Closing In…

Well….we are getting there…even if progress doesn’t look like much on the outside….

For all our $$$$$ this is what we got:

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a bunch of construction traffic….

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 some damaged stucco, a bunch of styrofoam and some of that squirty foam stuff…

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A new cement thingy that is the ‘clean-out’ chute for you-know-what…

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a bunch of these things sticking out of the ground and out of the house…

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a few of my bulbs made it unscathed…woo hoo!!!

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but the piece de resistance….10 foot ceilings and R40 walls!

oh, and a few of THESE for FREE!!!

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Feeling Blue…..

This is a good sign….the contractors have cleaned up the area in front of the gazebo, and smoothed out the rough spots their machinery left in the driveway….

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The Blue Skin has been applied ( for waterproofing below the surface)

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The new huge basement windows are framed out…

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and green things are beginning to sprout in one of the untouched places…

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Our new exterior paint color has been chosen….(BEHR paints – Sierra Madre)..can’t put a paint chip up on here…they won’t let me copy/paste…grrr…

…and we’ve chosen our new exterior brick that replaces that ugly green siding…

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and all is alright with the world….

We’ve turned a corner!

FINALLY we can see some evidence that the demo work is done and the rebuilding has started!

I was thrilled to drive in the driveway and see my (future) basement sitting there!

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I took one peek down into the basement area and was COMPLETELY THRILLED to see the construction guys standing next to framed out concrete pads…!!!

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Imagine my absolute glee to see these guys roll in the driveway….

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It’s only 3:00 in the afternoon, and already I have THIS!!!!!!!  So happy, I’m doing a happy dance!

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ברוך אתה בצאתך, ברוך אתה בבואך
מתוך ספר דברים פרק כח’ פסוק 6
(Hebrew Home Blessing)

I was trying to find something of significance to mark our home once it is complete and I can find quite a few Judaica items with Hebrew blessings on them. …I might have them made into tiles or something.

Deuteronomy, chapter 28, verse 6.
the translation is “Bless your going out, Bless your coming”

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The Death of Trees

 

11 trees had to die….it will be a miracle if we don’t die taking care of the aftermath….

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"Mom, do I get allowance for 'doing wood'?"

"Mom, do I get allowance for 'doing wood'?"

 

Nope...not so flattering attire...note to self...

Nope...not so flattering attire...note to self...

 

What lenghts he will go to, to be able to use his power tools!!!

What lengths he will go to, to be able to use his power tools!!!

 

Finding the beauty.

Finding the beauty.

We also saw a bald eagle flying overhead…not a common site here, so it was nice to share that experience that as a family!

What a difference a week makes

…if you’ve seen the news at all, you will know that the RED RIVER is in serious trouble due to the latest DUMP of snow we just got here….my yard was snow free in the last pictures, but here’s what it looks like today:

You can't see it, but there is a bobcat in my basement...busy tearing out the walls...the building in the back is Home Sweet Home, for now....

You can't see it, but there is a bobcat in my basement...busy tearing out the walls...the building in the back is Home Sweet Home, for now....

the hot tub is still running, but there is no way of getting into it :(

the hot tub is still running, but there is no way of getting into it 😦

In two or three days, it will all be melted again....and it's going to leave us one big, yukky mess.

In two or three days, it will all be melted again....and it's going to leave us one big, yukky mess.

Foundation Work

 

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It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. …Luke 6:48

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