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So a few of you commented that you couldn’t get that Guinea Hen link to work.  So for those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of hearing one for yourself, here’s a youtube video:

Aren’t you glad you listened?  And that’s just one hen.  There’s a dozen minimum at the neighbors.

Now, I had planned to show you some great pictures of the new gutters and the lights the electricians came and installed yesterday….but I left my camera at home last night.  *Doh!*

So how ’bout we finally get around to the paint information?  First, the National Trust Colors…

  • In the Master Bedroom, we’re using Winter Delta (3007-9B) on the walls and Lyndhurst Mushroom (3007-9C)  on the ceiling.
  • The Office is Glowing Dune (3006-9C) for walls and ceiling.
  • The Kitchen Living Room has LaFonda Wild West Green (6006-4A) on the walls.
  • The Foyer, Mudroom, Hallway, and Kitchen/Living ceiling are all Ancient Scroll (3008-8B).
  • The First Floor Powder/Laundry Room is Dry Leaf (3008-8A).
  • The ceiling and bottom of the walls in the Dining Room are Cooper Melon (7003-2).
  • The Baby’s room has Oatlands Subtle Taupe (6005-1B) on the ceiling/top of the walls and Smoked Oyster (6005-1C) for the bottom of the walls.

I can’t seem to find the paint card for the Boy’s room…but it wasn’t part of the National Trust colors.  The two chocolates are Universal Umber (3003-9B) in the Bonus Room (the ceiling is Ancient Scroll again) and the top stripe for the dining room is the only actual Olympic color with Chocolate Truffle (D24-6).  Everybody else is Valspar, so if you like something you see, you can head over to your local dealer to find the samples.

Now – I’d intended to link up to the pretty pictures of these colors on Valspar’s website.  But a) their website is all flash driven and so not conducive to linking to specific colors, and b) some of them don’t look anything like they should when viewed on my screen.  So why bother?  Instead, I decided maybe I’d scan them in for you and show ’em that way.  But guess what?  Still not a good color match.  Maybe it’s my computer.  I don’t know.  So here’s my last brilliant idea – take a picture of ’em!


From left to right, Chocolate Truffle, Winter Delta, Lyndhurst Mushroom, Glowing Dune, Universal Umbre, Wild West Green, Dry Leaf, Ancient Scrool, Cooper Melon.  I know you can’t much see them in this little state, so click on the image for a bigger view.  Or here.

Of course the Boy’s blue isn’t included, and neither are the ones for the Baby’s room.  That’s because I started painting the Smoked Oyster the other night and it’s not…right.  In fact it’s rather pinky-purple.  That’d fine if we knew kid#2 is a girl.  But we don’t (although the Boy may tell you otherwise).  And since it needs to go back to be fixed, it’s currently sitting on the kitchen counter with it’s card.  I’d intended to have it fixed last night while we were in the Big City, however we spent multiple hours at May-nerds picking up a few more lights along with an abundance of stair parts (they were on sale!).  The Boy had had enough by the time we escaped, so paint swapping wasn’t accomplished.  Bummer. (Actually, a long list of things weren’t accomplished.  *sigh*)

I promise to take the camera with tonite to ensure photographic evidence that we now have Lights!  Let there be light! The cabinets also showed up yesterday.  So tonite I will hurry to grout the bathrooms so that the vanities may be installed.  We’re getting there folks.  Slowly but surely, we’re gettin’ there.

Happy Memorial Day to you all!  I hope you’ve all taken a minute to refelct on this lovely holiday and all it means…and then gotten right down to the business of picnics and barbeque.  No such treats for us unfortunately.  Working in tourism world means today is just another work day, not a holiday.  Schools are ending, folks are (hopefully) starting their vacations and heading our way to be entertained, amused, and awed.

As usual, we spent the weekend working at the house.  Will it ever end?  Some days it doesn’t seem like it…

First let me introduce you to this gaggle of noisemakers:


(Okay so I only took a picture of one – they took off running when the car came near.)

These, my friends, are guinea hens.  Our neighbor has a whole flock of ’em.  But they like to come visit on our side of the fence as well.  They are quite the rambuncous bunch.  We’ve heard they may be raised for a variety of reasons and we haven’t talked to the neighbor to find out his excuse.  But they can be grown for their meat, or to help control the bug population (including ticks and lyme disease), and some even raise them as “watch hens”.  Let me tell you, these suckers squak their little heads off for nearly any reason.  I’ve seen (heard) them giving a herd of deer the whatfor and if they’re picking around our bit of land and you step out on the porch?  Oooo will you get an ear full!  They rather amuse me right now.  Hopefully they’ll stay that way.  Wanna listen?  You can hear their call here.  (Imagine this x20 and you’ll come close to the racket our buddies put up.)

Friday afternoon I managed to get a bit of painting done…


This is the first part of the Boy’s room.  The bottom will be a darker blue. (No I didn’t tape it off.  I was having a bit of an issue with the level and after drawing 3 different lines and still not getting it right, I gave up.  I’ll tape it for the bottom color once I beat the level into submission.)


The boy’s quite the helper!  Anytime you need a screwdriver you better find him, because he seems to be hoarding them.  And hey!  Check out those spiffy new shoes!  He picked them out all by himself!

Saturday we set to work on the tiling.  We are using Congoleum DuraCeramic in the 3 bathrooms and mudroom.  Josh and his dad put the underlayment down and I followed with the tile.  This stuff is installed similarly to ceramic except instead of thinset you use an adhesive.  It still involves grouting the tiles and being rather patient and persnickety to make sure it’s straight and looks right.  Probably even more so than ceramic.  Because once the tile is set in the adhesive, it’s pretty well stuck for good.  No shimmying it around to get it lined up.

We haven’t grouted yet, but the tile is installed in the first floor powder/laundry room and mudroom.


The adhesive has to sit for an hour once you put it down to ensure it’s ultra tacky (no, not that kinda tacky) and ready for the tile.  So after getting the first half spread out, I did a bit more painting…

babytopThis is the baby’s room.  The bottom will be a darker grayish brown called “Smoked Oyster”.  Sorry – for the life of me I can’t remember what this one is called at the moment.

Sunday…more tile!

kidtileHere’s the kid’s bathroom.  It’s hard to see, but the tile has reds and blues and grays swirled in to look a bit like granite.  Again – so many options when it comes to accessorizing.

I also laid out the master bath to see where we stood with tile:

mastertileThis is the tile that was gifted to us.  I’m afraid we may end up one tile short.  Gah!  We’ll see.  It’s hard to tell when you haven’t cut the pieces, and you can’t cut the pieces until you start sticking it down and know your precise spacing.  We didn’t make it to this bath simply because we were a bit short on our underlayment calculations.  So, it’s a trip back to the big city to get one more piece before this can be knocked out.

Oh yeah!  Here’s a shot of the finished wood flooring (no, I still haven’t mopped)

FloordoneJosh did spend close to 3 hours doing some major clean up around the house.  The basement was a particular mess, full of dust and dirt that’s settled.  We’re nearing cabinet installation and figure we really want the place as dust free as possible once they come in.  I’m not fond of dusting in the first place, so a few hours spent cleaning now to reduce the endless task later?  Priceless.

There was one project we didn’t get to this weekend – the garden.


After much discussion, debating, and demanding, the garden will go in this little meadow spot near the creek.  It’s not toooo far from the house, plus it’s in the floodplain so it’s great black dirt and near a free source of water.  Like our barn?  It was gifted to us from Josh’s family and will be the perfect place to stash all my tools and extra pots and such.  It’s in need of a bit of TLC (especially the roof) and the Boy has dubbed it “the barn”.

So this week?  More tiling – the sooner we get all of that done, the sooner they can set the vanities and we can move on to finish off the plumbing.  More painting (it never ends.  Really.).  More staining – we need to pick up and stain all the parts for the stairs, plus Josh still needs to put the final coats of laquer on the trim boards.  And get that garden going.  It’s Memorial Day people!  This is the time to plant here in the higher Hills!  Of course, we then stand by with blankets at the ready.  Our last hard frost of the year was June 17th last year.

I hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful day off with friends and family.  Have a brat and some potato salad for us!

…in search of good times and good friends… Wasn’t that a muppet song?

We made some great progress over the weekend.  Friday wasn’t quite as productive as I’d hoped, primarily because I was hung up in the big city longer than expected.  But the guys did come back by the house to put the trim up on the foyer window.  We needed to get this task done, along with hanging the chandelier, so that the scaffolding could finally come down.

trim(Great shot of the power pole you dork.)

It turned out fabulous.  We’re excited to start seeing the rest of it go up soon.  The guys also put the door in between the house and the garage.  Unfortunately it’s damaged – on the jam side.  Which means it came to us that way. *sigh* So we’re going to have to get a replacement.  But it’s a door for now, it just doesn’t have a door knob!


Speaking of the chandelier, here it be.  Pesky little sucker.  I found it online.  I was a bit worried it’d be way too small for the space.  And it is a tad bit small, but it works.  And we really like the style.  However, the thing is a total pain.  We still can’t seem to get it to balance correctly.  You can’t tell from the top or bottom, but if you’re standing on the stairs just level with it, you can see it lists a bit.  Aggravation extraordinaire.  This project, which should have taken about an hour max took us more than twice that.

Saturday we hauled some butt.


The boys worked on installing the hardwood flooring.  (It didn’t go as planned, but I’ll let Josh tell you about it if he so chooses.  I’m keeping my mouth firmly shut on the subject.)  They didn’t get as far as they’d have liked on Saturday, but by the time I’d left on Sunday you could see this:


The office/guest bedroom


The dining room and foyer.

Sorry – I didn’t mop before taking the pictures, just keepin’ it real here.  By the time I had to leave on Sunday they were into the kitchen and living room.  I talked to Josh tonight and he said he’s just about finished.  Hurray!

So while the boys were cranking out the floor, Josh’s mom and I were paintingpaintingpainting.  Wanna see some?


Here’s the master bath, it’s the same cream as in the dining room.  It matched the floor tile we were given perfectly, so why not?


Here’s the kid’s bathroom.  It’s a rather neutral gray color, “Travertine”.  It’ll be easy to either stay neutral (if kid #2 happens to be a girl) or boy it up (if #2’s another boy).  Thinkin’ ahead, eh?


This is the bonus room.  It looks rather chocolaty in this photo.  I must have been having a sweet attack when I picked out colors.  The name of the paint is actually “Universal Umber”.  It’s not as dark as it looks in that picture though.


See?  (Sorry about the schmutz on the lens.  It was a long day)

The ceiling in this room is that same Ancient Scroll as used in the foyer/hallyway/living room/mudroom.  Yeesh!  I painted the hallway on Saturday as well – you can see it in the bottom photo.  I’ll be so glad to be done with that color.  I like it, but I’m getting sick of painting it.

While Josh is at home slaving away on the floor, I’m dealing with one of the worst aspects of my job…


Whooohahahahahaha I crack myself up.  Seriously?  Of all my work trips, this is always my favorite.  I’m up at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park helping them get the store open and giving all their employees thier annual environmental training.  In that photo up there?  The store is on the right.  Under that big wall of snow.  So by “getting it ready”  I mean digging out the doors and windows.  We don’t get to play with the big toys – that’s the National Park Service.  But it’s always a great trip.  The folks that work here are great people and, hey, you can’t beat the “environment”.  I’ll be here until Wednesday, so I probably won’t be updating until I get back home and have a chance to take some more pictures.  Probably Friday.  Unless you just can’t stand to live without hearing more about this whole Trail Ridge Store opening.  Then I could probably be convinced to post some more  pictures.  But right now?  It’s getting late.  And I have free wi-fi.  So I’m going to go watch that episode of Bones that for some reason Directv doesn’t want me to watch off my DVR.  Until next time!