Sunday, April 22, 2012

Week 25 - Taking a Break

We have a signed purchase and sale in hand! Woo hoo! However, the closing is not for a few months. Oh well.

After spending 6-7 days per week for the past six months on the project house, the Mr. was ready for a short break before going down the final punch list.

I, too, am suffering project house fatigue and am disinclined to go back until it is done and dusted.

Last week, the Mr. spent his days getting things in order at our estate.

First up was a thorough clean up in the barn (including polishing and sharpening all tools). Looks spiffy, don't you think?

He built wheeled platforms for all the bulky tools that aren't used every day. Much easier than having to haul them out from under a bench and set them up. This way, they can be tucked in a corner during idle moments and easily brought into the work area as needed.

Jimmy Scooby Doo and his boys came over to help out with the landscaping. After greeting the pups, off to work they went.

When we bought this house 12 years ago, the property was, well, distressed.

Over the ensuing years, the Mr. has carved out magnificent flower beds in the front. Since they haven't had the benefit of mulch in a while, he ordered a gigantic dumpster of mulch which Jimmy and the boys helped spread.

The gardens have three main sections; shade, partial shade, and full sun. Here's the shady end where you can see the ground cover is coming in nicely.

The view down the length of the garden. It's an impressive piece of land to tend, but for the Mr., his flower beds are a labor of love and I certainly appreciate the results.

Down on the sunny end, the colors are starting to pop.

And he finally purchased and planted a new maple tree. We had a little maple at our old house that he had tended from a baby. My one regret was that we didn't take it with us when we moved, but now we have Jr. Maple Tree so all is right.

It's been very weird weather this year and I was concerned our flowering dogwood wasn't going to figure out that it was spring, but it's starting to get the idea.

There are still some inspections to check off the list and a few doors to hang, along with all the "this and that" of getting things completely finished. So, after a much needed and restorative break, it's back to work tomorrow.

Mango Momma

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Week 23 - Wood Floors

I'm a project manager by trade. That means I spend most of my days listening to optimistic engineers tell me how something will be finished in a day or two and quietly putting a more realistic time of a week or two into the schedule.

So when the Mr. tells me "one more week" I know in my wee brain that we are about a month away from completion. No worries. I know that after 23 weeks, he is super ready for it to be done, but it takes as long as it takes.

This week was spent putting in the wood flooring. It's hard work, up, down, on hands and knees, but the result is stunning.

He built a threshold to put between the wood and the tile so that there is a nice transition.

And glued it in place so that there wouldn't be nail holes. The pole is temporary to apply pressure while the glue dries.

I know, you're all wondering "where's Gerry? where's Jimmy? where is this week's action movie?" If only. Things are kind of hung up in that quarter waiting for the electrician to wire up the boiler. Tick tock, tick tock.

Mango Momma

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Week 22 - Oh so close (with video)

Well, if the Mr.'s back holds out, we should be done in a week. All that remains is the living room floor and the punch list.

Outside, Jimmy Scooby Doo and his boys are perking up the grounds with some mulch.

The nasty stuff got all cleared out in back thanks to a day with the back hoe.

See? No more tires.

Fear not. They were properly disposed of.

Oooo, nice job, Jimmy. The yard looks happier already.

Inside the carpets are all in. Once again, we went for boring. Sigh.

And the little half bath finally got a floor that the Mr. liked so it is all good to go.

The kitchen appliances arrived and are installed.

Gerry No Crack had to do some plumber thing in the washer / dryer cabinet. Not sure what he is doing with a screw gun... watch out!

I made another super action movie! You'll hear me ask Spawn of Jimmy about my rhododendrons. For those of you who forget, the Mr. bought about 87 beauties for the last house and even though I begged Jimmy and the boys to leave some behind, they took them all away. Boo hoo.

Why is the Mr. grinning like a fool? Well, it turns out we might have a buyer already! Woot woot!

Mango Momma