Week 66: Carpets, lawns, and that rain chain

It got hot again in week 66, and as we got ready to plant our grass seed, that meant we needed to both figure out how to prepare our very very very dry ground, and how we’d keep the grass seed watered adequately once it was spread. So, with some guidance from a friend, weContinue reading “Week 66: Carpets, lawns, and that rain chain”

Week 65: Counting down in weeks not months

Lots of things happening this week, particularly in the kitchen, which is now about a refrigerator, dishwasher, and some cabinet shelves short of being finished. Monday started the first of the big, dramatic, kitchen developments with the quartz countertops and sink being installed. We had gone round and round about whether Josh was going toContinue reading “Week 65: Counting down in weeks not months”

Week 64: My fake Yelp review of our flake landscaper

Towards the end of April, as the ground thawed and our muddy pit of a yard revealed itself again, we called a bunch of landscapers to inquire about having the final grade of the yard done. We found someone willing to take on the project, who came out to the house a few times toContinue reading “Week 64: My fake Yelp review of our flake landscaper”

Week 63: Don’t worry about it; I’m just going to buy some furniture!

Last week, I was all but begging to finish something…anything. This week, we finish a whole room! The bonus room over the garage wasn’t the most likely candidate for the fist room to finish. I would have said that was most likely the dining room, which pretty much just needs baseboard to be complete. However,Continue reading “Week 63: Don’t worry about it; I’m just going to buy some furniture!”

Week 62: Let’s just finish SOMETHING

I had a little bit of a meltdown this week. I have, I think, been pretty even keel through most of the house building project, save a few misunderstandings and frustrations about how I imagined things would go versus how they actually happened. Midweek, however, after frustratingly trying to hang a mirror that had theContinue reading “Week 62: Let’s just finish SOMETHING”

Week 61: The wood anniversary

This week was our five year anniversary…the “wood” anniversary if you go by the traditional gifting themes. We have not gone by the traditional gifting themes since our 2nd anniversary, which was cotton, when we decided to buy a new couch, which supposedly had some cotton in it. 😂 For the record, the third anniversaryContinue reading “Week 61: The wood anniversary”

Week 60: Levers or knobs, doors on everything, and the thing that some people can’t seem to grasp

When we first started building the house, and would tell people that we were building our own house, a surprising number of people told me that they had also built their own houses. When asked further about their experience building, it turned out what people actually meant was they had acted as general contractor onContinue reading “Week 60: Levers or knobs, doors on everything, and the thing that some people can’t seem to grasp”

Week 59: Insulation and sanding everything with Dad and Mom

So two biggest projects that got knocked out in week 59 were probably also the least photogenic projects. With my parents in town for a few days, Josh wanted to knock out the major job of blowing the loose insulation into the attic and above the garage, and God bless my dad for feeding insulationContinue reading “Week 59: Insulation and sanding everything with Dad and Mom”