My, oh my. I just got an email from my daughter saying it's been over 2 months since I've updated the TisaWee blog...and she wants to know what's going on. Tickles my funnybone to think that my kids have to read a blog to find out what dear ol' Mom is doing. I still have one of those funny rectangular things with the curly cord that sits on a little table in the corner. I think it is called a telephone.
But, since she asked....
Now that a couple time-sensitive issues have been resolved in my life, I can get back to working on TisaWee. I borrowed a bigger tractor with a bucket and a harrow and have been trying to move dirt around so that I don't have a yard full of ruts and mounds of dirt. I'm also trying to get the ground tilled up because the Glenwood gardening group from Findlay schools is going to use it this year to raise crops for charity.
Oh! The chicken coop is right side up again! Woohoo! I'd still like to move it closer to the barn so it is more protected from the wind, but haven't figured out how to do that. My son and I tried to pull it with the bigger tractor, but it pulled the skid right out from underneath it. So now, not only do I have to move it, I have to jack up the building and put the skid back underneath it and nail it on. I'm truly tempted to just tear it down and start over.
Nah. I remember how much work I had in building it!
Let's see... I'm working on plumbing and electrical now. What a mess. It's really a trial and error thing. At least the plumbing. Cut a hole. Oops. Cut a different hole half an inch away because I hit a floor joist. Stick the plumbing through. Find an elbow that makes it go the way it needs to go. Temporarily stick them together to see how long they have to be. Try to pull them apart so they can be glued. Try again to pull them apart. Cuss, jump up and down on it, and throw it across the room. Give up and start on another section, believing that, miraculously, by the next day they won't be stuck so tight. Ok..maybe the day after. That's fine...it will take me another trip to the lumber yard to get the correct elbows before I can do anything else, anyway!
I'm so excited, though! The new Habitat for Humanity store opened up and I checked it out. I bought a brand new, never installed 48" acrylic shower stall with rain cap (all one piece) in ivory, an ivory sink with really nice faucets (I think it might have been a display model?), and an ivory American Standard toilet. By the time I gave my son $25 for hauling them for me, I had $200 in the entire thing!!!! The shower unit was $100. I stopped at my favorite lumber yard to see what a comparable model would cost, and they don't carry those because the acrylic ones are more expensive than the plastic ones they carry. But if they did, they estimated it at $700!!!!! Woohoo! I stop there once a week now to watch for items I might need.
I had been thinking that the upstairs bathroom was going to have to be a "next year" thing because of the cost, but I can afford $200! And they are so much nicer than I would have bought otherwise.
Now, I just need walls. And electric. And plumbing. And the rest of the siding finished. And a sidewalk or someway to get TO the house without walking through mud.
Just little things, you know? <grin>