Our Retro Bungalow

Our Retro Bungalow
The journal of the making of an old house into a lovely new home.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Highlights and Low-lights

Let's just get the "low-lights" outta the way, shall we?
Mr Mossi woke up Monday morning
(as in in the middle of the night)
with a stomach flu -
swimmy head, achy joints, intestinal issues.
He managed to call in sick, crawl back in bed and
was still in bed when I left for school just before 10 a.m.
If he's sleeping in like that...
trust me, the man is pretty bad off.
It took him til mid-week to begin feeling back to normal.

Our special order hopper window for the master bath shower
FINALLY came in. 
This should be an item listed among the highlights.
It was wrong -
for the THIRD time.
We're hoping 
(and don't put it past me to resort to praying)
that it'll come to us in the correct size and configuration
before the sheet rock crew starts.

Mr Mossi has a deep, 4 inch gash on his head.
And he's a bleeder.
No stitches were needed and thank Heaven for that.
He passed through one of the studs walls to get 
a tool and snagged himself on the head of a nail.
He may or may not have said a bad word.

how 'bout enough with the downers
and we move on to the 

This list is pretty short...
or rather,
I'm gonna keep it short, cuz I've got some reading to do.

Our tub deck was installed.
There's actually a wee bit of a problem with it;
like the opening being too small for the base of the tub to fit in.
But we're done with low-lights, remember?
And have I mentioned how much a LOVE Carrara marble.

I took this list and did a little shopping at Whitehead Wholesale Electric.

When they finished loading everything up for me,
the bed of the truck was stacked and filled just about
beyond its capacity. And the back bench in the cab was filled
with boxes too.
The really great thing was, we were able to use our friend's
dad's contractor account with Whitehead on a cash ticket and
that saved us lots and lots of dollars.
 I love saving dollars.

Yesterday we got a lot of those things installed.

Switch boxes.

Light boxes.

Metal light boxes for heavier fixtures.

And lots and lots of cans for recessed lights.
We really like recessed lighting.
Installation of these components is a huge, time consuming
effort because they all need to be thought out and
installed at just the right locations.
And although we had everything marked out on the plan, there's still
a huge amount of consideration, discussion and actual measuring of the physical walls,
floors and ceilings before anything is installed.
We went to bed completely exhausted and slept like we'd died.
We'll get the rest installed and start pulling wire this coming week.

Thanks again for stopping by.
Good night and God bless.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

It's well after 10 o'clock and I'm so ready to go to bed.
I was intending on doing this earlier, but other things happened
that sidelined blogging until now;
happy things like this Mr & Me going for this year's very first 
Sunday drive in Amica with the top down.
And I put a lasagna together which was nearly completely consumed with Ry joining us
and lingering over dinner with conversation of plans for the coming months.
just as we were leaving to deliver my Primary materials to our Primary president
(yes, I have a new calling),
we were ecstatic to see Aubrey and Cameron pull into our driveway.
We hadn't seen our girl in six weeks. 
She's been in Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Vietnam, Indonesia, 
and as you can imagine we are are grateful, happy and relieved to have her back home 
considering the tragic disappearance of flight MH 370 that 
happened while she was in that part of the world.
We listened for over an hour to the accounts of her many adventures
of surfing in Bali, walking amongst the komodo dragons on Komodo Island,
maneuvering her way through the congested street of Jakarta and so much more.   .
She's healthy, happy, tired, very tanned, and, most importantly she's 

about the Bungalow...
here are the highlights.

Plumbing is done.
Well, except there are a few small leaks at the manifold that need to be figured out 
and, of course, the fixtures being installed and I can hardly wait for that, let me tell you.
One of our outside spigots. Exciting, I know.

And we got the exterior trim on the doors...
The garage back door.

The house back door.

Our front door.

The front door and back door of the house still need trim between the 
doors and transoms and we'll get that done this coming week.
And by the way,
that mistake that I mentioned in my last post...
that mistake that I said was my fault...
well, guess what.
It wasn't my fault.
As we were installing that trim,
we discovered that it was 
Dean's fault!
But, we are happy with how it turned out, regardless.

One of the things on my personal RTDL (running to-do list) is 
dismantling the old deck out back. 
I was so thankful to have our boy, Justin, show up yesterday and start digging into that.
We really appreciate when our children can show up to help out.

A couple of weeks ago I went through the house and hammered out all the nails 
in the sheathing that missed going into studs. I left those nails in place, sticking out on the 
outside of the sheathing. Yesterday, Dean went back around the entire outside and, wherever there were 
nails sticking out, he replaced them making sure to sink them into studs this time. 
We walked through a couple of houses under construction while out for that 
drive in Amica today and noticed that the framers of those houses missed a lot of studs 
when they nailed up the sheathing. 
Betcha they'll stay that way too. 
That's too bad.

That's about all I got for tonight.
Thanks again for stoppin' by.
Good Night and God Bless.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Quick Catch Up Post

I'm back and I don't know where to start.
I didn't record a single notation the last two weeks.
I'll just quickly rattle things off as they come to me.
And since it's been a full Sabbath and we lost an entire hour somewhere around 2 am and 
the day got away so quickly and we're pretty much ready to hit the hay...
I'll make this short and sweet.
Here we go..

I called Dean at his 9 to 5 on Friday, February 28 and suggested that we 
skip working on the house that night and go the the Home and Garden Show at 
the Fairgrounds and then out for some dinner. 
He was compliant. 
I say that because he is really feeling pressed to keep things moving along on the Bungalow. 
I knew he needed a break. 
He woke up earlier in the week with an odd knee ache. 
A day and a half later, that ache had traveled to his ankle. 
And about a day after that, it made its way on down to his metatarsals. 
It's last destination would be the middle finger of his right hand. 
All the while, he just wasn't feeling quite up to snuff. I'm pretty sure it was a virus. 
I'm positive it was his body begging him to ease up a bit. 
He's better now.
The home show wasn't too impressive, but we did have good conversations with 
three different central vac company reps and I bought 
three pounds of honey bees to be delivered in mid April.

On Saturday, March 1st, Dave V came over and he and Dean, with some help
 from Dave's son, Michael, got the gas line plumbed.

This is the stub for the downstairs fireplace.

Then it was back to work on the water lines...

We used approximately 1,000 feet of Pex for the whole house.
The plumbing, as we sit here tonight, is 97% complete; just a few more minor, 
but important, details to wrap it all up.

In other news...

I ordered our address plaque.
I only proof read it 10,000 times before finally hitting the "place order" button.
It takes a few weeks and I'm just hoping it's here in time for the stone mason.

Tyler, from Ellis Mill, called with the happy news that the pediment for the front door 
was ready for pick up. I had a little breakdown when Dean informed me that it was an inch off. 
An entire inch!
The good news is, it's an easy fix. 
I looked back to my notes that I'd used to give Tyler the measurements and found
 that it was totally MY fault. 
I felt like an idiot.
I'm better now, but let me tell you...
 I was beside myself with disappointment over that 

I got it primed, but that fix (trimming the posts that the pediment sits on) can't happen 
for a few days.
Hopefully we'll get all the exterior trim on the doors done this week.


the daffodils are up!
This is such happy news.
This Fall I'm going to plant more daffodil bulbs...
so many that next Spring here at the Bungalow 
will look like a lovely pastel-yellow daydream.

I know there are things I've missed, but this is the meat of it -
I think, anyway.
Thanks for stopping by.
Your support and encouragement mean a lot to us.
Good night and God Bless.