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Monday, April 29, 2013


Our flooring guys are troopers.
We gave them our move-in date (this Wednesday) and they've been putting in super long hours...
even worked Saturday and Sunday!

Here are a few quick shots with my camera...
not the best, but it will give you an idea.

Can you see those dusty footprints in the picture below?
I felt bad, the guys had been working so hard,
but since we still don't have our flatwork, we were tracking in
dust as we moved in our hanging clothes.

Want to see our closet? 
My husband and I each have a side.
In the center is a chest of drawers.

We decided to keep our master bedroom very simple, bed and nightstands only.
So far, things are fitting nicely.

Well, that's it for now. 
If you're following along on our progress, I'll be back in a few days, 
we're disconnecting utilities here in our current home. 
Connecting internet and such will most likely take a while in the new place.
Kinda exciting...the next time I "see" you again, we'll be officially in our new home!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Just a few more days...

Our closing date is quickly approaching
and things are not going as planned.
Look what happened today.

Yep, broken water line.
I knew the propane guys were going to hit it...I could feel it in my bones.
 Surely they know what they're doing, right?
They've done this a million times.
I should have said, "STOP"...but I just froze and watched the water spill out.
Apparently I've lost brain cells through this building process.

Funny though, how things worked out...
the subs that were scheduled today (and needed water), were no shows.
ha ha.

On the bright side, there was a bit of activity: 
the dirt guys delivered 5 more loads of dirt and the flooring guys came to prep the floors.
That's a good thing.

Tomorrow should be a busy day:
interior brick cleaning
trim repairs
attic insulation
tile repairs
flooring installation
three small trees taken out
most importantly
water line repaired.

fingers crossed


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

It's not pretty...

If you're looking for pictures today, I've got them...they're not pretty,
but necessary.
This is the trench for the power.

Dirt for the grading and the tractor to level everything.

Trench for the water.

Moving from temporary power to permanent.

Putting in the sleeve for the propane. pretty picture, if you don't mind.

Our front yard!

Graded and smooth.
One step closer...

Monday, April 22, 2013


  kinda like jewelry, isn't it?
Well, picking out the "jewelry" for the cabinets and doors was a bit overwhelming.
There are so many different styles, colors, sizes...
the sky's really the limit.
I had to reel myself in and keep focused...
basic, vintage.

We decided on black bin pulls and knobs for most of the house.

I pinned his picture from Pinterest a while back...the iron brackets are so pretty.
I loved the look and thought about using something similar in the laundry room.

I found some brackets...
but, after everything was built, it just didn't work out...
kinda made me sad, ok, really sad.
But then my trim guy made a suggestion...
use them as corbels for the island.

And to add a little something to the open cabinet.

I felt much better that I was able to use them 
really liked his suggestions.
There was even one left over to add to the mailbox post!

For the bathrooms, I went with brushed nickel.

Yep, very simple...basic...

Friday, April 19, 2013

Range of Emotions...

This week has been a tough one for so many.
We're all relieved that the Boston situation has been resolved however mourn for the families that have lost loved ones. Thankfully the second suspect was captured, we all hope there will be answers to our questions.

We also mourn with the people of West, Texas. What a tragedy.
At the time of this writing, the final count hasn't been determined.
The loss of life and devastation is hard to process.

Through this all, there is also a sense of pride.
The work of the FBI in finding the two suspects out of all the people and thousands of photos 
is nothing short of amazing.

The "First Responders" put their lives on the line each and every day.
Tragically, some were lost this week...they gave their all.

Then there's the outpouring of care and concern.
It seems that when there's a tragedy, people become united 
and come to the aid of each other without hesitation. 

We have to remember that we are one nation under God.

America isn't perfect, but at the end of the day,
I can't help but say,
I'm proud to be an American.

God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46: 1-2a


Kitchen counter-tops
where do you begin?
Pinterest, Blogland, Houzz
I loved the look of marble, but everyone told us not for the kitchen.
So I found this site: Seventh House on the Left
Greg and Ashley are so cute and very creative! I love their site!
And I LOVE their kitchen counters.
It's Cambria Torquay...a marble look-alike.
They've done a lot of research and shared it for us all!
Aren't they the best?!

I was sold.
Long story short: 
our counters, yep, Cambria Torquay

The edges are "eased" and the corners are rounded.
It still has it's protective plastic but hopefully you can see it well enough.

For the 2nd bath and Powder bath, we were able to get marble counters. 
Our installer just happened to have scrap pieces and was able to make them work, 
all we added was a rectangular under-mount sink.

And in the laundry, we're using cultured marble. 

For fun, we added a farm sink.
It's a good size, {perfect for bathing little poodles!}

Our master bath will also have cultured marble, white on white. 
The tub is a garden tub,
perfect for soaking.
And the shower is also cultured marble.

Counter-tops are in...

Up next: hardware.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Two Weeks"

So I'm still thinking about the movie, 
Not so much that our new house is an actual "money pit"...well kinda...but
so many things that happen in this movie remind me of our adventure.
Here's a perfect example: 

(I don't know who the people are at the end of the video...
wonder if they're really serious about their timeline?!)

Yep...this is the standard answer...
"Two Weeks."

When can you start? two weeks
How long will this take? two weeks
When will the next phase begin? two weeks

I kid you not.

However, guess what?
Real water coming from the faucets!


From the movie,
Shelley is asking for water...
{she usually has to get a bucket of water from the water fountain.}
Here the worker just reaches in from the window and turns on the faucet!
She's thrilled and repeats,
"I have water, I have water!"
I can so relate!

guess what else?


We've been waiting and waiting for Entergy to hook up our permanent power.
It's caused a delay for about...
"two weeks."

And remember our timeline?
Guess when we're scheduled to close on our old home and move into our new home?
"two weeks."
It's gonna be close.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Money Pit...

I love this movie.

It's light-hearted, funny, and stars Tom Hanks.
I love Tom Hanks.

Just look at  this scene:

You just can't help but laugh!

Well...this is about where I am today.
No, we're not remodeling a home
what else can you do when things are out of your hands?
You gotta laugh!
{I'll wait, go back and watch it know you want too!!}

I think I'm a bit delirious with trying to keep subs working,
and trying to finish this new house,
and packing  my old house
and dealing with title companies who can't find certain paperwork.

So when my husband and I are
both feeling like this:


We try to be positive and tell each other that,
it's going to be great.


It's going to be great, right?


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