Monday, July 24, 2017

Manic Monday

I had to get up early today - which killed me almost.  Plus, it is a long day where Darrell is working late, so I am on duty for dinner after spending almost the whole day outside in what is supposed to be the hottest day this summer.  The heat has exhausted me.  I am taking a quick break for lunch before heading back up there.

I oversaw the guys installing my beams!  FINALLY!  Felt like it took them a long time, but really, it has only been one week.






 I was very worried a couple of times as they balanced on 2x4 pieces of wood they quickly put together.  But they are in and look great.  There is a little more reinforcing to do - by running cables, but they are almost done. 

They will look even better when the sheetrock goes in - which may be as early as Wednesday.

Overall a low key weekend - grocery shopping, cleaning, chilling out - listening to the rain.  Nothing too major. 

I hope you all are having a great Monday!  I think I am just too tired to say much of anything.  Bye for now!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Week 25 Update - missed 24

So much going on that it is really getting difficult to keep up with on here, but you get the highlights.  The minutia is boring really.  Although when it is your home - it is always something important!

Land Home - We are moving right along.  The BIG NEWS of course is that the builder told us we are about 2 months from being done.   Which, honestly, throws my mind into overdrive and the nights have been showing it by my lack of sleep.

All electrical work is in - including outlets, fan boxes, light boxes, cable boxes, phone jacks, switch boxes, alarm boxes, speaker boxes and all the wiring that goes with it.  All in wall and floor plumbing is in as well.  When I visited this afternoon, they were blowing in the insulation in the outer walls.  It really makes it feel more homey even though you can see the insulation.  I did not take a picture because they were working and stuff was flying everywhere.

PLUS, I made them mad because I asked them to get off my beams.  They are in plastic, but it did not deter them.  Sigh.  I just really pray that they don't damage them. I cannot keep them off.  They got off when I said something, but I know they were mad.  I have a feeling this is how it is going to go from now on.  I sure wish I had that shed.

Speaking of which.  The Shed.  Another problem.  So, their concrete guy quit on them. I get it.  However, I could have had the pad done back when the house was being poured.  Anyway, they have found a guy now, but he has to finish up his house concrete work, then he is going to work for our shed people permanently.  We are not at the very top of the list, but close to it.  Maybe two weeks before they get out to us.  Thing is, the appraisal is based on this being done AND after our driveway is poured, there is no way to get back there with a big concrete truck - the driveway will not be able to handle it.  (I refuse to put in 2 entrances)

Now I have to start working with the crappy bank that we are going to leave as soon as this construction loan is converted.  We have to start locking down rates, etc. 

Also, the to do list just long and very undistinguished.  Cable - possible we can get business cable - we just have to get a box installed.  Sometimes the wait is long, so we are starting now.  Propane tank install and contract.  The well is going in next week.

RV Living:  Upon hearing of the great exodus, it almost made living here just a bit harder.  We are longing for things even worse now, but this is where the perseverance will really pay off.   We are holding the course and keeping strong.  It is hot, hotter than hot. 

I have gained so much weight while here, probably from a little depression, but also just from not moving.  It really is too hot to breath outside - this is where I usually just did yoga, but I have no room on the RV.  We are also eating out more because cooking is difficult and makes the RV even hotter. 

We are just ready to be living in a home.  

Homeschooling:  Well, although we stopped a general curriculum, we have joined a group and did the field trip today.  I ordered some solar glasses so we could see the solar eclipse in August - it will only be around 75% here, but still fascinating to look at.  I am having them create reports on solar eclipses - one scientific and one historical and lore.

It is almost time for me to start planning out homeschool for the year!  We start in earnest after we get back from taking College Boy back to school.


I will have pictures this weekend when noone is there.  I hope you have a great weekend yourself!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fried Green Tomatoes and Neurology Tour

It has been a slow day.   I was able to sleep in a bit - after an especially rough night of trying to sleep.  That is 4 nights in a row for me - I need sleep really badly.

Anyway, nothing really happened until around lunch.  I was able to meet with the builder and talk about doors and lights.  Nothing earth shattering, I was just concerned about the lighting in the master bathroom and the 2 - 1/2 lite doors in the laundry room and our bathroom.

It was wonderful that I got to meet with him because he told me that we are just about 2 months out from being done!  WOW!!!  That lit a fire under me again.  Counting down the days!

When I got back, the internet was down, so the kids could not watch their history show and that meant I could not "work". 

What do I decide to do?  Watch Fried Green Tomatoes.  I cry every single time I watch it, but I love it.  My daughter said that it was so southern and it made me feel a little bad that she does not know her roots very much.  Not that I love everything about the south, but there are some things that are just wonderful - warm tomatoes, getting so hot and jumping in the lake, iced watermelon, sticky tar, the smell of summer in the warm, moist evening, chasing bats at dusk...

This movie in a particular reminds me of all that - the good stuff.

We also prepared for our field trip tomorrow - an encouragement tour at a Neurological Hospital, making encouragement cards and talking about some of the people we will meet, how to behave, etc. Since we fall under the older student crowd (yeah!), we get a more in-depth talk about neurological issues and accidents that cause many.  Good stuff - always means more coming from another source than parents when they are teens.





Because ALL my crafting items are in storage, we had to get pre-cut cards and tags, then used stickers to decorate and a paint pen to write a encouraging quote.  It will have to do.  Otherwise, I probably would have sewn something.  Like the Christmas card I did a couple of years ago.




Anyway, I need to figure out what we are going to have for dinner and get ready to back to the house to approve all the electrical work and take pictures.  We are getting insulation tomorrow! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Finishing Type Items

OK, this is where I think frustration will rein with me.

So, we are starting to get some finishing type items in - what I mean by that is the things that you actually will see or touch when the house is done.

The first thing to come in is the beams that will go in the living room and the mantle.

Here is where the problem lies.  The company we bought them from power washes them and then fumigates them.  Yesterday when they were delivered, it was pouring down rain in the city.  Sunny where we were, but the beams got wet.  Not a problem - water isn't killer, they just need to dry and not sit in water.

Background on these beams - they are over close to 100 years old and are from a couple of Mennonite Farms in Wisconsin.  They are not sealed, so are very susceptible to staining.  But they are gorgeous!  A little over 16' long and 8" wide and 7" tall weighing in at over 250 lb each.

Beams that are going in the living room ceiling tray.

This one is the mantle above the fireplace.

When we went to the house last evening to check - we do every evening (I am there during the day also- yesterday I was there for 5 hours).  The workers had a BLUE GATORADE sitting on one of my beams!  OH MY GOODNESS - I freaked out.  A stain like that would ruin them.

Then today, they had a blower leaning against my mantle.

We cannot wrap them in plastic because they need to dry, but the workers have absolutely no regard for the delicate nature of them.

They are too heavy to move and should be put up sometime this week.  Lord help me if anyone stains my mantle.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Whirlwind again - talk about Chaos

OK, even the builder is wondering how I am keeping it all together.

We just found out that DH's step father is in the hospital and not expected to make it tonight.  DH's mother told us not to come, but she would get with us in a couple of days about arrangements.  I think (not sure) that they are unplugging him today or something - how could you be so sure!!?!!  I don't know the ends and outs of all this at all, but I do know if it going like she says, we will have another funeral within a week.

This time the builder freaked a bit.  I was the one reassuring him that I will be available and stay on target with decisions.  There is a lot going on with electricians, carpenters, the brick and stone guys, and decisions about casings and baseboards, outlets and the amount of electricity running to each.  We are decided on glass for the master shower - kind of a big deal, interior door styles, and the cabinets.  The cabinets are HUGE!  The building industry is so busy right now here and my style of cabinets is not cookie cutter, so we are having a bit of trouble finding a local company that can make them in the time frame we need.

However, I am not stressed about it right now.  We have family things going on and so if we have to wait a week or two, so be it.

College Boy is on his way over to talk for a bit, but I have to head out to the land to oversee the delivery of our beams and mantle.  I need to shower, but I am waiting until after this because all I do is sweat and I would prefer to wash the sweat off when I am done going outside today.

So many other things, but all I can say is that I am SOOOOO glad we put off homeschool.  It would be a nightmare right now to keep it going.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Back at home

It was a long couple of days.  When I came home, it felt like I had been gone for weeks instead of a couple of days.  Hubs felt it too.  Very emotional, very intense, very loaded with drama as most family deaths are.

There was only a very short service at the graveside, no service at the chapel.  It even was not too hot - slightly overcast with a small breeze and then we sat under the tent.  The cemetery was an old one and had quite a few of my family members - including my grandfather.  I think we are going to go back.  My cousin told us of one young man - who would be another cousin of mine who was the youngest to be granted a commercial pilot's license at the time - which would be around 1948-50 in Mississippi.  He died in a plane crash carrying politicians who insisted he fly through a storm.  Just interesting!

I am dehydrated - it seems no one there drinks water!  I suck down 60 + oz a day usually.  The food was horrible - green beans with onion and bacon that tasted as though it was doused in syrup!  YUCK!

So, just glad to be home.

The main drama was the inheritance issue.   My Dad and I were given special things others did not get and it caused an uproar.  There is more inheritance to come as a trust was set up, but I do not know how much or when.  I just know I get 1/3 of 25% of what is in the trust.  What she gave me that caused a fit was her jewelry.  I did not get all of it - but I did get some choice pieces.  Which is really ironic because I don't much care for jewelry!  However, my mother-in-law suggested that I take the stones and put it in something that is more my style - I just may do that.

Anyway, we have go back sometime in August and start cleaning out her house.  I am in charge of digitizing some pictures and recipes to distribute to the family members that want them.  I  will probably take care of anything computer oriented.  Lot of furniture to disperse and papers to go through.  We are giving each family member whatever has their picture or name on it.  Since I am more detailed oriented - my job is the office.  Hey, at least I get to stay in air conditioning.

Well, not too much happened at the house while I was gone and I am not caught up yet, so no update until Sunday probably. 

I hope you all have a great weekend!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Packing to Go

I am leaving tonight, but only a late flight was available.  It is a small city and not many flights go there, so I am at the mercy of the airlines.  I will be getting to my hotel at around midnight - suck!

I have to get up and going as family is getting to the funeral home early, then visitation starts mid morning.  There is no service at the chapel, only a grave side service - so nice and hot - 90+ degree with lots of humidity and me on the second day of my period.  That is absolutely fabulous!  May God help me.

We decided not to do flowers, but contribute to the continued care of her and my grandfather's grave sites. 

Kind of sitting around waiting for this to be over honestly.  Family drama is very draining and it has already started.  Not long now Papa Smurf.

However, things at the house are moving right along.  I am very anxious about leaving because so much is happening and I have been the one to make all the decisions.  Plus, I typically go 2-3 times a day - it is an obsession right now, but you almost have to be when you are building totally custom like this.

I have pix on my phone, but I won't take them off until later - sorry!

We have stairs to the loft now!  YEAH!  Also the egress window was delivered, so that will hopefully will be installed by the time I get back.  They were framing out the access pull-down stairs for the utilities when I left.  HVAC was there and getting ready to install the duct work and air conditioner.  The electrician will probably get there tomorrow or Thursday

It is little things now, but when you wrap your head around it - it is amazing how this fits together and feeds into it.  Insulation and sheetrock starts sometime next week!  WOO-HOO!

Take care, I will catch up with you all when I get back.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Funeral and Updates

When we picked up the kids from my sisters, they were sick, so I have decided to go to the funeral by myself.  It is not a big deal, when you have kids and the funeral is far away, one person represents the family.

My Dad will be there and I have not seen him in a while, so that will be good - he is getting older too, so seeing him will be a priority.  He lives far away as well.  It is tough, because none of our parents live close and to visit each once a year would be 3 separate trips.  Still having kids at home, running a business and homeschooling makes it tough for 3 trips.  These are not weekend distances either.

This is why I was hoping our new house would be better for them to come see us - there is more room and more interesting things to do - projects, etc.  So maybe we visit one and the other 2 come to us and we rotate.  I don't know - they won't be able to travel soon enough, but by then we will not have kids living at home or even if they are, they won't need us.

Anyway, while I am visiting my grandmother's house, there are a couple of things I want to do. 

1. On the suggestion of cooking something of hers, I am going to write down some recipes - I highly doubt I will get the originals, but I can write some down.

2. I am going to ask my cousin who is the executor of her will, if I can take some of her clothes to make her (my cousin) a lap quilt, and other family members pillows or bears.  I am not sure how this will go, so I will feel it out first.  It might be just planting an idea and then looking at it later.

3. In the south, people do not talk about their wills - drives me up the wall!  I don't want any money and or anything major, I just want a little something I can remember them by.  When my grandfather died, 13 years ago, I did not get anything to remember him and I understand that - she was still living and she loved him, so I get it.  But now that they are both gone, I really want something - doesn't matter how small or insignificant.  I am weird like that.  If she asks though, what I really want is a bird clock.  It is round like a regular clock, but every hour, it chirps or sings like the bird that is pictured for that hour.  That would be the most amazing thing to have!

Moving on,  we joined a secular group for socialization - I am in over my head.  They are extremely active, but maybe it will get us moving a bit.  I have to host events, help with events, etc.  I need to do this.  I am just overwhelmed today.

So, I am leaving tomorrow - after the meeting with the cabinet maker.  I am still moving forward with the house.  It needs to keep going with or without me.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

My grandmother is gone

My last remaining grandparent died today.  I did not get to speak with her or see her, but it happened very quickly.

It is a sad generational passing.

Sorry if I am not around for a while but then again, this is my free expression place, so it might be where I am.

Thank you all for being here.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Week 23 Update

I know it seems like I am always updating, but there is a lot happening right now with the house and life, and just everything.  We both commented that we are excited when we can take a weekend and just be at home.

Land Home - Whew - so much it is hard to list.  All the framing except for the stairs, hearth and the access ladder to the utilities is done.  The roof is actually going on!  The windows came in today!

We have an appointment to meet the cabinet maker on Tuesday.  We are ordering the reclaimed barnwood beams on Saturday, finalized our granite choices (which I felt I needed to do before I picked the cabinet color), picked the baseboards, solidified decisions on 1/2 a dozen more things - lighting, fans, crown moulding, doors, etc.

I think most of the changes that need to be made are done.  It is just a matter of picking out the last few things and then letting them get built and put together.




RV Living - Well, this week was a little easier with the kids being at my sisters'.  We really did not do anything major - it was a lot of decision making about the house.  We mostly slept.

I was dragged into family drama that threw me for a loop.  It was to close to how my mother treated me and this is from an extended not even really family person that does not know me - she just thinks she does.  It made me cry though - I am so sensitive to that kind of crap and crap is what it is. 

My grandmother is not doing great.  I was finally updated.  She coded at the hospital.  She recovered though and is now at home in hospice.  She had a heart attack that left her with only 25%.  She cannot move hardly, cannot hardly talk, is on heavy medication and high amounts of oxygen.  She has melanoma and is in A-fib.  Her pain is tremendous because she has shingles.  Her body is just shutting down.  A bath wore her out so much that the Hospice nurse said every other day or maybe even every two days. 

It is sad really, you never want to see people in pain.

Homeschool - I gave up.  With my grandmother dying and the camp we put Laney in, there is only 2 here and then 4 weeks off due to camp and staying with my sister again, that both Darrell and I decided to put it off until Labor Day.  That is when the busy time of the house will be and all decisions have to be made.  Come September, it will just be finalizing, detailing, getting the paperwork in order, blah, blah, blah. 

I found another homeschool group that hopefully, will let us join.  They vet everyone, which is fine with me.  They had a run of people that did not really homeschool, but just wanted to advertise.  It happens.  They require religious freedom and no faith statements (you have no idea how difficult that is to find here).  Which is probably another reason they take their time admitting.  I had to answer very simple questions and then we have to go to a park day and meet everyone.  That is for both sides.  If we do not like them, we don't have to join, but they also get to see if we will fit in.

Now though, giving the gaslighting that happened, I feel the need for a glass of wine.

I hope you have a great weekend - we are off to pick up the kiddos.  



Thursday, July 6, 2017

Electric Walkthrough and pictures

This morning, I got up early to do a walk-through with the builder for the electrical work - outlets, lights, fans, etc.

It was interesting.  Code now states that there MUST be an outlet on every wall - and I mean every single wall no matter how small or useless seeming.   The reason being is that cords will not be strung across walk ways. Whatever.  But no codes on the number of lights thank goodness.

I added an outlet to the mantle so I can put lights on it for Christmas for sure, but maybe other times.  I also added an outlet to our master bedroom closet since we are putting in a dressing area.  We may want to charge our phones there or something.  That was all I added.

Now, for placement, I changed the outlets in the backsplash to be low and horizontal.  So in general the appliances will cover them.  I also moved one outlet outside for the fountain. 

We talked about door swings and we ran into a problem with the laundry room door.  In order to get in or out of the coat closet, you would have to go into the laundry room and shut the door.  If it swung the other way, then you would have to go completely in and shut the door to get into the freezer.  We ultimately decided that the door would have to swing into the hall way, but if someone came in from outside (there is an exit door through the laundry room), they might hit someone walking.  Nevertheless, the swing into the hallway was the best choice.  I am going to put a single french door so you can see through it before opening. I don't mind it being open to the laundry - we do not pile laundry up in there anyway.  I may frost the windows to give them an opaque look, but since there will be french doors at the entrance, I felt this was the best choice.

I promised pictures of some rooms of the house - here you go!

Garage - The box for the stairs platform going up to the loft

Loft Door Framing

Patio from the "front" door - not the french doors.

Patio from the garage door

French door entrance to the house and my office

Foyer and entrance to the rest of the home.

Living room with tray ceiling and corner fireplace, built in shelves

Looking into kitchen from living room.

Storage room looking up to our tankless water heater

Master Bathroom

Another bathroom looking from a secondary bedroom

Side door that goes into the laundry room

They finally cleaned up!

I know it looks so large - it is a narrow and long house though.  The living area is only 2,247 sq ft.  Yes, large still, really, but it looks larger than it actually is.  The patio, however, is 821 sq. ft just by itself!

Next step is starting to work on the roof, getting the HVAC and the electrical work done, then the low voltage work.  In the meantime, we will pick cabinets and I am looking into ceiling fans and lighting.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wednesday, Wednesday

I am luxuriously tired today.  Slow - which is very welcome.  Darrell works late, so I have a long day alone.  I need to do some laundry, clean up a bit, sweep, and take care of some paperwork, oh, and go shopping for dinner.

All I want to do is browse Pinterest and Houzz, finish reading the romance novel I am almost done with, and watch the entire Twilight saga. 

I may find a happy medium there - LOL.

We did not celebrate the 4th of July.  It was over 100F, and we were not in the mind set of it - maybe next year when we are living in the house.  We did some furniture shopping at a large furniture chain clearance center.  I found a tall sort of like dresser - it has drawers, but also a cabinet - not quite an armoire, but in-between.  It is wide and reaches about my shoulder (I am 5'6").  Anyway - it is solid mesquite and slightly distressed and was perfect for our bedroom.  We got it for $340.   We felt we got a great deal on an excellent piece of furniture that will last quite a while.  No picture yet - it is wrapped in plastic wrap and in my storage shed.

We also started looking at outdoor furniture so we can jump on the end of season sales.

Then, we sat down with college boy and went over how much he needed to save in order to get through the next school year.  I am really proud of him - he had already ran the numbers and had a plan.  We ate at a Cuban Restaurant, then went back to the RV, watch Sunshine Cleaning and then went to bed.

As for our money talk, we discussed bills, the building, saving - everything, then said again, there is nothing much we can do until we move into the house, it is all about piling up as much money as possible until we move into the house.

It is a bit frustrating, but the end will come in a 2-3 months.  Our builder sent me an email about setting up an appointment to choose cabinets!  WOO-HOO!  AND, Monday, he said we probably would be sheetrocking in 2-3 weeks, so by the end of July. 

Anyway - I better get going - only one cup of coffee so far!  Stay cool (if it is hot where you are!)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Manic Monday

Today is a busy one. 

It sort of started yesterday, but here we are today and it is the calm before the storm. 

Our framers have been working 10 hour days in this freaking heat of Houston where heat exhaustion sets in very quickly - only they are hanging around on the roof and getting the reflection from the bright wood.

When we saw the work they did on Saturday and then again on Sunday (not even a day of rest), we felt like we had to do something for them.  So, we are treating them with lunch today.  It is nothing major as I really do not have a way to cook for them and it has to stay good in the heat.  I ordered some slider sandwiches from our grocery stores (they are really good), and will put a bag of apples and oranges as well as some grapes on ice for a cooling treat.  Of course, I am getting them chips,but then also brownie bites for dessert.  Instead of soda, I was going to get lemonade and limeades.

We brought a work table to the property and set it up under some shade.  They made a checker board and used water bottle tops for the checker pieces.  They marked the board with the builder's pencil.  It is pretty ingenius.  I will try to snap a pic of it today.


As you can see, the soffits and fascia boards are up now, and they are starting the roof.  I am not sure what is next, but I meet with the builder this morning.

So, I have to leave in just a few to minutes to get the framers' lunch.  At the same time, I am meeting the builder on site.  Then I need to clean up the site just a bit - it has gotten out of hand.

Back to the RV for laundry and cleaning.  I have to lodge a complaint against the bank holding the construction loan (they are crap, and we be getting rid of them ASAP).  I need to prep some things to get mailed out including the gift we send to Darrell's mother monthly.

Bad news from yesterday that is keeping me on toes from now on for a while.  My last remaining grandparent - my Nana is going into hospice.  I was notified yesterday - she is currently in the hospital.  It was suggested that I wait until she is at home, then bring the whole family to say our respects, so we probably will go next week sometimes.  If she takes a turn for the worse, I have to leave immediately by myself.  They are keeping me posted, so I am on call.

Given that, I am trying to take care of things as soon as they happen and get some preemptive things taken care of.  It is in a precarious time with the build however, and Darrell cannot do it with his job.  So, I will talk to the builder today about that.

The kids are at my sisters.

When Darrell gets home, we are talking about money!  First time in quite a while.  Should be fun! 

OK, well, gotta get moving this morning.

I hope you all have a wonderful day - chins up, smile even if you don't want to - laugh lines are better then frowny ones.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

90% Dream Home

Lately, more and more I have been told, asked, berated, etc about building our "dream" home.

Dream home.  That phrase is actually on the verge of being offensive for me.  It denotes the kind of home that are longed for in a wild way - the most grandiose and flashy.  The most wanted of fixtures, floor plans, etc.

DIY Television show taut the "dream" home - and the ooo's and ahhh's commence. 

Unfortunately, I cannot wrap my head around a dream home.  The stuff of my dreams don't actually include a house.

Darrell thinks I am over-thinking it and people are happy/jealous that we are building a truly custom home.  I don't know - maybe.  I get the feeling that because we are building custom, I am not allowed to not like something or complain about it.

See, I compromised on a TON of things because of our budget.  The laundry room is small, our master bath is a nice size, but on the small side, all the bedrooms are on the small side for our area, the pantry in the kitchen is minuscule, but we have storage elsewhere so it will work.  I wanted cathedral ceiling, but settled with a tray. 

Yes, these are all above and beyond the normal living type things, I am not debating that.  This is just not a dream home.  It is a home designed for us to fit within a set budget.

Definitely not something dreams are made of, but it is the closest we will ever get to a house made for us. 

So, when people start talking about our "dream" home - I am going to call it the 90% dream home.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Week 22 Update

This week it is really all about the house - not much has happened in the other areas.

Land Home - A picture tells a story.  I am going to give a series of pictures of the build.  It has been a wonderful week watching it starting from the ground up.  As a continuation from last week, the room above the garage is built and looks like it will work great for college boy and any guest that want a more traditional space to sleep in - other than the RV.   Where to put the entrance door is the problem now - the space is only 6ft at the very top of the stairs to one side, so we are considering putting it on the bottom floor. I think that will work fine.

We opened up a portion of the hallway to give us more space for moving in furniture and to just let it feel not so cramped.  The hall is still a bit narrow towards my daughter's room, but it is only 6' of space, so not far at all.

When they put in the roof, the space inside suddenly felt a LOT larger - like incredibly larger.  I don't think I will ever regret going with the 10ft ceilings everywhere.  It allowed us to put windows in places that otherwise would not have gotten any - like our master closet, our daughter's bathroom and our water closet (yes, that is the name for the toilet room). 

We are just in awe.  The patio space is so large.  I will take better pictures of the different areas once you can actually see the divided spaces.  It is still just a bunch of boards, unless you are there.

Just concrete and pipes

They are coming - the dumpster has been delivered!


So much in one day!

Rain made them quit after just a few hours.

Another short, rainy day

1st sunny day - WOW!

We got the chimney and the more detailed woodworking
Today, they are putting up the chip board siding and getting all the windows framed out.  Lots of detail work that won't show up in the large pictures, but we can see by going there.

This is the room above the garage.  It is not a really large space, but it will serve the purpose intended. 

This is as you come up the stairs (that are not in- I am on a ladder)

This is the other view - you cannot get a sense of the height - it is 8 ft sloping to 5 ft.


Things are moving on along now - even the kids got excited being able to see their spaces.  The builder ordered the windows a couple of weeks ago, so I think this will be coming together soon - I am ready for them to put the electricity pole up so I can start working on the front door!

The other great news, the artist doing our stained glass for the door finally got us the design!  Isn't it gorgeous!






On the disappointing front, the shed has come to a stand still.  I tried to call yesterday, but I have not heard back from them.  Concrete people are behind from all the rain, so I understand, just keeping me informed would be great.

RV Living - Well, as you heard from earlier in the week, this RV and company just do not mix.  We made it work, but I am going to say no to everyone else until the house is built and we move in.  It was just too hard.

Even with college boy, we had to move chairs outside - he had no privacy, though noone does on this RV.  Really, we are comfortable with us 4 and we cannot accommodate for any more people.  He moved out yesterday and seems much happier even though he in camping in a living room.

Cooking is still tough, but we are getting into the groove.  Seeing the house go up has helped us all. 

The really bad colds Darrell and I had knocked us for a loop - my voice has only just come back and he is still coughing.   Next week, the younger two are going to my sister's house, so they will each get their own space to sleep and a nice big shower with water pressure to clean themselves in.  Dad and I get ALONE TIME!  LOL - we said we would watch skin flicks just because we could - not because we like them!  LOL

Homeschool - I decided to take off this week as well.  With my voice out - we were not getting very far, we had company until Tuesday, the builder went out of town, so I was up at the land a ton - we just gave up.  We will get back into it when they get back from my sister's.

Now, something fun that came up - Laney said she wanted to give the theater a try.  WOO-HOO!  I am super excited for her.  This takes care of several issues I worried about - 1) she is a hesitant public speaker 2) she loses voice inflection when talking about something other than normal conversation 3) she is looking for friends and the theater are a tight knit group of people, 4) it satisfies an art semester!  This is good all around!

Well, I need to get another cup of coffee - I am dragging today.  Lots of paperwork things to take care of and I also need a bite to eat.

Did your week turn out as good as you wanted? 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

401(k)

Yes, even in the midst of all this house building party, I am watching our 401(k) like a hawk.

We are still contributing up to the match - which is 100% of 6%.  We never stopped, even when we were gung ho about the Dave Ramsey plan.  We could just not turn down a 100% match.

What I am excited about though is how much it has grown this year!  We are WAY behind the mark on retirement, but we are not giving up. 

As of closing yesterday, we have $71,000 in our 401(k).

OK, I am sure many of you did a double gasp and that is fine.  We are working on it.  We are going to have to play catch up, but we do have goals in mind.

We have been considering with my business, to not use any of that money personally, but roll it into retirement accounts.  I still need to do research, but there are small business owner retirement accounts that are not limited like the Roths. 

That is something we are considering though - Roths, but we would have to do the backdoor as we make too much money to qualify for them.  However, my business could fund both of ours easily.

It is a battle though - pay off debt - including the mortgage or save.  Given our time span left, I am leaning toward saving in the 401(k), using the business to fund more retirement accounts, then use Hubs paycheck to pay down debts.

It is not Dave Ramsey worthy, but there is a security bone in me that just wants to save, save, save.

I got to thinking about this more today, because I was approached by a woman wanting 3 tshirt quilts.  She is willing to wait.  I have a waiting list of 6 quilts right now and no one seems to care how far out in the country I am moving.  I am dying to sew again and would if I could, but that storage room is not an option.  It will come with time - patience has never been virtue of mine, but I tell you - I am learning it now - kicking and screaming, but I am learning it.

So, our rough plan:

1. Home - the one we are building is the one we are staying in.  Texas is cheap to live in, the county we are moving to is even cheaper.  Hubs job is here and there is a possibility of free lance, part-time work in this field once he retires.  I have a business here that can go on as long as I want it to.

2. Debts - we want to be consumer debt free as quickly as possible.  We will know that number a little better when the house is finished. I want to do a 10 year mortgage, but Darrell is not on board with it, he thinks a 13 year is better with 2 kids in college.  We will see.  I still think we can do it.  So that would be 10 years to be out of debt.

3. Retirement - Continue funding 401(k) to matching.  Look into my business funding an additional retirement account and/or building up cash reserve.

That is it right now. Darrell needs to delve more into what he will do after retirement, but he is not ready.  The road is still too rough ahead for him and I think he will be better suited to do this when the kids are out of the house and the mortgage is paid off.

There you have it - our very rough and not well thought out Retirement plan as of today.

Hanging in there!  How is your Thursday shaping up?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Our builder is gone this week, taking his son to the Naval Academy.  So, when the boss is away - yeah, the building is very slow going this week.  It does not help that it is raining a bit every single day.  We are in a rain forest right now; yes, everything is super green and lush, but extremely humid and hot!  I tend to swell in the summer and yep, I am very swollen right now.

Yesterday, only 3 workers showed up to continue framing.  I was there when they started, then checked again at lunch - no more workers, then we went in the evening.  They were no further than what I saw at lunch.  Disappointing.  At this rate, we will not get done until after Christmas. 

Hopefully, when the builder gets back, he can get a fire started under them again.

The framers have almost completely got the bottom floor done and they are working on the second story over the garage.  The shed has come to a complete stop - I have no idea when they will get the concrete poured.

With no voice, I cannot call.  Hubs is backlogged at work because he was sick, so he cannot call right now.  Maybe my voice will come back this afternoon and I can get some work done.

But in the meantime, I am enjoying the summer sales my vendors have!  It seems all my vendors have these terrific sales in the summer - like 50% off or more, so I stock up on digital files.  I am itching to start sewing again and have considered getting my machine, but I know I will want to embroider and that is just impossible here.

So, I am starting my list of what I want to do.  There is a homeschool entrepreneurs' show in October and I would LOVE to go, but with that time frame, I would not have time to create very many items.  IF, we get in the house September, I might, and that is a big if!  The likelihood is at about 1% chance.

Gratitude:

1. Heating pad - I love my heating pad.  Loosens my muscles in the morning and starts my day off right.

2. My kid's quirks - they are so funny and sweet.  I love when they are all together talking about the old times...

3. Ice - Though I love sonic ice, I will take any shape.  I am not sure how anyone lives without it.

4. Computers - pads and phones just don't quite fit the bill.  Computers are the best thing ever invented.  I was not very creative until computers came along.

5. The darkness of this RV - I cannot sleep with light at all.  At our homes, there was always light we fought with whether it be from neighbors, or lights in other parts of our home, whatever the source, it always woke me up.  However, in this RV, we can get it very, very dark where we sleep.  It is heavenly.

With no voice, I am obviously still sick, though I feel much better, so I am going to take it easy again today - run up and see how work is going, do some laundry and that is about it.  What all are you up to today?


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Pity Party Over for Good

OK, Even though I am sick with no voice whatsoever, I am done with the pity party.  I will have bad days - everyone does, but I am done with the bad mood thing.

The in-laws are leaving this afternoon, the kids and I are having brunch with them.  They are wonderful people, the timing was wrong and the fact that we got sick did not make it better.  The main issue was there was no place to sit and chat.  Our RV is small.  There is only room for 4 max and we squeezed 8 people in this thing to eat.  It was uncomfortable at best.  Added to that, it rained 1/2 the time.

They were bored, we were so very sick.  Bad combination.  I was the better of us two, so I went grocery shopping and prepared the meals.  I think I may pass out this afternoon.

On top of them being here, college boy.  He is a little arrogant right now - which is annoying me to no end.  I am VERY thankful his friends are letting him crash there for a couple of months. He was miserable here and although we would make it work, this is a better situation.

So today, we are having brunch, then I have to go to the bank and get college boy's first month's rent, then get him a wallet - he lost his last week (another fun event).  Back home to rest and we will have mostly leftovers for dinner.  I will bread some chicken and bake it, then left over baked beans, sliced tomatoes, watermelon and blackberry pie.  Kind of a mish mosh, but it is what needs to be eaten.

Gratitude - 5 per day

1. Boiled Peanuts - such a small, random thing, but this is one my most favorite things to eat.  I cannot get them here in Texas, so when my in-laws come, they bring me boiled peanuts.

2. Massages - the muscles in my back and hip get very tight from a past injury.  My husband massages me every single day. 

3. Coffee - need I say more?

4. Libraries - my need to read is so voracious, that I could never afford it - libraries are wonderful!

5. Fans - I love air movement and fan are a must in this humid environment.  Any time I stay over night somewhere, I carry my fan.

I hope you have a great day!  The sun is not shining and rain is eminent, but it makes for a good afternoon nap!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Quick Check in

They are still here. I am sick - have no voice whatsoever.  Hubs is sick - coughing constantly and has been since they got here.  Youngest son is getting sick. 

It has been awful.  Just plain awful.  I am exhausted.  Tired of entertaining.  Crying.  Depressed.

I need to sleep, but cannot sleep because of college boy and hubs coughing.

Hopefully it will get better - college boy is moving in with friends (thankfully).  We are helping him pay rent for these two months, but it will be better overall - he had no space here.

Kids are going to my sister's next week, so we will get alone time and I will get some sleep.  Things will get better.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Week 21 Update

Well, this is shaping up to be quite a week.  This moment is the calm before the storm.

Land Home:  As you saw from my last post, the frame is going up!  WOO-HOO!  I had to square away windows and doors, so the builder is ordering those.  There were 3 main issues this week with the build.

1.  Creating a room in the attic above the garage.  Why?  We always talked about this - ALWAYS.  We were so busy during the planning stages that we completely forgot and then, we were concerned about cost and getting the loan, etc, etc.  Well, now that I have time to look at the plans constantly and I remembered the architect saying there was enough headroom there, we decided to go ahead and get the room.  It will be used for anyone that wants to stay with us and some minor storage (Christmas mainly) due to it being climate controlled.  We are keeping it very simple.  I think one of the reasons I was so down is I was waiting to hear the hit this would be.  I am a worry wart.

Drum Roll - $6,400.  So, yes, an expense, but MUCH, MUCH less than if we decided to do it later.  We are doing some of the work - painting, laying out the floor and the trim and installing the air conditioner/heater.  Since college boy is going to be living with us, this gives him a little apartment that has its own entrance.  We can put a mini fridge and microwave in it as well.

2. The master bathroom is narrow. A little difficult to explain, but the shower is 12 feet wide and about 4 ft. deep.  The 12 foot section just had a wall there spanning almost the entire length of the bathroom.  It was very uncomfortable.  We are working to get a glass divider instead of the wall.  This shower is a walk in with no door and there is no tub in this bathroom.

I still don't know the outcome of this yet, but he is working on it.  Since they have to continue framing, we are making sure this wall will not receive any load bearing joists or rafters.  VERY good time to do this!

3.  The main hallway felt very narrow and we were unsure we could get furniture in our bedroom, so we opened up part of the hallway and took away space from our storage room.  It was not really useful space anyway, so I do not think we will miss it.  Luckily, they had put up the hall frame, but not the storage space frame, so there is very little work that has to be done to fix this.

It rained, so we lost one day.  I think they are going to work tomorrow as well.

RV Living - Please, don't think I am giving up.  This stay is allowing us to get everything we want in the house.  This is why we did this!  It is hard.  Everything is hard.  Cooking, cleaning, eating, relaxing, sleeping, laundry, working - it all takes so much more effort and planning than you can imagine.  It is exhausting, but because of this - we get a copper farmhouse sink, copper pendants over the island, an attic room, reclaimed barnwood beams in the living room and on the mantle, saltillo tiles and engineered hardwood floors, cedar posts on the patio, a huge shed for a workshop and will house our RV, a cement driveway, all framing structure is upgraded, foundation upgraded, a Sonic Ice maker, leathered granite with a double chiseled edge and on and on and on.  We are cash flowing all of it except what was determined at the time of the loan.  So, all extras are because we are living in this RV.

It will be worth it to end this in no more debt than we started.

The inclusion of another adult is TOUGH, though!  He doesn't want to be here and the blow up literally takes up all the floor space.   I am still in awe that his father's side of the family will not let him stay when they ALL have houses.  So, I cleared one of our larger shelves for him.  I just had to shore up some things.  He feels better with it.  His guitar is a pain in the ass, but we just added it to the list of things to move around every day.  No matter what, my children always have a space to stay - no matter how inconvenient to me.  Now, this does not mean they can be lazy, but he is only here 2 months.

Wish me luck with the in-laws this weekend.  I love them to death, but this is the absolute worst time!

Homeschool - Gosh, we were off this week because of a tech camp.  However, someone reached out to me about a social group, so we are going to try it out next week.  Hopefully this will lead to more and better things for us.

OK, I gotta run - you won't hear from me until Monday for sure - not commenting or posting.  I have to get laundry done and clean up a bit before the inlaws get here.

So, y'all have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lost Excitement

Maybe it is just this week, maybe I have finally just broken.  I really think it is that. Broken.  There is only so much stress a body can take - whether external or internal, that it finally just says - I am done.

Living in the RV is hard.  It is not that it is awful, not that we don't have what we need, it is just hard.  There are 20 things that have to be done before going to bed - that don't include brushing teeth, getting into night clothes and making sure you have water.  This is 20 things that literally have to happen before you can physically get in the bed.

If we are eating, no one can go to the bathroom until everyone gets up and moves.  It is just tedious and difficult. 

College Boy is home and is acting so strange.  He does not have a place to stay except with us, so we are now 5 in this RV - 2 in the bunks and one in a blowup mattress on the floor.  Since this is all one room, we all have to go to bed at the same time (impossible).  Since CB works sometimes to midnight, that means when he comes in - no matter how quiet, we all wake up.  My sleep is difficult at best, but downright awful now - I sleep maybe 3 hours a day right now and I know that it is causing my emotional state.

CB is also struggling with what to do in life.  After changing majors, he is not sure. Sigh, I am hurting for him.  We talked about it, but there is no hard decision.  This will be more organic.  I did tell him that he cannot keep changing majors though - he just needs to finish and then we decide where to go.

My builder is not looking good right now - he seems very stressed and I think he is frustrated with us.

I feel my husband and I slipping just a bit, but we are hanging in there.  No privacy is really starting to affect us.  He is not telling me things and I am not telling him things because the kids can hear and they don't need to.  We have not sat down and gone over money in over a month.

With all this, I am not wanting a fix - I just want to share what you might go through when building - this sucks big time!

So, I have lost the excitement about the house.  It is just a house.  My husband is over the moon excited - the patio is so great, the shower is so great, the living room is huge.... on and on and on.  Me, just a critical eye - I am not sure we can get furniture in the master, the door is too small, we need another window here.  I am like a machine.  Booking appointments to look at barnwood, rushing to meet the contractors at a moments notice, giving kudos to all the contractors and builder constantly.  I am drained.

So when this happened and I did not get excited.  I knew - yep, I am broken or drained or whatever.  I have zero excitement about this.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Henna!

I went to get Henna with my sister and daughter today.  This was planned for at least two months and we had a relaxing good time. 

After the henna, we went to Kohl's to look for a swimsuit for my daughter.  We could not find one, but she found 2 shirts and a light jacket.  I hated the jacket, but my sister talked me into it.  It was $54, but we got it for $14.

Then we went to Academy and found a swimsuit for her.  Then we had a salad lunch since I had chili cooking in the crock pot.

Here are our henna pictures!

I usually get my on my lower leg and ankle, but this time I decided to get it done on my arm.  I told her to use a dragonfly and then incorporate it into any design she wished.  She is very talented and she only uses the safest henna out there.  I love the dark orange it has not - this is still with thick dye on it.




My daughter wanted a snake very badly!  I am very impressed with how the artist came up with a elegant, but fierce snake all at once!  My daughter is extremely happy with it, even though it does not go down her arm all the way.



I have not downloaded my sister's yet, but she did a flower on her wrist, then a bigger floral design on her ankle and lower leg.  It is lovely.

Do any of you get henna from time to time?  I like to get it every summer at least once.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Overwhelming week ahead

It was a rough weekend for us emotionally.  Darrell decided to have his depression about our situation, but unfortunately, I am still in it, so needless to say, it was not a good weekend.  We do not yell and scream at each other - ours is a quiet sort of dance.  The air is very tense though and the kids felt it.

We are not done with it yet, but this week pushes on whether we are or not.  Unfortunately, there is no time to talk about it either.

As we speak, both my sister and my college boy are barrelling toward us.  My sister is staying in a hotel and daughter will stay with her.  College boy will be here though and we are hoping to talk to him about his decision to change majors.  He went from cyber engineering to psychology.  I don't have a problem with psychology, we just need to know what he is doing with it.  We have not been able to talk to him since he changed - around beginning of May.

This would not be too bad, except now - my in-laws are coming this week as well!  I love them, don't get me wrong, but I have to be a little more "on" with them and given that the beginning of the week is full with visiting, I am going to be exhausted before they get here.  People drain me really badly - I mean really badly.

It is one thing to have a house though, but I just have an RV!  Cooking is difficult, but actually eating it harder.  It is insanely hot around here, so eating outside is not really an option and who wants to eat out breakfast, lunch and dinner?

On top of this, we have a major change in the plans for the house with a new bedroom, so I need to be onsite this week since the framing is going in.  Also, the concrete is being poured for the shed and I am the general contractor on that part.

Darrell has taken off a little time, but he cannot take off too much.  He and I are getting away in August and he has to take off days for the house - there are key days when the builder wants us both there, plus the ending paperwork - it is not another closing, but we do have sign papers.

Wish me luck,  I may just sleep the whole day next Wednesday to recover!

The thing I keep thinking about is that when we get the house, I will be able to sleep ALL these people at one time!  Darrell's parents could stay on the RV, my sister could stay in the bedroom on top of the garage, and college boy could sleep on the fold out until someone left and then pick his room.  Darrell's Dad could putter in the shop and his Mom could work with me in the garden and kitchen.  We could sit on the patio in the cool shade with a bug free environment and relax.

Keeping my eye on the prize!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Week 20 Update

Well, this week was actually pretty exciting - lots going on, then not a lot going on.  The roller coaster is exhausting!

1. Land Home - Well, the rough plumbing is in, electrical conduits for the living room floor plug and island are in, the whole foundation was poured and it is now curing!  WOO-HOO!  The patio looks HUGE, the house looks small, but that is an illusion and will look larger when the walls go up.



What also came up is making the attic in the garage a room.  Looks like getting it approved for living space is not an option for one reason alone.  We have to have some sort of automatic heating unit to keep the room from getting under 60F.  A space heater does not count.  WOW!  So, we decided to not go for a bedroom, but put in an egress window and get the electrical wires up to livable code as well as the insulation.  In the future, if we decide to do something to make this a livable room - it will not be difficult - it is just not financially feasible right now.

The large shed is underway as well - finally!  They came out and set the forms and dug the trenches for the concrete pad.  They are a bit painful - complained a lot, took LOTS of breaks - like work 10 minutes, break 20-30 minutes.  It took them 2 days to lay a 30 x 40 basic rectangle shape.  It took the other guys 4 hours to lay the outline forms for the whole house, patio and garage.  Anyway, it is ready for concrete, but I am not sure when that will happen - hopefully next week.



The best news - FRAMING STARTS NEXT WEEK!

2. RV Living - Always a struggle.  We are in the doldrums of summer along with the doldrums on living in tight quarters.  Cooking in the RV is too hot right now, so we are trying to make everything in the crock pot, rice cooker and grill.  Luckily, I just found out that our rice cooker has a steamer - heaven, I am in heaven!

My emotions are up and down like crazy.  Waiting has never been easy for me.   Each step done is like a tease!  LOL  I miss my work - a lot miss it this week.  Designing, creating - these are life to me.  We already decided when the shed is done, I can start on some woodworking projects.  It will be hot, but I will have a fan.  I need to refinish the front door and make some art for a wall in the living room.
I am going to attempt to make something like this - only with different stain colors - no white.

My daughter's bed now has a large divet in the center - I think we are going to have to get some more foam for her.  If I could see to my son's bed, his is probably the same.  We need to pull it out and see if we can fluff it out first. We will see.

3. Homeschool - We are doing the work every week, but our hearts are not in it.  It is a season.  They are still learning, just not the depth I would like.  I am not into it either.  It may be the summer thing - school is usually out in the summer - as much as it is the RV thing.  However, we already took off 2-3 months at the beginning of the year, so we cannot do that now.  We need to finish the grammar and math books for sure - we are close - so close!  For example, in Math - they are on lesson 95 of 120.  I mean seriously close.  I think as we finish each subject, we will just stop it until fall because then we will be caught up so to speak.


Excitement - my college boy will be here next week!  Today is his last working day while is in on the mission. They get fun time tomorrow, then start going back to the college on Sunday and Monday.  I am not sure will he will be here, but it should be Tuesday.  Then on Friday, I will have ALL my kiddos at dinner - it is not as often anymore, but I still love it when all my duckies are in a row.

This weekend, we are going to at reclaimed barnwood for our mantle and possibly for our beams in the ceiling - depending on price. I am not holding my breath, but it would be stunning!  We are going to the library, getting our shopping done and meeting up with some friends.  A low key weekend while we are waiting for concrete to dry! 

What are y'all up to this weekend?


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Garage Space

When we first found the plan that made us want to build, I was concerned about the lack of sleeping space since we have 4 kids and when they grow up and get married, that will be 8 kids and their kids.  So, 10 adults and a plethora of little ones.  I know - we won't all be together too often, but with how far we live and the fact we want people to come stay with us, it always came back to - where will people sleep.

Now, when we started drawing out plans, I butchered that plan. You can see hints of it in there, but I changed a lot.  Made the kitchen bigger, added a full bath, extended the living room, added an amazing patio, etc.

We talked and talked about that space over the garage though, but never did anything about it. 

Well, when the architect was working on it, he said there would be enough headspace for a whole room.  So much was going on then, that I did not think about it at the time, but as the stresses have fallen off and the excitement of the build has picked up, we started thinking about that room over the garage again.

In the plans that were finalized, we put a full set of stairs going up to this space over the garage.  No rickety ladder for us aging folks. We also asked him to plywood the floors.  Now we have this space, with stairs, and a floor.  How much more to put in insulation (vapor barrier as well), stick in a portable air conditioner, some sheetrock and we have a room - not code for living, but a room most definitely.

Darrell and I are going to do most of the work ourselves, we are just having the builder put in the required insulation, drop the ceiling in the garage 1ft. and put in the sheetrock.  We will texture and paint and put in the flooring over the plywood.  Oh, we are having the electrician to put in plugs as well. 

This is a 500 sq ft room that is mainly going to be storage, but COULD, not code mind you, BUT COULD, be a room for guests to sleep in - namely my kiddos. College boy anyone?  No plumbing, no windows, just a room.  We may eventually put in a sky light or at least a tube, but not right now.

I love being able to maximize all the space we have.  Custom is a beautiful thing.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Frustration with Homeschool

It is not my kids.  It is not our curriculum.  It is the fact that we cannot find a group to fit in with.

The last group we were in was not wonderful, but we are going back to it.  I am forcing my kids to be active in it just because they need some form of socialization in a face to face forum.  The kids are kind of snotty and very clickish.  Yes, you even get that in the homeschool arena. 

But because we do not LOVE this group, I have been trying to find a group around this area we are in and it is even worse.  They ALL - yes, everyone one of them, have Faith Statements you have to sign.  This is where I have a problem.  I consider us Christians.  Always have, always will. 

However, on these statements we have to sign that a marriage is only between a man and a woman.  It does not state that only a Church marriage, just a marriage. That and that the bible is the ONLY book from God and the words are face value - which means I am agreeing to the world only being here around 6,000 years, among other things,etc, etc.

#1 - My husband and I are earth science people - his is an environmental geologist and I was in school for environment science -emphasis in hydrology.  There is no way in hell we can can agree to that time line.  No way.  No one will convince me otherwise, so if you believe that, let's just agree to disagree.

#2 - Much more heated debated, but I am pro-LGBT.  I believe they should be able to marry in court.  I would never force a church to marry them, but for legal purposes it should be allowed.  Again, if you do not believe this - let's agree to disagree.

So, as you can see, I cannot on good conscience sign a statement like this - it would be purgery. 

The closest open LGBT group is 50 miles away on the side of Houston, but that is not what we are looking for and I cannot drive that for social meetings.  There is NOTHING that is just Secular that meets for just teens - other than the so-so group we are going with. 

I have looked for group guitar lessons, but I was told noone who can afford lessons wants that - they want private, so I lost there.  We are not into sports at all and I am not going to push them.  However, I thought we might like a group archery club or something, but nothing except one place that takes 4 people for a lesson and they are on a 2 year waiting list and they are 35 miles away.

All of the co-ops and classes are faith based as well.  I never knew how much we were in the bible belt until my kids hit their teen years and there is NOTHING out there.

Sigh - I will have to be very active with that group this next year to get them out there.  My education for them is tough though and I have my business too.  

I cannot wait until I am done with school for good.  It is not that homeschooling or my kids are the issue, I am just tired of worrying about every little thing.

Early Morning Concrete Pour


We did up early and went to watch the concrete being poured.  It was amazing and goes incredibly fast with all the people that were there and the huge crane pumping the concrete.  I could have watched for hours.

The pictures are bad, but they give you an idea.  I only had my wide-angle lens and no tripod.  Poor planning.  Plus, there were so many trucks and people, I am not sure I could have set up anywhere.


We got there about 5:15 a.m.  They had already started!  We only stayed for an little over an hour, but they had completely finished the living areas of the house and were working on the garage when we left.  We figured by the time we got back to the RV, they were done with actually pouring the concrete.


 
  


 








Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pre-Foundation Pictures

OK,  here you go!  This is the last time I will see our home like this!

These are flexible rebar cables that support the concrete that makes up our foundation.  There are many, many running all through these - some our static on one end and some can be pulled from both ends.  They stay very taut in the concrete.




This the garage -left back, my office - left front, the kitchen - mid to right front, the living room - right back and kind of in the middle you can see part of the patio.




This is the bedroom side of the house and all 3 bathrooms. 



This is the overall view.  You can clearly see the division of the house and garage.  The division toward the left side beyond the garage is our patio.  It is 821 sq ft and SCREENED!


I just could not get over these cables - so fascinating how they work.  I kept examining them!





Watching the guys put in all the supports was so amazing!  They played with each other and obviously enjoyed their time - made it wonderful because they worked so hard and it was amazing to see people working and having fun!





The plumber took time to explain all the pipes and how they work, why they put in certain things - such a major learning curve for me.  They put these styrofoam boxes around bathtub and shower pipes so there is room to work in the concrete - for a catchment basin and to install the actual tubs - giving them room to be set down into.




An overview of the property.  The shed is scheduled to have forms on Friday.  We have been put off and put off - sigh.  These are the joys of building.




Bright and Early at 5 am, we are getting the concrete poured!  The builder said we can walk on it tomorrow evening.  Framing begins next week!