I don't know why, but things have been moving pretty slowly this week.  Mine is not to ask why, it is to accept what comes to me and eat icecream when I am frustrated.  

Richard and I have spent the last two days doing plumbing and electrical work.  And today when I got there, this was pulling into my front yard:

That, my friends, is a truck full of shingles!!!  That is right!  It is exciting enough to warrant 3 exclamation marks!

The shingle truck comes equipped with this handle little conveyor belt that they rotate around any direction they want.

And so, when the moment felt right, they rotated it around so that it was situated right over the roof.  It was magical.

And then, to my joy and surprise, when one of the roofing guys needed to get on to the roof, he just grabbed onto the conveyor belt and rode it too the top.  Lucky!

riding to the roof

Then he and he compatriot conveyor-ed all the shingles and tar paper and roofing paraphernalia onto the roof.  It was a very exciting morning!

They say the roofing starts on Monday.  Stay tuned!

Before I go, here is a very hard to decipher picture of the porch roof under the west windows.  As you can't see, there are cutouts with a shallower pitch around those windows, so that we didn't have to make the windows smaller.  I know you can't tell what I am talking about.  But I wanted you to know.



The Roof is On. The roof is o-on. The roof is on. Now it's on the house.  Eee hee! The roof is . . . . On.

Those were song lyrics.  I realize now that it might not have been all that obvious.

It has been a long time coming with plenty of bumps and stops along the way but The Roof Is Finally Finished. 

If you look close at the above picture you can barely see the cricket on the roof. No, not a little chirping bug. Remember boys and girls, a cricket  is the transition from one roof area to another, designed to divert water.

Below we have the house's backside.  Classy as usual.  It seems to have a bit of toilet paper stuck to it. So embarassing.

Here's the view up inside the gable. I think it's a gable. I don't know, Roofs have a lot of parts.

See this bit of roofing in the picture below? Notice how the pitch on the right and left hand side are not the same? That is one of the things we really wanted to avoid, but eventually we just had to give up and accept it.

 And there you have it. A totally completed roof.  And as I understand it, as soon as the roof is covered with at least paper (that being the tar paper that goes under shingles) then the Heating and Air conditioning guy can come and start running vents.  But now the builder is at scout camp for the rest of the week.  Darn these Mormons and their busy schedules!  BUT, I think he has already ordered the windows, AND he asked us what color shingles we wanted.  So, things are happening, whether we can see it or not.


Here are a few more breath-taking photos to take your breath away.

We finally decided to accept the roof the way it is, and change some of our plans for the attic, so things are moving along again.  What you can't really see in the next few photos is the cricket they just built.  A cricket is a sloping section of roof built when two parallel sections of roof meet in a valley.  Did I describe that very well?  

It is so hard to tell what you are looking at in these photos.  

These could really be pictures of anything.  You'll just have to take my word for it.

Here is a view of the cricket from above the roof.  To get this photo I climbed up a ladder and stuck my head out between the joists like a meerkat. 

Enough.  I'm pretty sure you've got the idea.  I explained the heck out of it.

Here we have a hallway, complete with a little boy in his spiderman jammies holding a scrap of wood he has just fallen in love with and wants to keep forever.  Convincing my kids not to keep garbage is a full-time job.

3rd Bedroom.

A view from the 3rd bedroom, looking toward the hall.

Master bedroom.  You guys don't get sick of looking at pictures of 2x4's do you?  I sure don't!

And a bit of plumbing, to round everything out.   

This morning I met with a cabinet guy.  We are considering doing Ikea cabinets in the kitchen, but the builder convinced me to at least meet with the cabinet guy, so I did.  It was exciting and scary and fun and stressful.  I've thought about our kitchen A LOT, and I have a very clear idea of what I want, but there were still things they asked me that I didn't have the answers for.  And knowing that whatever dumb ideas I have are going to be in my kitchen FOREVER is a little daunting.   But we worked up a plan and he will come back with a quote.  And that is all I have for you now.  Until next time.  Adieu. 


As you can see, some plywood has been put on the exterior walls of the addition.  Sheeting is what they call it, I think.

They hadn't planned to put the sheeting up yet, because the roof isn't done yet, but we ran into a little. . . . um. .  . . snag, so he found something else to work on. 

The problem is, the roofline is not being built the way we expected.  Which means we either have to adjust our expectations and some of our plans, or else rip the roof off and build it over.  Which is not as easy of a decision as it might sound.  So he gave us a couple of days to decide what we want to do.  And now he is at Youth Conference.  

It is always good to remember when you are working with a builder or contractor, that even if they are someone you trust it doesn't mean that you won't run into problems.  They might misunderstand you, or you misunderstand them.  You both might be taking totally different things for granted and never talk about it at all.  You might say something you don't mean, you might forget to tell him something you do mean, you might be so tired of making decisions that you might hide out under a rock and stop answering your phone.  But you can't!  It is your house and your money, so ask lots and lots of questions and be involved so that you know what is going on.  I like giving advice like this, because I am so very wise.

And seriously, the amount of decisions we are forced to make really is mind-blowing.  I have to know the exact sizes of my kitchen cabinets, what kind of sink I want in my bathroom, how wide my doorways will be, which direction the doors will swing, and exactly where we will put the dining room table, just to name a few.  Figuring out all the design and finish work stuff before all the walls are even up is frying my brain a little. We have been having a really hard time deciding what to eat for dinner lately, and I think it is because we are suffering from decision over-load.  It can happen to anyone.


I know.  It has been forever.  But honestly there hasn't been much to report.  Attaching a new addition to an old house is fraught with complications and we have encountered plenty. But here are the most recent pictures, which should satisfy your curiosity. Sort of.  Really, there isn't much new to see.


Lani the Builder is back!  I thought he wasn't going to work again until Monday, but we found this when we got to the house on Saturday.

Those are ceiling joists, in case you didn't know.  Which are pretty exciting, as lumber goes.

  So I'm sure the question on all your minds is, did Richard finish all of the plumbing and electrical work he had to do??

Nope!   And most of what he has done is under the floor, so there isn't even much to see.  But here is one picture of some of his pipework mastery.

And you will just have to guess for yourselves what is hidden beneath this cloth.  Terribly Mysterious.

Mostly I just act as a gopher and a helping hand, but I got to spend the day today nailing in outlet and light switch boxes.  Which was very fun, cuz it meant I got to DECIDE where they would go.  I'm always annoyed at light switch placement, and now the power lies with me to decide where the power lies.  Ha!

Lastly, we have this picture of the ceiling in my living room.

Richard was working on the drains and vents for the laundry room, and cut a small hole in the ceiling drywall to get access to it, and the rest of the drywall was so wet and rotted from all the rain that it just fell out.  Fun.  Until next time!

Conversations with Colin

"Mommy?" (I'm trying to ignore him.  He is supposed to be going to sleep)
"What Colin?"
"What sound do bears make."
"Uh, Rar.  Or Grr. Something like that."
"How do you know?"
"I just know stuff."
"Lots of stuff?"
"Yep.  Lots of stuff."
"But you don't know my secret moves."
". . . No. I don't know your secret moves."
(He does some fancy kicky motion that I can't see because most of him is covered by a superman blanket.)
"Those are my secret moves.  Don't tell anybody."
"I wouldn't dream of it."

Kitchen Designing For Dummies

The title of this post would probably be more accurate if it was "Kitchen Designing BY Dummies" because I don't know what I am doing. Planning my kitchen is both exciting and terrifying.  And stressful as anything.  I've come up with a few arbitrary things that are important to me that the design is based around, but I'm afraid that as soon as the kitchen is put in, other more important things will become obvious and painful and we will be kicking ourselves for not having the foresight to plan for them.  I've tried to think of everything.  I know that I have failed.  And I am always second guessing myself, but at some point we'll just have to pick a design and run with it.

Here are some of the things that are on my kitchen mind.

1. The ideal for the kitchen triangle (which may not be as important as we've always been told) would be to put either my oven or my sink in the kitchen island.  I don't want to do either. At all.  I don't want my dirty dishes stacked on the island.  Period.  Cooking on the island might be nice, but I'm looking forward to a big stretch of uninterrupted counter space, for rolling out cookies, painting masterpieces with my kids. cutting fabric, or just filling up with clutter and stacks of stuff that I haven't found the energy to put away yet.  Which means the island is off limits, leaving me two walls for fitting everything on.

2. The mudroom enters the house right through the kitchen.  This might be annoying. I'm hoping it will be bearable, because it is too late to change our plans now and it really was the only viable option anyway.  But I want to prepare for the fact that there will be more traffic through the kitchen than I am used to.  I don't know HOW to prepare for it.  But it is surely something I should keep in might, right?

3.One wistful day we spent an hour looking at counter depth refrigerators. And then suddenly realized in a moment of brilliance that since we are still in the construction phase, we can build a recess in the wall and set the fridge at whatever depth we want.  Instead of paying more for a smaller fridge, we can have a big fridge, and have it counter-depth too.  Win Win Wahoo!.  This is my favorite idea for the kitchen so far, but it does effect where we are able to put the fridge.  There is a large support beam that runs through the wall right where I had been planning to put the fridge all along, which means I'll have to put the fridge somewhere else.  That alone is messing up my plans more than anything else.  I had everything where I liked it.  I am doing this all on instinct (which may not even exist, by the way.  I don't know if a sense of most correct kitchen layout comes naturally to me or not).  I keep making up a drawings in Google Sketchup, and hoping that when I see the right one I will know it.  So now I have to come up with another drawing that feels ok to my sense of kitchen rightness. It is proving difficult.

I know I have been fretting over more than just 3 things.  But I have no idea what they are.

Richard said we have to decide on the layout tonight, because he wants to run all the plumbing for the kitchen tomorrow.  But then he went to bed.  It stresses me out, but he is the one who actually has to RUN all the pipes, so it is fair to say he is more stressed out that I.  Which is a huge relief.  I'd hate to be the stressedest.

So here is my favorite layout at the moment.  Hopefully you can tell what is a sink and what is an oven.  The dishwasher is right next to the sink.  And next to the fridge is a tall, deep cabinet.  The countertops are dark, with white upper cabinets above.  Making sense?  In this picture the fridge is built into the wall in the utility room, which really is a great place for it.  But will the fridge feel too far away?  How will I know until it is built and way too late?


I like the sink being over on the left wall, but the opening just below that goes into the mudroom and I have some concerns about children running by while I'm washing dishes.  Will it really matter though?  No matter where I put the sink, the children will find me.

So that is where we are at the moment.  My tiny little brain is about taxed to the breaking point.  It is just too many decisions for my simple mind to make.  To sleep!


No new progress to report. However, in the time since Lani the Builder left a week ago, it has not stopped raining. I'm concerned about all the new wood and sub floor they just laid but it is my original house that has me really concerned. With half a wall and part of the roof gone upstairs there is plenty of space for rain to run in. And water is getting EVERYWHERE.

Here is the 2nd Bedroom with part of it's roof gone.  There is a good chance the floor slopes to the left and that is why the water is running All The Way Across The Room.

This is the ceiling in the living room, which is right underneath the 2nd bedroom. It is covered in blisters full of water.  

Upstairs is one big puddle.

The addition downstairs looks surprisingly dry by comparison.

Someday maybe it will stop raining. I mean, come on, how much moisture do those crops really NEED anyway?