Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Drywall is well underway...

What a mess!
 So how do you know that sheet rock is being installed in your house?  Well, as evidenced by these pictures, you have piles of scap drywall, drywall dust, nails, and trash in every room.
Finishing is ready to start.
So thankful for everyone's help in carrying out the drywall pieces, and cleaning up in general.  I don't know when I (Pam) have swept up so many piles of dirt, dust and trash.   It is amazing though how quickly the finishing starts to transform the walls.  I would post pictures of the finished walls, but it probably wouldn't look very exciting.
Future kitchen
Posted by Pam

Christmas ties...

Christmas ties!
 I came across this picture recently and wanted to share with you how much and how little changes over time...  We have been known at times to put on our new Christmas duds and take pictures on Christmas day.  I am guessing Ryan is about 5 and Cordell is about 7 in this picture, which would be about 2006.
Ryan is nearly 12, Cordell is 14.
 Fast forward to 2012, six years later.  New Christmas ties again!
And all of us...
Posted by Pam

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Not so exciting, but ever so necessary...

 Ok, so here are more pictures of the house construction.  To the right we have plumbing for the well under way.

 We are using closed cell spray foam insulation.  It was amazing how much could be covered in just one day.  We can't wait to see if it as good as the claims are about it!
Spray foam closed cell insulation - looks like upside down snow!

     It is somewhat a shame that the water drain pipes are covered up by the walls.  They almost seem like works of art!

     We have been in the plumbing and wiring stage for awhile now.  We have made lots of progress, but there is still quite a bit left to finish before we can start the sheet rock.  Everyone tells us it just takes time.    We believe them!

Posted by Pam


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pet / Owner look alikes...

I just came across these pictures on the camera and couldn't resist sharing them...  You know what they say about pets looking like their owners, or is it vice versa???
Jenny and Callie

Callie looking rather stylish!

Posted by Pam

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bacon Pictures

So... Last January, as in nearly a year ago, Fine Linen Drama produced a play called, "You Can't Take It With You", affectionately known to the cast as Bacon.  It was wonderfully done with excellent casting, a phenomenal set, terrifically talented acting, outstanding costuming, cosmic comedy, and I could gush on and on.  Oh, and did I mention that Jenny was in it?  Jenny played the role of Alice Sycamore, who falls in love with her boss's son, but is afraid that their two families are too far different for a marriage between them to ever work.

Here are a few pictures...

Kholenkov greets Tony and Alice as they leave for the Monte  Carlo Ballet.
Alice admits what first attracted her to Tony ...

Donald can't seem to take the hint that three's a crowd!

The hilarious game that gets Mrs. Kirby in trouble. 
The Grand Duchess pays a visit.
The extremely talented cast.

Want to see more?  Go to Fine Linen Drama's website to browse the photo album:

Fine Linen Drama Bacon photo album

Oh, and guess what?  "Oliver! the Musical" is coming in March!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Random signs of progress...

 We are very excited about the new well being drilled.  The well from the old house works, but we have been unable to get it to pass the state test.  It keeps failing due to the presence of choloform.  So, for nearly the past 2 years we have been hauling in drinking water.  We are really looking forward to having a good well again!  Plus, we are having a geothermal system installed, and the new well will be big enough to supply both the house needs plus the geothermal system.
 This is the beginnings of the laundry room, bathroom, and mudroom in the garage.
I have been working on staining and varnishing the inside window trim.  This one is finished.
Duct work is being placed throughout the house...

Basement stairs are started

Painting the front porch posts.

Cordell and Ryan have been helping Walter measure and nail in the electrical switch and outlet boxes.  They have also been drilling holes in the 2x4's  for the wiring, and will start pulling wire soon.  They have also been helping Walter with various aspects of getting the drain pipes in for the plumbing.

All signs that progress is being made, slowly but surely!

Pouring the basement floor.

 Well, it was an exciting day for us to get our basement concrete floor poured.  This actually took place a month ago, but I am just now posting about it.  We had to wait for just the right timing when the backyard wasn't too muddy, and when our concrete crew could actually come from St. Louis to work on it.

Filling up the concrete buggy.

     Note:  I did not make up the name of concrete buggy.  I promise it is its real name!  First it had to be filled up with concrete.  Then a "road" of scrap plywood was built.   Then it is driven to where it is dumped.
Concrete Buggy 
It is coming along nicely.