2013

After over two years of foundation work and the resulting home repairs, I think I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of the interior repairs. The foundation work was 2 1/2 years ago, along with a new exterior courtesy of the bee infestation the foundation crew found, and the new roof courtesy of the spring hail storm.

The kids’ end of the house was redone the following fall/winter. The boys had managed to flood the upstairs bathroom, resulting in the need for completely new flooring. While we were at it, we had the bathroom and both bedrooms on that end of the house repainted.

The new downstairs floor tile went in last summer, and the downstairs bath was completed last fall, once we gave up on waiting for our first shower tile choice and came up with a different design.

At that point, we discovered that a family of skunks had taken up residence under the house. (The city has been doing some work on the property at the end of the block and a lot of animals have been displaced.) Six skunks later, we were ready to have some mudjacking done to finish filling in any loose/open areas under the house left from the foundation work. Of course, that was going to mean drilling holes through the slab again. There was no way we were going to bust up our new tile so that meant the sewing room and dining room (aka the only two appropriate areas with carpet, aka my two work areas) were once again going to be completely emptied.

Once the mudjacking was done, we decided to go ahead and replace the carpet in the dining room. It had been the recepient of the overflowing water from the upstairs bathroom flood earlier, so we decided it was time. Par for the course in our case, we managed to select a carpet that was not only out of stock at the warehouse but out of stock at the mill as well. We’re having to wait for the next production run, but the anticipated installation date is next week.

The following week, the crew is scheduled to come out and repaint the kitchen. At that point, the only planned interior work left will be the master bath.

All of which means that, if all goes according to plan (although I’m not holding my breath on that point), I should be able to actually start putting the sewing room and dining room back together into a workable format in about two-three weeks. I still have boxes of stuff from Jean’s to deal with, but we’ve been slowing moving furniture out in preparation for some other stuff from Jean’s house to go in. Ultimately there should be more space in the sewing room than there was before. Once the furniture is in place, some of the stuff in boxes can actually come out and be put away.

Bigger Mess than Usual…I didn’t even think it was possible

June 17th, 2012

Due to the sudden and fairly unexpected death of my aunt, I am now in possession of even more craft items. The sewing room, which was overflowing to begin with, now is bulging under the addition of an entire van’s worth of yarn, thread, fabric, needlework supplies, etc. I’m the niece who’s been most interested in handwork so all of it came home with me. I’m in the process of inventorying everything to see if other family members want any of the items that came home with me. So far, I’ve managed to send off an entire skein of yarn.

I’ll be looking for a home for the majority of this once I confirm that no one else in the family wants it. I just don’t have the space, especially since we’re about to start the next round of home renovations in a couple of weeks.

Butterfly Season

April 12th, 2012

The work for the church craft show is coming along. Last weekend was spent making plywood signs to put in people’s yards for advertising. The committee decided to use a butterfly symbol for the show, so we had 20 yellow butterflies draped against the fence alongside the driveway this weekend. The stencils for the lettering were created in such a way that we painted the right wing with one stencil and the left wing with the other. With wording on both sides, that meant a total of four painting sessions. The last one is going to be tomorrow morning. All that will be left at that point is trimming the stakes for putting them in the ground. Dave’s worn himself out this past week trying to get everything done, so I’m not certain when that’s going to be finished, although he’s stated he’s going to try to get it done tomorrow afternoon. They look absolutely awesome!

Progress…and not so much progress

April 4th, 2012

The prep work for the church’s first ever craft show is going well. We are basically at our pre-set limit of 50 booths, give or take a couple. It was interesting to see what sorts of vendors we did/didn’t actually have apply to the show.

In the meantime, the work on the boys’ bathroom is essentially complete. The one item that’s left is replacing the light fixtures in the bath, but we’re doing it ourselves so there’s a little less pressure timewise on that aspect. We’re still attempting to find the fixtures we want. In the meantime, the work grew from just replacing the bathroom floor to replacing the floor, removing all the wallpaper, retexturing the walls, painting the bathroom, two bedrooms, and down the hallway upstairs.

All of that additional work required pulling all the toys/clothes/stuff off the furniture and either jamming it in the closets or stuffing it in boxes. The boxes are currently residing on the floor in the living room downstairs, in our bedroom, and out in the garage. The extra furniture is still sitting in the walk up portion of the attic upstairs.

I’m personally counting it as a victory that the nine foot long pinewood derby track case was finally removed from the floor in the dining room where it’s been sitting for the past three years. The track is is its new slightly shorter, slightly lighter (but still heavy) eight foot long case, which was taken to the Cub Scout Pack storage unit after the district pinewood derby last weekend.

Next on the agenda(s) are making and painting plywood signs for the craft show to put in people’s yards for advertising, moving the furniture back out of the attic, unpacking all the boxes of boys toys and books, and making paint/floor/tile selections for the downstairs bathroom, which is currently next on the repair list.

It’s Official

February 1st, 2012

Some of our church members have been discussing the idea of holding a craft show. We managed to get as far as getting a date on the church calendar last spring, but at that point there were exactly two of us to manage it, and the other person then committed to the area Handbell Festival on the same day. Faced the thought of trying to manage a craft show by myself, with both boys along, while Dave was out ringing was enough to say that we weren’t going to make it work last year.

This year we have a committee of 7-8 members. Apparently I’ve been named the committee chair! We just finished up the application forms and I started emailing them out to vendor friends last night. I’m going to be curious as to how quickly the completed applications start showing up.

April 28, Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, Carrollton, TX 75007. 9am-4pm. Hope to see you there!

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