Week 23 – Dad visits again and stuff gets done!

WEEK 23 – Given how slowly things progressed at times this summer, I got really excited about this week when all of a sudden, things started to fall in place in rapid succession.

It started last weekend, with a big push to get all those jumbo, glorious windows in. We’re close now, very close, with just the two windows over the porch remaining. Everything else? In and sealed, and we were both relieved and pumped that, when a big series of thunderstorms rolled through early in the week, the house sustained zero damage, and was, in essence, dry all the way through! That has been a long time coming!

The basement windows provide more a challenge because they had to be dug out a bit, then set with retaining block window wells for egress purposes. Enter the retaining wall master, my dad, who probably wasn’t thrilled when we suggested this would be a project we loved his help on, but was a real trooper about coming up for a few days to help use get them in. My dad has a real knack for setting retaining walls, and even Josh admitted that what he did in two days would have taken us triple time by ourselves. No windows in the basement yet until after the concrete guys come to pour the basement floor.

But the basement floor isn’t far off now either! That’s because this week First Class plumbing came out to dig all the under-slab trenches and lay the plumbing runs in the basement. When they first started digging I was a little bit 😱 as it looked like the basement was just getting torn apart, and it brought back bad memories of the earlier flooding down there. However, I’m reassured that this all goes back in some semblance of order, and that it should, inevitably, disappear when the concrete is poured later this week. That is, provided we pass inspection Monday afternoon! Keep you fingers crossed!

Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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