Fences and Weeds

It has actually been a very productive weekend.  Too bad it has to end.  I have lots and lots of stuff still left to do.  I think I probably should update the blog on Saturday and Sunday.  Because by the time Sunday is over, I have forgotten what I did on Saturday.  I wish I could forget to eat like I forget everything else.

Saturday:  Did some more painting on the fence boards and, actually, Lynn and I put up 4 more boards (2 sections).  Then we went to town and did grocery shopping and stopped to get some Chinese food.

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2 sections done
2 sections done
Up a little closer.  The Gate will go just to the left of the 2 sections
Up a little closer. The Gate will go just to the left of the 2 sections

Then a little later in the evening we decided to check out the back gate and how we are going to put that in.  We are both very anxious to get little Miss Kinzie in her own back yard.  The weeds are mowed down for now.  Lynn broke another belt, but at least we have the weeds more under control now.

Lynn checking out where to put the back gate
Lynn checking out where to put the back gate
A little closer shot of Lynn scoping out the next thing on the "honey-do" list.
A little closer shot of Lynn scoping out the next thing on the “honey-do” list.

Sunday:  Painted more boards and finished up 2 more sections.  Then painted some more.  Still have a little bit more to paint before I retire the paintbrush for another week.  Want to get the boards done so Lynn can work his magic and build our gate.  I’m hoping that he will work on that tomorrow, but we will see if he feels up to it.  Weekends are hard on him.

Thought if I painted the boards first it would be much easier than painting the whole gate afterwards.  Can always touch-up any mar in the finish.

One of the other things Lynn and I both did this weekend was to mow and pull some weeds.

My side job.
My side job.
This is a before picture.  Stay tuned for next week
This is a before picture. Stay tuned for next week
More to clean up around the utility porch
More to clean up around the utility porch
So much sage brush and weeds.
So much sage brush and weeds.
Where the back gate is going.  It is just leaned up for now.
Where the back gate is going. It is just leaned up for now.

Those are the photos of what was accomplished this weekend.  Tune in next weekend for the finishing pictures.  Now that I have committed to posting the finishing pictures, I have to get busy and give you some results.  Okay, now one last photo.  Not sure when I will get to this project.  🙂

On of Lynn's many mower carcases that he can't part with.  Ugh.  It may disappear  someday when he's not looking.
On of Lynn’s many mower carcases that he can’t part with. Ugh. It may disappear someday when he’s not looking.

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading my blog.

Annie, the fence building, weed pulling Diva of Waitsburg

Cleaning, Putting Up Blinds, and Waiting on the Plumber

Happy President’s Day,

This was a long weekend for me as I took Friday off to get the house inspected and we are good to go when the electrical inspector blesses the house, we can move in.

There are still things that need to be done as not all of the plumbing is finished and hooked up.  We had some issues with a stopped up sewer line.  From my understanding it was a plugged line that could be attributed to how our original line was hooked into the main sewer line 20 years ago when we had the line installed.  We live on 7 acres but it is in the City and has City utilities.  That was just another thing that I can blame on breaking that mirror.  Ugh.  Fixed now though, I hope (the sewer block).  As for the mirror, I bought a new one, that should count for something.  I can’t afford 7 years.  Fixing it should account for 6 years and 11 months, so I am good 🙂  Gotta think positive.

We have to get the water heater strapped down with a drain pan under it and a pressure valve plumbed to the outside.  One more toilet installed.  Two claw-foot tubs installed; the hydro tub with heater installed; two of the vanities to finish and the shower heads installed.  Pretty soon.

Another hurdle is, the cable company says they have to trench in a line to the house.  I guess what we buried is not big enough.  Ka-ching, and that is going to cost us $580!!  As much as Lynn wants to move he won’t move without TV and Internet.  That won’t get put in until March 6th, unless they have an opening before that.

I worked on the house for 3 days, and just took a little break to head to Famous Dave’s for BBQ on Valentines Day.  Ate way too much, but it was delish.

Now for some photos:

 

Happy Valentines Day, wasn't that sweet, look what the flooring guy left
Happy Valentines Day, wasn’t that sweet, look what the flooring guy left
Living Room carpet down
Living Room carpet down
Another shot with the lights on
Another shot with the lights on
Our little bar sink
Our little bar sink
An added touch of flashing to our upstairs deck
An added touch of flashing to our upstairs deck
Installed blindes in the bath, just waiting on the tub installation
Installed blindes in the bath, just waiting on the tub installation
I though putting in the blinds would be easier before the tub was installed,  That 3 windows, only 41 more to go.
I though putting in the blinds would be easier before the tub was installed, That 3 windows, only 41 more to go.
Moved a few boxes and the dining china cabinets
Moved a few boxes and the dining china cabinets
New retro furniture.  Just kidding, I hope!
New retro furniture. Just kidding, I hope!

This has been a 20 year journey, but it is almost done.  The work around here will be on-going as there is always room for improvement, at least now I will be able to take my time and enjoy the process.  Lynn will finally be able to relax and enjoy the new old house.  It is a culmination of a lot of hard work from both of us though-out the years.

Dreams are possible, you just have to be willing to work hard and keep the vision of what you want to accomplish.  You make your own dreams come true.

I am not done yet, now I have all the undone things that will probably take me another year or two to accomplish.  In between all that, I am looking at seed catalogs, planning a garden and maybe get a chicken or two.

Stay tuned, as I am hoping to turn this blog into a book.  I’ll let you know how that process goes.  I also have a couple of other books in the works.  Gotta keep busy.

Annie, the little busy bee

Busy, Busy, Busy Bee

Post Holes, Stairways and Bathtubs

This is how I spent my weekend, and what is happening in my little world.

Spent the last couple of hours finishing the staining of the stairs for now.  I will keep the brush handy for the remainder of the stairs when they are installed.

Love the staircase, but will love it more when it is done.
Love the staircase, but will love it more when it is done.
My reading nook.  Can't wait to sit down with a good book.
My reading nook. Can’t wait to sit down with a good book.

Along with a couple of contractors coming tomorrow, Steven will finish digging post holes and get ready to move the railroad ties.  Lynn will tally up how many 2x6x16 boards we will need, along with what will be needed for the gate.  That will fence off the back yard to keep our little Kinzie safe.  I think she will miss her yard buddies Romeo and Scarlet, but they are just next door if she wants to have a play date.

Beginning of the soon to be fence
Beginning of the soon to be fence
The fence will separate the front and side yard
The fence will separate the front and side yard
Nice square hole.  Thankfully the ground is not frozen.
Nice square hole. Thankfully the ground is not frozen.

Took some pictures of the claw-foot tub faucets.  Just love them.  I know they aren’t really from the time period, but I couldn’t pass up the little phone showers.  I looked into the showers that were full showers that could go with them, but I really didn’t like the style.  They appeared too flimsy.  Won’t know how these work as I am still waiting for the water hook-up and drains. But maybe by the end of tomorrow I will be able to let you know.

Claw-foot tub faucet.
Claw-foot tub faucet.
The other claw-foot tub faucet
The other claw-foot tub faucet

Also, I took a picture of the dining room light which I just couldn’t part with so we had the electrician take it out of our dining room in the house we live in now and move it to the new house.  I haven’t been able to find another I like more than this one.

The light from our dining room is in the new house now.  I loved this fixture and couldn't find another like it.
The light from our dining room is in the new house now. I loved this fixture and couldn’t find another like it.

So another weekend passed and we are a little closer to being finished.  Hopefully, we will be in the house by the end of February.

Annie, with fingers and toes crossed that we will finish this week.

I so want to be done with this almost 20 year project. Ugh!!

I haven’t posted in about 3 weeks as I have been having very little movement on the part of the contractors.  This project, for them, is winding down and they have moved on with other projects.  As much as I try to focus on the positive and I love my contractors, I am beginning to get a little anxious.  So in some of this post you will sense my frustration with the process and how long it is taking.  But there are still things that have to be done before the final inspection.

The plumbers have got to hook up all the vanities, tubs, drains, kitchen sink, dishwasher and shower.  We ran into a snag when the tub was unpacked, it had a crack so it went back and we are waiting for its replacement which I hope will be in this week.  They worked last Saturday, but I had purchased 3 wrong faucets and had to return them and get new ones which I did immediately.  Tho they were able to get some of the other faucets and the water heater installed, they still need to finish.  Now I have the new faucets and am chomping at the bit to get done already.  They are supposed to be here on Monday.

Also the floor contractor has almost finished putting in all the carpet except the living room.  He has to also finish grouting the shower.  He will be here on Monday, also, and will be focusing on the living room carpet which is a floral design which will make matching seams a challenge.

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Shower almost finished

Living room carpet, and this carpet will be used as the carpet runner
Living room carpet, and this carpet will be used as the carpet runner
The carpet used in the rest of the house.
The carpet used in the rest of the house.

S & K Mountain Construction and Hays Electric have been wonderful, but some of the subcontractors are being a little challenging.  There was obviously some miscommunication with reference to the stair parts that were supplied.  The staircase is very complicated and now a question with reference to whether the full stair will be supplied or whether there will be carpet put there instead.  I thought when you purchased stairs, that meant the complete riser and bull-nose step.  They are telling me that they understood that I was going to put a runner down the steps and only furnished the end caps and that the rest would be carpeted.  This is where the misunderstanding needs to be ironed out.  But first we have to have a meeting to go over this, and the supplier cancelled (or was a no-show) to the meeting that was scheduled last Wednesday.

The key being the runner.  The runner I had in mind was bound along the sides and went over the steps leaving about 6″ on each side exposed.  But nothing can be decided until we meet so that is going to be my focus beginning Monday.  I will let you know how it turns out.  Here is where we stand now.

Stair treads.  Note the flooring guy was told to put those tack strips down, but they will be coming up.
Stair treads. Note the flooring guy was told to put those tack strips down, but they will be coming up.

In the mean time, I worked for about 3 hours today staining the railings that I didn’t get to before it was assembled.  That takes more prep work than I like, but it has to be done, so there you go!  Tomorrow I hope to finish at least that project.

Other things that are going on is building a fence for the back yard so Kenzie can be secured safely.  That requires post holes being dug.  Lucky me I have a well-able-bodied-post-hole-digger, Steven.  It brings back memories of when he was a teen, and the never-ending post holes that he had to dig.  He almost has it down to an art form.  We are talking big post holes for railroad ties.  I believe he has 3 or 4 left to dig, then muscling the posts into the holes.  I think that will be a two person project.  Then the 4 rails to match the front pasture.

I will post more pictures of the claw-foot tub faucets and the post holes and fence as it progresses.

That all for now.

Annie, the project sub-manager & stair-fighter.

 

 

 

Move-in Date is Getting Closer

I talked to the contractor and it looks like they may finish up by Friday.  That is the target date so far.  The plumbers and electricians have some hook-up work to do.  The electrician has almost everything installed.  I just asked him to switch out the light fixture in the entryway and that will take some creative ladder work to get to the ceiling as the railings are up now.

The plumbers, on the other hand, have a lot to install.  1 toilet, 3 tubs, 4 vanities, one small wet bar, one dryer vent, a dishwasher, garbage disposal, and last but not least a geo-thermal water heater that runs off the heat pump.  Supposed to be economical.  Lord knows I need economical after the really large heat bills.  I am hoping that was resolved with the correct thermostats.  A $799 heat bill for one month almost gave me heart failure.  As my dear son points out, “Mom you are 60+.”  I thanked him very much and told him I would out-work him any day.  No argument from him.  Kids these days are soft.  Huh, Steven?

Well, I do have to say, I like having him help me.  So here is what I/we have done this weekend:

I will begin with easy first.  We unboxed the microwave and put it on a shelf. I told you I was beginning with the easy part.  Then, we unboxed the trash compactor and wiggled it until we got it in the cabinets.  Steven did the wiggling.  Then we unboxed and muscled the freezer into the utility room.  I was so ready for a new freezer as we are still using the one we bought 26 years ago.  I hope this one lasts that long.

Now on to the study as Steven had finished up the caulking and I finished with the primer and the final coat on the window ledges and baseboards.  That just makes 2 rooms that are actually (completely) done with the painting before the carpet goes in.  The rest of the house will have to be done later.  The outside will be finished up this summer.  Promise.

Now for the pictures.

Stairs are coming together.  When the pieces are sanded, the staining will follow

Stairs are coming together. When the pieces are sanded, the staining will follow

Looking toward the one guest suite upstairs
Looking toward the one guest suite upstairs
My favorite part.  The reading nook.
My favorite part. The reading nook.
Another view of the stairs
Another view of the stairs
The light that will be hanging over the pool table
The light that will be hanging over the pool table
Another beautiful view of the back pastures, through the bonus room.  aka Lynn's man-cave
Another beautiful view of the back pastures, through the bonus room. aka Lynn’s man-cave
This is the view from the reading nook
This is the view from the reading nook

Where did December go?  I was supposed to rest in December!!  And you know, winter is my time to hibernate.  No hibernating and I really get cranky.  Just has Lynn.  If our marriage survives this last 7 months it can survive a lifetime.  I have totally lost my sense of humor, and I broke a mirror so that may be responsible.  I wonder if you have the mirror replaced, does that help take away some of the bad luck?

Can’t wait to show you pictures of the carpeting and the finished kitchen.

Annie, the unlucky 60+ Jack-of-all-trades.

It’s All About Electricity – Lights and Fans

I haven’t done a Monday blog in a while.  Today it was full speed ahead.  The electrician (aka Sparky) from Hays Electric came to put in more lights, fans and appliances.  And I was anxious to check out the progress when I got home from work.

Now remember I said that I was furnishing the house with a medieval/victorian/eclectic theme?  In the following photos you will see what I mean.  The medieval will come a little bit later.

I fell in love with this small fixture with its etched glass and rough bronze.  This is in the breakfast-nook
I fell in love with this small fixture with its etched glass and rough bronze. This is in the breakfast-nook
This is a small light under the staircase bar.  I wanted something a little subtle as it may be used a a back light for TV watching
This is a small light under the staircase bar. I wanted something a little subtle as it may be used as a back light for TV watching
This is a fixture over the kitchen sink with the panoramic windows.  This was a a polished silver.  It was a hard one to pick because I wanted it to blend but not really be a focus in the kitchen.
This is a fixture over the kitchen sink with the panoramic windows. This was a a polished silver. It was a hard one to pick because I wanted it to blend but not really be a focus in the kitchen.
Fan in the living room.
Fan in the living room.
Fan in the study.
Fan in the study.

More to come tomorrow, or at least in a few days.  Can’t really promise tomorrow as I have been so busy with work and packing and other commitments.

This journey is coming to a close really fast now.  Landscaping will have to wait until spring as will some of the exterior painting.  So I may have a few days to relax after moving, or maybe not.

I really appreciate everyone reading my blog.  It has been a kind of therapy along with a motivating factor to keep me positive and on track.  To be able to look back and see where we started and where we have come up to now.  It has been through hard work and getting out there even when we were tired and didn’t want to do anything, that this is coming together.  Taking almost every extra penny and putting it into the house and keeping the dream alive.

Dreams are powerful, but the power only comes if you are willing to do the work toward that ultimate goal.  This can be applied to everything in your life, not just building your dream home.  My son’s dream is to be a nurse.  It is only going to happen with hard work and keeping the goal in focus.  He just has to believe that he can do it and it will happen.

Enough preaching, for now 🙂

Annie, the hard-working dreaming philosopher

 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Good Afternoon,

I know this is a little late for Christmas, but I still feel it in the air.  Been busy packing and working and painting and caulking… on and on.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas spending time with family and friends.  That makes for a beautiful Christmas’.  We didn’t really celebrate much this time as we are in the middle of finishing so many projects.  Hoping that we will be able to move into our new house sometime in February.

That progress at this time is:  Most of the trim is down and waiting on the counter tops and some flooring.  The counter-top will be installed on Tuesday the 30th.  The guys have been working on the stairs and they are going to look amazing.  All the appliances have to be installed and the 2 claw-foot tubs have to be installed.  The faucets and plumbing items are purchased and should be delivered by the 5th.

My son Steven will be coming to stay with us for awhile so he can get registered and, hopefully, accepted into the nursing program at WWCC.  It is his dream to be a nurse, and I want to do all I can to help him recognize his dream.  Bonus is, he will be a lot of help around here.  Never realized how limited we have become in this past year.  Everything seems harder and seems to take a long longer to accomplish.  Just need to set goals and keep working toward those goals.

I did get a rude awakening when I got my power bill this month.  It was $799+ for one month.  It went from $139 the previous month to $799.  To say that took my breath away, would be an under statement.  The power company along with the heating company will be coming out to see what is going on.  I knew the bills would be higher, but I was not prepared for that.  Needless to say that has put a tremendous damper on things around her.  Holy molly, cross you fingers and hope it is a malfunctioning meter.

Now for some photos:  We will start with the tile in the shower.

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Another view of the shower
Another view of the shower
Vinyl combo with tile for the tub surround
Vinyl combo with tile for the tub surround

Still now finished, but I am sure the flooring guy will be a fixture in January.

Then there is the staircase.  To say I am excited for the stairs is an understatement.  It will be the focus of the house.  Lots of natural light and something I can decorate next Christmas.  Oh, boy I can’t wait.

Yet another view of the stairs.  They will be stained after they are installed.
Yet another view of the stairs. They will be stained after they are installed.
The railing is going up in the reading nook
The railing is going up in the reading nook

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Stairs are going in
Stairs are going in

The guys also installed the French pocket doors in the upstairs bonus room (aka man-cave).  Also, I found an entertainment cabinet that I am going to use as a wet-bar sink.  Our little wet-bar is only about 3X4 and I had to get creative.  Excited about how it is going to turn out.  Not much of a drinker, but it could be a coffee bar.  I love coffee.

Interior French pocket doors

Interior French pocket doors

A media center with be our new wet-bar
A media center will be our new wet-bar

While working all the time, leaves little time for anything else, I did take a moment to snap a few photos of our really muddy April.  She is our little yard ornament and can’t figure out what the fuss is about.  Looking forward to spring when everything greens up and we have warmer days.  Then we can look out our front windows or sit on the front porch and watch her play.

Dirty April
Dirty April
April wanting to know where the carrot is hidden
April wanting to know where the carrot is hidden
April looking for Papa.. He's her favorite
April looking for Papa.. He’s her favorite

She has a stable mate, Buckwheat the llama, but he wasn’t having anything to do with the photo shoot.

More photos and more blog through-out January.  Hoping our move-in date will be real soon 🙂

Annie, the ever-patient DIY’er

 

Yeah, The Cabinets Are In

Its Friday and tomorrow is the beginning of another painting weekend.  We have had the worst weather with freezing fog and freezing rain.  So I have been slipping and sliding through the last 3 days.  Though, I did make it over to the house to take pictures of the cabinets.

Jerry’s Custom Cabinets did a fabulous job on the cabinets.  He was just short a piece of molding around the upper cabinet but that will be along.  Another item that we will be doing tomorrow is going and picking out the knobs/handles.  I really wanted to see the finished cabinets before I picked out the hardware.  I love the simple lines and all the additional items like the lazy-susan’s and the full extension draws and pull-out shelves.  They are very high quality and craftsmanship at its best.  I will highly recommend him to anyone that asks.

They will be measuring and making a template for the granite counter tops on Tuesday.  They are darker and will complement the lighter cabinets.

It is starting to sink in that this is almost done.  It is so unbelievable and we have waited so long.  Paying a mortgage on your dream home is well worth it.  Rather than living in a house with a mortgage and trying to build your dream house with what is left over.  That meaning: money and energy.

Now for the pictures:

This is the upper next to the refrigerator, aka Lynn's sandwich cabinet
This is the upper next to the refrigerator, aka Lynn’s sandwich cabinet
These are the doors to that cabinet
These are the doors to that cabinet
Looking at the uppers installed to the right of the window next to the oven cabinet
Looking at the uppers installed to the right of the window next to the oven cabinet
This is the glass cabinet I wanted for my dishes
This is the glass cabinet I wanted for my dishes
This is the cook top peninsula
This is the cook top peninsula
This 1 of 2 lower cabinet lazy-susan's
This 1 of 2 lower cabinet lazy-susan’s
This is the upper lazy-susan.  Humm what am I going to put in there?
This is the upper lazy-susan. Humm what am I going to put in there?

More pictures to come when we get the counter tops.  In the meantime they will be finishing up the trim and in January will be putting in the stairs and carpeting.  Completing the plumbing and electrical.  Stay tune and thanks for following my blog.

Annie, Doing the happy dance 🙂

 

Cabinets are Here

Good Evening All,

The cabinets arrived on Monday, just like Jerry’s Cabinets promised.  We opted for a plain raised panel maple cabinet with a clear finish to show off the grain.  We love them.  We also wanted a lighter color as the granite top will be dark so the contrast will be good with a white cast-iron porcelain clad sink.  My old-fashioned touch.

Bottom cabinets were installed on Monday and Tuesday.  Then the cabinet people were side-tracked on another job, but will return tomorrow to begin installing the upper cabinets.

My impression was that the kitchen was small to begin with and I thought that the cabinets would make it look even smaller.  I was pleasantly surprised as it actually looks bigger to me.  We have a peninsula instead of an island as the layout didn’t allow for that.  The peninsula is actually longer than the original plans called for.  I opted for a built-in oven and a cooktop on the peninsula.  Lots of drawers and lazy-susan’s.  There is a breakfast nook on the other side of the peninsula so we didn’t want a breakfast-bar type top.

The granite company will come and measure and make a template next Tuesday, then the tops will be installed on 12/30.  That means that we will not be in before next year.  That is fine with me as I still need to pack.

Here are a few pictures.  Note:  I still need to pick out the pulls.  So back to shopping 🙂  Somebody’s got to do it.

 

Lynn's Sandwich area
Lynn’s Sandwich area
Lazy Susan w/ doors
Lazy Susan w/ doors
Range-top Peninsula
Range-top Peninsula
Nice shot looking into the kitchen from the breakfast nook
Nice shot looking into the kitchen from the breakfast nook

I know this feels like it is taking a long time, but to me it’s been lightening fast.  Decisions, decisions, decisions.

I’m afraid that I am looking at the only present I want this year and forever, to just be done with this and retire from the DIY business.  I hope you have enjoyed my little blog as it is about the only thing that keeps me sane.  Well, that might be debatable.

Annie, Maple Cabinet Lover

Vacation’s Ended, Back to My Real Job Tomorrow

Wow, that was a fast 9 days.  Of course I didn’t get as much accomplished as I always envision, but inching along still.

Did caulking, painting, assembling vanities, celebrating the hubby’s Birthday, making Thanksgiving dinner, and brushing the dog.  The last part was my favorite, but needless to say, not her’s.  I try to be gentle, but she just hates to be brushed.  She’s sleeping at my feet right now so our struggles wore her out.

Can’t say much for our weather the last few days.  Had some snow and some melted and it will be dry probably until Tuesday when rain is predicted.  I’ve had enough of winter already, looking forward to spring. It is in the single digits outside.  Ugh 😦

Not much in the way of pictures on the house, but I do have some showing the beautiful snow while I was painting.

 

Our snow fall looking out the bonus room window
Our snow fall looking out the bonus room window
Looking out the front window at the front pasture
Looking out the front window at the front pasture
April enjoying her second snow of the year
April enjoying her second snow of the year
My sewing room window
My sewing room window

I have come to the realization that it’s a good thing I am a Paralegal, because I would starve as a painter.  There is no end in sight for anytime in the near future.  While winter is here I will be spending my weekends painting the interior.  When spring comes, I will be renting a lift and finishing the rest of the outside of the house.  If I am able to sell the house we are in or get a long-term renter, I hope to have a new lawn.  Well here are some more photos.

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Looking out the back bedroom window over the upper deck
Looking out the back bedroom window over the upper deck after the snow with clear cold skys

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Looking across the highway
Looking across the highway
Another shot out the bonus room windows looking at the back acreage
Another shot out the bonus room windows looking at the back acreage
A big cottonwood tree in the back pasture
A big cottonwood tree in the back pasture
Trim primed in the upstairs hall
Trim primed in the upstairs hall
Another shot of the hall
Another shot of the hall
Hall sconce
Hall sconce
Pretty all lit up.
Pretty all lit up.

Well that’s pretty much all for November.  Tomorrow is December, and it looks like I won’t be resting until next December.  Ho hum.

Annie, the working girl.