Monday, September 26, 2016

No pictures

There are no pictures because there is no fireplace.

You know it wasn't going to be easy, right?  Well, the flashing for the roof vent is smaller than what we have up there already.  34 years is a long time ago.  Everything was bigger....except me.

That leaves a gap in the roof.  Of course.  So they have to figure out what to do.  I have a hard time thinking we are alone in this situation.  There are a ton of houses that were flooded!  And not all were recently built, huh?

Frank was like, I don't understand, all you have to do is just have a sheet metal shop make us a new flashing......






Sunday, September 25, 2016

Today Was a Big Day

Yesterday LSU lost a game. 

At 4 pm today LSU fired head coach Les Miles.

In Baton Rouge, nothing else matters.  It was last week after the potential to lose the game was realized, that 28 for sale signs went up in front of the Coach's house.  Mind you, he didn't put up a single one himself, but the people have spoken.


I am not a big football fan, so I was busy power washing the house when the announcement came. And the news went unheeded, the bassets really didn't care, they were just happy to run around in the big yard smelling things they haven't been able to reach in the last 6 weeks.  When we finally picked up and headed inside the boys were tuckered out, which was my plan all along.


 A couple construction guys came in to work on the ceilings.  Someone will be here in the morning to remove the drywall in the laundry room to facilitate the installation of the fireplace in the afternoon.

I also talked to the buyer of the Bristoe house, and we agreed to meet tomorrow to sign the act of sale and finalize the deal.

I have to order the pendant lights for the kitchen and a mirror for the guest bath.   One of the tiles as you step into the guest bath broke when the carpet was pulled up from Frank's office.  It is the only room I can't find the extra tiles we kept.  Today I bought a few special tiles I am hoping will fill in the broken space and make the transition nicely to the next room.  

And I am looking at Pinterest showing dining tables, bar stools and  desks for Frank's office.  He has a specific metal desk he wants.  He says he sees them everywhere in offices.  I have no idea what he is describing so I asked home to bring me a picture when he sees the next one.

We are not ready to start buying furniture, but I think we need to start thinking of what styles we like or dislike.  And we need to agree on what we get.  I don't want to get railroaded like I did with that huge oddity of a cabinet that Frank wanted for MY desk.

Now is the time to make changes, get that WOW piece I want, and to make it our own style.

You may have to wait for the big party to see the whole picture.....so save the date!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Chris - the plumber is my new best friend

In spite of the problems he encountered, he still likes me.  Like when he took the washing machine faucet off the pipe, the hot water heater contents drained into the air return and down the hallway. That was fun.   

So after a mad scramble for buckets, rags and fingers to stem the flow of water, Chris the Plumber was able to turn off the valve up in the attic.  I grabbed a sponge mop and swabbed up some overflow.

Water will haunt me forever it seems.  Then he put in, in his words, superior quarter turn valves.  I think they are like Patty the Quilt Lady's single turnoff valve.

After the Chris the Plumber left we headed out to State Lumber to look at door frames and hardware. It took longer to travel to the place than to choose.  And even longer to drive home.

Woodburners called and told me I have won the Fireplace Lottery.  They were so happy with my patience and purchase of not one, but TWO fireplaces, so they were coming on Monday.  WHAT????

That required a massive amount of rescheduling and juggling.  Cory is putting in the linoleum after the fireplace but before the W/D goes back in.  And andrew needs to run the TV cables.  And the construction guys need to brace the bricks for the TV.  AUGHHH!

Remember that black claw truck picking up the piles of trash?  We had the second pass today.  Our lawn is finally clear of all debris. 


The dogs were at the doggy spa all day getting baths and pedicures. If I have to live in such close quarters, you need to smell nice!  I was not able to enjoy the quiet at home because I was busy getting the purchase agreement together to sell the rent house on Bristoe. It had about 30 inches of water in it and my renter is already in Texas.  She was a Katrina refugee who has never worked a day in her life.  Texas offers higher welfare benefits than Louisiana does.  I guess she will be happier.

Gone Pecan, as we say here in Louisiana.

I am selling that rental to a real estate developer who is buying up a number of the homes in that subdivision.  I really am glad not to have to deal with it right now.

My first load is done and in the dryer.  I obsessively stayed for the entire cycle, wanting to make sure there would be no more water pouring onto the floor.  It didn't, and I got to watch my clothes take a spin on their new thrill ride!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Guess What I Have!!!!!!!

But don't get too excited.  I can't use it.  The faucet leaks all over the @$&(!$@ place........geez.

One step Forward.....two steps backwards




Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I Have the Best, Most Amazing Blog Friends




Amazing box arrived today.  Julie Sefton of the Build A Barn fame, (see my sidebar for the book) is amazing beyond belief.  I made a casual statement about missing my Zentangles and the zen calmness it brought.  So she dug through her stuff, stuffed it into a box and shipped it south!

thank you so much! I am so excited about every single thing in the box.  It is so overwhelming.


 I plan on running my fingers over each and every thing tonight after I crawl into bed in Camper Hell.

It must have cost $6000 to ship it, the box was so heavy full of goodies!




  Here are some of the things she sent winging across America:




















There were some big steps in the house today.





Paint arrived!











Popcorn is being removed.  Carrie hates popcorn on ceilings.  I was going to leave it, but Derrick talked me into it when he told me he could no longer match the texture.......since it was so OUTDATED.  I have to admit, it does look better.  And way more fresh and modern.









Plumbing is brought up to code.  So now two handles in the tub is not good.  One can scald oneself by only turning on the hot faucet.  I guess there is no provision for someone turning on the single handle all the way to the HOT position.......geez.









Old light box in the kitchen is sealed over and the electricity is re-routed.  I will have light cans in there.  And under cabinet lighting so I will never again be in my shadow.






My construction guys are the best, too!





Remember Me Guild Meeting Last Night

President Harriet asked the flood victims of the group to stand.  We knew who we were, and we looked around, not sure we wanted to be singled out in such a elite group.

As we slowly rose, our neighbor handed us a bag.  Harriet said, this is the beginning of coming back.  I cried.

Before - closed
Two guild members also brought me hoodies for the Bad Basset Boyz.  Their hoodies were on top of the refrigerator and overturned into the water. I don't even know where they are now.

Don't you know........I  cried!  Such simple things, a piece of fabric here, a seam there; a rotary cutter, pins and a ruler.  It means so much, symbols of what was so normal.


As for the house, there has been a lot of progress.

Fireplace - installation date moved up to October 5
After - open

Walls - drywall is installed where it can be (not the MBR shower, guest tub, kitchen wall, and laundry room fireplace hole) and the texture has been applied

Paint - to be delivered today!

Popcorn - to be taken off the ceiling today or tomorrow

Garbage disposal - Amazon Smile delivered it yesterday!

The sun is out again today.  And there are a few puffy clouds in the sky, certainly not rain clouds.   This will be two straight days without rain, the only two since the flood 6 weeks ago now.

Still no resolution on the check, and still no estimate on the antiques, which I need  in order to put the contents list in to the adjuster.

Still so much to do. 














Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Good news

No rain today!  Not a drop......yet.

There is a quilt store closing again.  50% off.

Got there at 10:10 AM and stood in line for 2 1/2 hours to get my choices cut, and another 2 1/2 hours to get to pay.  Got home at 4:03 PM.

I actually left, went home, let the dogs out, fed them lunch bones and drove back......only 3 people had been checked out.

why didn't I leave.......At some point you have vested yourself in buying that fabric.

Like the $400 at Best Buy.