Tuesday, January 30, 2007

New Pictures

Oops, I uploaded them backwards again. I'm in a hurry. Trying to get this done on my lunch break.

Most of the upper cabinets are done!
Andrew tells me some bottom ones are done. I haven't been out to the house, because of voice lessons!

My bathroom floor tile. You can't see it very well, and this is a bad picture of me! :(
The next project for me is the shower, as you can see behind me in the picture.

Andrew and Tim working on the cabinets!

Proof that I really did do the tile!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Break . . .

Temporarily taking a break from blogging . . . sorry Mom! :)

Monday, January 22, 2007

IKEA (and weekend) pictures!

Enjoy the pictures from our weekend trip to Pittsburgh, PA to visit the IKEA store!

Andrew helps me with my Vanilla Soda at Tom's Ice Cream Shop (I think that's the name).

Wayne (my F-I-L) in front of a church where his grandpa was the minister.

Andrew leaving the IKEA cafeteria. I'm bummed I didn't get pictures outside of the store, or with any of the items we purchased! Oh well!

Here we are, going down to the bottom floor to get our stuff.

In the check out line. We had two shopping carts, and several (3 or 4 maybe) flat carts full of stuff! Andrew with Wayne and Susan in the background.

The U-haul trailer we had to rent!

We stopped by Snug Harbor, the childhood home of Andrew's Grandpa Myers. These houses were all so unique and full of character. This one belonged to Andrew's greatgrandparents (Nana and Pop).

Susan and I at the entrance of Snug Harbor.
Here is what we are thinking for the house schedule this week:
Today: Cabinets Delivered (they have to fit into the garage with the appliances, and the furniture we just bought).
Tomorrow: Hardwood is installed and Andrew might start installing cabinets. I will continue to work on my tiling.
Wednesday: Cabinets, finish electric, and tiling.
Thursday: Cabinets, finish, electric, and tiling.
Friday: Our trim and interior doors are delivered. I will spend my weekend painting them. If the cabinets are done, then Andrew can start putting in the trim! :)
Next week: Once the cabinets and countertops are in, the plumbers can come back and hook up the water, so we'll have running water!

Friday, January 19, 2007


I have found this article very disturbing. I first read about it when they reported the woman dying and now I am astonished at the radio station's reaction to her death. Maybe I'm just naive.

We had our appliances delivered today. Perhaps it was a bit early, but since we can now lock our house, I figured that they would be ok. We need a few of the smaller appliances (microwave, dishwasher) for when the cabinets are installed, hopefully next week. We are going to Pittsburgh for the weekend, for an IKEA extravaganza shopping trip. Hopefully I will remember to take pictures of our fun, and post some on here.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The "richest" I've ever felt!

When pulling away from my house last night, after a night of tiling and cleaning, I reached up to my visor and pushed a button and my garage door closed! I felt so rich, as I've never had a garage before. I never want to take these things for granted! I hope to finish up putting the tile down tonight, and possible grout everything tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Weekend Pictures

I took several pictures of the house project over the weekend. I spent most of the day Saturday covering walls with a second coat of paint, trimming stuff, and cleaning. We also had our heat turned on, so it was a nice 65 degrees in there all weekend. I took the day off yesterday (Monday) and spent most of the day tiling the floor in the mudroom/laundry room (yes, BY MYSELF). I was so excited to be able to do that. Of course, I only laid tile where no cutting was involved. Our tiles are 18x18 and we're finding them difficult to cut. I have to wait for the experts to cut them (Andrew and Wayne) before I can actually finish the floor. I hope to get most of the bathroom floor done tonight. Enjoy the pictures!

The start of my tiling work!

Our muddy front yard! It has rained so much here! One of my to-do's for today, is to call the excavator to see if they can do our final grading.

Our new front door handles and lock.

This isn't a very good picture but I love the bathroom blue (Yacht Club) and the new light fixture.

The light fixture in our bedroom. We love IKEA!

The lights in the "dining" room. This will go over our dining room table.

The tile work, when I was done yesterday (still not officially done). Sorry, I was trying to get a picture of myself so I could have proof I did this, but it didn't turn out well. Andrew forgot to take a picture of me! :(

Hopefully more pictures and progress soon. I think I will be most excited for the kitchen cabinets to go in. They are schedule for next week. We are taking a trip to Pittsburgh this weekend to visit the IKEA store there and buy some furniture. It will be so nice to have a weekend off from working on the house (although the more we work, the sooner it will be done).

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Some Pictures . . . Finally!

The porch lights that Andrew wired up tonight! They are small but shed a surprising amount of light!

The light above our front door (we'll probably shorten it a little more). The walls are painted Applesauce Cake! It's not completely done, but we got SO much done this weekend!

Our new lighting in the family room! Noticed the recessed lights. The walls don't really look this shade in real life. The next picture is a better representation of the color.

Our new IKEA light fixture in the living room. The walls are also painted Applesauce Cake.

The Kitchen. We left bare spots were the fridge and cabinets will go. I LOVE this color called Regal Red. The camera also had a dirty lens!

Anne helping us paint the walls in the dining room/kitchen.

Anne and Maggie paint.

Susan trimming and me touching up the ceiling (although the ceiling is still not done).

Susan painting the ceiling, yesterday. Sorry these picture go backwards in time!
Jennie painting the grey primer in the kitchen.

Our garage door! Sorry, I didn't get a picture with it closed yet.

Andrew installed our outside motion detection light.
We got so much painting done this weekend. I almost feel like we're ahead of schedule. We're hoping the HVAC can be finished this weekend, so we'll have heat in the house. We are also hoping to have our hardwood floors installed this week. I am going to attempt to do the tile work myself. I'm taking next Monday off, so hopefully I can do it then. I calculated that I spent about 17 1/2 hours painting this weekend. I'm ready for a shower and then bed!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

I'm a big talker!

So, those of you who know me well, know that I like to talk big, but I'm rarely able to physically do everything that I would really like. To make a very long story short, we had a problem installing our garage door yesterday. To simplify: There was some concrete in the way. I decided to take it upon myself last night, with the use of my father-in-law's concrete chisel, to chip away the section that needed to be fixed. So, I probably spent and hour or so, pounding and chiseling my way through this concrete. I was able to get a large section of it removed, but I couldn't do it all (so we're having a guy with a saw come and fix it tomorrow). Anyway . . . at 2:16 am, I woke up with a horrible ache in both of my arms, mainly my hands and forearms. My body does not respond well to pain and this was so bad, I actually thought I might lose my lunch. Instead, I just went downstairs, took three asprin, and drank a glass of water. I headed back to bed and just lay with my hands perfectly still and the aching got a little better. So, I pretty much caused this pain with all of the hammering and chiseling I did during the evening hours. It feels better this morning, although I still feel a few twinges! Ouch!

In other news: I wired my first outlet last night, and it worked! I'm so happy to be able to help Andrew out!! Andrew also got two circuits hooked up in the house. So now, we can walk down our basement stairs and flip a light on, instead of having to plug everything in to an extension cord run from our temp pole! Yeah! I'll post pictures soon!!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

We're ready to paint!

I received a phone call from our drywall guy this morning, telling me that we can start painting on Friday! I'm so excited to be able to paint, because it's something I can do. We're going to try and have a "painting party" on Saturday! Hopefully, we can get everything primed that day, and then I can get rest painted the following week.

I'm a skeptic of new year's resolutions, so I only made one this year. I really need to try and get more sleep. I know that's not very deep, but since I feel like I try to work on things daily (like being positive, not complaining, etc, etc), I thought I'd try to concentrate on one. I've already failed! We stayed up until 11:15 pm or so looking at our IKEA catalog. Oh well, there's always tonight!