03.05.15 Granite counter tops, back splashes and sinks – Ta Da!!

im pretending to be here beach Thursday, March 5, 2015 – Shiver, shiver is all I can say about the weather here today. I’m staying inside the RV as much as possible today!

There is so much going on at the house for the next few days it feels like one of those houses that is built in 7 days!

The granite counter tops for the kitchen and both bathroom and under mount sinks are being installed today. The plumber will install toilets, faucets, etc. tomorrow. The stained concrete crew will remove the covering from the flooring tomorrow also (sealing the floors doesn’t happen prayFriday). Either tomorrow or Saturday the closet shelving guy will be here to take care of that in the closets, pantry and laundry room!

Sure hope each of those crews comes at different times! Let’s see how it goes!

Right now the money is just flowing out.  I checked our construction account and every day two or three sizable checks go through.

Sure hope today is the last day we see this for our flooring!

20150305_143526The counter tops are installed with back splashes and the crown molding for the cabinets is installed too.  When I 11034181_10101388058162614_4800682364405514984_nsaw it all coming in I was so happy.  After only seeing a 4 inch by 4 inch sample piece for so long and not really knowing what the whole thing would look like, I admit I was a little nervous about it.  Just like the stained concrete floors, we’ve not seen it sealed so we haven’t really seen how it will look.

So far all of our choices blend well.  The marble has browns in it that match the pendants and the dark maple cabinets.  It also has some golds that blend well with the walls.  It also has some greys in it that don’t match anything but we like the addition of that in the mix!  The bathroom granite has more black spots that go great with the espresso (black) cabinets and medicine cabinets.

Here’s pictures from throughout the process today!

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Guest bathroom granite counter top and under mount oval sink
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Installers holding up the main sink piece of granite
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Kitchen counter tops just laying there!

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Beveled edge of the 3 cm kitchen counter top we got in place of the bull nose 2 cm top.

Roy purchased Levolor horizontal white wood blinds for all the windows and is installing them as I am writing. Here are pictures of one finished and one he’s just started on.

20150305_16060820150305_161348It’s 4:30 and I’m going to wrap today’s post up.  More pictures tomorrow from when they finish the counter tops today.

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03.04.15 Part Two – The cabinets arrived a day early, porch railings and microwave!

z2High temperatures here in Amite on Thursdays was 81.  High temperature on Friday will be in the low 40s.  Wish it would level off somewhere in between for a while!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – We were having a hard time getting the cabinet/counter top folks to commit to Thursday for delivery and installation.  They surprised us by bringing the cabinets on Wednesday.  That was a BIG surprise and the electrician was just finishing up so we scrambled to clean up and get the space ready for the kitchen cabinets and the two bathroom cabinets to go in.  The electricians and cabinet men finished their work Wednesday evening and these pictures are from then. The cabinet men did not have the crown molding for top of cabinets so the counter top men will bring that Thursday.

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Espresso cabinets for both bathrooms
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Family room full of cabinets and the electricians finishing up.
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Cabinet installers working in the kitchen
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Light fixture in master bathroom
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Pendants over kitchen bar
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Dark Carmel kitchen cabinets installed up close

20150304_15004720150304_164519 20150304_164717   20150304_164947 Late this afternoon Roy and I installed the microwave oven!  It’s the same design and brand as all the other kitchen appliances.  Here’s a look!

20150304_174022 20150304_174901On Thursday the granite counter tops will be delivered and installed. The finishing plumbing items: toilets, fixtures, etc. will be delivered Thursday and installed Friday.

What we have left to finish the house is:
Toilets, sinks and tubs all hooked up to water – Friday
Install closet shelving in closets, laundry room and pantry – Friday/Saturday
Air Conditioning outside unit installed – Monday
Pick up of porta potty – yeah!!! – Monday

Some time next week:
Stained concrete floors sealed and fleur de lis installed
Appliances delivered and installed
Underground electrical service to the house
Permanent electricity to house hooked up with meter installed
Trim work completed – after cabinets are installed
Paint touched up
Final grading of land including filling in around and on top of the back culvert and additional gravel in several places
Planting bushes around house

We should be ready for someone to move in around March 15th.  I’m going to start advertising it tomorrow as soon as I have pictures of the kitchen with counter tops on!

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03.04.15 Light fixtures – yipee! BIG SURPRISE NEWS and HAPPY 6TH BIRTHDAY MADISYN

our days are for his praise Tuesday, March 3, 2015 My job today was to clean the exterior doors and to scrape and clean all the windows inside and out.  For once I’m glad we only have 7 windows!   I was surprised to find not much sheet rock and paint on the windows but they were nasty so they got a good cleaning.  Each ifyoure going to rise you might as well shinewindow took at least 4 cleanings and will probably need another before the house construction is finished.

Roy’s job was to sweep out the house, finish up installing the exterior door locks, and place all the boxes of light fixtures in the correct room.  He laid them out, along with enough bulbs for each fixture. I can’t wait till they are all installed!

 20150303_121436 20150303_121444THEN he started shoveling more mud which he says was going to end up in the pond but he wanted to shore up the entry to the culvert, just in case another flood occurs before he implements Plan B.  He explained Plan B to me but I think we’ll wait and let pictures describe it when it happens.

20150303_132234Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – Madisyn Ann Chauvin’s 6th birthday has arrived!  We won’t see her today but I’m sure the day will be filled with specialness for her!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADISYN!

Our electrician, Jerry Joiner, and his helper are here today installing the light fixtures.  Here’s some early morning pictures of their progress.

20150304_09295820150304_093130 20150304_093102 20150304_093051 20150304_093023  Later in the day I checked in on Jerry and these pictures are of the rest of the fixtures installed.

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All closets, pantry and laundry room have these LED lights
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Round LED light for kitchen
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1 of 5 smoke detectors
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Kitchen bar pendant lights and kitchen LED light

Even though I don’t have pictures of the bathroom light fixtures yet (and they are my favorite fixtures), I am wrapping up this blog post because you’ll be reading for days if I shared the BIG SURPRISE NEWS for the day in this one.  Check back next time to find out!

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03.02.2015 Thanks to all of you – AND – The dam broke again!

First I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who reads our blog.  Our stats are soaring through the roof!  Golly gee whilickers! Don’t know exactly what you’re liking, just that lots of people are reading it!

sorrow and despairMonday, March 2, 2015 – My husband Roy is currently in a state of devastation over the severe flooding around the culvert this morning. I didn’t do all the work he did but I’m coming up a close second. The video below says it all.

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You probably won’t see this as Sorrow and Despair but we are feeling that way right now. The 40 loads of dirt and 26 additional cement bags Roy put at the opening of the culvert nearest the pond went washing away this morning from the force of this morning’s rain.  The water is going in the culvert and ALL AROUND THE RIGHT SIDE OF IT.

Bags of concrete, chunks of concrete, sheet rock, nails and everything else that was shoved along the right side of the culvert are gone.  Most everything on the left side is still there since the heavy flow didn’t break through on the left side.  It is about the saddest sight we could see this morning.

So much work and so much effort gone.  Lots of pictures following from later in the day when things slowed down. You can see a huge difference between the rush of water earlier and what’s going through it now:

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A ball near the top left, a cup and paper from somewhere after the storm. Can’t see our sheet rock, nails, cement bags, etc. They must have sunk or are at the other end of the pond.
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Beautiful pines with water droplets!
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Much later after Roy transferred the six remaining cement bags from the right end to the left end whee the water goes into the cement.

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Roy’s brilliant mind is probably formulating a Plan B for the culvert issue but I don’t dare ask him about it now.  We have to get through this mourning stage before I dare do that!  He has already moved the remaining cement bags from the pond end to the woods end to create a larger barrier.  We’re anticipating rain most of the week so hopefully this will take care of that or at least reduce the possible damage.

Our wonderful painters, Toxey Koehn, and his crew are finished up all the painting the can do for now.  Now I get to go in there and clean up the floors real good and set out all the lighting fixtures so the electrician, Jerry Joiner, can install them early Wednesday.  Some of our budget overage is due to us picking out the light fixtures we wanted instead of the ones in the budget…… Once he has the lights installed the Washington St Tammany Electric Cooperative will come out and connect permanent electricity to the house.

Later in the week the cabinets, counter tops and air conditioning unit will be installed.

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03.01.15 Birthday Happy to Madisyn!

west2Sunday, March 1, 2015 – Grannie and Paw Paw were called in to keep Madisyn over night so her mom, dad and Kim could decorate and get everything ready for her 6th birthday party.  So we played, snuggled, slept and took her to church with us.

We played outside while there was still light on Saturday.  I also took pictures of the newly cleared area on our land next to the pond. Now that Roy’s built a partial bridge over the culvert he was able to ride the lawnmower over there and cut back a lot of brush.

b1 b2 b4This is a close up of one of our medicine cabinets.  It has beveled glass on the front, a beautiful black frame and mirrored insides with glass shelves.

b7A look at the fresh paint job from the living room into the kitchen.  They will be back Monday to finish things up. b6 Here Madisyn is with several other children during the special children’s time in the worship service with our pastor Dr. Randy Davis.

20150301_110833Next are pictures of her “Under the Sea” Ariel birthday party at our son Chip, her daddy’s, home.  There were a lot of wonderful under the sea decorations and delicious food outside but I somehow didn’t take one picture of that. 20150301_133300 20150301_133310 20150301_134704  20150301_134849 20150301_151140   20150301_152035This ends our Birthday Happy celebration for sweet Madisyn!  This has probably been the first day we did not go into the house once.  When we returned this evening both of us crashed for at least two hours.  We’re watching our favorite show “Once Upon A Time” and then going to crash again.  Take a lot for two old folks to recover from a 6 year old’s birthday party!

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02.28.2015 Painting and visiting!!

relaxing saturdaySaturday, February 28, 2015 – Bye Bye February!  Tomorrow we will welcome in the month of March, one of my favorite months because of new flower blossoms, new leaves on trees and more 70 degree days!

Our painting trio are back today making great progress.

20150228_123311 20150228_123327  20150228_123402 20150228_123413 20150228_123557Got a call from the counter top people that the counter top we chose was unavailable.  It was suppose to be put aside for us when we gave them the deposit three weeks ago but it wasn’t.  However they offered to give us 3 cm granite in the same design instead of the lesser expensive 2 cm granite we chose at the 2 cm price!!!  The 3 cm is available in a beveled edge instead of the bull nose edge.  That’s okay too!  We are hopeful the cabinets and counter tops will begrowing old together installed next Thursday.

My sister Harriett and Brother in law George are on their way to see us right now.  Then Madisyn will be here over night so I am trying to finish this before all the fun begins!

Madisyn is staying the night with us tonight and going to church with us tomorrow so that mommy, daddy and Kim have time to decorate and get everything prepared for her birthday part tomorrow.  Plus it will make it all a surprise for her when she sees it tomorrow for the first time.  It is absolutely wonderful to see the three adults working together on something benefiting Madisyn.  The little girl deserves that and I am proud of all three of them for making this happen.

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02.27.15 Building a house is a piece of cake!

734401_833048396710692_1983591327_nWell this is the second time writing today’s blog.  The first one was finished complete with pictures and it disappeared.  Sure hope I remember everything I wrote in that one, it was good!

Friday, February 27, 2015 – Yep, building a house is a piece of cake, with the right contractor and subcontractors that is!  After a slow start due to holidays, rains, and other delays our house has gone up fast.  We are now within a week or two of the house being completed!! Thanks to Ronnie Glover, Cory Glover and all our subs!

A really nice and friendly trio of painters were at the house bright and early and started by prepping everything by filling nail holes and caulking corners and edges.  As we left I can hear them in the house spraying the ceilings!!!!! Here’s a couple of pics of their earlier work.

c10 c9We took Dora (our RV) to Amite to fill her up with propane.  We also stopped at the gas station to fill up with diesel while it is still $2.39 a gallon. Dora’s now full and happy. We also stopped at Walmart to pick up 5 items and came out1016835_1100500646642875_783139052894355040_n with 50. Just wanted fruit to make a fruit tray for Madisyn’s birthday party but we wound up buying almost enough food for us for a week. I’ve been having trouble finding our truck when I go shopping but today Dora in all her big glory was there for me to easily find!

Had a wonderful phone visit on a dear friend, Pat Turner, whose husband Bill died of Alzheimer’s and her neighbor was just diagnosed. I believe she is going to share my Alzheimer’s blog with the husband, who is very new to all this. If you know of someone my blog would help please share this link with them. https://rosalynsalzheimersblog.wordpress.com/

1377629_609944762377739_2100035853_nWhen we came home from our trip to town the painters were leaving for the day. They painted all the doors, all the ceilings and the walls in the master bedroom, closet and bath. I was so tickled to see color on the walls. They will be back tomorrow and can’t wait to see it finished! Here’s pictures of today’s painting.  Roy and I really like painting the ceiling the same color as the walls and you can see that here.  The ceilings still look lighter even though they are the same color.

c11 c7 c4  c6We didn’t think the living room and kitchen ceilings were painted until we moved around some and could tell it was.  The last picture above shows this.

Our vinyl man, Floyd Fayard came this afternoon to finish caulking the work he did last week.  I showed him the new bench Roy made for down by the pond since Roy used the ends of the front porch columns to make the bench legs from.  Here’s pictures of the bench.

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02.25.15 Interior doors, trim work and remaining work list

wednesday blessingsWednesday, February 25, 2015 – The ceiling was insulated this morning – no pictures of that!

The trim man and our contractor, Ronnie, were here early too!  I didn’t go over to the house until noon, it is way too cold and rainy. When I did I was amazed to see all the doors hung, the attic stairs installed and the window seats installed.  Still needs baseboards and crown moulding and the living room window framing isn’t finished.  It is wonderful to see the finishing touches starting now.  I love the doors we chose.  They are not the regular rectangular shaped panels but have a more country feel to them.

None of the doors or trim work are painted yet.  The color of the doors now look light grey but they will all be white when painted. Painting will start tomorrow – goody, goody!  Hopefully by Monday it will all be painted and the other finishing items will go in next week and the following week.

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Attic stairs
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Mr. Joe cutting trim on the front porch
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Bedroom door
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Living room window – trim not finished
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Pantry door on the left and laundry doors on the right – Little Joe in front!

We still have a whole page of items to be completed before it’s totally complete but we’re very close.For those who are in the midst of construction or are considering it and are wondering what’s left here’s the list, not necessarily in the order they have to be done:

Stained concrete floors sealed and fleur de lis installedcheck list
Interior painting
Install cabinets in granite counter tops in kitchen
Install cabinets and granite vanity top in bathrooms
Install closet shelving in closets, laundry room and pantry
Electrical fixtures installed
Underground electrical service to the house
Permanent electricity to house hooked up with meter installed
Outside air condition unit installed and hooked up
Toilets, sinks and tubs all hooked up to watergeting things done
Pick up of porta potty – yeah!!!
Medicine cabinets installed
Trim work completed – after cabinets are installed
Final grading of land including filling in around and on top of the culvert and additional gravel in several places
Planting bushes around house

These are exciting times in our house construction.  If you’d like to come visit and check it out, please do.   Any day (except Sunday all day this week) any time.  We’re here and would love to show you our cute cottage before it’s occupied and we can’t!

Just got the call from the Roseland Permit Office that our septic system passed inspection and I can get our permit showing it’s completed!

Tuesday, February 26, 2015 – Our electrician came back today to do some more work.  The cabinet/counter top rep came to take final measurements now that the sheet rock is completely finished.  The trim man finished his work this morning putting up the crown molding and window trim.   That’s it for Thursday’s construction.  Painting will start Friday!!!

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07.02.14 God’s blessings while we’re getting the house ready for sale!

blog 4The picture above says it all.  One exhausted, worn out man taking a break in front of his fan with holes and paint on his shirt and pants!  He didn’t get to do too much of this but it was nice when he did!  This post covers our last two weeks so it may turn out to be a long one.  We haven’t visited any interesting locations except inside and outside our sticks and bricks house but hope to be heading out west where we’ve planned many wonderful stops and will, of course, be sharing them with ya’ll!

Our days the last two weeks have been full from sun up till after sun down.  No more sleeping late for us for a while, though we’ve been so exhausted that we fall into bed as soon as we’re finished for the day and sleep soundly until the alarm goes off!  Our renters have moved out and we had a long list of work needed to get the house ready to put on the market.

Day after day was spent cleaning, painting, repairing, weeding and dozens of other jobs.  We cleaned all the kitchen cabinet fronts and the master vanity which is a beautiful piece of wood furniture with many many crevices and ornate woodwork and a marble top.  I used six different chemicals or blends of homemade chemicals to clean glass work (glass bath doors, vessel sink and waterfall faucet, ceramic cook top). Just a little note here when you mix baking soda and vinegar it acts like it wants to blow up which was rather frightening since I was in the house alone at the time. That did stop and after adding more baking soda it made a nice paste to scrub with.  Then there was scrubbing walls (I went through 21 magic erasers – my new favorite cleaning tool), painting walls, baseboards, banisters, stairs.  Roy painted a lot of this including the trim on the two dormers on the roof (we call them dog houses!). Then there was lots of wood floor revitalizing, pressure washing, repairing some things, buying lots of things, planting new plants, transplanting old ones, and mulching what we could.

blog 8Painting the dormer trim, see pictures below, involved Roy climbing on the metal roof after attaching a bolt to the floor inside the second floor of the house attached to a rope going out the window and tied around his waist. Because there are two windows he had to attach the bolt and rope for one, unattach it when he was finished, take it to the other room, attach and reattach that one, Reaching the top of the trim involved putting a step ladder on the roof, me going inside to the second floor and holding onto the ladder through the windows hoping I wasn’t going to let it slip and see my husband tumble down the roof.  Even if he was attached to the rope who know how he would fall!

blog2blog3Weeds were pulled from the gardens every day by the bushel full. At the end of the two weeks new weeds had already dared to grow back in some of the first gardens I weeded. This Louisiana rain sure does grow some strong weeds!  I have scratches, bug bites and I think poison ivy on 10394041_10152457151943903_3710178840653846148_nevery inch of my hands, arms, legs and feet.  I usually post pictures of most everything but you would not want to see pictures of my skin right now! I think it looks like leprosy, Madisyn says it looks like chicken pox.

We got an estimate from a professional painter for just the trim outside (not the dormers) and the walls inside.  It was a very fair estimate and probably right in line with other painters but way way over what we can afford.  Again God blessed us by putting this wonderful man who paints by day at Southeastern and has for years, into our lives.  Roy saw him painting at the office and just mentioned he could use a man like him at the house.  He said he’d stop by the next day and he did.  From noon till about 7 that night and a couple of hours the next morning he painted all the trim ceilings, columns, and windows on the front and back and the green decking  and shutters on the front porch.

What a tremendous burden that took off Roy and the amount he wanted was less than one-fourth of what the original estimate was and this guy did a perfect job! Roy painted the white trim on the sides of the house leading up to the second story peak which was very difficult but the rest added to that would have been too much.

Anyone in Hammond wanting this guys contact info please let us know.  He was a pleasure to work with and I’d highly recommend him.

IMG_20140717_143759_042 IMG_20140717_143914_110When I post cute little graphics about God’s blessings and what he can and will do it’s real, this is a perfect living example of God taking care of us because we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior and gave our lives to him.  The first weekend I had chest pains from doing so much work, being 10489924_10152472930218903_7163219169099977594_nunder so much stress and not eating properly.  Once I rested for a little bit that weekend I was better but the scope of what we were trying to accomplish was bigger than Roy, me, Chip or our finances could handle and he stepped in to ease that.  What an amazing God we serve!

Since we sold our lawnmower we went in search of someone to cut our grass and found a wonderful man to do it and his first grass cutting and weed eating made everything look wonderful.  Thanks Scott Tribble for being the wonderful Christian responsible man you are!  He’ll cut the grass for us ever 10 days until we sell the house.

Roy’s working 10 hour days at the University now (temporarily doing his old job) so I had plenty of alone time working at the house.  He was off for four days for the 4th of July holiday and took a day off work the following week so we could finish it all in fourteen days. Fourteen long, awful, draining, exhausting days.

It took 5 days of work (not full days) to pressure wash the house, garage and all our sidewalks and porches. Roy, our son Chip and I took turns with that wonderful project.

Chip helped in so many different ways and I truly believe without his help and God sending us the painter this project may have been more than Roy or my health could handle.  It was fun having Chip around and seeing him take such pride in the work he was doing.  From digging up azaleas and transplanting them for me, to hauling off piles and piles of branches, pressure washing the whole garage and carport, and more things I can’t remember, his help was a blessing! One of the best things Chip did for us was to make sure we had lunch every day and wonderful Gatorade to keep us well nourished. IMG_20140717_143853_053

We finished the last item on our seemingly never ending list a couple of days ago, Roy’s been working every day at Southeastern and I’m recovering while trying to make some headway on cleaning the RV which got severely neglected for two weeks!

The MLS internet listing pictures turned out beautiful.  I’m so thankful they used a professional photographer because she captured the house’s features in a beautiful way!  Thanks to Kelly (photographer), Tiffany and Jamie (our realtors) for doing such a wonderful job!  Check out the pictures at http://www.kw.com/homes-for-sale/70401/LA/Hammond/11337-WARDLINE-Rd/3yd-KW-8_998527.html

IMG_20140717_143811_262This is our address on Wardline Road.  I’ve always loved these tiles and wanted this picture to  remember this neat little momento of our time living in this lovely home!

We just got word that they are showing the house at 1 pm today!  Wonderful Scott came by to cut the grass just in time for him to finish before they get here.  Do you see it?  God’s timing is always perfect.

Here’s praying everyone has a restful, peaceful, recuperative weekend.  It’s forecasted to rain here all weekend so we’re going to hunker down and watch movies as much as possible.  If these folks don’t buy the house we’ll let you know when it does sell which will mean we’ll be preparing to move out west!  We might just have to buy us a couple of cowboy hats for the journey!