By the way, did you happen to notice my beee-yoo-teeful bookshelves? I can’t remember if I bragged about them on this blog or on the social networks *blush* but we are so very happy they actually turned out OK! Miracles do happen!! And we still have all our fingers and toes AND sanity!
They add so much value to the room. We had to up our insurance recently because of our improvements we’ve made. And we also got a nice new set of appliances not too long ago (my 20-year old washer bit the dust). I didn’t opt for any kind of appliance warranty but after checking out the Choice Home Warrantyprofile on INC.com, I may rethink that. Appliances are scathingly expensive and they just aren’t built like they once were. What say you? Do you have appliance insurance?
It’s good to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labors before starting any new projects. This winter we will relax and plan for possibly some major new expeditions on the house. And I’m sure Livvy will love the new hiding places we’ll be making! LOL
We got to a late start this summer. With me working, and some crazy things happening the past year, it seems that home renovation has taken a back seat. Make that a stash-in-the-trunk kind of seat. But it IS going on.
I’m finally getting around to patching the siding around the new kitchen window. Well, the kitchen window isn’t exactly new anymore. Remember that 2010 kitchen renovation? It was new then. And I, um, never finished patching the siding til this week. Heh heh.
By the way, can you “Find the Kitty” in this photo?
Yes, the house is suffering. I’ve completely neglected the back because the interior has needed so much work. We only have the downstairs completely done… I have such nice, neat little plans to finish the downstairs bathroom, gut and restore the upstairs bedrooms (they are still 1855-style with the original plaster and all), and then get to the siding and porches. But the house has other plans. It’s been clamoring for attention in areas that are NOT in my schedule!
The tub decided to spring a leak (blast those fiberglass cheapos!!!) and ruin the kitchen ceiling. The large garage door spring broke off and we have to manually haul the 100-pound door up and down whenever we want to get into the garage (there’s no “regular” entrance into the garage). The insurance company loudly complained about our “lack of siding” around the kitchen window — although we DO have plywood siding beneath the tar paper but they don’t care, all they see is tar paper so they think it’s just bare wood framing beneath, sigh. Add to the mix a myriad of other problems like flooding damage and the front porch sagging terribly due to excessive water and a washed-out foundation… tired yet?
SO as much as I would love to give the kids a summer vacation where they can play cool video games and play their guitars and keyboards all they want, I must be a meany mom and make them help me. I sometimes feel like the house is going to swallow me up. It’s SO needy. But I love the old thing and it gives me a chance to tinker and build stuff, which I love to do. I just wish it wasn’t so consuming and so durn expensive. I hope that by the time I finish all the “big” renovations, I’ll still be around to enjoy my labors!
What have you been doing this summer? Are you glad to see the season end?
My cat is smart. Too smart. Well, maybe ALL cats are this smart, but my previous cats must have all been lugnuts because Lizzy is, in my estimation, brilliant.
I’ve told you before how she figured out how to open our 1800’s-style latched French door (and made a video to prove it). I decided to make another little video of Livvy figuring out how to get into our “firebox.”
Our “firebox” is a small, boxed extension off the living room wall. I built it to house a gas log fireplace (when we get one). The gas line is all set up and everything, and we cut a small access panel into the side of the box. We haven’t made a door for the panel yet.
Unfortunately, Livvy likes to slip through the panel hole into the firebox. I don’t like her going in there because I don’t want her to get into trouble, seeing there’s a gas line and valve in there. When she hops in, I scold her to get out but she just gives me the stink eye.
So the husband cut a piece of cardboard to temporarily keep her out. He placed the garbage can in front of the cardboard, for good measure.
But Livvy will not be thwarted!
She’s unbelievable. And did you notice how she turned around inside the hole and looked out at us, blinking cutely?
OK, kitteh sleuths– see if you can find her in THIS photo!
Last week, we had a vicious cold spell. Temperatures dipped down to sub-zeros. We had to bring the Yorkies into the living room for a bit, as the room they stay in doesn’t have a heater. Well, it DOES have a heater, but it’s an electric heater. The bills were atrocious so we decided to discipline ourselves not to use it. Almost as soon as we decided that, the weather temps plummeted. Yeah. So we set up the pen in the warmer living room, and freaked Livvy out for a few days, lol.
ANYWAY, did you find her?! If not, here’s a hint: she must be pretty tall…. 😉
It’s been a looooong couple of weeks, friends. After Thanksgiving, I took time off to recuperate. Life has been topsy-turvy and very hectic and it seems that everything around me is changing right now. I’m looking into a major lifestyle change (a job outside the home) that will affect how we do things around here. There’s a lot more to share but it will have to wait until things are more settled and I have more answers.
In my absence, I realized I haven’t had a Find the Kitty in a long time. How you guys must have suffered! Well, here ya go. And it’s a toughy this week. Can you find her?
I have a few home improvement stories to tell in the near future, too, including a delightful little ditty about our holiday toilet emergency installation. Oh, I thought such things were the mere tales of stand-up comics, but no — they REALLY DO HAPPEN. More to come. :S
The weather has been excellent here, so I’ve been scrambling to finish up those last few projects before winter *really* hits. We finally got our gas fireplace in.
With a little help, of course. Meet “Science” cat.
LOL. Wouldn’t she look adorable with a pair of hipster glasses, like the “real” Science cat?
What IS it with people taking photos of cats with glasses and bow ties, anyway? I’m seeing it everywhere! It’s kinda cute, but it’s got to be uncomfortable for the cats.
Anyway, we got heat in the living room, YAY for us. Just in the nick of time because the temps dropped that week. We still have no snow, which is quite unusual for Upstate New York. We got perhaps a 1/4-inch a few days ago. We’re 10 inches below normal rainfall, too (no complaints here), but I would like a little snow. Ah well, all in good time.
By the way, in the first photo, Livvy is inspecting the fireplace box that houses all the innards of the heater. She was hilarious, popping in and out and in again. She is getting very smart! She knows how to hook up a gas line and wire cables and install a toilet — more on that later.
:) I’m a married mom of four teenage children. We live in Upstate New York. We bought an old 1855 home and acre property, over 10 years ago. We've been in the slow, agonizing process of living in the home while (trying) to renovate it. When I'm not renovating, I'm a freelance writer and blogger.
We've learned to dig a French drain, plant huge flower and vegetable gardens, wire a circuit panel, install furnace ducting, understand the enigmatic complexities of the plumbing system, and more. It's been *quite* the adventure.
You can read more about us here, read up on the history of the home, and read about what we've renovated so far. Thanks for visiting!