Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

Barrington, RI Congregational Church
Built in 1806 using timbers from the 
Orginal Church built in 1711.

Children's Christmas Eve Service
If you look closely you can see the old doors on the pews.
The doors kept the heat in the pew space when the families brought 
small coal burners with them to stay warm.

Christmas Eve with our First Tree

Merry Christmas to All!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The Christmas Lull

In 2011 We started with this

Thought we were Going to Do This

Had this happen in between

Now we have this in Lull Land

Christmas Cookies

My better half made some Christmas cookies with plans to bring them into work and give them to friends. I had other plans for them.

Shortly after making them she asked “Who has been eating the Christmas cookies?” What? We’re not supposed to eat them? Crap. 

Now truly, my contribution when invited to help making them was putting boobs on one of the snowmen (women?) after which I was told that my help was no longer needed. I thought it would be funny. The funny part was she wasn’t amused. Much.

So with there only being two of us I did what I had to about the missing cookies. I said, “You know, someone has been drinking my beer too. I wonder if the same person that ate the cookies is the same one that’s drinking my beer?” I pretty sure she didn’t buy that…

Back to the house.

Twas a few nights before Christmas and all of the contractors have headed for the hills. The house work has come to a complete stop. 

It wouldn’t be so bad if it hadn’t come to a complete stop a few weeks ago. Much of it is due to scheduling conflicts. Some of it due to the Holidays. We had a good meeting yesterday with the builder to go over a few items that we had concerns about including the apparent stop work that was only missing the picket signs. They have a sub that needs to wrap up a few things outside in order for the house to move forward. Fortunately, our Project Manager, Joe, is on top of this and we have a commitment to ramp back up next week at the start of the New Year. In the meantime I’m going to have to drink a lot of Christmas Cheer to feel better about this lull.

This will make our third Christmas owning the property, paying mortgages and trying to make something out of it. It’s been frustrating but we know 2014 will be “The” year.

In celebration of our two year anniversary of owning the property, I invite you to read one of my older blogs. It will make you laugh and like a Christmas Carol, it is the Ghost of Christmases to come.

Enjoy your weekend

Monday, December 16, 2013

Starting the Stone Work

Bobcat Moving Material 
(I need to think of way to convince my better half
that we need one of these.)

The Stone that will be Used in the Stonewall

Leveling up Under Where the side Porch will go
(They put down a barrier cloth to help prevent weeds)

These Stones will provide the type of wall that we are looking for.

Future Steps leading from Driveway to Walkway

Blue Stone Caps for over the Garage wall Stone Veneer

Blanket Material to help keep the Ground from Freezing
This will be the side patio.

It will be nice once the Porch is Built

Perfect. The stonework starts and it snows.

Then it Rained and Froze and now we have a Front Yard Skating Rink

While most of the inside work has come to a lull as the different contractors are off on other sites, we were pleased to see the stone work outside started. 

Mike from Stone Age Masonry had a crew there doing the prep work of laying down the base material. It starts first with gravel which provides for drainage. They would put the gravel down in layers and then use vibrators to compact it even further. Later they will put a few inches of sand over the gravel before laying the pavers over the sand.

The plan is to have a stone wall alongside the driveway with steps and a walkway leading to the porch steps. There will also be a small patio alongside the porch. I’ll have to dig up what everything is constructed from other than stone and concrete. Sorry. Long day at work.

Of course, within a few days of starting, it snowed and rained and the temperature dropped to the teens. Work has stopped for now but we have a nice skating rink in the front yard.

It’s the little things isn’t it?

Enjoy your week.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Prince Snow Farm

Ribbon Hand Stamped with Peace

Hand Stamped Gift Tags with Fabric Ties

Small Muslin Bags
(My Better Half said no, I cannot use them for screws)

Hand Stamped Lavender Bags
(My Better Half claimed these right away)

And my Personal Favorite - A Large Still Life Print

So while everyone is out buying lottery tickets for the $400 million mega millions I found my “win” in a very nice package sent to my house.
Recently I entered a Blog Give-a-way courtesy of Prince Snow Farm (http://nantucketdaffodil.blogspot.com/) and I was lucky enough to win some very nice gifts. If my better half hadn’t have been standing there watching me open the box I just might have had some nice stocking stuffers. Hmmm, maybe I’ll do that anyways.
Monica has a great blog with her writings and beautiful pictures. She is also a great artist and makes some really nice hand crafted gifts and other things that you just won’t find in one of those big box stores. Please visit Monica on her post (above) or see what she has for sale on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrinceSnowFarm?ref=em).
You just might find some of your own stocking stuffers.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Kitchen Work Continues

Upper Cabinets are In

Starting to Add the Doors
Trash Compactor will go in the Opening on Left

Dishwasher will go in the Left Opening
Refridgerator on the Right

Stove will go in the Center
Drawer Microwave in the Facing Cabinet

Brushed Stainless Handles and Knobs

 We purchased a Kitchen Floor Display for Basement Cabinets

I liked it just for the deep stainless steel Franke Sink which 
we'll use in the kitchen.
I do the dishes so why not?

I had to spend about Three Hours removing the Silicon that held it
in place on the Display Cabinets

Bathroom Vanities Delivered

The kitchen work continues although it was more of a lull this week than continuing. You can really see how the doors make a kitchen. Right now it’s just a bunch of white boxes hung on the wall with the doors leaning against another wall. I’m not sure why they haven’t hung them all yet but there must be a reason.

Riley Kitchen & Bath is opening a new showroom so they put all of their display units up for sale at significantly reduced prices. My better half suggested that we buy one to use in our future Family Room in the basement. I looked at her with that “Are you crazy?” look because why would we need two kitchens and that’s just more money we’ll have to spend. Her reasons made sense (to her) so being the dutiful husband I went along with buying these beautiful cherry cabinets at a price we (? She) couldn’t say no to. Truthfully the display had a really cool deep stainless steel Franke sink (I’ll get the measurements). When I found out we could use it in our new kitchen instead of the standard one that comes with the counter top, I went along with it. After all, we have an agreement. When she cooks, I clean up. Which means that I clean up all of the time.

Once we took the display apart and moved it, I had to spend about three hours gently removing the silicon that was used to attach it to the display cabinets. I used some Motsenbockers Lift Off Silicon Remover to help remove it all. It was still a lot of work and I had to be careful not to scratch the sink. It will look great in the new kitchen.

My better half was successful in picking out some really nice brushed stainless steel handles and knobs for the kitchen cabinets from Top Knob. This was despite my offer of assistance with such gems as:

·         “You probably want them to match.”
·         “They have websites that have a lot of them.”
·         “The website will give you suggestions on the handles that will go with the knobs.”
·         “You probably don’t want to mix companies with knobs and handles.”
·         “You might want to make the picture larger so you can see them better.”

She went into the other room to look more. I think it was because I was being so helpful.

Enjoy your weekend.