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 toss,idmrhemwill 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. O idea what he is describing so I asked home to bring me a picture when he sales 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, go doe 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 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.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fridge - My Most Favorite Appliance

........that doesn't vibrate.

LOL. Sorry,  had to add that laugh in there.  It beats all the vibrating ones too!  LOL

I could do without a TV, although I thought I couldn't.

I could do without a microwave, for sure.  I could even do without a stove and an oven.  I made it 6 weeks without a car!  But not the fridge.

It is cold so you can't even cozy up to it.  And it gives you ice.  Which is not really a necessity, but more of a nicety.  I don't drink a lot of ice anyway.

the best thing about a fridge is that it lets you keep food for later.  Right after we moved into the camper, both Glen and Greg (I know a lot of people with the letter G) tried and tried to get the fridge working.  Neither could. 

Glen couldn't stand my whining so he went and bought me a dorm fridge.  No freezer to speak of, but a 2.5 cu ft space for perishables.  In the early days we stuffed it full of water and nothing else.  Just having cool water was like manna from heaven.

I bought jelly for the peanut butter sandwiches.  And Frank wanted milk for his cereal (imagine that) so I got a pint of milk for him.  And a squeeze tube of mayo, some lettuce, ham and cheese for deli wraps. 

We bought 6 eggs one day but didn't have to make room for them because Frank immediately dropped them upon returning home.

And that, my friends, is about all you can stuff into a 2.5 cu ft fridge.

Oh I lie.

We went to the Little Village for dinner on Saturday.  That is such a big thing that it requires reservations!  And I ordered the most divine piccata!  I brought half home for dinner tonight.  But I ate all of the tiramisu.

yesterday I re-purchased the 6 eggs and some butter.  I made fried eggs and grits for breakfast this morning.

Did I ever tell you I really don't like many breakfast choices?  Eggs, cereal, oatmeal.......I put up with them but don't like them much.  I have had cereal every morning so far.......with and without milk.  Eggs were definitely a diversion.

to accomplish that, I had to buy  a spatula and a pot. So now I own a bowl in which to make pancakes, a sauce pot and a skillet from the Pioneer Woman.  I figured it was a fitting brand to own in a camper.    I can also count a French Press coffee pot and that amazing crock pot among my possessions.

Not much more will fit into the camper.   With the daily rains, sometimes meals are delayed because neither of us wants to get soaking wet just getting to the food and utensils. 

Catch 22