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Archive for July, 2013

Momentary progress and a new snag

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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.

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