And so, we spent our time without contractors painting trim....miles and miles of trim.
|Painting trim outside|
|Painting trim in the garage|
|First layer of painted trim|
|Transporting trim to old farmhouse addition|
|View from inside the truck|
|Joe unloading trim|
|Miles of painted trim awaiting carpenter|
We completed the painting of the trim during the first week of the carpenter's absence, every day thinking that he'd surely be here the next day to start installation. The weather was, after all, beautiful.
On October 22, the electrician showed up, a day earlier than she'd arranged to be here. Unfortunately, we were not completely prepared for her, in part, because the carpenter still had some "blocks" to install to facilitate the electrician's installation of the outside fixtures. Joe called the carpenter to find out when he planned to return to install the blocks so the electrician could finish her work. The carpenter promised to return on the 24th, and the electrician agreed to return on the 25th to complete the electrical trim out.
|Fans, lights and more fans|
|Exterior trim out|
|Installing light fixtures|
|Local weather...continuous coverage|
|Goats and Chickens ready for drier weather|
|Drainage ditch approaching capacity|
|Benson...is it safe to venture out yet?|
|Water on subfloor after wind blew door open|
|Judy opening trenches clogged with leaves|
Now, while it is true that the worst of the storm passed us by on Monday, Tuesday it was still raining and the wind was still blowing. So it seems only natural that at 9 AM the phone would ring and the carpenter's wife would ask me if we had power....turns out the carpenter decided this was the day to return to the job .... well, Joe convinced him it made little sense to come on such a rainy day, when our property was so soaked and no outside work could reasonably be performed. All agreed that he should show up today instead, which he did.
And so, on the very last day of October, the carpenter installed the exterior blocks for the electrician, and has begun installing the interior doors and all of the painted trim. Perhaps we will have a completed addition, at least, by the end of the week? Well, of course, we still haven't seen the electrician......
|Carpenter on the trim|
|Closet exterior trim|
|Closet interior trim|
We did do a few little "fun" things while the contractors were on their vacations. We did manage to paint the old window frames and then Joe installed the new "stained glass windows" in the stairwell windows of the old farmhouse. It will make a lovely filtered light in the stairwell during the day, and it looks pretty cool from the outside at night.
|Windows, painted and clean|
|Joe applying the "stained glass"|
|As he balances on the scaffolding|
|View from outside|
|From inside stairwell in daylight|
November is going to be crazy busy for me with work, several trips out of town, etc. so, if we do, indeed, have a completed addition by Thanksgiving, I will be most thankful. I hope to have our first Thanksgiving dinner in the old farmhouse with my kids, their spouses and my granddaughter. It would be nice if the whole house were finished by then, but I'm going to be happy just to have the addition complete. The kitchen, while not complete, is at least fully functional and the addition has the dining room, the family room and a small office/guest room. So, we will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving in the old farmhouse, regardless of its state of completion.
Soon, soon.... patience is a virtue....
And for Hallowe'en, which brought no trick-or-treaters way out here, I was able to enjoy a cute picture of my sweet Eloise, dressed like a troll, playing with her Mama's trolls, saved from her own childhood....
|Troll Eloise, playing with her "babies"|
|Mosaic Model Eloise|