Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Home, sweet home Part 2

We have plumbing (connected to the temporary electric service) and heat, thanks to the wood stove. We have a full, complete, water-tight roof. So, it follows that we couldn't wait any longer, and we are now sleeping and doing most of our living in the house! The food and cooking is still at the cabin, although we've rigged up a "caffeine delivery system" in the new house. Hunt and Dan have put in all the first floor doors, and are trimming windows. Exterior siding goes on bit by very slow bit, as we hurry to get the first floor really livable before the real cold hits.
We had a great visit from our friend Sydney, and other visitors dropped by as well.
Things we are waiting for:
Kitchen cabinets arrive today or tomorrow. Countertops arrive hopefully early next week.
Webber Fuels will set up the propane service on Friday.
PSNH will hook up the electricity in its own good time. We understand they're short-handed at the moment...
But living conditions are quite cozy at the moment, nonetheless!
In the evenings we sit by the stove and look around us and marvel. We're home.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

It's all happening so quickly...

There were days this summer when we somehow forgot what it was we were working so hard to accomplish! There seemed so little to show for our nightly exhaustion. Now, it's just the opposite- from morning to late afternoon so much gets done that our heads are spinning!
We celebrated our first anniversary with a romantic candlelight dinner in the new kitchen, with sawhorses and boards for a table, and stew cooked over an open fire in the fire ring outside. We are so grateful for each other, and for the love and strength that have carried us through during this difficult year.
The plumber (Arthur Sussman) and electrician (Harvey Tolman)have been here this week, the appliances have arrived, we can now walk up and down stairs from cellar to second floor, and we are starting to talk about when we can at least move the bed into what is now a real Bed Room! The chimney man (Steve Scripture) will install the chimney this weekend and move the stove into place next Tuesday. We've put the first layer of green paint on the bathroom floor, which now has holes ready for the bathroom fixtures to be placed: we got a sweet porcelein sink and clawfoot tub at Renew in Brattleboro, and scored a perfectly good toilet from the side of the road!
AND it's my 50th birthday! It feels like the first day of the rest of my life!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Getting Septic

The snowball effect is in effect! This week the septic system is getting installed, the windows and doors are being installed, the interior first floor walls are getting framed, the electrician is getting started, the propane and chimney guys have given their estimates, and we're hoping to make contact with our elusive plumber- and it's only Wednesday! We had a lovely visit Sunday from Hunt's niece Cornelia Read, and today our brother-in-law Bill Hoyt is back to help with the framing. The work is less physically arduous, but it's getting colder these days, so we're motivated to get inside- estimated date to get the bed into the bedroom: early October.
This coming Sunday, Sept. 20, we celebrate our first anniversary and Hunt's (65th) birthday, and next Thursday is my 50th birthday. We had hoped to have a big party this week or next, but it will be a belated one, sometime in mid-late October, when we can have it inside the house, unfinished though it will be. Stay tuned!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Progress! Insulation, windows, doors, carpenter ants?!


We had a wonderful time at Pinewoods Camp, and came home to a silver house instead of a brown one! Rich and Dan did a great job wrapping and insulating while we were gone, and got one window in upstairs as well.
This has been a week of learning experiences: some of the window openings are larger than the windows and we've learned a lot about compensating for past errors! But the wing is almost fully enclosed, and today should be "finished" as far as windows and doors are concerned. We've cut a stair hole to the upstairs, found a toilet offered for free (Allison: "Hunt! Stop the car! I see a toilet!"), and Dylan and I have moved large piles of wood from the left side of the driveway (where the septic tank will go next week) to the other side of the driveway. We found a large nest of, yes, carpenter ants. They had done quite a bit of damage to the siding, and we've lost 10-12 boards, but the nest is now completely gone (I'll spare you the details).
This weekend John and Neil will come and begin roofing- neither Hunt, Dan, nor I has any desire to slide around up there- and with the chilly weather we've been having, we're really looking forward to enclosing the whole house.
Next week, the septic system gets installed. The following week we'll have the plumber, electrician, and propane installers with us. Is that a light at the end of the tunnel I see?