Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 11, 2019

What a busy month!  We finished framing in the closet and the last of the framing and passed our framing rough-in with the help of Paul and Linda Turner.





We passed all of our plumbing rough-in inspection as we held pressure, didn't leak and the inspector liked the looks of our pipe configuration (FINALLY!!!!!,  OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! ) Thanks so much to Ed and Amy for coming to help and inspire us.  We also had put in our hot water heater.  And Leah and I passed our mechanical inspection by putting in the dryer vent, the bathroom vent and the mini split.

Leah and I got in the wall insulation and passed the insulation inspection (John has had to go back to work as school is in!)



As we are running out of time, we hired a company to put in insulation in the roof and crawl space (honestly, it was cheaper than we could buy the insulation), and we got our neighbors to put in the dry wall, since neither John, nor I, nor Leah is extremely talented in this area.  Thanks Don and Sean!







Leah and I figured out a tile pattern and laid them while John was cutting tiles.  The tiles Leah and Jake picked out are beautiful!  Then we grouted them.



Now we are working on putting in beadboard, toilet and sink, as well as the upper back siding on the house.

We are also working on furniture.  We bought six shield back chairs for $50, repaired, painted and reupholstered them with $12 worth of fabric.  What a difference sanding and two coats of paint make!








I finished the bathroom vanity light fixture.  We are not sure what we might want to do about the glass globes in the future, but in the meantime and did a royal blue marble effect on the inside of the globes.

Jake and Leah put together the crib, and Leah painted the crib and changing table.  It looks so much better in black!  I can't wait to show you the plans Leah has for the baby nursery!  Can't wait!



Homesteading, you ask?  Well time and money can only be spent once I guess.  I did manage to make some fig preserves out of some figs my husband managed to find the time to pick. . .








Friday, August 2, 2019

August 2, 2019

Today was an exciting day!!  We got water!!  Danny came out from the town and turned it on for us, and was patient enough to turn it off and on while we worked out the leaks.  Thanks so much Danny!  And  a big thanks to Arnold also, as he uncovered the fact that we already had a 3/4" line and didn't have to dig one.  I love small towns!  The people are so helpful and friendly. 





Additionally today we went to the landfill, went to Lowe's, completed the electrical requirements from the real electrical inspector that got into town and came to do our rough-in inspection (but he apparently called in sick today and therefore didn't show up all day.)

Leah and I finished painting the final coat of paint on some of the trim, with her painting off of the ladder, and me painting on the ladder (she is into her 8th month of pregnancy.)







John and Jake worked on removing the shingles and tar paper from the bathroom roof, as once we worked on some things requested by the electrical inspector, we noticed we could see sunlight through that roof.  Here are pictures of Jake learning to remove nails and shingles with a flat shovel, and John instructing and sweeping the roof so as to not leave anything on it that might be slippery.