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Framers Still Busy

July 30, 2015

Fascia & soffits installed, so why are the framers still here? To put the posts on the front porch supporting the roof & to cut the deck floor.

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Progress – a lot of progress right now.

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Jeremy continues installing the gas lines in the crawl space. Darrell is trying to get all the electrical completed this week so it can be inspected.
Fireplaces in. Almost ready for the electrical & the mechanical inspections. (Yep, Maury County added another inspection. I bet someone’s son-in-law needed a job.) Then the insulation & drywall can be installed.

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Yippety-skippety! A house is being built here!

Tough Workout, Lots Of Errands & A Call From Harry

July 29, 2015

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Exhausted after the Memphis quick trip followed by the gate lock not opening, Monday morning still arrives with DH leaving for the airport while I head to exercise with our trainer, Greg, who brought his little boy to see our farm last Saturday. Precious little boy!

Core, lower body, upper body, weights, cardio – yep, it was a great workout.

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A “Walmart run,” Whole Foods stop, Home Depot for the new gate lock then waiting, waiting, waiting for the US Post Office to open. 8:30am – gee, half my day is gone by then!

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Unload everything at the apartment, change clothes, something to eat, set the combination on the new lock. Phone rings: “Have you already been out to the place?” “No, Harry, I had errands to run after exercise.” “Well, you may want to come on out here. They’re putting in the fireplace inserts. Oh, didn’t you get a spec sheet about the vent-a-hood?”
Oh no. I forgot to leave the spec sheet for Johnny our builder.
“I’m getting in the car right now.”

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Fill the water bottle. Load Lucy & her bed in the car. Fill her water bowl. Drive. Thirty minutes later we are turning into the driveway & up the hill we go.

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Park the car. Unload Lu. Unlock the barn & speak to Moxie who wants to be brushed. Grab the spec sheet & my big gardening hat. Walk to the house – lots of activity. Lots of people.

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Johnny, Harry & Darrell the electrician were waiting for me in the kitchen.
Very good news – Johnny had installed a 10-inch pipe for the vent-a-hood, exactly what the spec sheet called for.

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Great Room Wood-Burning Fireplace

Discussing with Darrell light placement in the master bathroom at the vanities. Seeing that he had installed the lights with vents in the shower & water closet. Even electrical outlets in the house & on the deck – working outlets!

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Then to pick tomatoes & okra – the temperature is already in the 90’s, humidity around a 1000 percent! Yep, gonna get overheated today!

We Have A Garage Floor

July 28, 2015

Returning from a quick trip to Memphis to see “the mothers” we stopped on the way to the apartment to feed Moxie.

The lock that Harry attached to the gate to secure our construction site has failed…for the 2nd time! I had to call Harry when all of a sudden the stupid thing wouldn’t unlock.

This time it didn’t open. DH tried – it didn’t open. I tried about 14 times & it still didn’t open! Sigh. I hate to call Harry on a Sunday afternoon… Sigh, again…

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DH starts walking up the driveway hill to feed Moxie. Lu & I wait in his car at the locked gate for Harry to come to the rescue. We have been in the car for a tough 3 hours – I hate driving on I-40; horrible traffic! Excuse me, but why hasn’t I-40 between Memphis & Nashville been expanded to 3 lanes both ways? More truck traffic than any interstate in the USA! Not to mention idiot left lane riders who obviously never took Drivers Ed which taught, at least when I took it a whole lot of years ago, that the left lane was for passing, slower traffic keeps right! I know the answer, but it’s not politically correct & if I start ranting right now I’ll never stop, won’t sleep…frustration…ARGH!

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Anyway, DH walked up the hill. Lu & I were waiting at the gate for Harry. Having traveled for 3+ hours, Lu needed a potty break. I take her from the backseat of DH’s little car & that’s when yappy dog & her hound counterpart come running at full speed barking like crazy. Stupid dogs. Lu potties & I grab her quickly, toss her into the front seat, close the door & hope Harry arrives soon.

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Which he did. Armed with bolt cutters & some kind of pike, he attacks the lock. Just a little (ton!) of pressure with the pike, the lock opens. Relief! Lu & I drive up to check on DH & Moxie.

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WD40 again & again, the lock still sticks. On our way back down, Harry meets us headed up. The lock has worn out. I get to make a quick trip to Home Depot in the morning to buy a new lock.

What in the world would we do without Harry!

Oh, we have a concrete garage floor & front porch.

Mute Monday: Uh Oh & Butterflies!

July 27, 2015

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Set In Stone, part 2

July 25, 2015

Back outside to watch them pour the front porch.

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Everyone is busy – framers up top, cement guys in the “mud,” Johnny & Harry supervising it all, Darrell inside setting can lights, Alex & his crew under the house placing ductwork. I’m the only one standing around.

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Oops! Spillover!

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Sweep it into Johnny’s Bobcat to pour on the porch.

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So glad the front & side doors were covered with plastic.

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The alarm I had set on my phone is ringing – time to take Moxie to the vet for her annual check-up.

Set In Stone, part 1

July 24, 2015

On the way to the property I receive a text from Harry, “We b pouring concrete in the garage right now.” Waiting till I stopped at the stop sign, I responded, “On Darks Mill.” Safety first.

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Johnny the builder & Harry supervising.

By the time I arrived, the garage floor had been poured. So glad Lu wasn’t with me.

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Busy bees, these guys pushed & kicked the wet cement, lifting the steel rebar with a special tool so the reinforcement would be inside the concrete.

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To take photos from inside the house…oops! How do I get into the house? Leave it to Darrell the electrician to think ahead!

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Pour it in.

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Smooth it out.

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Framers Have Returned!

July 23, 2015

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Soffits & fascia. What in the world? Yep, I’ve learned lots of new words.

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The vertical band under the roof edge, where you hang rain gutters, that’s the fascia.

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Johnny, our builder discussing something with Manuel, head framer.

The flat section from the edge of the fascia (roof) to the wall of the house, soffits.

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Look what I found in the garden!

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