Update on the Dream House

Beautiful day in the great northwest, 63 degrees and sunny.

Sorry I have neglected posting on this site.  I have been busy moving in.  Entertaining my grandkids that came to visit for a week.  Putting up closets and unpacking.  We have been in the house for almost 2 months and I still have a gazillion boxes to unpack.

Our steps aren’t finished yet, because I just haven’t gotten to it.  I did buy a step cap from home depot to see if I can make it match, but have been doing other things and that is just going to wait for a little bit longer.

We have been busy doing yard work as it has just been too beautiful to stay inside.  We have been putting in railroad ties and hopefully next week we will go and get some 2X6 boards to put up.  We are anxious to have our sweet Kinzie with us.  She has been boarding next door.  She will probably get lonesome when she come to our house, so she will have to visit her Romeo every now and then because they play so well together.

Now for a few pictures:

The entryway.
The entryway.
Another shot of the foyer.  The beautiful clock was a present for our Daughters Debbie and Diana.  The little photo of the horse is a gift from my favorite author Shanna Hatfield.
Another shot of the foyer. The beautiful clock was a present for our Daughters Debbie and Diana. The little photo of the horse is a gift from my favorite author Shanna Hatfield.

Now for the boring closets:

This is the closet innerds that I have to assembly.  Ugh.
This is the closet innerds that I have to assembly. Ugh.

Then the finished closet:

One closet done and 6 more to go.  Double ugh!!
One closet done and 6 more to go. Double ugh!!

Now for my favorite spot, my office:

My office from one angle
My office from one angle
Getting all cozy.  Have my reading chair.  I may never come down stairs again.
Getting all cozy. Have my reading chair. I may never come down stairs again.

Now for a couple of photos of my pets.

April (the horse) and Buckwheat (the llama) enjoying the back pasture
April (the horse) and Buckwheat (the llama) enjoying the back pasture
Kinzie has found her spot.
Kinzie has found her spot.
Our sweet Kinzie.  I think she likes her new home.
Our sweet Kinzie. I think she likes her new home.

I have signed up to do the wordpress writing 101 challenge, so I have to get busy and finish the two days I am behind.  I know I have a lot of new blog watchers, love you guys.  So welcome and I will post more later.

Annie, the blogger for Dragonflysanddreams.wordpress.com

I will be blogging there for the next 5 days.  Stay tuned 🙂

Puncture Vine & Posts

Not a very exciting day, pulling puncture vine and scraping down posts.  But I can do boring, and enjoy it.  The weather was beautiful, in the upper 70’s or low 80’s with a 10 mph breeze.  Decided to pull puncture vine and try out my new big wheel trimmer.  It worked great.  I pull the vine and try to clean up as many seeds as I can so it won’t be tracked all over the yard.  That is a nasty weed.  If anyone knows how to get rid of it, I am open to suggestions.  Oh, and the trimmer works great on everything else.

Managed to get two of the posts apart and have one almost glued-up.  The other one I will be gluing up tomorrow.  One of the things I enjoy doing, but it eats up a lot of productive time, is scrape the paint off the posts.  To me that is about as much fun as popping bubbles on bubble wrap, doesn’t take a lot of mental work and allows you a bunch of time to just be cathartic and let your mind wander.

Brandon from O’Conner’s Carpet One came out this morning to get on-site measurements to confirm his estimate which was taken off the plans.  There wasn’t much change and we discussed when the flooring would go in.  Gabe from  S & K Mountain Construction said we would be looking at about mid October for that to happen.  I believe the floor will go down then the doors and trim and cabinets.  Then electrical fixtures and plumbing fixtures.  It is getting a little more real every day.  I’m glad I took the week off to work on my part.

We had a couple of runs to the Dr. for Lynn, but the rest I have spent outside doing one thing or another.

Now for some pictures.

This is the new home of the washer and dryer
This is the new home of the washer and dryer
The downstairs furnace
The downstairs furnace
Another view of the reading balcony.  What can I say this will probably be one of my favorite spots.
Another view of the reading balcony. What can I say this will probably be one of my favorite spots.
The bonus room windows looking out over the back pasture
The bonus room windows looking out over the back pasture
One of the claw foot tubs in the main upstairs bath
One of the claw foot tubs in the main upstairs bath

I am really excited to get the claw-foot tubs refinished as that will add a lot to the Victorian look of the house.

The bonus room will house Lynn’s pool table (or billiard table) which has been crated up for more than 29 years.  I guess he will get his exercise climbing the stairs to play pool.  That’s one way to get him to exercise!  He thinks he will be spending a lot of time sitting on the back upstairs deck watching the deer and other wildlife in the back acres.  To tell you the truth, that is one of the things I am looking forward to.  It faces North and really doesn’t get much sun so it is a little shady and comfortable.

Well, I guess I need to go and spend some quality time with Lynn.  The crew is working on more of the drywall so I will be posting more pictures this weekend.

Annie, The daydreaming post-scraper.  🙂


Another Weekend Bites the Dust

Well another week of construction ended Friday, and the weekend flew by.  The weekend was not as productive as the week, so I will take you through the week first.

The construction on the outside concluded on Thursday with just a few more (80) shakes to finish.  Meaning I under estimated and we were short.  Back to the scroll saw and back to painting the shingles.  So I was pretty busy.  I’ll rest in December 😦

Told Gabriel (Construction Foreman) that I would have them done by Monday.  Um, I didn’t quite make it.  I have 70 cut, primed, and one coat of the red trim.  What is left is to finish them is: one more coat of red paint then two coats of the sage green.  Maybe Wednesday

Although the weekend was busy, it was by no means uneventful.  While I was becoming a master scroll sawer, (I know it’s not a real word) Lynn was changing the sprinklers in the front pasture and happened down the drive way in front of the house and noticed a wet spot.  As we have had wind for 2 straight days and no rain since Friday, the driveway was dry except for THAT spot.  That spot was approximately where Lynn had buried the water line to the house about 15 years ago when we began hooking up the water.  Well to make a long story short, I believe that we have a busted water pipe.  So Lynn turned off the water and we will have to speak to the plumber.  Well what can I say, just another thing to deal with.  I’ll rest in December.

Sunday:  Lynn was mowing the grass while I was in the house priming the shakes, when I heard a banging on the porch.  Of course I was plugged into my I-Pod listening to an audio book, totally ignoring my phone and someone was beating on the porch.  Looking out, Lynn was sitting on the edge of the porch, ticked at me because I hadn’t answered my phone.  Not only ticked but had a big cut across the palm of his hand.  He managed to run over the electric cord and had it wound around the blade on the mower and when he tried to take it off he cut his hand.  Could have been a whole lot worse as he is on blood thinner.  So, I then became his nurse and bandaged his palm, kissed the bo-bo and the rest of the weekend went with out a hitch.  At least the last 6 hours.  Oh, and he fixed the extension cord so he could keep the irrigation well running.  That’s my Lynn

Will post more pictures next week.

Meeting with the electrician tomorrow morning for a walk through of the house.  Eye yi yi, I hope Gabriel is in a good mood tomorrow.  🙂

Moving out up!!!

Annie, scroll-saw operator, painter and nurse!


Happy Father’s Day – Porch Progress

First of all I want to wish my Husband a wonderful Father’s Day.  Also, happy Father’s Day to all those out there in Blogville, and I hope yours was special.

Usually, I always have upbeat posts and try to be positive, but this week really sucked.  There just isn’t any other word that quite fits.

I try real hard to be patient and roll with the punches, but I have found this past week particularly challenging.  On Wednesday I ended up coming home and taking my husband into the emergency room.  His degenerative back disease has been getting progressively worse.  There really wasn’t much that they could do to alleviate the pain.  He is scheduled for injections this week and I pray they give him some relief.  That is pretty much why I am the muscle and he is the brains.  But I have become increasingly aware of my limitations.  Having used power tools, some I am comfortable with and others I tend to be a little leery of.  Skill saws and table saws are not my favorite.  Try building a deck without either one.  Ugh.  Though, I do love the palm nailer.  That thing is awesome.  I took a picture of that little gizmo.

Trying to learn from my husband when his fuse it short, is not fun for me.  We end up arguing and the deck still doesn’t get done.  Frustrating for us both.  The dream house is setting next door and I feel like I am running out of time and afraid I won’t get to work on it this summer.  I am stuck on this damn porch!!

This blog is suppose to keep me on track and encourage me.  If I write it down, and know that I plan to write it down, I am more motivated to get things done.  This week it isn’t working.  I did take pictures of some of the progress, but not nearly as much as I would have liked.  Oh, I am really throwing a pity party now.  Anyway, this is where we are now:

We got the front 2×8 on the posts and have a good start on that, then put in some crossbars.  We are almost ready to put on some of the 2×6’s that we will be using for the decking.  I wanted to get at least this half of the porch done so we can move the freezer over and work on the other half.  Usually a patient person, I am almost ready to throw in the towel.  Finishing this half would have given me the inspiration to keep going.  Add to that I have a tooth ache, and my knee is swollen (haven’t a clue what that is from).  Oh, and the “sock fairy” hasn’t finished the laundry or gotten anything else a domestic diva is supposed to do, done.  Thank God for work tomorrow, I can escape into that world where I can master the things I need to.

Have to get back my positive attitude, so I will tell you what I plan to do next weekend.  The plan is to get the porch deck framed ( like a picture frame) and get about 8 feet or so of the 2×6’s down and get the freezer moved over there.  If I manage to get any of the old decking demolished, that will be a bonus.  My 2 week porch has turned in to 2 months so far.  Now do you understand why my blog is “15 years and counting dream house!!”

Annie, a very frustrated novice carpenter

Not a very complementary photo, those are part of the clothes I intend to burn when this is done.  Using the palm nailer.  Love that thing.
Not a very complementary photo, those are part of the clothes I intend to burn when this is done. Using the palm nailer. Love that thing.
Some of the power tools
Some of the power tools
Palm nailer.
Palm nailer.
Front board of the deack
Front board of the deck
McKinzie, tolerating us ruining her porch.
McKinzie, tolerating us ruining her porch.
A little bit done.
A little bit done.

Yippee!! Almost got the Back Porch Demo Done

Today I was determined to see some progress on demolition of the back porch.  Got up early so we could get the grocery shopping done and be home in time to work outside on the porch.  I had a plan, I implemented that plan, and things progressed well.  Set a goal of how far I wanted to get today, and almost reached that goal.  Hmmm I always  over estimate my ability.  My target was to get all the old shingles, sod and wood cross boards off the porch roof.  I only have about 4 more feet to go.  Should have it done by tomorrow noon.  That’s my next goal.

Donned my hat, my work clothes, my goggles and my face mask and proceeded to removed the sod roof.  Got about 5-6 hours work on it, and this girl is pooped.  What I have discovered is that I am capable of doing most anything I set my mind too.  This project is not how I wanted to spend this summer, so I am trying to get it done so I can go back to the Dream House.

Lynn has made the shopping list of the lumber, joist hangers, pressure treated posts, cement, and various other assorted building items.  I would like to go get this stuff tomorrow, but that may be pushing things a bit this weekend.  And, I may just sneak over to the garden supplies and pick out some flowers for the flower beds.  They are pretty neglected this spring as the porch has demanded my attention.

Oh, the plus side, I have numerous starts of Clematis which I removed from the roof to give my friends and van buddies.

I can’t wait to share the pictures of this little task with you all, but want to wait until it is almost finished.  It is embarrassing as to how bad it looked.

I had planned to put on asphalt shingles to match the house roof, but for the last couple of days, I was thinking how nice a metal roof would look and sound.  Love to hear the rain on a metal roof, takes me back to my childhood.  What do you think?  I have roofed with asphalt shingles before, but have never tried to instal metal roofing.  Well that is where the internet is a wonder, I will just Google it.  May have to get some assistance on that, as I am a might too old to be getting on a roof.  Oh, and I haven’t shared this idea with Lynn yet.  Don’t know what he will think of that.

This project, and all my other projects are do-it-yourself, because my budget will not let me do otherwise.  I think we are all feeling the pinch a little with the high price of fuel.  Most of our expendable income is spent on getting back and forth to work.  Hey, but that gripping is for another blog.  If you have dreams and you want to make those dreams happen, you just need to roll up your sleeves and get to work.  I am fortunate enough to be in relatively good health with lots of energy.

I will try to post an update tomorrow, after I finish my sock fairy duties.

Ann, the porch demo queen 🙂

Let’s do November

Busy week at work, and life goes on.  Some weeks are better than others.  Had a Fall Poker Walk at work which was lots of fun walking through the City’s beautiful cemetery with all the vibrant fall colors.  Getting out and exercising in the brisk fall weather.  Loved that part.  Drove back to the office, unloaded the bottled water, and took it in the office.  Somewhere between my car and my office I lost my keys.  That was on Wednesday, Halloween, and many trick or treat kids walking through the parking lot.  I locked the doors so they had to have been in my hand on the way to the elevator.  Searched and searched, and just can’t figure out where I lost them.  Now for some sticker shock, it will costs me about $60 to replace just the car key.  Something about a chip inside.  Ugh.

Friday, up at 5:30 and ready to head to work.  Drive about 400 feet and realize the car just doesn’t sound or feel right (a girl thing), so I do a u-turn and head home.  It is just breaking dawn and I can’t really see outside, but by touch I realized I have a flat tire, passenger rear.  Back into the house and call the van to tell them I won’t be riding this morning, then a call to work to tell them I will be a little bit late.  Sleepy Lynn wakes up hearing me talking on the phone, and gets enlisted to change the tire.  We talk about putting on the spare, but decide to put one of the winter stud tires on instead.  Have to take the tire and drop it off at the Les Schwab to get it fixed.  Too focused on getting to work, with no coffee running through my veins yet, I’m not thinking too logically.  Should have loaded-up the other three studs in the car and get them changed out as it is November.  Didn’t think of that until I drove into the tire store.  Ugh, that means I have to take the other three in on Monday to get them all changed out.  What a way to finish out a week.  Still no keys.

Here is the work we got done this weekend.  Lynn put in a new mail box.  One that is mounted on a railroad-tie, and he just dares the snow plow to knock this one over!!  Then he had to replace a fence post that our lovely horse, April, leaned against and broke.  Gotta love the animals.  Especially, the big furry ones.  Work never ends on 7 acres.  That’s two things checked off the list.  The repair on the 3rd post continues.  Have 3 sides glued up, one more side and we move to the Bondo stage.  Beautiful weekend, but doesn’t look like it will last, after all it IS November in the great northwest.

Now for some reflecting.  We are looking at 1999-2000.  Have the floor joists and pony walls in with OSB flooring on the first floor.  Winter arrives and we lay down black plastic to protect the floor.  Doesn’t work!!!  We have created a nightmare.  We spend the winter and spring using shop brooms to sweep the water off the floor, and burn up one shop vac sucking the water off the floor.  Lynn just sees the dollar signs with reference to loosing that floor.  Finally, the spring rains have let up and the dry summer begins.  We strip off the plastic and try to let it dry out.  Our summers get really dry so we hoped that would save the floor.

Lynn starts taking time-off from the hardware store to work on the house.  He is framing the front walls to the house with all the angles of the bays.  He loves this part of the job, and he is good at it.  But, alas, he puts a nail through the meaty part of his left palm.  Luckily, he didn’t nail himself to the floor or the wall, but none the less, it hurt and required a trip to the emergency room to have it removed.  No bones were hit, so that was a good thing.

Then came the winds, unusually strong, and as they say in The 3 Little Pigs, it huffed and it puffed and it “blew the little house down.”

Getting ready to put the walls back up, he was walking on the floor and realized that there were some spongy spots.  Hmm, that is not good.  His remedy, buy some more OSB flooring and lay it right on top.  The bottom was dry, at least we thought so.  Know where this is going?  Unbelievable.  We put down more flooring, get walls up with Troy’s help.  Lynn’s son.  He works on it through the winter and gets the first floor done.  Gets the 2 iron claw-foot tubs lifted onto the 2nd floor with the aid of the infamous bucket truck now we are ready for the 2nd floor walls.  In the spring Troy has to go back to the road paving job in California.  By this time we are into probably 2000 or 2001.  Lynn decides he will get a local contractor to frame the rest of the walls on the second floor and frame the roof.  The walls were sheeted and house wrap, and we installed most of the 44 windows.

The roof is complicated and high off the ground.  The house is still unprotected from the elements and more water seeps through the 2nd floor down to the first floor.  Then in 2001, we finally hire a roofing company, Palmer Roofing, to roof the entire house.  They were awesome and took about 3-4 days and $11,000, and the roof was done.

We have a house wrapped and roofed and what is next on the agenda?  We are going into 2002.  More surprises to come.

Stay tuned for more reflections.

Annie, the reluctant carpenter.

Photo taken 2005 House is wrapped and roof is on
Dated 7-7-1998 The floor and some walls that didn’t get blown down
8-16-1997 is the date on this.photo

The lift goes home tomorrow. Clean-up and put away tools

I had my last ride in the lift this morning. I managed to paint a small section of the shop along the side. I would have liked to have gotten more done, but it started to get a little windy and I was just plumb tuckered out anyway.

Took some photos of the house which still has a lot of work to be done. Will work on the outside next spring and summer.  Nothing has been done to the inside. It just has framed interior walls. The steps in the entryway going up to the second floor has been done but rough risers and treads are there until we get the walls sheet rocked. Don’t want to ruin new oak stairs. Lynn built those about 2004 around the time he had back surgery. He built them so strong, they will be standing long after the house drops around them. It will be a grand entry when it is done.

We did not get the last stained glass window in. It will have to wait for next spring/summer when we rent the lift again.

Brought all the left-over cans of paint inside so they won’t freeze. Cleaned the lift up so there won’t be a clean-up charge. Sun Rental will come and get it tomorrow.

Each year I make a calendar for the family and this year the theme is ‘The Year of the House.’ I put photos of what we did this year in there to share with the kids and my Aunt Betty in Michigan. She likes to see it pictures of this area and the house. Walgreens had a sale Buy one and get two free. Which only applied to the first 3 but I ordered 8 of them. I couldn’t believe it but they were ready to pick up today. I just put the order in last night! I am amazed at today’s technology.

It has been wonderful sharing our trials and tribulations during these last few months.  As this has been a 17 year journey so far, I have lots of reflections that I will post a few time a week.  This coming week I am going out of town combining work with pleasure.  Going to a seminar, but staying with my Son and Grandkids in the Seattle area for just a couple of nights.  Which means it will be a very busy week.  Without further a-do, here are the latest pictures.

Annie, the tuckered-out novice carpenter

The Dream is getting closer.

A view from the sidewalk 10-14-12

Still need to paint the upper gable of the shop. I painted a little of this, this morning, but not photo yet. Our horse, April, just enjoying the cooler temperatures.

The way it looked this morning 10-14-12