Spent the morning trying to put up the 2 latest posts I finished repairing and painting. They sure came out a lot easier than they went up. Ended up having to use a house jack to raise the roof up about a 1/16 of an inch to get the post back in. Being two semi-old coots trying to tackle a job we shouldn’t even be trying to tackle, we finally did it. Not without a little drama when one 4×6 fell over and just barely missed hitting the front window. That got my heart racing. But with a sigh of “it’s all good now,” we finished the job.
Removed two more and they are on the saw-horses to be repaired. I am chomping at the bit to do some real painting on the house so I can see more progress. I’m afraid that the winter is going to show up before I can accomplish much.
Enough about posts, already. Now on to the sheet rocking going on inside. The upstairs bedrooms; the baths; and the bonus room are done. A little bit of the stairway is done. While we were putting up the posts, the contractor showed up and is installing the scaffolding in the entryway so the drywall installers can reach the 22 foot ceiling. This is going to tie a lot of it together. Preston (a faithful follower and co-worker) said he wanted more pictures, so his wish is my command.
The last two are my favorites. The balcony will have a lot of natural light from the north over the back deck and from the south the way the house faces. Oh I am getting excited. The dream house is becoming a reality.
Tomorrow the flooring guy will be coming to check his measurements. A flurry of activity is happening. Just love it.
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.
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.
Well, it’s raining outside and the wind is blowing and expected to be the same tomorrow and Sunday so that pretty much shuts down our home project for a little bit.
I have to give it to Lynn, he has tried to put a little work into it this past week. He put up some of the soffit and fascia in the other gable. I know he wanted to get finish putting up the shakes in the east gable, but not sure if that will happen before Sun Rental comes and gets the lift on Monday. Can’t go up in the lift when there is any wind and we are expecting 15-30 mph winds this weekend.
I am happy about how much we have accomplished in this last 5 weeks. Would have liked to have done more, but we will get some little jobs done this winter and I will post our progress.
Pictures will be posted tomorrow if the rain lets up enough for me to venture out.
It has been fun to do this blog and I plan on reflecting some during the next few months. I think I ended with 1998 but remembered some stuff I missed so I will try to get that in there too. So stay tuned.
Ever have one of those days? Yeah, one of those days, when you shouldn’t touch anything electronic or anything that can in any way hurt you. Ugh. I took Saturday off and rested a little and thought I would get lots done today. Well, I don’t usually get all that I envision done, but today was pretty pitiful.
I did finish painting the 42 shakes that we had cut. So I can draw a line through that on my list. It will at least finish the one dormer. Through the winter we should get the others cut and I can start painting in the spring. Only about 200 more.
Now for post #3. You would think after I had done two of these it would get easier. Didn’t happen. This one was a son-of-a-gun. I thought I was being really careful, but I managed to really bungle this one up. Not a total loss as I can fix it, but still not easy. The bad part is, in prying it apart I dropped the one side (the heavy side) right on my baby toe. It is broke. I don’t need a Dr. to tell me that, but there just isn’t anything that you can do, but try not to aggravate it. Needless to say it slowed me down a little.
Lynn was snapping and snarling the whole day too. Got to love it, can’t wait until I retire and we get to enjoy each others’ company 24/7. He did manage to get up in the lift and put some of the metal around the fascia. We are using metal as the wood will not hold a paint finish of any kind on the front which is the weather side. Getting ready to add more siding or work on the other dormer. Next weekend we will try to put the other stain glass window up. Anyway that is the plan.
I am back to work now and won’t be able to keep dogging Lynn, but hopefully he will try to get some more done before we take the lift back a week from Monday. So next weekend with be a busy one. Then it will be clean-up time and take all the paint and glues and all things that can’t freeze into our storage closet, so they can make it through our cold winters.
The plans for next spring are to get started earlier and maybe rent the lift for a couple of months. The bad part about spring is we tend to get more rain and the weather isn’t quite as predictable. We haven’t had any measurable rain for about 3 months now. But it feels like it may be a cold winter.
I did take a few pictures and hope to have a picture of the completed dormer next weekend. With all my grumbling today, I really love working on this dream house and can’t wait to see it completed so I can get started on a potting shed, maybe a chicken coop, paint and clean up the horse paddocks and on and on and on……
Boy my little pinky hurts and it is turning black and blue. Looks like I will be wearing flip-flops a few more weeks.
Last full day of vacation. Lynn and I worked until about 3:30 for Lynn and I put in another hour.
Lynn spent about 4 hours in the lift painstakingly cutting and fitting all the acorn cedar shakes one at a time. I think we are going to run out before we get this one side done. Lynn thought that he would finish that side today but didn’t happen. Ran out of energy before he could finish. I’m sure he will be up there tomorrow while I’m at work.
The last thing we did was remove another post and put the finished one in its place. Oh, it sure is an improvement. Now post #3 is sitting on my back deck waiting for me to take it apart and start working on it.
In the meantime, I have to paint some more cedar shakes. We have 42 cut and ready to paint. I put the primer on the edge then on the top surface. Tomorrow I will add the red which has to be two coats then two coats of the sage green. Looks like I will only have about an hour of work after I get home each day this week. I guess it will be Lynn’s night to cook tomorrow.
I have been taking pictures each step of the way. Every year I take photos that I have taken during the year and make a calendar to send to the kids. This year’s calendar will the be “The Year of the Dream Home.” I am thrilled that we have got done as much as we have. We waited rather late in the year to get out there and get started. We had a wet spring, and I thought we were going to hire some work done as Lynn just wasn’t feeling very well. But in the end, I just made an executive decision. Oh, Lynn hates those. Decided that I had waited long enough, and I went and rented the lift. He thought we should have fixed the “bucket truck.” Oh that is a whole other story. I’ll fill you in on that in another reflection post. Anyway, he thought it would just cost too much. Well, it did cost a lot, but it has been worth every penny. For one thing it has forced he and I both to focus on getting as much as we can get done while we have it. Also, he is doing the work which is always a good thing, because he is a real craftsman and does a wonderful job.
I probably will not be doing too much on my blog until next weekend as I have to go to my real job and earn money so I can pay my bill collectors. Ho hum. Now for the photos.
Annie, back to the real world for the working girl
Well Lynn and I were moving a wee bit slow this morning. Dilly dallied around and didn’t make it out there until about 9:00. Lynn was exhausted when he work up, but went out anyway and started putting up some of the trim. Before you know it the siren goes off signaling lunch time. Oh, for those that don’t live in a small town with a volunteer fire department, maybe an air-raid siren going off, would give you pause. Well, this little burg has a fire siren that goes off every day at noon. The siren also goes off at other times summoning the volunteer fire department for fires or accidents. It is really comforting to know that the volunteer fire department is on hand for these emergencies. It is truly giving yourself to your community and your way of life. God Bless all our volunteer firefighters and EMT. Can’t say enough good about them all.
My job today was to tape and paint the colors on the post. That was slow and tedious and tomorrow we will put it up and take another one down.
Lynn went back up in the lift after lunch, which I know took all he had, but he wants to make some progress before we take the lift back. He started adding the shake shingles. First he puts up the straight pieces then overlaps the cut pieces. Unfortunately, we ran short on the straight pieces so that hampered our best intentions. Off to Home Depot or Pro Build tomorrow to see if we can get another bundle or two. Then Lynn will cut them to the right width and I will prime with Kilz Premium Exterior Primer, of course. You would think I got paid for plugging their product, but that is not the case, I just want others to learn from my mistakes. Then two coats of Sage Green Behr Acrylic Exterior Semi-Gloss paint. A little detail you don’t see looking straight on, is that each one of the shakes has a red detail on the acorn cut-out that can be seen from the ground. (On the thick bottom of the shake). So it will probably be Sunday before that dormer is finished.
While he was doing that I applied several coats of the decorative paint to the post and primed and caulked more on the porch side of the house. The kitchen side to be more specific. It looks awful, but that will change in the next week or so.
Tomorrow is a shopping day, so Lynn probably will not be working on the house. Have to make my list. Another gallon of primer; cedar shakes; 2″ blue painters tape; a couple more brushes; a new 2″ putty knife; and a Strawberry Cheesequake Blizzard. Now, how did that get in there?
We have been doing the diet thing, but I promise myself a Blizzard once a month. Gotta have something to look forward too.
A couple of photos of our progress. Just 2 more weeks of the lift. Will we meet our goal? Stay tuned.
Up and ready to go by 8:00. Had a bowl of cereal and out the door. On a mission to get lots done on the shop (aka Lynn’s dog house). At least it will be if we ever get moved into the house. Luxury dog house at that.
First thing I did was sand and get the post ready for bondo. Put Bondo on one side so it could be drying while I was painting on the shop. Put another coat of Premium Kilz Primer on all the weathered wood on the shop. I can’t sing the praises of this primer enough. I had put it on the side of the shop last year. That was as high as I would go on the ladder. Then 2 coats of Behr Semi Gloss Exterior Paint. The color is Cream. Which is a creamy yellow. It held up real good through the winter. The siding doesn’t seem to have a problem holding paint. The bare wood is another thing. So two coats of primer on it.
After I put the second coat of primer on the bare wood, I had to caulk all the cracks and joints. It is very important to put caulking on. It is better to put it on before the finish coat of paint because, even if you use clear, it gets dirty. I put on the primer first then the caulking, then two finish coats of paint. Then it look like a job done by a pro, not a sixty-plus (my son’s name for me) grandma.
While I was up there painting, I decided to get some pictures of the view. God I love this place. It is wonderful working for the American Dream, my Dream. Not afraid to work, just wish I could work faster. I am a picky painter, as I am with most things. Not a perfectionist, just picky.
Put the Cream on a big part of the Shop before I had to stop for the evening. It was 5:30 and I was pooped. Went out on the back porch and worked on the post, sanded then put more Bondo on. Oh, the photo I have included in this blog, is what “not to do” to a post. At some point, in the past, when trying to squeeze the posts together, I hit it with a hammer that looked like a meat tenderizer. It was a hammer Steven, my son, sent to Lynn from Japan. What possessed me to do that I don’t know. Now I gotta fix it. No problem, I got Bondo.
For the next 4 days, I will be skipping work, unless it gets to be bad weather. Only have another 3 weeks to get oodles of work done. Lynn may be giving me lessons to fix the front of the house. I have been his apprentice for 24 years now. I have learned a lot and still learning. I am amazed at all the things he can do. The amazing thing is he taught himself as he was raised by a single mom. All you have to do is not be afraid to work. That is truly the key.
One of the pictures is of the garage and the kitchen side of the house. It really looks bad there, but that will be done this year too. The weeds are really high around the house, that darn gardener has been playing in the lift. I guess I am going to have to talk to her.
When I am not working on the house/shop then I am proofing my favorite author’s (Shanna Hatefield’s) books, working on a quilt, hand quilting, or playing on my Facebook page. I have neglected all my flower beds so that is something I am going to need to prepare for winter too. Well for now, I am just going to end this post and see y’all tomorrow.
Annie, the novice shop and post painter.