Monday, September 15, 2014

A look at the list

I took a look at our to do list.  I was inspired from my dear friend and writer of The Adventures at the Cat Ranch Blog, Miss T.  She wrote out a list of things that she wanted to have accomplished this week.  It got me to thinking about my own list (lists... I keep multiple lists...why?)

So here is an updated look at our Remodel "To Do" List:

It's nice to see things being crossed off.  We have a long way to go.  Life gets in the way.  We find it hard to strike a balance between wanting to get the stuff done so we can live in a clean and organized space  AND  taking time to do things that make life enjoyable.  Because we all know "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

Today I am painting cement blocks with a waterproof coating.  The hubs worked hard to lay the block this weekend.  This is for the foundation to extend the kitchen.  The boy's room will get an extension as well.


Sunday, September 14, 2014

The Old Oak Tree

I haven't had much to show y'all lately.  We've had several setbacks.  So progress around The Cottage slowed a bit over the summer.
It all started with the big oak tree in the back that was struck by lightning a few years ago and was slowly rotting from the inside.

We had trouble getting a tree service to commit.  Long story short....we had a tree service do an estimate in May.  They scheduled us for July.  July came and went.  No phone calls, no show.  Poor business.  The guy never returned my calls.  Scheduled a couple different tree services to do estimates.  No show, no phone call!  Luckily one of my neighbors spotted a bucket truck, with the name of a tree service on it's side, sitting in the Lowes parking lot.  He jotted down the number, I gave them a call.  Within two weeks, we had the tree down!  By now it was the end of July!
We needed to have the tree down before we could begin the work of extending the back of the house and adding a back porch.


To save some money, we did the cleanup ourselves  (with the help of others)! 
We know some guys that jump to action with the mention of "free firewood"!
So we had some help!

And it's nice to know people that have toys!
Once again our neighbor came to the recue and asked one of his friends if he would help us out!
His friend has a huge farm with space to store huge logs!
He also has a skid loader!
So we said you can have the logs if you come and get them!
Done Deal!