Archive for June, 2009

From time to time I really want to put a few pictures of the girls up here. The ones in the post below are of our H’s graduation. But given that this is a public blog, accessible not only to those we know or know of, but anyone and everyone with an Internet connection, I am reluctant to post pictures of the girls. So as a compromise occasionally I will password protect a post.

Please let me know by email or in the comment section if you would like the password. I’ll send it along.

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I spent two hours at the Little House this morning with Tim. Reviewing and revising the layout of the duct work. It is better now. Not perfect. But better.

Also sketched a layout for the laundry room.

Here is the Wisteria that Tim saved. Maybe one day it will bloom. Maybe next Spring.


We are keeping the porch light fixture. Taking it down. Cleaning off the rust. Repainting. And putting back up. I could be wrong but my guess is that it is likely original to the house.


Living room furniture as of June, 2009. It willl get better.


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To be fair, I believed, as I was loading pictures of the market on this blog last summer that by the time the produce started rolling in again… Well I believed I would be bringing bags home to the Little House. Visions of strawberry jam. As they sell flats of amazing small berries. Pickled beets. (For those who know me well I acknowledge that making jam and pickling beets is not something I regularly engage in. But even so. I WOULD. I REALLY WOULD. The beets anyway.) I am not however pickling anything in the Wee House.

The colours are beautiful ~ golden beets.IMG_2096


There is much joy in this. The colours.


And there is absolutely nothing wrong with garden variety beets.



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There are ups




Duct Guy came on Wednesday. Duct Guy told Tim what Tim already suspected which is that drawing done by HVAC guy are just a bit inaccurate. As in last time anyone checked carving through 12 inch beams to run ducts was not on the recommended reno list. As in the drawing are a nice picture of what might be possible in some house some where. Unfortunately, sadly, regretfully they have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH OUR HOUSE. This resulted in myself losing a gasket becoming a leetle bit upset. 

I am taking a poll. Do people really not care about ugly, unsightly duct work covered by (EEK) bulkheads? You see I think they do care. I certainly care. I hate bulkheads. Hate them. Hope I am being clear on this. And had we not been specifically told that this was a NOT an issue, I would have gotten way worked up about this some time ago. And would have attempted to address it in a timely fashion. Now we are in a crunch. Some bulkheads I am going to have to suck up. And we had to delay the installation of the ducts and then as a result we had to reschedule the plumber to time unspecified. Like that.

I am told this happens ALL the time. My question is why it happens all the time. And when is someone going to make them stop.

It is almost as if they all know that there are many people who will go ballistic over this stuff so they duck and dodge and then when the rubber hits the road they’re long gone. As in not my problem. I am so not impressed.

If I wasn’t so tired and discouraged I might find this amusing. As it is – not so much.

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Picnik collage

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Something like this..

A road block. An obstacle.


Okay. I’m kidding. I exaggerate. It would be fair to say more like this..


Duct Guy can’t start on Tuesday. Duct guy is coming tomorrow to meet with Tim. Which means that Ducts may or may not start this week. Which means that Plumbing Guy may or may not have to be rescheduled.

I KNEW I should not have written this down:)

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The Dress




Just a peek. Magenta sash still being adjusted.

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Patience is a virtue.

Patience is a virtue.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

You may have been wondering. Or not.

We have been waiting for duck guy.



Sorry about that. Waiting makes you loopey.

Duct Guy is coming on TUESDAY. Expected by Thursday the HVAC rough in will be DONE.

There is more. Plumbing Guy comes on Friday to start plumbing rough in. Two to three days of work. So soon this will be done as well. Then electrical has to be finished. Tim is close to finishing the ground floor – which is by far the most time consuming. So with fingers crossed we are hoping that maybe, perhaps, it is possible, not beyond the realm of possibility that electrical is done by July 1. Then inspection. Then drywall. Hey hey hey.

We have been working to try to make the Little House fit its history. It would appear that one exception will be that we is going to be seriously high tech. Into the walls will go every amazing piece of cable technology. Now if someone reads this 25 years from now – they are gonna double over laughing. But from our 1860s house with nuttin the walls. This is pretty cool. The girls are pretty impressed.


Tim and Gary and high tech stuff. I don’t know nothin about this stuff. I was called however on placement issues only. Then I left.

And not much to take pictures of until Duct Guy arrives. So here are the kitchen windows again. Kitchen Guy is coming next weekend. To measure. Hey. Hey. Hey.


It is starting to look like a house. The electrical for my wall sconces. Light fixtures I can now picture in my mind. The wonderful light. I can’t express just how much I am looking forward to coming home.

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I find myself to be more and more challenged by waiting.

We are waiting for ducts to go in. To be sure all that fine electrical is going in. And parts of insulation and all that good stuff.


Need duct work guy. Because he comes first. Followed by plumbing guy. Which, together with electrical, brings us to WALLS. The kind one can hang pictures on.

Patience is a virtue.

Yesterday I met Earl at the house and we talked trim. Oh my. Miles and miles of trim work.

I am so glad I had the foresight to photograph the original window trim.


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