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!
The concrete stainers just left and the floor is stained! They re-cleaned the floor and taped spaces where the spray might land on that it shouldn’t Our process does not use acid but uses acetone. Our color is a mixture of warm walnut and cowboy something to bring out the golds we want.
I’m sure we don’t need to explain why we want a Fleur de Lis in our stained concrete floor! But just in case someone slept through the many posts where we mentioned our love for the New Orleans Saints. That design is their logo and it’s on the front of the coffee cup in the graphic to the left. The Fleur de Lis that Roy has (not Roy Chauvin but Roy Bankston) is too large for our small living room, so he’s getting a smaller one to fit in the diamond as you enter the door. This means he couldn’t put the first coat of sealer on today. They will be coming back later today to cover the floor with two layers of paper protection. He said they will put 3 or 4 layers of sealer on when they uncover the floor nearer to house completion.
Roy is a really nice guy and answered all my questions and allowed me to video some of his work. He also sprayed a coat of sealer under where the cabinets will be so I could see what it will look with some sealer on. He said it will lighten up as it dries so I’ll take another picture of that area tomorrow to get a better idea.
It’s taking the internet forever to download the pictures and videos, so I may not be able to post this until Thursday morning.
These pictures do not do the floor justice. Also without the sealer you cannot tell what it will really look like since the sealer really brings out a lot of highlights.
Roy Chauvin worked on the water well shed doors all day. Never will there be a more perfect pair of doors anywhere!!
It’s ready for a roof tomorrow and the walls to finish getting painted!
Thursday there will be no construction other than Roy working on the water well shed. I’m going to buy bushes nearby in Amite, for the front of the house tomorrow. Friday the wall insulation man will be here and the vinyl siding guys will make more progress on the siding. Next week – the many phases of sheet rock which takes a few days. The sheet rock man came today to measure everything so we got to meet him.
That’s it for today! Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 – Our stained concrete man needed Monday to finish up another job so he started this morning. The vinyl guys also came today to finish up what they could while the boss is away in Colorado for two weeks! One day this year we hope to be in Colorado so I’ll have to ask him for recommendations of places to see when he comes back.
The stained concrete guys were here early this morning. Since stained concrete seems to be something people don’t know a whole lot about and are interested in, I will be showing pictures and providing more description of what they are doing than I usually do.
The first thing they did was to score the concrete which makes what looks like big diamond shapes carved into the concrete leaving a 10″ space all around the rooms by the walls. We only had the living room and kitchen scored. The rest of the rooms will just be stained.
Next they sweep it out really good followed by wetting all the floors. They mop them and suck up all the water and dirt with a big machine. Then they buff the floor to remove the pencil markings and scuff marks on the floor. They clean it again with clear water to remove everything the buffing brought up. They leave it overnight to dry and will return tomorrow to do the staining and putting the Fleur de Lis in the cement.
The doors are locked on the house so no one accidentally goes in and disturbs all that cleanliness!! I actually like how it looks without any staining so there will be a lot of thinking on this going on between now and in the morning.
The vinyl guys were suppose to come back today but it’s almost noon and they haven’t arrived yet. Hope they do, the house sure looks weird with only part of the exterior done! Just learned they will be here Friday along with the wall insulation man.
Roy is focused today on working on the water well building. Here’s pictures of his progress today.
Roy’s gone into town to get something he needs for the well building and may work more on it this evening. If he does I’ll include those pictures tomorrow. When he’s finished building it he will paint it the same color as the house and the storage building.
I took a walk to the other side of the pond to see the house we’ve been watching being built. They were putting down the wood floors. Their walls are painted and the cabinets are in. It’s a really nice looking house and we’ve enjoyed watching it being built across the pond these last few weeks.
February 4, 2015 – Not much happening here today other than more air conditioning installation this evening. Hopefully the correct size windows will arrive tomorrow and be installed – yay for rain not pouring into the windows any more! Friday we’ll have our next inspection and Saturday the vinyl siding installation will begin!
Roy spent this dreary, rainy day on the road returning some things we don’t need at Home Depot and Lowe’s and loading up on paper items at Sam’s.
I’ve spent the day catching up on creating new posts for my other two blogs, Wacky Wonderful Wednesdays (WWW) and Some Things I Learned About Alzheimer’s (STILAA) since there hasn’t been much time for that recently.
I’m closed up in my bedroom writing blog posts and jamming to Bruce Willis’ Return of Bruno (1987) one of my all time favorite CDs. Both my boys will remember us cleaning the house to his songs every Saturday morning, loud and wall thumping!! If you’ve never heard Bruce Willis sing you don’t know what you’re missing!!!!!
I’ve been asked a couple of times what happened to WWW and STILAA since some folks weren’t being notified about them any longer. What’s happened is that those folks missed the post about WWW and STILAA moving to their own sites!
This means you won’t be notified when a new one is published UNLESS you specifically go to one of the posts for that blog and click on the ‘FOLLOW” button on the right. Then enter your email address and from then on you will receive notice when a new one comes out. Easy peasy!
Here’s links to the most recent post for each of these blogs if you want to catch up or FOLLOW:
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 – Roofing material and three roofers showed up this morning at 8 am. Here’s some before and after pictures of the house and a picture of the storage building with it’s roof finished.
LATE AFTERNOON Roy and I spent many hours today at Lowe’s getting what we hope are the last things we’ll need to buy for the house. Door stops, light fixtures (for both bathrooms, master closet, master hallway, laundry room and pantry, shower rods, front and rear door locks, interior door knobs, siding for the well shed, roach killer for inside the walls, cans of foam to fill up holes, dozens of light bulbs, a broom and other miscellaneous items. You wouldn’t want to see the total of all that. So many decisions made at one time wore both of us out but it’s done!
This is Roy and Ronnie unloading our quite full truck, Boots, into the storage building. Thank goodness Roy built that building!
Here’s picture of the bathroom light fixtures. I really like both so I wanted to show you!
It’s unusual for us to hear people working after 5 but the air condition men are here installing all that. They will probably take this evening and tomorrow evening but that’s one more we can scratch off the list. This is Cory and Tory in our living room getting ready to do the A/C work!
I don’t believe anyone is coming during the day tomorrow so maybe Roy and I can get some rest.
Medical update: My neurologist ordered additional blood work to check B and D vitamins and other minerals and nutrients that I could be deficient in causing the brain atrophy. I had the blood work done this morning (6 vials of blood…. ick) and will see Dr. Shamsnia next week for him to review that and my previous MRIs compared to the most current two. Finally got the Social Security disability application finished. Took several days working on it. I’m also applying to LASERS (Louisiana Retirement) for disability through then in case I have problem getting Social Security disability due to not working in the SS system the last 10 years.