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papered

The guys are moving along swimmingly.  The roof has been tar-papered.  The shingles should arrive on Thursday.  Of course we’re supposed to get a nice snow storm tonight.  Gah.  Couldn’t it wait another week?  What if I said pretty please?  With sugar on top?  *sigh*

deckstart

They’ve also started the supports for our covered porch.  (Sorry – the photo is a bit blurry.  I was holding a squirming 2 year old at the time who reallyreallyreally wanted to play on the forklift you see at the corner of the house.  Sitting in massive amounts of mud. Uh-huh.  Sorry kid, no play today.)

bumpout

And here, my friends, is my bee-you-ti-ful kitchen bump-out.  Major pain in the hindquarter is what that was.  But it’s going to be so worth it all in the long run.

kitchen

See?  This is what you’ll see when you come into the kitchen/living room.  I’m quite sure I shall squeal with delight when it’s all finished.

That’s all folks.  It’s late and I’ve got to go pick up the Boy before heading to the Big City to see one of my friends in Everybody Loves Opal (the Boy will be going to basketball practice with “the boys” – always a highlight for him).  I’m torn between praying the snow misses us and hoping for a snow day tomorrow.  Decisions. Decisions.

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I’ve returned from a nice jaunt to sunny Death Valley.  I did not say *warm* Death Valley, as the highs hardly hit 60 while I was there.  And lows were in the low 30’s.  I think they knew I was coming…  But at least the sun was shining and there was no threat of snow.  We also had a great weekend hanging out with Josh’s family.

While I was gone, our builder switched out our framing crew.  We were a bit skeptical at first.  Would they be as good as the guys we have?  Would they have a lag time to catch up?  We never should have doubted:

overview

Wow.  What a sight to behold.  The garage is up and all the roof rafters are on.  And last week?  The weather was not that great here in the Hills.

garageHere’s the garage.  (When I say that in my head, I say it with a British pronunciation:  “Gare-edge”  Too much BBC America I guess.)

foyer

The guys also cleaned out the scaffolding in the foyer, so you can get a good look of what the entry will look like from the second floor hallway.

We talked to the guys yesterday, they’re plugging away at the roof details and trying to get the sheeting up as fast as possible.  We will probably get some more snow this week, and if so, they’ll work on finishing off the interior walls.  It’s been great seeing some major progress take place.

We also put our house on the market…which means now we really have to keep the dang thing clean.  Try that with a 2 year old!  It’s a never ending process.

Finally, here’s a shot from my trip last week:

golden

While I had 3 jam packed days of work, I was fortunate enough to be able to sneak in a good hike during my trip – Golden Canyon.  Parts of the original Star Wars were filmed here (*knock-knock* Hey cuz?  Hello?  Yeah you, the Star Wars fanatic!  This thing on?)!  This is the first time in 4 years of traveling to Death Valley that I’ve seen anything besides the operation and the scenery flying by the car window.  A great big thanks to all my comrades at Furnace Creek and Stovepipe for a great trip.  You always make me feel welcome and part of the family.

It’s been in the upper 50’s, near 60’s here nearly all week.  I’m so happy for the warm weather – not so happy for the accompanying mud.  But the warm weather has mant some great progress has been made on the house!  To start…

stairsNo more climbing a rickety ladder to the second floor!  It’s nice that the boy can finally come up top, but a vigilant eye is still a must.  He’s a bit of a dare devil and would love nothing more than jumping around on these suckers.  There are plenty of other ways to keep him occupied however:

forklift

This is completely off topic, but I love the look of this image (well, except that I totally blew out his face – he looks like a ghost.  He may have been sick the last couple days, but not that sick).  I’m having a great time playing around with a free action I downloaded for PS Elements.  It’s a “vintage” look meant to mimic a snapshot that’s been hanging around in a box for a few decades.  It’s so much fun!  (Thanks Rita over at CoffeShop!)  But alas, playing with my photos is just making me frustrated with my point-and-shoot and leaving me dreaming of owning a DSLR camera (The Nikon D90 to be exact) and hi, have you seen this blog?  Budget is not around to buy that kind of a toy at the moment. *sigh*  Digression over, let’s get back to the house…

The rafters have started to go up (this was Wednesday):

rafters

Here’s the view greeting us Thursday afternoon :

fullfrontal

The big empty section at the front right is where the garage will be.  The completed section of the garage houses the workshop with the bonus room above it.  The section to be completed contains the car stalls (2 of ’em) and storage above.  It won’t be quite as tall as the rest of the house, giving it a bit more architectural character.  In addition, the dormer on the front (over the foyer) will be mirrored by a similar feature on the back.  They have just started these areas, so we’ll have to wait a bit for better pictures. (Is dormer the right word for that?  It’s not truly a dormer in the sense that it’s basically dead space – the trusses were needed to help support the massive load…)

It’s incredibly windy today, so I’m not sure if the guys will be able to get anything done. (Cross your fingers for us – it all depends on which direction the wind is coming from.)  Next week I’ll be off to sunny Death Valley – a very awesome place to visit ’round about this time of year.  So unless Josh takes some pictures (memo to self:  take old camera home today) I probably won’t have an update until the 23rd or so.