Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tore it up

Finally got a day with:
  • No work
  • Puppy at daycare
  • Both of us home
  • Nowhere to be!
So we worked on electrical in the basement - part 1 of the second installment of basement finishing. We actually got just about all of the new wires pulled (= all of the frightening old wiring out!) and just have a couple of last bits to do before flipping the breakers and moving on to other things like insulating!

However, all it looks like is that we ripped the hell out of the place! Especially in the stairway/hall, which involved all closed in old plaster walls, so everything was fishing wire and demolition. Looks worse than when we started, but it will be awesome to have a light in the stairs (it has been treacherous!) and outdoor lights to de-creep the driveway.

More soon - yahoo for vacation time!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Well, hello there!

We've had a hiatus. Not without small jobs getting done - trimming hedges, putting up vent covers, finishing details in the basement (including calling in an expert - the third and hopefully final time we will call for help - to root out the drain in the basement because the new toilet wasn't flushing).

For the past month, we've been totally unable to focus on anything but this guy...

We got a new puppy (7 months, a rescue) named Frankie, and puppies take a lot more time than we remember (it's been a while). He is settling in fantastically and is a great little dog. Today he got pretty worn out with lots of walks and a fundraiser/dog party for the future dog park, so during his nap, we did a few things.

The most awesome thing was installing this new old can opener. We have one of these in the camper - it's a Dazey Senior. After camping with it all summer and then coming in the house to an absolutely horrible new handheld thing that SUCKS, I found another Dazey on ebay and installed it. Super sweet!

Next month - during puppy naps - we will be back in business working on the basement. We have some time over vacation and are looking forward to getting dirty again!

p.s. - the new blogger is taking some getting used to! Nice changes but my photos aren't showing up as cleanly as I'd like. Begging your pardon until I learn...