Week 45 – Winter hindsight

Here’s a funny thing about one winter to the next.

Last year, as we planned to start our house project, we had the optimistic hope that if we had a perfect winter situation, we could dig our foundation in February. Of course, if you’re new to these home posts, or just forgot, this is what it looked like one year ago today!

That’s about as un-perfect of a winter as you can have! So we dug in April.

This week, our excavator broke ground on a new house being built on the lot that we almost bought before choosing the one we have. *Sigh* It’s 38 and sunny today and the snow is steadily melting. This at least makes it tolerable to finish insulation without absolutely freezing in our unheated home, which is what we’re currently doing. It does nothing for us making up that lost time from that horrid winter of 2019.

2020…I like what Mother Nature has done for you…but it’s hard not to resent it a little too!

Nevertheless, we press on. Or at least, Josh presses on pressing insulation bats into stud bays with much fervor in an effort to be on track to drywall in the first part of March. And, in the process, the house does get a little bit warmer each day. So much so that next week we hope to hook up a construction furnace that will actually make it completely tolerable regardless of how the rest of our winter plays out.

In the meantime, we also have hardwood floor arriving next week, which will all need to be unloaded from a huge truck, bit by bit, by hand. And we’re also trying to get tile and other finish materials picked out so that they can be ordered and in place for shortly after drywall installation.

There has been lots and lots and lots of deliberation about tile in our house. And by deliberation, I mean I’ve shown Josh lots and lots and lots of options. But I think we very recently landed on some combinations of these tiles for our guest bathrooms.

Only our bathroom, an entryway, a kitchen backsplash, and fireplace tile to go!


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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