Freya was too busy napping to have her picture taken this week, so Maddy is stepping in for her in the kyoot kitteh department.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
We've finally managed to get around to painting the exterior of the workshop.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Still haven't figure that one out yet, but whatever.
A year later, there are days when we look around and are completely overwhelmed about how much we have yet to do. And then there are days when we think about the incredible amount of work we have already done. But here are some highlights of what's happened in the past year:
We ate a lot of eggs.
We learned how to snake out a drain...
... and hot wire a tractor.
I tried to grow a garden, but it didn't work out so well.
We adopted Anie...
... and Artemis...
... and we found a home for the stray kitten that showed up.
Probably I am missing a few things, but I think that covers the basics.
And, we're still happily married, we haven't damaged any body parts with power tools, and we haven't managed to electrocute ourselves or blow anything up. I'd say that in of itself is cause for celebration!
Hopefully in the next year we'll get to a bunch of the projects we didn't complete this year, including:
- Finish both bathrooms (they just need a little bit to finish them completely, really!)
- Build out the interior of the hubby's workshop
- Paint and weatherize the exterior of the house
- Tear down the cisterns and the shed and then build the barn
- Build out a front porch and back deck
- Finish the back garden and add in some landscaping on the front of the house
- Have the other half of the house re-roofed
- Put in a new front fence and gate
- Remodel the kitchen
- Paint the living room and family room
- Start working on the guest house
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The other day, Freya and Bailey declared somewhat of a truce. At least long enough for me to snap this picture.
We'll be back to cute kitteh pictures next week, never fear.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
First off, he replaced the damper, which was rusted through. He added a nice little pull chain so we can open and close it easily. Next, he added a bunch of bricks up behind the firebox - apparently there was nothing but space there before! Definitely a fire hazard. He replaced the chimney cap, and re-mortared all of the bricks on the back of the fire box, which were in pretty bad shape.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
And because this project is simply not meant to go as planned, as they were unloading the glass transom windows that go on either side of the door, one of the windows tapped the bumper of the truck and broke. Sigh. The new one should be in... you guessed it, next Wednesday.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
If you don't like spiders, skip this post.
Yesterday when I was out opening gates for the boys, I came across a rather large black spider with white spots eating a rather large brown spider.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
My hubby travels a lot. Mostly he enjoys the worldwide travel, but I know he's also happy to be home.
Despite all the traveling he does, he still asks for advice on what to pack. Fortunately, we have an expert right here in the house.
OTOH, a warm fuzzy kitty might be useful as a scarf if you're traveling to Fairbanks, Alaska. In February.
And yes, I am staying home for that trip. I'm not that crazy! ;)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Well, we got as far as the tear-down. The special order door that swings out? They sent us the regular one that swings in. In fact, Home Depot has FIVE other doors that swing in, exactly like the one they sent us. Grrr.
So, we re-ordered. Did I mention that it takes a week for the order to arrive? That's right, big orders like French doors only come in on Wednesday afternoons. They sent us a new door the following week, but this time it was the wrong size. After complaining loudly to the manager, and having our contractor complain loudly as well, we re-ordered. Again. Last week, the door didn't even come in. That's right, some eedjiot didn't manage to press the "order" button on the computer after taking our order (again) and charging us for it. Seriously? They offered to order it for us yet another time, and this time they weren't even apologetic about it. Not even an "I'm sorry, we screwed up." They promised to call us back on Thursday morning first thing after checking to see if they could get it shipped specially (which they didn't) - and so we took our business to Lowe's.
The door arrived this afternoon (Tuesday) as promised... but the damn thing swings in! Is it REALLY THAT HARD to get an order right? I have a huge hole in my family room that's been there for almost a month, because people can't get this stupid order straight!
Our contractor, who is a great guy, is trying to track down another door. Hopefully we'll find something soon. Like, before it gets cold and rainy maybe?
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Artemis is definitely much more of a huntress than Maddy is. She spent her time crouching and pouncing on all sorts of things, both real and imagined. The chickens were particularly interesting, although she aborted all of her attempts to pounce on them. I think she was just so excited to get out of the workshop that she spent all of her time running around! She even went under the horse shed and the guest house, and I know we have rabbits living under there. I expect we may have a present or two in the near future when Artemis is allowed out for longer periods of time.
Surveying her new domain.
Preparing for the pounce! (which was aborted)
Nonchalantly sharpening her claws on a tree while being watched by three of the chickens.
As the sun was setting, I lured Artemis over to me, picked her up, and put her back into the workshop. She's not as willing to come when called as Maddy is, so I didn't want to leave it till dark. As I was checking food and water in the workshop, I saw a smallish brown scorpion - with no tail! Foxfire has a cat that can pull the tail off scorpions, so maybe Maddy or Artemis can do the same? That would be awesome! Or, if they just want to kill them while they're at it, that would be even better! Hopefully, they have already started their jobs as huntresses. I'm actually looking forward to the first "present" that someone leaves us on the doorstep, although that will probably lose its appeal fairly quickly.