Apparently, we’re enjoying being back in the house so much, I can’t be bothered to blog about it.
Still planning on taking pictures throughout the house and posting a wrap up. However, I think I will wait until after next Friday to take pictures — that’s when it gets cleaned again. We still have lots to put away, pictures to hang, etc. Seeing as there may not be an NBA season this year, we should have plenty of time this winter to clean out the basement. And M has been hard at work restoring the yard. He’s filled two more yard debris dumpsters with dirt, yard waste and, most exciting, the laurel hedge on the back side behind the garage. It’s gone.
Here are a few bits and bobs.
The party was great. Lots of people came throughout the afternoon and evening, and it was really nice to finally have a big party where there was room for all. People spread out upstairs, on the porch, the back patio, the living room, and of course, ended up in the kitchen. We had help with food, and I enjoyed not having to worry about cooking or refilling food dishes. We did learn that current t0-code smoke alarms are all connected, so when one goes off, they all go off. And they’re loud. We are thinking that putting an exhaust in the kitchen will be the next project.
Here is the one and only picture I have from the party. The kegerator was a hit. Much classier than having to pump the keg.
The Copper Thingie
I previously mentioned that we had a copper downspout and arch made to divert the downspout from alongside the house to the outside of the back stairs. It turned out pretty cool. We chose fish for the rain chain, which are not the most effective at channeling water, but it’s good enough. We’ll put a pot with plants underneath to catch the run off. The copper looks great with the changing leaves.
And I’ll just note that after a couple of months of using the back stairs and lots of traffic on them during the party, they’re still standing! Good job, M!
After the push to mostly finish the painting before the party, we have avoided the few remaining things — some touch ups and a second coat on the downstairs bathroom. I pulled out the paint cans yesterday and really made a mess of it. There’s something to be said for being in the rhythm when you paint all the time.
When downloading pictures off my camera, I was reminded that I did not share pictures from my most exciting painting memory: painting the ceiling peak over the stairs. There was a spot we could not reach with either an extender or ladder on a flat surface. So M rigged up this contraption with his folding ladder. Since I have the steady hand, I got to go up it. It’s resting on the 2″ stair railing. Looks safe, doesn’t it?