02.16.15 Sheet rocking, hose reel and column moving!

aaa useRoy 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.

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ROY CREATED THE ATTACHMENTS TO THE WALL SO IT DOESN’T CRUSH THE VINYL SIDING!

20150214_115702Madisyn 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.

20150216_120555 20150216_120608 20150216_120639 20150216_120647 20150216_120731 20150216_120802Roy 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!

20150216_120839He’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!

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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.

mardi gras crawfish and shrimp dividerThe 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!

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02.14.2015 For a house that wasn’t going to see construction today – WOW!!!

K9iRdEXceThis 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!

s1 s2 s3 s4 s5s6 s7The 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!

a1 a3ex1 ex2 ex 4Roy 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!

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BIRD FEEDER – OLD TIMEY CAMPER WITH PINK FLAMINGO
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MADISYN IS FASCINATED BY LADY BUGS SO THIS BIRD FEEDER IS HERS!
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THIS BIRD FEEDER WAS GOOFY SO I BOUGHT IT!

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!

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02.13.15 Beautiful bushes, vinyl siding and wall insulation!

wondeerful day 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.

20150214_13150020150213_093028 20150213_093010 20150213_092938 20150213_092933 20150213_092618While 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!

20150213_092954Roy 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.

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Roy is showing the removable beam and the raised roof to Ronnie. This is so that if there is a need for the well pump to come up the roof doesn’t have to be torn off but can just be raised!
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An up close view of the stop Roy made so the roof doesn’t fall over to the back when it is raised. He’s is just sooooo smart!
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This is a switch Roy ordered to turn on the heat light when the temperature goes below 32 degrees. It kicks off when it goes back over 37 degrees.

20150213_123815 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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20150213_091155 20150213_091207 20150213_104948 20150213_094553 20150213_094630Lots 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!

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Ryan our insulation guy and Floyd our vinyl siding guy!

20150213_091318 20150213_103850 20150213_103857 20150213_103931  20150213_105053 20150213_10521420150213_134358The 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.

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REGULAR WINDOW WITHOUT WRAPPING
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WINDOW WITH WRAPPING

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20150213_170537Roy 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!

20150213_09581700 20150213_093200 20150213_093132The sheet rock was just delivered ready to be hung, etc. etc. next week!  Yay for walls!

20150213_142157There 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!

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02.11.15 Concrete is stained!

saints good morningThe 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.

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BEFORE STAIN THIS MORNING
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AFTER STAIN KITCHEN FLOOR

Roy Chauvin worked on the water well shed doors all day.  Never will there be a more perfect pair of doors anywhere!!

20150210_162016 20150210_170747 20150210_170759 20150210_17425720150211_144900 20150211_144909 20150211_161201 20150211_161213It’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!

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02.08.15 Fun with Madisyn, white trim and yellow siding!

wanta hangI 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 love of godis “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!!!!!!

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DECORATED HEART COOKIES – ONE FOR MADISYN AND ONE FOR HER MOMMY
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RUNNING UP AND DOWN THE PILES OF DIRT
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DIGGING DEEP INTO THE DIRT
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SKIPPING PEBBLES ON THE POND
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THE POND LOOKED SO BEAUTIFUL AND PEACEFUL I HAD TO TAKE A PICTURE
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LOOKING FOR COLORED ROCKS (SHE SAID SHE WAS LOOKING FOR GOLD!) WHERE THE WATER FLOWS BETWEEN THE CULVERT AND THE POND
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SHE FOUND SOMETHING SHE REALLY LIKED!
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HEART SHAPED ROCK THAT SHE FOUND!
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PAINTING ON A SHINGLE DOWN BY THE POND
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FINISHED SHINGLE – GRANNIE HELPED A BIT!

My phone went dead (too many pictures) about this time so there’s only one more pictures – awh shucks!

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MADISYN FIXING PAW PAWS HAIR AND PUTTING A CURLER IN IT!

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.

 

20150208_125604 20150208_125619 20150208_125721 20150208_130156 20150207_112820The 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.

20150208_125856Tomorrow 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!

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02.03.15 Roofing, air conditioning and big shopping spree!

10428548_1089683771057896_2714292691544921573_nTuesday, 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.

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b4 b5 b6 b7  b9Roy 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!

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Here’s picture of the bathroom light fixtures.  I really like both so I wanted to show you!

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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!

20150203_171942I 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.

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02.01.15 Family Sunday

Sunday, February 1, 2015 – Our Sunday was full of family!  Sunday morning we worshiped with Chip, Kim and Madisyn.  Chip is a “Connect Group” leader.  Their connect groups are small groups based around a common interest of that group.  Chip’s is Softball.  The picture below is of all the Connect Group leaders in front of the church.   The church moved into it’s new building (the old Schwegmann’s building) in Hammond.  It is huge and very nicely done.

a1On Saturday Chip’s church created a video of three of their family members (Chip was one of them) sharing their testimonies of turning to God from their addictions, and how their lives have been changed forever. They showed the video during Sunday morning worship.  I’m so proud of Chip being willing to share his darkest times so that others can see the amazing work God has done in his life.  The video was great and if I can get a copy of it, I will share with ya’ll.

Chip treated us all to lunch at Cracker Barrel.  Eating out with two little ones under two years old and a five year old is quite eventful.  It sure makes Roy and I eating out alone seem quite boring!  We loved it!

a2They all followed us to Amite where we showed them the progress we made on the house and in clearing out all the brush and trees.  Here’s some pics of the little ones and big ones checking it all out!

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Chip, Braxton and Madisyn checking out the path along the pond.
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Chip, Braxton, Kim, Bentley and Madisyn making their way across the temporary path to the other side of the culvert.
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Madisyn, Kim, Bentley, Chip, Braxton and Roy making their way down the hill.
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Chip and his little buddy, Braxton
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Chip and Bentley checking out the view from the rear guest bedroom window.
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Madisyn crawled inside the return air space after seeing her daddy crawl in there.
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Bentley and Braxton with their “Superman” rain boots Grannie Rosalyn bought them!

Braxton and Bentley are very active little guys now.  After hours of play and activity we put on the TV “Bubble Guppies”.  This is the stillest you will ever see these little ones.  They and Madisyn made themselves comfortable on the floor and for 30 minutes there was calmness and quiet in the Chauvin household!  As soon as it went off they were ready for a nap and then more fun!

a9We all watched some of the Super Bowl together which was eventful with three little ones playing around.  It rained for most of the day so we spent a lot of time inside.  They left in time to get Madisyn home for bedtime so she’d get a good night sleep and be ready for school tomorrow.

It was so wonderful to have this time today to spend with all of them.  We hope to leave here by early to mid March so time for this is growing short.  I’m certain we’re off to a good start making the most of this time.

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01.26.15 “You are my All in All” and more house framing!

i am a child of godSunday, 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

prayTaking 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.

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#60122 -kitchenThe 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.

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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.

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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!

b4 a2a1 a4When 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!

a3 a5 a6 a7Brain 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!

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01.24.15 Cabinets and counter tops on order…. and our new campfire pit!

weekend blessing 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 thethings you want to do go do them 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!

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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!

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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!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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