Archive for October, 2007
The weekend kicked off with what seemed to be our biggest plumbing project ever. Mainly because it required turning off water to the entire house (which involved me sticking my hand down a muddy, bug-filled hole in the front yard with a tiny wrench as my only weapon.)
We were fixing a small leak the floor guys created when they re-installed our bathroom pedestal sink. It couldn’t be fixed by simply turning off the water under the sink because that shut-off valve was the very source of our problem. And the last thing we wanted was a leak onto our new floor. Luckily, we had been able to temporarily tame the leak by turning off the sink’s cold water. It just meant some hot hand-washing for a few days.
Who’s the better plumber?
Although (or maybe because) we braced ourselves for difficulty and disaster, it was actually pretty simple. Turning off the water to the house – gross but no problem. Detaching the bad valve – required some force, but we got it. Screwing on the new valve – easy, once we identified the right piece. Fortunately, we had armed ourselves with a collection of valves from Lowe’s. We basically raided them of anything that remotely matched our vague mental image of the piece. One was perfect and the other six got returned to the store today.
So now the leak is gone and we’ve put away our plumber’s cracks. Well all of us except for Burger.
So you saw how we made way for grass in the backyard (not quite ready for an “after” picture yet) but we never mentioned that we were also reseeding the front yard. Consider this your official notice.
I’m experiencing yard déjà vu because it was just last fall that we did our major front yard makeover by removing the jungle that completely obscured our house and replaced it with much-less-obstructive grass. It made a huge difference, as you can see here.
Now, we’ve been forced (somewhat unwillingly) into growing grass again because of a dying tree. That big, forked tree that you can see on the right side of our main blog photo was on its way to splitting in two. Since one half falling on the power lines and the other half falling onto the house didn’t seem like a good plan, it had to go.
The tree removal wasn’t cheap – although our go-to guys at Shady Tree Service took down some smaller pines for free while they were here. It also left us with big holes where the stumps were ground and a lot of uneven soil where the heavy equipment sat overnight. Fortunately, the Shady guys helped spread some mulch and topsoil to level things out and got us ready for seeding.
It’s been about 3 weeks and progress has been a little slow due to the drought and our county’s mandatory water restriction (watering only allowed 3 days a week). But here’s where we were this weekend:
Dirt + Little Grass Spots…………. Grass + Little Dirt Spots
It’s still spotty in a few places so we overseeded this weekend and are hoping the many inches of rain we’re getting this week will speed up progress before it gets too cold. And get us closer to having backyard “after” pics too.
John and I completed a huge task this weekend- painting the living room (the largest room of the house) a neutral tan (Glidden’s Sand White) from a pale green. It looks much better with that big doorway leading into our kitchen and our new dining set, huh? Now we can cook, eat, entertain, and relax in one big open space as opposed to being in three separate rooms. Plus turning the living room into a living and dining area freed up the dining room which we turned into a third bedroom- a totally valuable addition to our home.
And after all that rolling and edging, we were dying to do something entertaining and non-labor intensive. Enter some more fun model house tours. If you recall, we toured a bunch of open houses when the Parade of Homes came to town two weeks ago, and since this past weekend was the last time that all 158 houses opened their doors to the public, we jumped at the chance to visit a few more. This time we brought our camera for some amusing on-the-scene pics. Here’s John enjoying the game room in a giant 6,000 square foot home while I get ready for breakfast in bed.