Monday, February 23, 2015 – The sheet rock workers didn’t work today. Hopefully they will tomorrow, the rest of the construction this week depends on them finishing by Tuesday. Our electrician came back today to install the outside electrical box, and the inside switches and outlets. Our concrete stainer came today to pick up a check and said he thinks we’ll be ready for him to come in a week or so to seal the concrete. Can’t wait to see the flooring finished!
Roy and I went to Hammond to Lowe’s today to get all the electrical conduit and other electrical materials for him to run electricity from the house to the lift station at the septic tank. This was not originally planned for since we didn’t know our septic tank would need a lift station until it was installed.
We also decided to add a refrigerator and washer and dryer to the appliances that will be included for the renters. These are Frigidaire appliances which will match the range, dishwasher and microwave we previously purchased. They will all arrive next Tuesday!!!!!
Here’s a picture of Roy enjoying some fishing time by the pond yesterday. The fish he and Madisyn caught were all near the pond’s edge and were all small. The pond is suppose to be very deep further out so we’re hopeful that means larger fish are in there!
In case ya’ll didn’t seen enough pictures of Madisyn visiting last week I found out that Roy had several pictures on his camera. He and Madisyn went over the fence to track down where all the water that goes through our culvert comes from. Some of these pictures are from their hike in the woods. Others are from time we spent playing around the pond.
Our little dynamite of a granddaughter stayed with us from Wednesday morning till Friday morning. She loves it out here in the country and the freedom for playing that this brings!
We made peanut butter hay stacks, created love cards (since Valentines is over) for her mom, dad and dad’s girlfriend Kim. She loved the glitter paint, heart and love glue on stickers and the glue on crystals and princess crown crystals she got to use.
We went to White’s seafood for dinner Thursday and on Wednesday she and Paw Paw enjoyed a pizza while watching the movie “Enchanted”. Grannie went to a Young Living Essential Oil hand scanning that night which I’ll write about another day.
On Thursday we went fishing almost all day. The final fish count was Madisyn 3, Roy and Rosalyn 0. The excitement on her face when that first fish was caught was indescribable! That afternoon she asked the two neighbor girls to come fishing with her and that was simply too precious! She had her special ice cream time with Paw Paw each night but only because she ate healthy good food during the day. We had plenty of fruits, yogurt and other healthy food and she loved snacking on those!
The pictures below are from our time with Madisyn this week. There are a lot of pictures because I just couldn’t choose a few. They were all special in their own way. You’ll see Jake, the dog that visits us often, in these pictures. He and Madisyn became good buddies!
Well another adventure with Madisyn is over. We brought her to her mom on Friday morning and are still recovering!!!!! It’s the best kind of exhaustion a grand parent can have!
Roy and I really like these sturdy roll up hose thingies (had to look up that word since thingy isn’t a real word but the recommended plural is thingies) and brought one with us to our new little house. Roy attached it Friday so we’re all set. He created some bolt thing made up of three or four different parts to attach to the wall without damaging the vinyl siding.
Madisyn spent the night with us Saturday and went to church with us Sunday morning to Trinity and not one picture was taken. Too much playing!
Her mom picked her up after church and we went on to Lowe’s where we purchased 26 – 50 pound bags of concrete on Sunday. Roy placed them between the ditch dirt walls and the culvert outside wall to stop dirt on the side from floating away if it gets wet. More money gone into the hole, sure hope it turns out to be worth it!
Monday, February 17, 2015 – The sheet rock guys came back to put their first layer of mud on the sheet rock. Here’s pics which may not do anything for ya’ll but I see progress in every tape and mudding! The red X in one of the pictures is where the medicine cabinet will go.
Roy is going to put the porch railings in between the columns, so he measured the distance this morning. They should be the same but they weren’t. One set was 6′ 1/2″ apart and the other was 6′ 3″ apart. Since the railings need to be the same size and the two sets of columns should be the same distance apart, Roy’s out there right now moving the columns. This man is so amazing and wants everything to be just perfect – guess ya’ll can see why he married perfect me!! hahahahahaha!
He’s on his way now to order two six foot railings from Mayeux’s in Hammond where we got all the vinyl and aluminum outside stuff from. Then onto Lowe’s to buy something to attach the columns to the cement better – yes Mr. Perfection!
DISABILITY APPLICATION UPDATE:
Social Security wants my 1983 W2 from Alliance Federal Savings and Loan but they don’t even exist any longer so that will require a lot of digging. They also want something from 2007 which may be a little more doable but still requires research since I only have tax returns back to 2008.
I needed Southeastern’s approval one of of the LASERS forms but the said I can’t apply for retirement disability since I’m already retired. I have to contact their main office in Baton Rouge to ask for an exception since when I retired I didn’t know I was disabled, just knew I had brain problems which affected my ability to do my work well. Retiring then seemed like the best way for me to relieve myself of that stress and for us to get on the road in our new lifestyle.
So I’m stuck with both avenues to disability being blocked at this time. Hopefully when Mardi Gras is over and I can reach LASERS (yes the state basically shuts down for Mardi Gras and the day before which is Lundi Gras) and when I get the SS information we can move forward.
The sheet rock guys should be back tomorrow for another coating of mud so unless something thrilling happens tomorrow I won’t be writing about construction. I have updated my 2014 Mardi Gras blog and added some 2015 photos and videos. That will be published tomorrow morning!
This has been quite a day. Yesterday we thought that there wouldn’t be any construction going on today. Man were we wrong! I have to say the following in big letters, so pretend I’m standing on the roof shouting this to the world:
I ABSOLUTELY LLLLOOOOVVVVEEEE THIS HOUSE WE ARE BUILDING!!!!!!!!!!! WOW, WOW, WOW!!
The transformation from yesterday to today (sheetrock and columns) make the house look much more finished and much more what we dreamed it would look like.
The sheet rock crew showed up early this morning,instead of Monday, and by the time I woke up already had the ceiling sheet rocked! By 2 o’clock they had the sheet rock hung in the entire house! The purple sheet rock in the pictures is where water might affect it so it’s water resistant. We can see rooms take shape and really love it even more. All of the rooms are good size and we couldn’t be happier!
The vinyl siding and columns guys game back this morning so there were trucks everywhere with every one working inside and out! Our contractor Ronnie came to check out things before he leaves for Disneyworld with his family for a week. Our concerns about the window header yesterday have been resolved. We compromised. We kept the headers which will now be painted to match the real white of the window wrapping. Also the space between the header and the large board of wrapping will be caulked to close in that space making it all look like one piece. I wanted the piece along the top of the window to be removed to but the header against the large board but that would cause a problem with water getting behind the header so like I said we compromised. Floyd our vinyl siding guy is on a plane right now heading to Colorado so the “fix” will happen when he return.
Yesterday there were sticks holding the porch up, today there are beautiful columns. I’ll say it again, I LOVE THIS HOUSE! Sure wish the sheet rock trailer wasn’t in the way but you can see how great it’s turning out!
Roy bought some 10 inch massive nails to nail into trees for hanging my new bird feeders on. I just love these feeders and hope they attract lots of happy birds to come visit us!
Madisyn will be here soon so I want to wrap this up and get ready for the fun and activity we’ll have with her! A campfire and Smores are on the agenda!!
Ya’ll have a LOVELY VALENTINES! and Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!
Thursday, February 12, 2015 – I went to a local wholesale nursery, where I use to work, to buy all the shrubs for the front of our house and to hide the air conditioning unit and the water well shed. I bought 6 Encore Azaleas (they flower all summer unlike regular azaleas that only flower for less than a month.) Also bought 3 Knock Out Rose bushes, 6 Camellias and 3 Adagio Grass. The Adagio Grass is the three dead looking tall grass things on the end. The grass plants be cut back shortly and will come out beautiful, green and luscious! All the bushes are all lined up on the RV’s patio waiting for the yard to be graded and beds prepared. We hope to have the grading done soon which will give the freshly planted bushes a while before we leave to take hold.
While I was out I stopped at Brown’s Bakery on Highway 16 where I purchased some bavarian cream stuffed cupcakes. Oh my what a treat that was! I also bought some decorative bird feeders to hang on the trees, including on that is shaped like an old time camper with a pink flamingo out front. That one will be hung by our RV patio!
Roy built the roof for the water well shed and installed it. Probably not something he should have tried to do by himself but he did it well. Tomorrow it should be painted and will be finished.
Friday, February 13, 2015 – The vinyl siding installers came back today. The wall insulation man also came and did his thing. Here’s pictures and a short video of the insulation guys doing their thing!
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Lots of pictures of the vinyl siding guys. They wrapped the windows with an exterior 2 x 4 wood frame which is then covered with vinyl to match the windows. It creates a more substantial looking window than just a regular window. Only the front four at our house are being wrapped because it ain’t cheap! We’re leaving the shutters off because we really like the look we chose. You’ll see the process throughout the pictures and I warn I took lots of pictures of this!
The sun is setting now and the columns are not finished so I’ll not try to take a picture of anything now, but take them in the morning and post the finished result then in the next blog. Earlier, Roy had to ask the guys to stop putting in the window headers since they are narrower than the windows and not connected to the top of the window. They just look weird so we’ll have to wait for larger ones to come in before the whole exterior is finished. There is a picture below that has the weird looking header installed but remember it’s going away! I also took a picture of one of the side windows without the window wrapping so you could see the difference between regular and wrapped. Once the columns are finished, the house exterior will be almost finished except for the correct headers and the porch railings. Roy will be installing the railings soon.
Roy rarely just sits around lately but this morning was so cold and he didn’t want to be in the way of the workers so we built a campfire and I took a shot of him actually chillin! There is also a picture of the flower bed I created next to the RV patio with all the little clippings I brought with us from our Wardline house! There are regular azaleas, orange/yellow lantanas, gardenias, ferns and other random small plants! Most are hidden right now by the pine mulched I covered them all with. By the time we get back here later this year or next they should all be growing well. Might even happen before we leave! Check out the signs of green rye grass starting to FINALLY sprout!
00The sheet rock was just delivered ready to be hung, etc. etc. next week! Yay for walls!
There will be no building going on this weekend but we will have a special visit from Madisyn for Valentines AND she’s going to church with us Sunday! Yahoooooooo!
I attended church today at River Rock Church in Loranger with our granddaughter Madisyn and her mom Liz. For those who know our past, don’t be so shocked, yes we sat together in church and the building didn’t fall down around us!!! We both know that it’s in Madisyn’s best interest for us all to get along so we try!
I’ve been to River Rock several times over the last few years. One thing their pastor said today that I want to share is “Unless you know the Love that only God can give, you really don’t know Love. How true that is! God’s love is so big, so unconditional, so forgiving, so uplifting, so deep, so healing. and so much more. Agape love is the kind of love God has for us. It’s not a romantic love but a God love! Until you’ve given your heart and your life to Him and entered into this kind of agape love there’s just no way to truly know love.
This is where our weekend with Madisyn ended when we brought her to her mama Liz at church. We had two very special nights and a whole fantastic day playing with her yesterday. We decorated heart shaped cookies, painted rainbows, flowers and us on a piece of roofing shingle while sitting down by the pond dipping our brushes in the flowing water, practiced skipping rocks, planted flowers near the RV patio, ran around A LOT, dug dirt from the big piles and hauled it in the wheelbarrow to the plants, watered the plants, searched for colored rocks in the ditch, watched Princess Diaries, made banana and mayonnaise sandwiches (ick!), mud pies, rolled down the hills and loved on each other a lot! She is growing up so fast and is so very independent at almost 6 years old. We hope to have her some during the Mardi Gras holiday when they have a week off of school – more fun and exhaustion!!!!!!
My phone went dead (too many pictures) about this time so there’s only one more pictures – awh shucks!
Yesterday evening Roy and I took Madisyn to White’s Restaurant, not far from here. We’ve never eaten there before but always hear our friends talking about how delicious all the seafood and everything on their buffet is. Madisyn has been there before so she showed us around and picked out her snow crab claws while we filled up on fried fish, boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, onion rings, okra, boiled crabs, mushrooms, turnip greens, and on and on! Madisyn ate well and even cracked her own crab legs and got the meat out!
Yesterday morning the vinyl siding men started their work which was interesting to see how it was coming along. It took hours to do all the white trim work yesterday. Today they started the soft yellow (I call it banana cream color) siding. When I pulled up after church they were finishing for the day and hopefully will be back one day this week to finish it off. Three of the sides are done about 5/6 way up and the part over the front porch is done with the octagon shaped vent set in. I love how it looks and how the various components we chose are really coming together! The porch columns, railings, and decorative window headers will be in soon and I hope will nicely finish off the look just right.
The roofers didn’t put the drip edge on the storage building roof in the correct place so Roy had to do that himself on Saturday.
Tomorrow morning Roy Bankston will be here to start the stained cement work. I’ve never had that before but am really looking forward to seeing how it’s done!
Sunday, January 25, 2015 – During our Worship Service this morning one of the songs we sang was You are my All in All. The lyrics for the verses are below (without the chorus)
You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
Seeking You as a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I’d be a fool
You are my all in all
Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Rising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up When I am dry You fill my cup You are my all in all
This was originally a choir special, so we sang it often while practicing it. When I first heard the words that I bolded above, I felt as though those words said exactly how I look at God as my Heavenly Father. When all in life is void of meaning and I am running totally on fumes, only God can lift me up, fill my cup and give me strength, just like the song says. Those few small words say so simply what God means to me. I am never so low or so dry that he is not my all in all. No one else can do that, only God. It means so much to me that I had to pass the words of this amazing song along to you.
After we got back to Amite from church we had a wonderful visit from my sister, Harriett and brother-in-law George. This was their first visit and they loved it out here which made Roy and I very happy! It was a beautiful sunny day perfect for showing them all around and sitting outside visiting and eating King Cake!
Monday, January 26, 2015 – Roy started early cutting in half the wood stakes used in the slab forming so we can use them for firewood in our new campfire pit. He got a lot cut up.
The cabinetry and counter top company, D L Cabinetry, sent us a picture this morning of what our kitchen will look like. Yes it is small but it has everything and since we enlarged the pantry to much larger size we will have all the storage we need. The only change will be to the end cabinet on the bottom which will go from a 12″ to a 21″ cabinet because we found some more room!!!
The framers arrived again at 7 am this morning. All the interior walls were framed by lunch.
A friend of ours said he couldn’t tell there was a fence between our property and the property next door where the cows are. That’s because Roy cleared off the property line so well! I took a new picture today from a different angle where you can see the fence.
I made two more batches of the haystack snacks to go in the Thank You tins for the construction workers. I wanted more in the tins but I had to replace those I nibbled on the last couple of weeks. They are very good and addicting. Plus peanuts and peanut butter are very healthy for my brain!
Roy built a big mound of trees, bushes, and thorny vines on our land just past the culverts and set it on fire. We are sitting out here by the fire right now, enjoying watching it burn and watching the construction workers work on the house. There are several men working on the house and hearing them shout measurements to each other and discussing their work just warms my heart!
When the framers stopped working for the day at 3 pm they had sheets of boards (plywood?) around most of the exterior and the ceiling joists are going up also. Here’s pictures from their work today. Great progress made and they say they will start on the roof tomorrow!! With the interior walls studded and the exterior walls closed in you can get a better idea of the room sizes and they are not as small as I thought they may be! It will be a house before we know it!
Brain Note: North Oaks Hospital called this morning to say they dug deep into their storage and found my brain MRIs from 25+ years ago so I’ll be picking them up and bringing them to Dr. Shamsnia (brain doctor) for him to use as comparison to the more recent two!
Friday, January 23, 2015 – The rain Thursday night and this morning was heavy enough to stop the framers from working today. It was also very cold and windy.
Roy and I headed to Hammond for our follow up cortisone shots in my shoulder and his knee. We always wait at Dr. Chaisson’s office far too long, but today it was zip in and zip out. Man we liked that and our body parts are feeling way better!
From there we went to Lowe’s and tried to buy a lot but came away with just four smoke alarms, rye grass to give us some greenness to the yard around the RV and lastly we bought enough stones to make a nice campfire pit.
Then we were on to the big shopping at D L Cabinetry in Hammond to put our deposit on cabinets and granite counter tops for the kitchen and two bathrooms.
EVERYTHING CHANGED From what we picked out a month ago and were absolutely sure that’s what we were going with, to what we actually signed up for today!
The granite we wanted for the kitchen was no longer available so we picked out something new. Once we got the final quote on the kitchen cabinets we realized we could get a much better grade cabinet and still stay within the budget. Also, we went from all of them being the same cabinet styles to having different cabinet styles for the kitchen and the two baths! The only thing that seemed like it was going to survive from our original choices was the bathroom granite. After changing the cabinets and their color changing we didn’t like how it went with the bathroom granite so we changed that also. It was surprising how all that worked out.
Saturday, January 24, 2015 – Roy jumped right into building our campfire pit this morning. Everything he does has to be just so and that showed in the time he spent on the pit. He put the first ring together and took it apart numerous times before being satisfied. Some of the dirt around it had to be dug out and leveled, then spread. My big contribution was breaking up some of the big lumps of dirt and supervising his work of course!
The cows came out to see what was going on and you can see them in the picture below. We sat out there a long time this evening enjoying our first fire in our new pit. Roy has made nice progress creating our own little RV park here in Amite!
We are looking forward to a visit from my sister and brother-in-law tomorrow after church. Their first visit to our new home, can’t wait!!!
Hopefully the framing will get back in full swing on Monday and having a full week of sunshine should help us move the construction along really well this week!
Southeastern and LSU won their games Saturday by huge amounts. They are both powerhouses in their conferences. The bad news is that the Saints lost (oh how it hurts to say that word) to the Dirty Birds of Atlanta by a field goal in overtime in their first regular season game. Our defense was rotten. They face the Cleveland Browns this Sunday and, as a loyal Saints fan, I know a 1 in the Win column is on the way for us!
We are still at zero offers on our house. The volume of traffic through the house indicates a lot of interest yet no offers. After much consideration, prayer and talks with our agent we’ve decided to lower the price $10,000 from the original asking price. We’re hoping to reach a different group of home shoppers with this lower price, hoping someone will snap it up.
Roy is still working at Southeastern in his temporary position and can stay a few more weeks, Thank God!
Church softball games are one of those things for me that make me very happy! We were treated to a church softball game this week. My son’s church, Soul’s Harbor, has a new team and Chip is the coach. They lost the first game but put several runs on the board so it’s a promising start! What an amazing evangelistic outreach church softball is and I’m thankful Soul’s Harbor has started this at their church. I miss the good old days at Trinity when we had a softball league and we all cheered and fellowshiped at the ball field together. Here’s a picture of the new team! Chip’s the guy with the full beard .
My 60th birthday is coming up this Sunday, September 14th. Wow the big 60! I didn’t dread 50 because I never thought of that as old. Now I don’t really dread 60 but I do think of 60 as on my way to old (like my sister who was probably expecting that comment!!). My sister and brother in law are taking us out to dinner Saturday for my birthday. Hoping to spend some time with Madisyn on my birthday when we gather after church to celebrate. Madisyn now in school full time, dance class, cheerleading class, AWANA on Wednesday nights and has very little spare time to sleep and breathe much less spend time with us. They grow up way to fast!
We’re not traveling right now so all I can do is dream about that and look forward to future times on the road when we can share our adventures with ya’ll again.
Today being September 11th is the 13th anniversary of the day terror struck the United States on our own soil. The saying “We Must Never Forget” means so much to me. Every year I try to watch videos of that day because I feel it is extremely important that we relive the impact of that day so we don’t forget the sacrifices so many Americans made that day and in the days afterward. I don’t dwell on it except for on this day. My mind can’t wrap itself around what horrible people would do this to our country. The multitudes of young men who joined the military after that to give us renewed protection are due all our gratitude and prayers. We are a resilient country with tremendous pride for what these folks did on September 11th and afterwards. I worry so much about the path our country is on and pray daily to God for his continued mercy and grace on our country.
As much as many people want to remove our Christian faith from America, I for one will hold on to it with all my might.
Ya’ll have a wonderful weekend – it’s almost here – and ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear??!!